Released: 1996, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
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Starting in January, 2014, as we head towards our 10,000th review and the 20th Anniversary of Metal-Rules.com, we are looking back and filling in a few gaps in the review database. We want to complete the post-1995 review catalogue of some of the bands that we have supported since 1995, when very few, if any website were supporting real Metal. It’s fun to go back and revisit some of these albums that we did not review when they were first released. Enjoy!
In 1996 Cannibal Corpse released their fifth studio album, VILE. Chris Barnes has recorded the vocals on it before his departure and George “Corpsegrinder” Fischer’s stepping in the vocal post. VILE is the definition of Death metal striking back in an album that fuses old styles with the coming dimensions of the genre, integrating pieces of every genre in modern metal into the process with a definitive, encompassing, paradigm of this difficult art form. Although not highly refined, this music knows what it wants to say and bashes it out with profound and anger and blissful morbidity; and VILE is the perfect sample of that statement.
All in all VILE is a varied record in that respect that it contains lots of tempo changes and the opener ‘Devoured by Vermin’ confirms that. This is a killer song and the album as well. Cannibal Corpse couldn’t release something lesser than this. VILE is not an old-time classic death metal album like TOMB OF THE MUTILATED, but it is the first ‘Cannibal’ album and the first death metal album that appeared in Billboard chart, debuting at No.151.
VILE contain all the classic Cannibal elements, gore lyrics, speedy and sharp guitar riffs together with the slow -‘doom’ parts and the masterly rhythm section by the mighty Alex Webster and Paul Mazurkiewicz (the only original band members) apart from the perfect screams and growls of Fischer. Several fans got disappointed by that release and I don’t know why; maybe the cause would be the less ‘red’ artwork or the fact that Cannibal Corpse’s music didn’t progress with this album, but who cares? This is a definitely great death metal album.
The bottom line is: Armed with their brute sonic artillery, it's certainly safe to say that VILE is a beast made up of pulsating, neck-snapping, wonderment.