Vile (album)

Studio album by Cannibal Corpse
ReleasedMay 21, 1996
RecordedJanuary 1996 at Morrisound Recording, in Tampa, Florida
GenreDeath metal
LabelMetal Blade, Victor Entertainment (JPN)
ProducerScott Burns, Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse chronology
The Bleeding
(1994)The Bleeding1994
Gallery of Suicide
(1998)Gallery of Suicide1998
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Vile is the fifth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released in 1996 through Metal Blade Records. It was originally titled Created to Kill (which is featured in the Cannibal Corpse Box set) and had partially been completed Chris Barnes on vocals. Before the album was released, Barnes was dismissed from the band, which then brought in Monstrosity vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher to finish the album's vocal work. Fisher Barnes's vocal tracks and the band released the album under the new title Vile. Vile also marks the last album featuring guitarist Rob Barrett until Kill, and features a brand new band logo, because the previous logo had been drawn by the departing Chris Barnes.During the Vile sessions, "The Undead Will Feast" from Eaten Back to Life was re-recorded with Fisher on vocals. This version of the song would first appear as the only bonus track on a Japanese import edition of Vile and then on the Worm Infested EP in 2003.

The album was re-released in 2006 with new liner notes and a bonus DVD (entitled "Vile Live") featuring a full concert from the Vile tour, during which many songs from the album are performed.Vile was the first death metal album to appear on the Billboard 200 chart, debuting at No.151.[citation needed]

It was also the last Cannibal Corpse album to feature Scott Burns as producer.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

"Fisher brought a vocal dynamism and character that livened up the band's six-year-old sound. Fisher's ability to match the musical intensity and rhythm of Vile's more complicated assemblages of riffs created a more sophisticated yet equally tortuous essence." "Tracks like 'Devoured by Vermin' and 'Bloodlands' feature more complex, focused, and just plain interesting musical ideas as well as precise execution. Fans of death metal who haven't yet discovered Cannibal Corpse would be wise to give Vile an open-minded listen".[1]

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