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A Bridge Too Far - 73%

OzzyApu, June 4th, 2011

Two tracks from this album suck balls: “Wardead” and “Casket Garden” (and “Justifiable Homicide” if you have that song on your copy). These same tracks were included on the Casket Garden EP and should have only appeared on that release. Ideally, they should have never been released or recorded, but in the end they were, and that’s why this album gets knocked down hard. Massive Killing Capacity already has some faults that make it inferior to most of the other Dismember albums, but these tracks in particular are shit.

So with that out of the way, this album goes in a more Gothenburg direction than the first two albums. They wouldn’t touch on this sound heavily until later albums, but here is where the sound is very apparent in the riffs. It’s that, plus the drop in deafening power do to the production, that make this album sound less aggressive than every other Dismember album. The music is still wretched death metal, but it’s got less force to it. The riffs also have a touch of groove to them, much like what Entombed was doing with Wolverine Blues. Thankfully Dismember ditched the idea with the next album, but what they experimented with remains on this album.

For instance, instead of the usual cut-throat growls that Kärki nails on each album, he goes for really lame harsh yelling on tracks like “Wardead” and “Casket Garden”. These yells are highly annoying and are along the same lines of what Petrov did in Entombed at the time. As if the vocals weren’t the only thing to butcher, the riffs were also toyed with. If you dig the death ‘n’ roll style, then you’ll be fine (for the most part), and for “Casket Garden” the riff isn’t terrible, but it’s still a far cry from the goodness that Dismember is capable of. They accomplish deeper compositions on the other tracks, but those two (and “Justifiable Homicide”) are the dumbed-down tracks that accomplish very little. The aforementioned stains on Dismember’s lengthy career are surrounded, however, by more compelling tracks like the poignant “Life – Another Shape Of Sorrow”, the ferocious “To The Bone”, the harmonic “On Frozen Fields,” and the elegant instrumental “Nenia” (very akin to “Dreaming In Red”). Estby’s consistent drumming isn’t as hellish as before, by the way, but it gets the job done as the main companion to the riffs and bass.

Massive Killing Capacity could have been another staple in death metal, but a few lame tracks and a stunted production job keep it from becoming such an entity. No doubt a few tracks make it into my favorites from Dismember (notably “Nenia”), but the sum is less astounding than the parts. This is all by Dismember’s standards, of course, for in death metal it’s a pretty good album. What it does accomplish is moving Dismember into more melodic / Gothenburg territory, but such is a bridge too far for this band.