Cannibal Corpse - _Vile_
(Metal Blade, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (7 out of 10)
They're back! The undisputed kings of blood, guts and gore are back, and this time they have something to prove. That something is the fact that the infamous Chris Barnes wasn't all there was to this band, that in fact, they could carry on without Barnes at the helm. With the departure of Barnes to his now full-time side project Six Feet Under, Cannibal Corpse enlisted the help of George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher (ex-Monstrosity) to take up the vocal chores. The change in vocal approach is evident, but not as drastic as I thought they would be. Fisher maintains the brutally guttural roar that was the mainstay of this band, but in my opinion, greatly outshines his predecessor. The music on this album, although very tight and well produced, doesn't turn any new corners whatsoever. Blast beats still abound, but they are toned down a notch. Leads run rampant throughout this effort and are executed quite well. As always, this release was recorded with the help of Scott Burns at Morrisound Studios in Tampa Bay. This album marks the first time that any remaining member of Cannibal Corpse has had to pick up the lyric pen and inscribe the horrifyingly vicious songs that appear on _Vile_. I can safely say that they did a fine job in keeping up with Cannibal Corpse's legacy of brutality. One track that stands out from the rest on this release is "Relentless Beating", a 2-minute instrumental piece that gives an otherwise repetitive album a slight twist of unexpectedness. In closing, I'm sure you are ALL wondering how I would compare this CD to Six Feet Under's debut _Haunted_. I'd be an asshole to make you have to wait until May 21st to find out, so I'll tell you this: Barnes' wasn't the be all and end all of Cannibal Corpse. This band, as far as I'm concerned, has proven that they can still kick ass without the help of one Chris Barnes. Just you wait and see.

(article published 14/3/1996)

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