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Review: Dismember - Indecent & Obscene
Indecent & Obscene

Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Year released: 1993
Duration: 35:31
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: August 22, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Indecent & Obscene

Rated 4.12/5 (82.38%) (42 Votes)

You have to admire Dismember, one of Sweden's finest death metal exports. They've been pedaling their brand of straight for the throat, face-ripping, limb-hacking death metal for years now and have never really lost steam over their course. While people often give the edge to Entombed, I've always been more in favor of Dismember, they really hit the right nerve with me and boast enough melodic sensibilities to keep me coming back. Of course Like An Ever Flowing Stream is a masterwork in its genre, but I have a certain soft spot for Indecent & Obscene.

At just over 35 minutes this album flashes by in a blaze of fury, with an acidic guitar tone that reeks of Sunlight Studios, a sublime drum sound, with a kick drum that thumps in you bang smack in the chest, I'm left looking like the album cover after going a few rounds with this album. Indecent & Obscene is home to some of the finest riffs the band ever laid down, with each song sitting on at least 2-3 gut-busters. "Fleshless" kicks the festivities off in style, and is a personal favorite Dismember track, showcasing the mighty drum sound Fred Estby laid down a stunning performance here, with loads of great fills that really made me sit back and say "wow".

Indecent & Obscene packs a lot of punch, with the first three tracks being a tour-de-force in Swedish death metal. Special mention has to go to "Dreaming in Red", the opening to this track is actually beautiful and is a great way to introduce the end of the album, after around a minute and a half or so of melodic guitar work they kick back into gear and do what they do best. The whole album is bloody great though. Definitely up there with my favorite death metal albums, any fan of the genre would be a moron to be without this. Highly recommended.

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