Dismember - _Death Metal_
(Nuclear Blast Records, 1997)
by: Paul Schwarz (
Bands do not have to progress to be good. Dismember's fourth outing proves this quite conclusively, for they have gone back to where they started, and produced what is probably their best album. This album lives up to its unsubtle title very efficiently. it has the scent of a classic death metal release. Does it sound dated? Well, yes, it does, but the the word 'dated' denotes negativity that is not a factor when considering _Death Metal_, because although no technique is new, the songs are; in fact it's just like picking up a classic death metal album you didn't have. The blend of song tempos means that _Death Metal_ also doesn't become boring and repetitive. The only flaw (and the reason for a 9 and not 10) is tracks 7-10, although none of these are grossly inferior to the rest of the album, the fact that they are all of similar (fast) tempos and arrangements, means that the individual tracks don't stand out as well. Dismember are death metal fans; Matti Karki said 'we want to play death metal the brutal way.' Well, they've done it, and, like the bands they love, they've done it well.
(article published 9/14/1997)
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