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.