Yes, this album causes nostalgia. Nostalgia to past days, where Death Metal still existed in the form of eagerness and the will to make a change or to set a landmark in the history of the genre forever. DISMEMBER represent the Swedish Death Metal movement that have made a different approach to modern day Death Metal than their American counterparts from Florida, New York, etc. This type of music is characterized through moments of pure aggression and songs that create a certain dusk-like atmosphere, only to burst into frenzied ravage over and over. DiISMEMBER pick up right after where they left off with their last intense EP "Pieces", to create yet another solid slab of Swedish Death Metal. "Indecent And Obscene" is their second full length album and has its own charm, hence making it difficult to differentiate wether it's their greatest effort or not.
The instant this album starts a loud and tormented scream, accompanied by down tuned, sawing guitars and a past pace drum beat introduce the listener into the madness yet to come. DISMEMBER surely know how Death Metal has to be presented, since the first song, "Fleshless", immediately catches attention, making it difficult to stop listening. At the same time you will be finding yourself nodding the head back and forth in a violent motion. The song pattern interrupts at times, bringing pounding staccato riffs at certain parts of songs, contributing to the effectiveness of each individual chorus, pre-chorus or n-bridge. Drum parts associate these groovy and choppy riffs with amazing double bass streams and an impressive variation on toms and cymbals.
The raw production of the whole record is an atmospheric frenzy filled with pure aggression and energy, transcending the emotion of post-apocalyptic hopelessness to another level of perception. Its instrument is full gain flowing into the guitar sound in combination with a permutation of catchy, sawing riffs and assaulting drum beats. The whole ideology of the genre is reduced to its aggressive side and derives from the unsaturated beast within the curious listener. The more melodic parts are representative for the typical Swedish sound, but with a far more fierce approach than later Gothenburg melodic Death Metal acts (such as IN FLAMES, SOILWORK or DARK TRANQUILLITY). The whole magic of this release lies within its simplicity. As soon as a seemingly docile melody is spotted, it immediately gets battered into the ground by yet another awe-inspiring, brutal, yet majestic riff. No song has any room for heartbreaking romantic moments that simply do not belong here.
Highly recommended for any fan of Death Metal.
(Online June 29, 2009)