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Dismember
Live Blasphemies DVD
January 2005
Released: 2004, Escapi / Sound Pollution
Rating: 4.0/5
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.



Disc 1



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



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”.
Track Listing

DVD1

1. Dismembered
2. Soon To Be Dead
3. Casket Garden
4. On Fire
5. Bleed For Me
6. Skinfather
7. Misanthropic
8. I Saw Them Die
9. Skin Her Alive
10. In Death’s Sleep
11. Hate Campaign

DVD 2

Documentary

Lineup

Richard Cabeza – bass
Martin Persson – guitar
David Blomqvist – guitar
Fred Estby – drums
Matti Kärki – lead vocals


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Dismember
Live Blasphemies DVD
March 2005
Released: 2004, Escapi Entertainment
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Waspman

Dismember have been slogging it out on the death metal circuit for a damn long time (since 1988!), so if any underground band deserved its own retrospective DVD, it’s them. I’ll dispense with the introductions there, as everyone reading this should know of these guys by now and should have heard at least one of their classic albums. So, one with the DVD!

Housed in a disappointing barebones packaging, the case of LIVE BLASPHEMIES isn’t much to look at. For that matter, neither is the booklet, which has nothing but a few band pictures. Disc one is a full live show by the band in their native Sweden, at the end of one of their most recent tours. The crowd greets the band as the returning heroes they surely are, going wild from the first minute that the band takes the stage. With Dismember, you know that you’re going to get nothing put pure Swedish death metal, no frills attached, and that is exactly what the band delivers over the course of this show. The band bashes through a basic “best of” set, heavy on songs from their debut CD, LIKE AN EVER-FLOWING STREAM. Favorites like “Of Fire”, “Casket Garden”, and the infamous “Skin Her Alive” draw the biggest reactions from the crowd, and the fieriest performances from the band. Matti Karki keeps his between song raps short and to the point, making sure to dedicate “Skin Her Alive” to all of the ladies in attendance. Throughout, the sound is serviceable, but certainly not the best I’ve ever heard on a metal DVD. It’s good, but a bit thin. Likewise, the picture quality is good, but not spectacular. A major gripe I have is the fact that the show is so damned short – only 50 minutes, and there’s literally nothing else on the disc! There’s just a discography and short biography of the band.

Luckily, disc two’s 80-minute documentary more than makes up for the lack of goodies on disc one. For die-hard Dismember fans, this disc is the true reason to get this DVD. Featuring a fairly in-depth interview with Matti, Fred, and David, the band’s entire career is covered from their inception right up until the most recent WHERE IRONCROSSES GROW. Seeing the band tell anecdotes about their trial in England in ’92 and losing their equipment because they were too drunk to find it is entertainment of the highest order. Interspersed with the interview are live clips throughout the years, dating all they way back to the band’s first ever show! These clips are a treasure trove of rarely seen performances, some of which are almost as high quality as the show on disc one!

In all, this disc is definitely worth it for Dismember fans. It’s got everything you’ll ever want and more. A little more meat on disc one would’ve helped, but for the price, this double disc DVD certainly demands attention.
Track Listing

Disc One (Live Show):
1) Dismembered
2) Soon to be Dead
3) Casket Garden
4) Of Fire
5) Bleed for Me
6) Skinfather
7) Misanthropic
8) I Saw Them Die
9) Skin Her Alive
10) In Death’s Sleep
11) Hate Campaign

Disc Two:
1) Documentary

Lineup

Matti Karki: Vocals
David Blomqvist: Lead Guitar
Martin Persson: Rhythm Guitar
Richard Cabeza: Bass
Fred Estby: Drums


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