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4.0 out of 5 stars A classic slice of Swedish Death Metal, 11 Jan 2006
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A. Hughes "huez2000" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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It was bands like Dismember and the slightly superior Entombed that helped to start the Scandinavian death metal scene in the late 80's and early 90's. Great to see they're still going to this day actually, which says a lot for their longevity and more importantly, the quality of their music. I remember picking up this gem on tape after it received excellent reviews when it was originally released in 1991 and having worn the tape out over the years, I'm delighted that the nice people at Nuclear Blast have re-released it for newer fans to enjoy.

This album received a lot of controversial press when it was originally released due to song titles such as 'Skin her alive', and was actually impounded by UK customs at the time for indecent and obscene lyrics. This, in my opinion, only helped the album to shift more copies and its lyrics were certainly no more 'obscene' than some of the other death metal acts around at the time (Cannibal Corpse, Autopsy etc). Anyway, to the music and as a debut release, it ranks among some of the finest death metal releases of this time period. The raw sound, buzzsaw guitars and sometimes punk like like vocals from Matti Kärki helped establish this record as a pure and extreme slab of Swedish death metal. It was recorded at the now famous Sunlight studios in Stockholm and although the production may not be as tight as today's standards, this album still stands the test of time.

All in all, a classic death metal release from 1991 and a very fine debut which has gone on to inspire countless bands in the genre throughout the years. Great to see that with later releases they haven't compromised their brutal style either. If you are a fan of early 90's death metal then this album should be an essential part of your collection. There are four bonus tracks on the re-release too, so go pick it up. Check out the wonderful Dan Seagrave cover artwork also, great stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome filthy, dirty old-school Death Metal, 10 Sep 2004
In the simplest of terms, Dismember are one of the greatest Death Metal bands in the history of the genre. Along with their countrymen and close colleagues Entombed, they introduced the rest of the world to the so-called 'Sunlight sound', named after the studio in Stockholm where they recorded their finest material. Sounding similar in style to the better-known Entombed's early releases, Dismember have both a guitar sound and a bottom end to die for. The guitars sound like a rusty chainsaw with pick-ups attached to it whilst the bass on this recording could level a house with enough volume. The music is mainly mid-paced to quick (no ridiculous speedblasts, anyway) and the vocals are gruff and harsh, but not overly brutal. It's got the old school DM song titles down to a fine art as well, with such classics as 'Soon To Be Dead' and the all time classic 'Skin Her Alive'. In short, it's got everything you could ever ask from a semi-melodic Death Metal release. This is their debut release from way back in 1991, but in truth their style hasn't altered very much over the years, not that that's'a problem when it sounds as good as this. If you're a fan of Death Metal, chances are you already have a copy of this record and you've played it nearly to the point where it no longer works. If you're a fan of the genre and you don't own a copy, you need to get yourself one, simple as that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kingmaker Band?, 10 Oct 2002
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Mr. D. G. Hazeldine "Dr. Sticks" (Kidderminster) - See all my reviews
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How many people have heard of the band Entombed? Well, it may interest you to know that these guys released this album around the time of Entombed's first 'Left Hand Path', and has a similar feel to it.
The main differences between the two albums are two-fold:-
1) Dismember were faster.
2) Dismember included more melody (at the time)
Not only that, but with a slightly better low-end production too!
If you've never heard 'Left Hand Path', then imagine great, mid-paced death metal, with variable tempo, a slight dash of punk, a slight dash of melody, and one of the lowest low-end bass sounds ever produced (until Mortician). This album follows that, and this style was good enough to be named 'The Swedish Sound' in Terrorizer's 90's issue. 'Like An Everflowing Stream' is also included in their best of the 90's, along with 'Left Hand Path', and you're about to find out why (especialy if you buy it).
The opener sets the tone. 'Override of The Overture'. The riffs come out furiously, rumbling the windows of the house as they do so, and give way to a more melodic chorus. The whole album goes back to this theme in different ways: sometimes faster songs, sometimes slower, but always with that dash of melody.
As with 'Left Hand Path', this can be described as old-school, but it's what showed the nu-school what to do...
Essential, as it captures the essence of the early 90's period of death metal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, influential old-school Sunlight style Death Metal, 30 Aug 2004
In the simplest of terms, Dismember are one of the greatest Death Metal bands in the history of the genre. Along with their countrymen and close colleagues Entombed, they introduced the rest of the world to the so-called 'Sunlight sound', named after the studio in Stockholm where they recorded their finest material. Sounding similar in style to the better-known Entombed's early releases, Dismember have both a guitar sound and a bottom end to die for. The guitars sound like a rusty chainsaw with pick-ups attached to it whilst the bass on this recording could level a house with enough volume. The music is mainly mid-paced to quick (no ridiculous speedblasts, anyway) and the vocals are gruff and harsh, but not overly brutal. It's got the old school DM song titles down to a fine art as well, with such classics as 'Soon To Be Dead' and the all time classic 'Skin Her Alive'. In short, it's got everything you could ever ask from a semi-melodic Death Metal release. This is their debut release from way back in 1991, but in truth their style hasn't altered very much over the years, not that that's'a problem when it sounds as good as this. If you're a fan of Death Metal, chances are you already have a copy of this record and you've played it nearly to the point where it no longer works. If you're a fan of the genre and you don't own a copy, you need to get yourself one, simple as that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best since Abba, 23 Nov 2013
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Abba were always known for the exquisitely layered sound,and although they are a different source of energy . . .Dismember are equal in brilliancy . . .multi - tempo'd soundscapes fit for a Vikings orgy on the swashbuckle . . .deep razor shifts in beat and beauty . . .

