Monday, March 15, 2010

Cannibal Corpse - Vile


When I was first listening to Cannibal Corpse, I was convinced that Chris Barnes was a far better vocalist than George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, although this was in large part due to the fact that I felt that Barnes sounded much sillier (I listened to death metal for laughs at first). Today, I think that they're equally good, but I tend to like the Barnes albums a bit better due to them being my first.
Vile was Corpsegrinder's first album with the band after Chris Barnes got kicked out since the other band members thought the vocal tracks he recorded for this album sucked. George is a bit easier to understand than Barnes was, but his vocals are just as good- his screams are great although the vocal patterns here are a bit repetitive (clearly, the loss of Barnes had made the band suffer in that department). Unfortunately, the songwriting here is a bit samey; a bunch of the solos are fairly interchangeable and the songs aren't nearly as catchy as those on The Bleeding. Also, there are a few of the band's rareexperiments, such as a transition between "Disfigured" and "Bloodlands" with awkward wind noises, and the band's first instrumental, "Relentless Beating," which doesn't go much of anywhere but has some great bass playing.
Still, there's plenty to enjoy here, as Vile only pales in comparison to what preceded it; the first two songs, "Devoured by Vermin" and "Mummified in Barbed Wire" are just as good as anything from the Barnes albums; "Eaten from Inside" has two great solos, one melodic, one noisy; and "Monolith" does a great job of ending the album, with an epic intro leading into a wonderfully brutal song telling of a zombie apocalypse ending the world. This is the worst Cannibal Corpse album released to this point, but it's still pretty good.

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