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A Review of the Album "Vile" by American Death Metal Band Cannibal Corpse

Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.


Why Is the Album "Vile" a Significant Release for This Band?

Vile is the 5th studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse and this is the first one without the vocals of Chris Barnes and it is the first one to have George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher on vocals and the album was released on May 20, 1996 which is the same day that I was in attendance at a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game watching LIVE!

The Band's Lyrical Content Is a Disadvantage for the Album

One thing that I can say about these guys is that their lyrical content gets old really quick. I know they are an extreme metal band, but they can do better than to have the same rehashed lyrical content about such graphic material. The album’s original title had been Created to Kill and had been partially completed while Chris Barnes was still a member of the band.


However the Album "Vile" Is Still Pretty Good

The first song called "Devoured by Vermin" is fast and has shouting death metal style in it but it is not as good as the first song on the previous album. Gone is the snake-like voice provided to fans by Chris Barnes. Mummified in Barbed Wire features some fast, rough, hoarse vocals whatever you want to call it but listening to this album makes me realize that it is lacking that extra punch that earlier albums and the one after this one have. It does not mean that this album is bad, but that it may lack some variety in terms of the roughness of the riffs but this is Cannibal Corpse and I guess they had to get accustomed to having a new front man in their band. “Bloodlands” though has an interesting beginning before it becomes slow and heavy. Musically, the beginning is similar to the song called “Return to Flesh.” The song called "Relentless Beating" isn’t something we hear from these guys every day. It is an instrumental song that has, well, the usual heavy riffing but I notice that the drums in terms of their style still have that fast beat to them but they are less of the double bass variety that we heard on the previous album. “Eaten from Inside” has that Napalm Death style riffing before becoming a bit more melodic and this is where the band would improve on in the next album which has one of the most cheesy and dumb album titles in the Universe but these guys are weird in that aspect though.

Final Thoughts About the Album "Vile"

Overall, Vileis an album that has a good beginning and the song Bloodlands is melodic enough that it probably beats most of the other songs. Relentless Beating gives the album variety even though it is still heavy. As we revisit this album more than 25 years later in 2022, how has it stood the test of time? Unlike its musical predecessor, this album is a more straightforward brutal death metal kind of album. I’m sure that the question on the minds of fans was how would this band perform their songs without Chris Barnes providing lead vocals? For the open-minded fan of the death metal genre, this album shows that these guys didn’t need Chris Barnes to remain with the band until 2022 for them to write quality songs. Songs such as “Eaten from Inside” have a very exotic lead guitar part before the vocals commence and this helps the song maintain a melodic edge even as George yells the word “inside.” Even songs such as “Perverse Suffering” have a really good exotic secondary riff to add a good extra musical touch.

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Ara Vahanian (author) from LOS ANGELES on June 05, 2019:

That's interesting. What stands out to you about the cover art? Also, it is great when I get comments on album reviews which I don't get too many of them except in rare cases. I used to listen to this band a lot more often years ago but I got back into them because of the desire to explore the Southern US heavy metal scene. They have a few really good ones down there like Helstar & a few others. Thanks for commenting.

Alexander James Guckenberger from Maryland, United States of America on June 04, 2019:

That cover art stands out. I love it.

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