Dismember
The God That Never Was


5.0
classic

Review

by Blindguardian USER (5 Reviews)
April 1st, 2006 | 56 replies | 10,851 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Apparently, Dismember has been around since 1988. It strikes me as unjust, as I have not heard this band's name mentioned until recently. Dismember never achieved the kind of recognition as fellow Swedes Entombed, although both were formed in Stockholm and share a similar style of Death/Thrash Metal. The God That Never is the seventh full length released by Dismember.

The God that Never Was

David Blomqvist � Guitars (ex-Entombed)
Martin Persson � Guitars
Fred Estby � Drums
Matti K�rki � Vocals

It should be obvious what kind of music Dismember plays from the name alone. The God That Never Was is built upon a foundation of straight ahead Death Metal. This album is not some worn out, nostalgic excrement. Dismember does not subject the listener to a redundant retread of the genre. The music is passionate, aggressive, and, most of all, memorable. Dismember builds upon a solid base of Death Metal, infusing it with vicious personality.

The music on The God That Never Was is a visceral reminder of how to construct heavy music. Each instrument, including the vocals, spews forth torrents of vitriol and malevolence. The guitars are especially noteworthy. David Blomqvis and Martin Persson weave howling leads over a base of shattering rhythms. Tremolo picking abounds in the riffing. The rhythm parts are all well crafted, never seeming repetitive, always seeming to herald imminent evisceration. However, it is the sense of melody that separates Dismember from other bands. The leads are reminiscent of New Wave of British Heavy Metal bands, especially Iron Maiden, as well as melodic death metal bands, such as In Flames. This sense of melody is especially prevalent on the instrumental track �Phantoms (of the Oath)�. The song begins with a furious, tremolo picked passage, before moving into a sublime melodic passage, complete with harmonized leads. It then shifts into a galloping section, with scorching, Iron Maiden influenced leads and a climactic, flesh lacerating solo. Songs like this keep me listening to metal.

Matti K�rki delivers mid-range, Death vocals with skill and passion. He will throw in the occasional throat-rending scream, as he does towards the end of �Blood for Paradise.� These serve to break up his delivery and accent certain parts of the song, but they are not frequent. Blomqvis and Persson provide the bass work for the album. It is well executed, serving to fill out the aural assault of the guitars, but it seldom does more than roar along with the guitars. A dedicated bassist might have increased the level of diversity inherent in the bass riffs. Estby�s performance behind the kit is exemplary. His drum patterns drive Dismember�s sound through all tempos and levels of intensity, inserting fills where necessary. His work is generally aggressive, yet he does not resort to mindlessly tearing through blast beats. Estby also provided the production. Each instrument has an appropriate level of clarity in the mix, even the bass can usually be picked out. The music does not feel overproduced, it has an organic feel, but it is not raw. Etsby has been doing this for a while though, so it is not surprising that his production fits Dismember�s sound extremely well. (The guitar tone is so good, for both rhythm and leads)

Every song on The God That Never Was is well crafted. �Shadows of the Mutilated� opens with some quick chords, followed by a tremolo picked riff and one of K�rki�s hellish screams. What sounds like low, sinister laughter, followed by a rising, inhalation-like noise, propels the song into the chorus. The solo, like all the solos actually, slays. �Time Heals Nothing� is classic Dismember. It has an incredibly melodic, Gothenburg �like chorus. Add to that another stunning solo and you have a definite highlight. �Feel the Darkness� is a sinister, mid-tempo track. It begins with some strummed chords, coupled with a nice bass riff. Actually, the bass stands out nicely on this song. The band proceeds to lay down a nice, driving groove, before launching into the chorus and an almost spoken word bit. The outro has an interesting riff containing some trills that is repeated a few times. These songs are currently my favorites, but the more I listen to the album, the more my favored tracks shift. Every song is worthwhile.

