By Dr. Abner Mality

Dismember, the Gods of Swedish death metal, have been gone for about 10 years now. Nobody has been able to fill their shoes. But you might swear their ghost has risen from the grave when you hear Lik. “Carnage” is devoted to recreating the Dismember sound down to the last note.

I have some issues with this. There is a point where tribute crosses to outright plagiarism or even parody and I think Lik is teetering right on the edge of that point. If you can’t hear Dismember’s “Override of the Overture” when playing “Rid You of Your Flesh”, you might be either deaf or unfamiliar with Dismember. With the exception of Lik’s vocals, which are noticeably different than Matti Karki’s, every track on “Carnage” is overflowing with the classic Dismember sound.

The thing is, they do it so damn good. The crispy chainsaw guitar tone, the mixture of raw distortion and melody, the slick guitar solos are all delivered about as well as humanly possible. Tunes like “Dr. Duschanka” and “Embrace The End” force your head to bang. Lik has learned the lessons of Dismember well. And of all the bands trying to grab that 1990 Stockholm sound, only a select few really nail it. Anarchos is one. Lik is another.

I am creeped out by the cloning effect here, but at the same time, I’m ready to run through a brick wall after hearing “Carnage”.