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The God That Never Was
Released: 2006, Regain Records
Reviewer: Addison Herron-Wheeler
Editors Note: Metal-Rules.com was founded in 1995 as a forward thinking site. Our goal is, and always has been, to support Real Metal. The decision was made that very rarely do we ever go back and review an album from before 1995. Does the world really need another CD review of Master Of Puppets, Powerslave or Screaming For Vengeance? We don’t think so. We have always supported what is happening now.
Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any websites were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
Like many classic bands, Dismember hardly need an introduction. They are gods of Swedish death metal, they are classic - but unfortunately, like many classic bands, they usually get remembered mostly for their most popular works, and tend to almost get defined by them. When most think Dismember, they think LIKE AN EVERFLOWING STREAM, and while this is arguably one of the greatest death metal albums of all time, being great enough to create a masterpiece shouldn’t detract from the enjoyment of an artist’s other works.
THE GOD THAT NEVER WAS is a bit unusual for the band in that instead of being characterized by slow, sludgy and melodic groove, it is fast and aggressive, even bordering on thrashy and grindy at some points. For this reason, the album tends to get written off, but as far as late-in-their-career efforts go for classic death metal groups, this one actually stands the test of time. The songs are aggressive and actually sound relevant with what was going on with death metal in 2006, and they do slow it down in a few places, on songs like the plodding “Into the Temple of Humiliation.”
All in all, this album won’t necessarily knock your socks off – if fast and thrashy is all you are after, there are better records out there, and if you are such a die-hard oldschool Dismember fan that you can’t stand anything that doesn’t sound like EVERFLOWING STREAM, you might get disappointed. But, as far as a later effort by a classic band goes, this is definitely worth adding to your collection.
1. The God That Never Was
2. Shadows of the Mutilated
3. Time Heals Nothing
5. Never Forget, Never Forgive
6. Trail of the Dead
7. Phantoms (of the Oath)
8. Into the Temple of Humiliation
9. Blood for Paradise
10. Feel the Darkness
11. Where no Ghost is Holy
Matti Kärki – Vocals
Fred Estby - Drums
David Blomqvist - Guitar, Bass
Martin Persson - Guitar, Bass
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