Lemmy had begun to plant seeds way back in the 60s with The Vickers . . .then with Space Ritual in the early 70s with space - masters Hawkwind . . .then . . .Motorhead . . .

An as anyone with a fraction of a brain cell can hear . . .his influence has been positively devastating . . .

Mickey Dee,the Swedish Seat of Power,knows all there is to know about everything else in Central - Inner - Sanctum -hood . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is -Bar none., 14 Mar 2012
As far as death metal is concerned, (American or Swedish) this is absolutely right up there with the true epitome and essence of this genre along with a few other remarkable stone-solid classics, which too helped to ensure death metal's long term survival but also to set a new musical standard that was extra-ordinarily high. This truly is unbeatable stuff from Dismember; not only is this a debut statement from the band but they apparently only had 12 days to complete it on a small budget to get the thing out there. Well their efforts and attention to detail has really paid off here as evidenced throughout:- every "sing song" on here is a classic and that artwork cover just tops it all off I would say and is indeed definitely something to write home about. The legend of Dan Seagrave painting such a grim but a very fitting musical portrait of the contents inside gives a clue if nothing else.

"Override of the Overture" kick's things off with a barren and hope-less theme, which quickly transpires into a rapid solo lead, and then onwards into a deadly heavy mid-section. The vocals and guitar work here are simply stunning throughout and it is one of my favorites by them. Next, comes the crushing and absolutely devastating "Soon to be dead" which is a very crazy thrash and death metal workout that is all over before the 2 minute mark is reached but the effect is intense! along with the brutal guitar chops consistently hitting the listener. "Bleed for me" is another torturous deliverance of anger and spite and one that excellently demonstrates the buzzing guitar tone; but toward "And so is life" again one which is another favorite, which is flowing with lots of excellent ideas; a gun clip sound unleashes the gates of hell in a brutal and slab heavy start which then goes on to develop into some face melting riff patterns which batter the ears and the soul in terrific style.

"Dismembered" is without doubt the very best song on the album; the best song by Dismember and one of the best death metal songs ever penned. This is the track that describes, (in just one word what Dismember are all about.) The tuneful and melodic intro -suddenly dissipates into an unexpected death metal barrage which then continues to settle into some superb leads and drum patterns. Further in, a twisted and spiraling solo lead develops the morbid atmosphere with the presence of an ever prominent -guitar power chord buzzing. At six minutes, hardly short, but is ample time for this song to get all it's hatred and spite out. "Skin her alive" had previously caused outrage with some people due to it's direct and anti-respectful title to women. However, the song is in fact (lyrically) rarely as bad as Slayer's or Cannibal corpse's early stuff ever was, so I personally never saw any problem with this. Though it does give us a unique perspective of a momentous murder of a woman; Etc. Etc. Anyhow, the song itself is one of the most brutal on the album; just a chopy, buzzing and consistent track which bleeds the living hell out of the listener with it's dark persistent leads and intelligent guitar licks.

"Sickening art" is yet another dose of heavy tectonic bashings in death metal but one that is distinctive from all the songs previously in that there is a great sense of individuality and evil, as the song title itself amply implies. Again, the riffs in this song are sick and unbelievable; which go perfectly hand in hand with inspired chorus structures. "In death's sleep" is also another genuine classic in it's own right; and one which starts of with a heavy and slow vibe only to then transcend in-grandeur scale into the depth's of the abyss and truly horrendous evils. Choppy, thick and heavy dismember chops are ever present as is the high pitched "spurring" guitar. More perfection! "Deathevocation" is a slow and guitar heavy crusher which before long pick up and the tempo speed increases. A-typical dismember death, and possibly the least classic of all the ten tracks; still enjoyable though. The final track "Defective decay" is a damaging and battering full-on Dismember onslaught and riffage fest. The vocals have apparently undergone some evident distortion here, but don't let this put you off! as the song is still superbly great none-the-less. Indeed, what a dangerously subversive song and close to such an album!

"Like an everflowing stream" in some respects may be the curse of it's own excellence as this album (in my opinion) simply cannot be beaten in this musical arena, which obviously left any future work done by dismember certain to come up short. Although (Indecent and obscene) came pretty close! which to some extent shows just how good this album is. 1991 was undoubtably a hall mark year for the genre itself, as it was with countless other classic bands delivering straight up front some great and timeless material. At the end of the day "Like an everflowing stream" is a monumental thrash death classic that was created by a group of young -unknown hopefuls in Sweden and one that is highly unlikely to be ever beaten -even to this day. There are currently three issues of this album to my knowledge: A 1991 first-press release, a 1995 digipak outing with two bonus tracks (Torn apart & Justifiable homicide;) and a recent 2012 new release. However, it doesn't matter which one you happen to get in hindsight, (Unless your a collector or after a particular addition.) Just make sure you get out there and grab a copy of "Like an everflowing stream," as quickly and as in anyway you can. An exceptional album and/ The best there is -Bar none!
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, 2 Oct 2006
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buy this and see what great metal is all about.

no more can be said.

even from back in the day this still sounds awesome and is up there as a masterpiece of furious metal magic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars buy this, 29 Sep 2006
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need i say more.

if you are into metal of any sort then this HAS to be on your shelf.

one of the all time classic metal albums.

brilliant stuff.
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