DISMEMBER (Swe): “Dismembered” tape 1988 s/p [demo]


Great, great collector item I think, I haven’t really seen this demo much often even back at the beginning of the Death
Metal phenomenon: this bands even precedes what later
was to become CARNAGE and then reformed with more or less
the actual line up. The singer in this demo was named
Robban (same Robban who also playerd in CARNAGE). Anyway
the demo starts with the infamous track “Deathevokation”
which was later recorded in CARNAGE’s masterpiece debut
(and only) Lp on Necrosis and subsequently as a bonus
track in the mini-lp “Pieces” which the band
recorded to promote their US tour with PESTILENCE. Still
a three piece made up of this Robban, Fred Estby and David
Blomqvist, I can only guess how young they were when they
recorded this demo, but the song is a bit loose, not even
fairly as distorted as their characteristical Swedish
sound demanded later. Vocals are hissing and high pitched,
sort of BATHORY-like but once you surpass the first approach,
they’re good, although not OUTSTANDING as those of Matti
in this period. After an unreleased track called “Substantially
Dead”, which is fast but a bit repetitive, the demo
ends with “Defective Decay” (I know this song
has been lately added to “Like An Everflowing Stream”
as a bonus track, with heavily harmonized vocals). Although
way simpler, this demo was malign and genuine, and I still
love to hear it sometimes, especially if you consider
that DISMEMBER has remained my favourite band ever at
least until they recorded the great delusion “Casket
Garden”. Recorded on one side only.

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