STYLE: ORIGIN: SwedenFORMED: 1988LABEL: Regain Records
  • Matti Kärki-Vocals
  • Martin Persson-Guitars
  • David Blomqvist-Guitars
  • Tobias Cristiansson-Bass
  • Thomas Daun-Drums

Dismember was a Swedish death metal band that was active from 1988 to 2011. The band are reportedly planning to reunite in 2018 to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Pioneers of Swedish death metal, Dismember is now considered one of the country’s “big four”, alongside EntombedGrave and Unleashed.

The band formed in Stockholm in 1988. After a hiatus, during which several members joined Carnage, the band began recording in earnest in 1991 and released their debut, Like an Ever Flowing Stream in 1991. The album is today heralded as a milestone for the burgeoning Swedish death metal scene and established the band’s fanbase, which was further bolstered by the controversy surrounding one song in particular, “Skin Her Alive”. The song prompted an obscenity charge in the United Kingdom, against which the band successfully defended themselves. 

In 1992, Dismember released the Pieces EP, and the following year continued with second full-length Indecent & Obscene which featured their song “Dreaming in Red”; the “Dreaming in Red” video clip was shown in MTV’s Headbangers Ball. According to an interview with fellow Nuclear Blast group Benediction in metallian.com, Dismember and the said band got into a business dispute and eventually a fisticuff at this stage over tour arrangements and moneys owed.

Like many of the other Scandinavian death metal bands, Dismember began softening their sound in the mid-1990s, with 1995’s Massive Killing Capacity more melodic approaches, which had a good public response. Nevertheless, they attempted a return to style with 1997’s Death Metal, which ultimately became a sales disappointment. Their last album for Nuclear Blast was 2000’s Hate Campaign.

Around 2003, Dismember set a new path and signed for Karmageddon Records. In 2004, they released their sole album with that label titled Where Ironcrosses Grow which some thought sounds close to Hate Campaign and was inspired by Iron Maiden and Autopsy.

They switched record companies again in 2005, signing to Regain Records, which bought the rights to their earlier albums as well and released them as luxury digipak editions. In 2006, Dismember released their seventh album The God That Never Was continuing in the style of its predecessor. The band spent February on the road in Europe. In November 2006, Dismember toured Europe as part of the Masters of Death tour, with GraveUnleashedEntombed and Exterminator.

After the release of The God That Never Was and some touring, Estby left the band “after long and careful consideration”. In a posting on the official site on April 20, 2007, Estby cites the demands of touring and the needs of his family as key reasons for him leaving the band. His statements appears as “My decision to put my family in first hand makes it impossible to keep on touring and commit to the band full time. I want to thank all the fans, friends, bands and all the other cool people I’ve met through the years and I wish Dismember all the best in the future. Fred.”

In April 2008, they released their eighth and final album, Dismember.

Dismember released a two-disc DVD titled Under Blood Red Skies in late July 2009. The live concerts were filmed in the Netherlands and at the 2008 Party San Open Air Festival in Bad Berka, Germany. The DVD also included a documentary and interviews with band members. The cover art was created by Erik Danielsson of Trident Art.

On October 16, 2011, bassist Tobias Cristiansson revealed in a statement that Dismember had broken up: “After 23 years, Dismember have now decided to quit. We wish to thank all our fans for your support.”

On a possible reunion, drummer Fred Estby told Invisible Oranges in August 2016: “People were telling me that all the time. So maybe we should try to do some shows and get everything back. We always owned our rights to the albums and shirts, but there’s still loose ends to tie up. I just wanted to set the record straight and hopefully do some shows in the future.”

Dismember is reportedly gearing up to reunite in 2018 to celebrate their 30th anniversary.


Dismember / 2008

  • Album Info
  • 2008
  • Regain Records

1. Death Conquers All
2. Europa Burns
3. Under a Blood Red Sky
4. The Hills Have Eyes
5. Legion
6. Tide of Blood
7. Combat Fatigue
8. No Honor in Death
9. To End It All
10. Dark Depths
11. Black Sun

Dismember (also known by members as the Untitled album) is the eighth and final studio album by Swedish death metal band Dismember. It was released February 18, 2008 by Regain Records. 

