Released: 2004, Escapi / Sound Pollution
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
The Swedish band Dismember was one of the bands who first started out the Swedish death metal wave at the beginning of the 1990’s and still today they have refused to change their concept or music. This double DVD is their first DVD release and it contains a concert and a documentary about the band.
On this disc we have a newly recorded live show from Klubben in Stockholm done in 2003. Dismember delivers only pure old school death metal of highest quality. The disc kicks off with “Dismembered” and then follows with both older and newer material like “Casket Garden”, “Of Fire”, “Skinfather” and “Skin Her Alive” and“Hate Campaign”. The band have almost nothing on stage besides the equipment of course. The only thing they have is a big backdrop behind drummer Fred Estby with the cover form the old single ”Pieces” that only contains the bands heads that’s been cut off their bodies. Dismember play songs from the album HATE CAMPAIGN and back because when this DVD were taped the new album WHERE IRONCROSSES GROW hadn’t been released yet.
It seems to be a very small stage because the members doesn’t move around so much. Martin Persson (guitar), David Blomqvist (guitar) and Richard Cabeza (bass) stands at the front and headbang on the spot. The only one who really moves across the stage is the singer Matti Kärki, who works really hard to get the crowd going. He doesn’t have to try so hard because on this evening it looks like Klubben is sold out and therefore it looks really hot. Personally I think that Kärki has big similarities in his body moves with the singer in Entombed. Kärki doesn’t talk so much between the songs instead he lets the music do the talking. He says mostly just “thank you” and introduces the next song. But when it comes to “Casket Garden” and “Skin Her Alive” he tells us a bit about what the songs are about.
The shooting is great. The cameramen have filmed the concert in various angles and they have also added a lot of shots of the crowd. It feels like they have put in some time on filming something special and to make you feel as you are a part of the concert. All of the guys are also filmed, even Extby behind the drums but the focus is on Kärki. The lighting is acceptable too. No one stands in the dark and plays. It really looks that the band have thought of the lighting.
If you haven’t got the chance to catch the band live then buy this DVD because it’s a great chance to experience them live. It almost feels like you are actually at the show this evening even though you sit at home on your sofa eating chocolate bon bons and drinking Yoo-hoo. It’s really fun to see these legends/pioneers in action and especially for me who was a part of the first Swedish death metal wave back in the beginning of the 1990’s.
The only negative thing is the short play time. The concert is only about 50 minutes and that’s way too short in my opinion. It also lacks a few favorites in the set-list and I also think that they should print out when the show took place not just as it says now “during 2003”. This is taken from a show in their home-town Stockholm and of course Kärki talks Swedish but the show is subtitled in English, Spanish, Italian, German and French so that everyone outside Sweden also has a chance to understand what he says. As an extra bonus on disc 1 there is a photo gallery and a discography with pictures enhanced on every member with facts about them.
Disc 2 is a 80 minute documentary about the band where Matti Kärki, David Blomberg and Fred Estby are interviewed by Leif Edling and they tell us all about the band from the start until today. The interview mixes with bootleg live videos and backstage material. If the material only had been bootleg stuff it had been quite boring to look at but now when it’s extra material it’s only fun to watch. The bootleg sequences are taken from all around the world.
If you are a fan of Swedish death metal this DVD is a given purchase. I can only agree with what it says on the back of the DVD cover “One of the few true and pure death metal bands…not giving in to any trends what so ever”.