With The God That Never Was, Dismember proves beyond any doubt that they belong amongst the elite overlords of Death Metal. The band has put together an album full of melody, which retains its brutality. Dismember focuses on designing memorable songs, without sacrificing technical aspects. Overall, I would recommend this album to anyone who is interested in the heavier side of music. An early candidate for my favorite of 2006, and it continues to grow on me. This receives full marks, it might even act as a gateway into extreme music for some via its melodic side. 5/5

(The lyrics and cover art are incredible as well)


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And you thought that bands would become bad with time? Then you were totally wrong, Dismember is her...


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Blindguardian
April 1st 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't really like how my writing flows in this. Also does anyone know how to do italics?

I may have raved too much as well, but I really think this is that good.This Message Edited On 04.01.06This Message Edited On 04.01.06

Freezing Moon
April 1st 2006



63 Comments


I like it a lot from the two times I've listened to it.



Thor
April 1st 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was a pretty sweet review, keep it up.

It's great to see so many metal reviews coming in.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Cravinov13
April 1st 2006



3854 Comments


These guys are reall really goof. :thumb: for the review

Inpropagation
April 1st 2006



16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good album.

Blindguardian
April 1st 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the comments guys, I'd like to review Burst's new album Origo next, my schedule permiting, I actually have a bunch of half finished reviews that I'd like to clean up and post

south_of_heaven 11
April 1st 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very nice review there my friend.

im a huge solo nut, and you have caught my attention here...however, i have one question: how many of these songs have solos? I have typically strayed from death metal for the lack of solos on an album, where they usually have 1 or 2 on the entire album. the way you described them though really interested me...

yes, i know, its a little weird for me to stay away from bands that dont solo, but its just my musical taste, thats all.

Blindguardian
April 1st 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

there are a ton of solos, as well as a ton of great leads, the whole thing actually has an almost NWOBM feel, it should satisfy your cravings, thanks for the compliments

try it, you won't be dissapointed

Apocalyptic Raids
April 2nd 2006



810 Comments


Solid album, but hardly a 5 IMO.

Blindguardian
April 2nd 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I don't tolerate dissent



Kidding, this album has dominated my listening for an entire week, and I can't envision it releasing its hold anytme soon

I thought alot about the rating, I'm not one to toss around perfect marks, yet I think this stands with any of their classic albums and absolutely slays most death metal I've heard recently, hell even some of my friends who despise death metal have like this

Just my thoughts, as I stated in the review, thanks for the comments though, the world would be boring if everyone had the same taste

south_of_heaven 11
April 2nd 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the info man...the moment i get money, i know exactly what im buying

Shadows
Moderator
April 3rd 2006



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

/bumps

Excellent work man, I'm loving this album. It's like the heavier, older Dismember with some of their newe melodic side thrown in. I really love the vocals too.

Killtacular
April 3rd 2006



1314 Comments


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You can do the same for bold with B and underlined with U.
As for this album, well, I wouldn't know.

south_of_heaven 11
April 4th 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well now i am pissed...as i went to best buy today to pick this up and cannibal corpse....and i only left with cannibal corpse. i went to two different best buys lookin for this. that store is beginning to let me down.

know where i can find this?

Blindguardian
April 4th 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I found it at Tower Records

The Cannibal Corpse should be able to tide you over until you find this though

and I appreciate the advice on the Italics Scruples

Hopefully this review will gain a little more recognition for the bandThis Message Edited On 04.04.06

south_of_heaven 11
April 13th 2006



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ahhh this album is sweet.

the solos that you descibed as having a huge NWOBM influence are so correct its insane. I love them.

This is one of the best albums I've picked up in awhile.

Neoteric
April 15th 2006



3243 Comments


[i][/i] Great review.This Message Edited On 04.15.06

Apocalyptic Raids
October 12th 2006



810 Comments


If you like this album, you should check out their debut Like An Ever Flowing Stream. It is amazing.

Blindguardian
October 12th 2006



186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've seen Everflowing Stream in stores a bunch, but never picked it up, I'll have to next time I see it cause I love this

I don't think this is quite a 5 anymore, but it still upsets me that the average is below a 4

Dethtrasher
February 11th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This album kicks pretty much a**.



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