In 1991, the Swedish Deathers of DISMEMBER released their debut album "Like An Everflowing Stream". Within a short time, this album reached a status as a classic in Death Metal genre and it was one of the best Death Metal debuts of all time.
The band, in 1991 consisting of the musicians Matti Kärki (vocals), David Bloomquist (guitar), Robert Sennebaeck (guitar), Richard Diamon (bass) and Fred Estby (drums), represented themselves on "Like An..." in a brutal Death Metal vesture. But the songs offer also sometimes melodic guitar leads to loosen the heavy stuff and to add a vast variety. By the way, forementioned leads are performed by Nicke Andersson (ex-ENTOMBED/HELLACOPTERS).
Solely the opener "Override Of The Overtune" is a classic by its own. Who listens to that piece will inevitably recognize, who had an influence on a band like DISSECTION. I won't claim that DISSECTION copied the sound of DISMEMBER, but their style is pretty similar. All the ten songs are complete killers. Songs like "Soon To Be Dead", "Dismembered" or "Skin Her Alive" should be known by every Deathhead and should cause a tremor in the neck musculature.
"Like An Everflowing Stream" gained also a special fame with its lyrics. I don't want to describe them exactly but they are best to compare with CARCASS or CANNIBAL CORPSE, so nothing for a child's birthday. Moreover, this album had been confiscated by the English and Australian custom and the import was stopped. After a long law suit, the band won and the album was allowed to distribute. That swirl was naturally the best advertising for the album and so it developed into a highlight. But mainly because of the music. Which Death Metal grunter barks so agressively on a debut like Matti Kärki? And which guitar duo had such a speed and pressure in its fingers? There are no breather and no crave! Only a thick crushing hammer. To mention is also that the sound wasn't 100% but also barely worse than todays' releases of the band.
In my opinion, only "Clandestine" from ENTOMBED and DEATH with "Scream Bloody Gore" could keep up as best debut albums with "Like An Everflowing Stream". "Like An Everflowing Stream" is and will ever be a masterpiece in Death Metal for all time.
Who wants to buy it should try to get the DigiPak edition because there are additionally the two songs "Torn Apart" and "Justifiable Homicide"!
Check out tips: all (Online October 15, 2003)