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Massive Killing Capacity has Melodies Inside... - 91%

CHRISTI_NS_ANITY8, November 13th, 2008

First of all, look at the cover artwork! Now, tell me if there’s somebody who, at the occurrence, doesn’t want to be that fucking monster-war machine, with all those missiles, machine guns and bullets…this cover artwork is just amazing and the music is just a base for some more violence from these Swedish death metal masters. Yes, because Dismember now are a mature band and usually the third album marks either the downfall of a band or the definitive consecration. Massive Killing Capacity has the second privilege.

The lesser melodic influences we could find on Indecent and Obscene album are now exploded on this one, conserving the brutality of the death metal made in Sweden. The production is again ultra clear, sharp like a blade of that monster through your flesh and all the instruments have acquired a lot of power, bass included that, usually, is always a bit hidden. Here it’s pulsing, loud and here to add more power to the guitars. The vocals are angry, loud and massive with that screamed tonality and the rough approach. “I Saw Them Die” is representative of this evolution: it’s mid-paced, has lots of tempo changes and melodic guitars lines.

The riffs are catchy but always brutal, monolithic and essential. The title track shows far heavier riffs and a different structure that points of the speed of the guitars and the less fast drums patterns. Here too we find catchy rhythmic guitars lines and more melodic solos but everything remains extreme. The real song-masterpiece comes with “On Frozen Fields” because the tremolo picking has more melody on it and has the privilege of remaining stuck in your head for lots of day. This song also shows the very first up tempo parts. Check out the middle section of “To the Bone” with a lot of melodic lines and the solos, among a forest of grooving riffs. Fantastic.

“Warhead” is the classic hit of brutal, relentless death metal in the Swedish way and it contains also galloping riffs, while “Hallucigenia” returns to mid-paced progressions with catchier parts and dark lead lines. In these cases the riffs are in a good mix between the palm muting technique and the lead style. The same, even sadder style can be found in “Collection by Blood” that is another hit here. The melodies take a lot of parts from the new (for the period) melodic death metal that wasn’t yet melodeath and that is good. “Casket Garden” is another great track, one of the best here because displays ultra heavy patterns under mid-paced parts and everything is amplified here in brutality.

The refrains are always catchy and with “Nenia” this band embraces again the melodic death metal influences to create a sorrowfilled scenario, like during a red dusk. This song is jus awesome and once again is not fast, pointing everything on the pure melody, like if the band says: “Hey, we can play in lots of genres but we always create extremely good music”. The same can be said for the last “Life-Another Shape of Sorrow” where, to the melodic overtures they mix also fast up tempo parts and more violent solutions. The organ sounds and the prayers put the end to a great album, the best so far for Dismember.

All in all, this is an album that could shock a bit the purists of death metal for its melodies but it remains a great piece of music in all its forms and Dismember also displayed a great sense of songwriting in order to result perfectly balanced between melody and classic rawness.