VILE is the first album from the Corpse to feature George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher on vocals. It’s more accessible than their pre- THE BLEEDING releases and the lyrics and vocals are actually legible. The album starts off well with DEVOURED BY VERMIN steamrolling out of your speakers and practically bludgeoning you into oblivion. It’s one of my favorite Corpse tracks. Other standouts are MUMMIFIED IN BARBED WIRE and DISFIGURED. The lyrics have become broader in scope and are not so preoccupied with sexual violence and violence against women in general. It’s not that I am offended, they can write whatever they like, it’s their democratic right and they should use it. They don’t have the SPCS breathing down their necks like Kiwis do. However on VILE the Corpse move into B-movie gore territory. Great guitar work. Noise never sounded so good. Maybe one day Herschell Gordon Lewis will make a movie inspired by a Corpse song. That would be cool: HAMMER SMASHED FACE, DEVOURED BY VERMIN, BLOOD DRENCHED EXECUTION. With the stamp of Lewis or Fulci on them… Well, I can dream.
2002 release produced by Devin Townsend. 10 tracks. Nuclear Blast.
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This is one of my favorite Cannibal Corse albums in my collection. I brought it on CD sometime in the summer of 1996. Before the release of this album, the band was going through some difficult times. Some of the problems were with their vocals Chris Barnes and his dedication to Six Feet Under which was than a side project instead of Cannibal Corpse being his main priority. So the band kicked him out but before that, he recorded a demo with the band called Created To Kill which had songs that would later become part of the Vile album. After that, the problems were still growing and Barnes was kicked out. So the band got George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher from Monstrosity. I had already heard George in Monstrosity because I had that band’s Imperial Doom album and he ripped on there. So I knew that there was no problem with George vocal-killing in Cannibal Corpse. Also, the guys in Cannibal knew that they couldn’t use Barnes’ lyrics that he wrote for Created To Kill as well as the band’s old splattering logo because it was done by Barnes. So the band had to change everything. So the band re-wrote the lyrics in a couple of weeks and recorded the album with George which would be Vile. Than, when the album came out, I brought it, took it home and listened to it and it delivered. I couldn’t put it down for a week.
Now before my review, I need to bring up something very important. Before Barnes was out of Cannibal Corpse, he recorded a demo with the band called Created To Kill which would become the Vile album. A couple of years after the release of Vile, the Created To Kill demo surfaced on the internet but the content, production and tracklisting were full of error but many people still wanted to hear the demo. So right now, the demo is only available on Disk-3 of the 15 Year Killing Spree boxset which I will review latter on. So to those who want to hear the demo, buy the boxset.
Now for my review. With this album, it is a totally new direction for the band. The band members take a chance of writing the lyrics and the music also improves but everything is all-out heaviness and brutality. The production is crude and raw. So what you will hear is basically killer riffs, solos, blast beats, pounding bass, high and low vocals, fast, mid-paced and slow songs, plenty of groove, one intrimental as well as some technicality, dynamics, musicianship and progression. So you will get bassically all of the elements that make Cannibal Corpse what it is but it’s all brutal and heavy and the lyrics are still as sick as ever. So no Cannibal Corpse fan will be dissappointed because this is an album that has been created to kill. Let me also not forget that this is also the last album with Rob Barrett. So he goes out with a bang here but he will be back later on to play the album Kill taking the lead guitar place of Jack Owen. So all in all, get this album. Some of my favorite songs here are Perverse Suffering, Disfigured, Bloodlands, Eaten From Inside, Orgasm Through Torture and Monolith. Buy this album and get vile.
The rumors are false,not ALL Cannibal Corpse tunes sound alike.I like this CD better than it’s follow-up ‘Gallery Of Suicide’(see my review).My only concern is that vocalist George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher may pass out sometimes due to the way he swirls his head around during the band’s gigs.Even though thrash is no longer my favorite genre of music,I can STILL get into a good effort,such as ‘Vile’.The tracks that require me to take a moment or two to get myself in the mood to thoroughly enjoy are “Mummified In Barb Wire”,the in-your-gut “Disfigured” and “Eaten From The Inside”.Aimed toward the younger moshers.
My favorite cc album was gallery of suide but after listening this album many times I think this one is the best.Vile and The bleeding are the best albums that Cannibal Corpse has made.This album is very brutal ,heavy and agressive.Every song is perfectly done and the riffs and lyrics are excellent.Many people think that cc is not a very technical band and say that their music has a very low quality but if you hear this cd CAREFULLY you’ll find out that those opinions are not true.Vile and The Bleeding offer a very technical death-metal.Devoured by Vermin,Bloodlands and Puncture wound massacre are awesome songs.This music really deserves to be called DEATHMETAL Any deathmetal fan should have this album.
This album is one of Cannibal Corpse’s best if not THE best. When I heard that Chris Barnes had left Cannibal Corpse I was worried that they would go downhill. Thankfully, they didn’t and this album totally blows your mind. Best songs are “Mummified in Barbed Wire”, “Devoured by Vermin”, and “Puncture Wound Massacre”. It doesn’t get much better when you hear the singer screaming “STAB! HACK! SLASH! KILL!” over and over. Cannibal Corpse rules, if you are a death metal fan, buy this.