The God That Never Was / 2006

Dismember-The God That Never Was
  • Album Info
  • 2006
  • Regain Records

1. The God That Never Was
2. Shadows of the Mutilated
3. Time Heals Nothing
4. Autopsy
5. Never Forget, Never Forgive
6. Trail of the Dead
7. Phantoms (Of the Oath)
8. Into the Temple of Humiliation
9. Blood for Paradise
10. Feel the Darkness
11. Where No Ghost Is Holy

The God That Never Was is the seventh album by Dismember. A music video was made for the track “Trail of the Dead”

Where Ironcrosses Grow / 2004

Dismember-Where Ironcrosses Grow
  • Album Info
  • 2004
  • Karmageddon Media

1. Where Ironcrosses Grow
2. Forged with Hate
3. Me-God
4. Tragedy of the Faithful
5. Chasing the Serpent
6. Where Angels Fear to Tread
7. Sword of Light
8. As the Coins upon Your Eyes
9. Children of the Cross
10. As I Pull the Trigger

Where Ironcrosses Grow is the sixth full-length album by Swedish death metal band Dismember, released in 2004 on Karmageddon Media. 

Hate Campaign / 2000

Dismember-Hate Campaign
  • Album Info
  • 2000
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Suicidal Revelations
2. Questionable Ethics
3. Beyond Good & Evil
4. Retaliate
5. Enslaved to Bitterness
6. Mutual Animosity
7. Patrol 17
8. Thanatology
9. Bleeding Over
10. In Death’s Cold Embrace
11. Hate Campaign
12. Live To Hate
13. Unhealing Scars

Hate Campaign is the fifth full-length album by Swedish death metal band Dismember, released in 2000 on Nuclear Blast Records. 

Death Metal / 1997

Dismember-Death Metal
  • Album Info
  • 1997
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Of Fire
2. Trendkiller
3. Misanthropic
4. Let the Napalm Rain
5. Live for the Fear (Of Pain)
6. Stillborn Ways
7. Killing Compassion
8. Bred for War
9. When Hatred Killed the Light
10. Ceremonial Comedy
11. Silent Are the Watchers
12. Mistweaver

Death Metal is the fourth album by Swedish death metal band, Dismember. The fourth track, “Let The Napalm Rain”, opens with a sample from the movie Apocalypse Now.

Massive Killing Capacity / 1995

Dismember-Massive Killing Capacity
  • Album Info
  • 1995
  • Nuclear Blast

1. I Saw Them Die
2. Massive Killing Capacity
3. On Frozen Fields
4. Crime Divine
5. To the Bone
6. Wardead
7. Hallucigenia
8. Collection by Blood
9. Casket Garden
10. Nenia
11. Life – Another Shape of Sorrow
12. “Justifiable Homicide”
13. “Collection of Blood” (Demo)
14. “Life – Another Shape of Sorrow” (Demo)
15. “On Frozen Fields/Shadowslands” (Demo)

Massive Killing Capacity is the third album by Dismember. It was re-released by Regain Records in 2005. A music video was made for the track “Casket Garden”.

Indecent and Obscene / 1993

Dismember-Indecent And Obscene
  • Album Info
  • 1993
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Fleshless
2. Skinfather
3. Sorrowfilled
4. Case # Obscene
5. Souldevourer
6. Reborn in Blasphemy
7. Eviscerated (Bitch)
8. 9th Circle
9. Dreaming in Red

Indecent & Obscene is the second album by Dismember. The album is accompanied by two music videos for the tracks “Skinfather” and “Dreaming in Red”. It’s also their best-selling album to this day. 

Like an Everflowing Stream / 1991

Dismember-Like an Everflowing Stream
  • Album Info
  • 1991
  • Nuclear Blast

1. Override of the Overture
2. Soon to Be Dead
3. Bleed for Me
4. And So Is Life
5. Dismembered
6. Skin Her Alive
7. Sickening Art
8. In Death’s Sleep
9. Deathevocation
10. Defective Decay
11. Torn Apart
12. Justifiable Homicide

Like an Ever Flowing Stream is the debut album by Swedish death metal band Dismember, released in May 1991. The title may refer to the Biblical Book of Amos 5:24, “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (New International Version). A music video was made for the track “Soon to Be Dead”. Since Karmageddon Records owns the rights to the album, it wasn’t re-issued as a digipack disc in 2005 like every other album (except for Where Ironcrosses Grow). Regain re-issued those digipack versions and also remastered the albums while Karmageddon released an exact copy of the 1996 issue by Nuclear Blast (except for two additional bonus tracks). Nicke Andersson, at the time the drummer in Entombed played all the lead guitars except for the guitar solo on “Override of the Overture”, which is played by David Blomqvist. In 2010, the album was inducted into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame.


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