DISMEMBER - Live Blasphemies
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Escapi Music
YEAR: August 24th, 2004
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Target Distribution
Finally after much delay the long awaited double DVD from Swedish old school death metallers Dismember is here and of course the immediate question is; was it worth the wait? And the answer is YES without any shred of doubt.
Disc one contains a live concert recorded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2003 which is captured in 5.1 digital surround sound and shot with several cameras from multiply angles. The set list range from their debut Like an Everflowing Stream up and till Hate Campaign but with the main weight put on the material from Like an Everflowing Stream.
Of course there's always songs you miss hearing when watching or hearing a live DVD or CD and it isn't really any different with Live Blasphemies but while the missing presence of Dismember classics like "Dreaming in Red", "Death Evocation" or "Override the Overture" may seem a little to obvious they are in fact featured on the documentary disc though in a less flattering production due to the fact that they were captured on home video but more on that later. But regardless missing songs or not the band delivers an intense and furious live performance that leaves little to be desired.
However the real interesting part is actually disc two which is an 82 minute documentary. It is really skilful and interesting put together and gives in depths look into the history of the band. Drummer Fred Estby, guitarist David Blomqvist and vocalist Matti Kärki is interviewed in Swedish by Candlemass main man Leif Edling. But there's no need to worry 'cause you're able to chose subtitles in the menu if your Swedish is a bit rusty like mine is.
The three all have some fun and interesting stories to tell including the infamous story when the band went to trail in England due to the indecent and obscene nature of their lyrics. In between all the talking there's plenty of video material including rare footage from their first live appearance in 1988 and various other performances and even some home video shots. Of course the quality of those videos is not that great but it doesn't matter and in a way it also provides the whole thing with a great deal of charm
I would have given Live Blasphemies 10/10 in score if only the live concert had been a little longer than the approximately 50 minutes it is and if the promo video for "Soon to be Dead" had been included but despite these minor things the DVD is still great and if you have the slightest interested in Dismember or are curious to know how the Swedish death metal scene was in the early days then Live Blasphemies is a must.