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Blistering Song of the Day: Dismember's "Crime Divine"

By: David E. Gehlke

Dismember - “Crime Divine”
From 1995’s Massive Killing Capacity (Nuclear Blast)

When the death metal bubble burst in the mid-90’s and hundreds of sound-alikes didn’t know what to do with themselves, leave it to a band like Dismember to slightly change course to remain fresh. On 1995’s Massive Killing Capacity, the Swedes slowed the pace and let the crunch ring, resulting in their heaviest, but most derided album in their illustrious catalog. Many have claimed this was the band’s attempt at mimicking Entombed’s Wolverine Blues, but there’s not a trace of rock swagger here. It’s total death...don't be fooled into thinking otherwise.

The band has long disowned Massive Killing Capacity for its supposed rock and traditional metal tendencies, but “Crime Divine” is the band's heaviest cut. Hitting hard right out of the floodgates, “Crime Divine” has a war-like surge that replicates the album’s artwork that displays…a killing machine. Can’t go wrong with death metal imagery done right. Plus, it culminates with a melodic solo that staves off a headhunting mid-section that simply crushes. This is one of the most brutal songs in Swedish death metal history. Bank on it.


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