I can't say that I like the lyrical topics, but the music makes them fitting because what you get are tremolo picking riffs with a ton of bar chord mania. It's unrelenting music, death metal at its' peak and finest. I think that this one really is captivating to listen to. The reason is because it's so heavy as they tune down their guitars to B and throw at you a conglomeration of riffs that really stand alone never to be heard again in triumph. These guys knew what they were doing and aiming for and they just did it. The fact that it is so heavy yet melodic, Dismember attacks you with such intensity the whole way through. They are a 5-piece and I think that was a smart choice to enter into the metal world that way.
Even though the leads are kind of amateur, they're still good, as the rhythm guitars make up for the fact that this is their first to outrage you with abomination. I think that everything was laid out just right on here though because everything does "flow", the music is what owns. It is definitely a "stream" of heavy guitar work that fits with the vocals and drums are right on top of the music. Everything really fits and there isn't really any flaws here, the guitars wipe out your eardrums in maniacal intensity. Dismember is really unique here, captivating and grasping that Swedish tone to the music meaning that it's raw, melodic, heavy, uncompromising and lacking in any sort of deficit. It simply owns!
Well the track that really hit home with me that you can YouTube is "Override To the Overture." But all the songs are really uncompromising death metal. If they kept that melodic sound entirely like on the opener, they'd be more in the melodic death metal genre. But they are not, they simply put something out there that is heavy and don't compromise. The music is the most notable, but the vocals compliment the music quite nicely. Everything fits here and you won't find an ounce of boredom on any track. It's really an amazing monumental album. It is on YouTube, the whole thing, so take a listen and now on Willowtip there's 4 bonus tracks. They feature an even more raw sound.
In conclusion, 'Like An Ever Flowing Stream' is an album that stands alone as I think their greatest one to date. Nothing captures you quite as well as this one. It really is a masterpiece because of its' musicianship, quality, precision, production sound, defamation and uncanny music that's entirely their own. They entered well into the death metal world and it's too bad to see them leave it, but they did leave it with good things to reflect upon. This one is the first and most notable death metal album to date for the band. If you're skeptical, just listen to it on YouTube and if you like it, get the reissue. The bonus tracks are great and you get that heavy, raw sound they're known for even greater!
Reviewed By Death8699 (email@example.com).