Dismember
Indecent & Obscene


4.5
superb

Review

by Andy H. B. USER (27 Reviews)
May 16th, 2010 | 77 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While being slightly less mind-blowing than their debut, Dismember still manages to provide a highly effective experience with Indecent and Obscene.

Like an Ever Flowing Stream, the debut album by Swedish old-school death metal band Dismember, is a death metal classic. The album combines noticeable amounts of melody along with bludgeoning speed and cruel, unrelenting vocals. 1993's Indecent and Obscene continues the trend with more psychotic vocals and ripping leads that will send the elderly and small children running. Dismember had a lot to live up to, as their debut was spectacular in many ways. Well, they seemed to have taken this challenge with open arms, as Indecent and Obscene is another fantastic, thrashy showing.

Beginning the album with a downright blood-curdling shriek, Matti Kärki shreds his vocal chords on the album-opening, lightning-fast, "Fleshless". One will immediately notice changes in Matti's vocals from Like an Ever Flowing Stream. On this album he primarily uses a growled shout and implements the high-pitched wail throughout the album. Spitting out lyrics like, "A bloodstained path to oblivion, Scarring both mind and soul." (From "Souldevourer") and "A masterpiece of skinless art, I'll sign it in your flesh" (From "Eviscerated (Bitch)"), he churns up images of torture chambers and frightening, chilling visions throughout the album. The duo of guitarists, Robert Senneback and David Blomqvist, once again impress with their arsenal of sinister, unnerving riffs. At times, even groove finds its way into the mix, most evident on "Sorrowfilled". They incorporate melody mainly with their solos, which move with incredible shred. They'll make you want to know just what wizardry they'll pull out of the hat next, although at times, it does seem to get slightly similar, which is among the few minor flaws that the album is burdened with. The rhythm section of bassist Richard Cabeza and drummer Fred Estby also provide impressive showing on their respective instruments of destruction. The most noticeable bass standout is the intro to album standout, "Dreaming In Red". It sounds really great, and is complimented throughout the album by the fact that the bass is usually audible in at least one place or another within the tracks. Fred adds in some excellent, breakneck fills and thundering double bass. As on Like an Ever Flowing Stream, he keeps the album moving at often rapid speeds while still managing to add in creativeness here and there. Once again, an overall shining performance from the entire band.

As with Like an Ever Flowing Stream, inferior tracks are hard to come by, as each track thrashes with unrelenting madness. Once again, the most effective track in my mind is the album closer. "Dreaming In Red" begins with the aforementioned bass introduction and then transitions into an ominous, sharp battering that basically sums up the album as a whole in five and a quarter minutes of melodic witchcraft. Matti's vocals are as vigorous as ever as he lets out lines such as "'Be it the deepest of dreams, Or the darkest of deaths" and "In the shadows of the obscure, My soul forever never more". Other solid tracks include the furious opener, "Fleshless", the duo of "Skinfather" and "Sorrowfilled", and the longer, "Reborn In Blasphemy" and "9th Circle". The album is an excellent showing from start to finish, however.

In conclusion, Dismember did themselves well with Indecent and Obscene. While it might not quite match Like an Ever Flowing Stream, it is another terrific death metal album from some of Sweden's finest. It's goal is simple, to come in and rip your face off with as many schizophrenic screams and forest-falling melodic guitar leads as possible. Goal achieved. Indecent and Obscene gets a 4.5 out of 5.



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ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i figured this needed a review

FadeToBlack
May 16th 2010


11044 Comments


it did, this is amazing and more people need to hear it.

imo best tracks are Fleshless, Skinfather, Reborn In Blasphemy and omg DREAMING IN RED

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

omg DREAMING IN RED




while I do prefer In Death's Sleep, that track is undoubtedly fantastic

FadeToBlack
May 16th 2010


11044 Comments


what's you're favourite Dismember albums after LAEFS and this? cause mine are 'different' to most other peoples :P

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Either TGTNW or WIG

FadeToBlack
May 16th 2010


11044 Comments


haha for me its either Death Metal or Where Ironcrosses Grow. I used to love TGTNW but idk its grown off me a bit

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they are pretty consistent it seems, maybe not as consistent as say, Immolation, but consistent nonetheless

DBlitz
May 16th 2010


1693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

laefs > i&d > misanthropic ep > death metal = WIG = MKC = s/t > TGTNW > HC

FadeToBlack
May 16th 2010


11044 Comments


I looooooove Misanthropic, still need to get that ep though

and yah HC is a poopy

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

opening scream on fleshless slays banshees

liledman
May 16th 2010


3828 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet review man i guess ill have to check this out

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, and yes you should :D

FadeToBlack
May 16th 2010


11044 Comments


Dismember openeres used to be awesome up until and including Death Metal, then something went wrong idk

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OVERRIDE OF THE OVERTURE

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also liledman, you'll want to check this as well...



http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?reviewid=36593





FadeToBlack
May 16th 2010


11044 Comments


FLESHLESS

I SAW THEM DIE

OF FIRE



ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album needs more love

Wizard
May 16th 2010


20209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Having reviewed Like an Ever Flowing Stream, the debut album by Swedish old-school death metal band Dismember, I was instantly hooked. The album combined noticeable amounts of melody along with bludgeoning speed and cruel, unrelenting vocals. After discovering the masterpiece that was Like an Ever Flowing Stream, I now face the task of reviewing 1993's Indecent and Obscene.



I would lose this, you don't need to document the process into how you came about reviewing this. Just beef it up with something more substantially constructive. Good review though, you nailed the majority of content well.



As for this, I almost find this to be on par with their debut.

ShadowRemains
May 16th 2010


25007 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*edited review, loosing the timeline of reviews

Wizard
May 16th 2010


20209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules. Listening now again.



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