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June 2002
Released: 2002, Listenable Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen

Hailing from California´s Bay Area, this horrendous foursome is more hateful and savage - and owns overall more lethal weapons than most of today´s Death Metal bands if an utterly technical, brutal and extremely tight musicianship are some of these ingredients that you might be looking for in creating a certain picture of Vile´s 2nd murderous album titled DEPOPULATE. Having heard their very promising debut, STENCH OF THE DECEASED, I have to say on DEPOPULATE the guys have basically topped everything what they did on their successful debut. Their playing has become much tighter and sharper and the songs are carrying some of the crunchiest and most tasty Death Metal riffs I have heard from any powerful Death Metal band for a long while. In fact, while I´m listening to such songs off the album as a great, heavy opener song – and the title track of this album, “Depopulate” and the 8th song called “Interrogation Rites”, two certain bands and, well, as a matter of speaking, even two certain albums crawled into my mind almost immediately. Namely think of all the heavy and sludge riffs of BLESSED ARE THE SICK album from Morbid Angel and mix them with an annihilating energy and aggression of Hate Eternal´s CONQUERING THE THRONE and there you have DEPOPULATE, sort of. An extreme package of hot´n´burning and violent Death Metal with a huge amount of professional skills and devotion – all that making this album a worth purchasing for every Death Metal lovers for sure.

Immensely brutal ´n´ slaying Death Metal shit here. Just crucify me if I didn´t spit out the whole truth!!
Track Listing

01. Depopulate
02. Butchered
03. Path to Incineration
04. Retaliation
05. Engulfing Horde
06. Eat the Rude
07. Unit 731
08. Interrogation Rites
09. Bitterness


Juan Urteaga - Vocals
Colin Davis - Guitars
Aaron Strong - Guitars
Matt Faivre & Lars Von Lowen - Bass
Tyson Jupin - Drums

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