Vile
Depopulate


3.5
great

Review

by matthew turok USER (30 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2010 | 25 replies | 5,632 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vile is brutal death metal done right, unfortunately brutal death metal just isn't that great unless you're in the mood for it.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

Brutal death metal... what could we say about it? Generic? Definitely, I can think of at least ten bands off the top of my head that haven't done anything of their own, other than taking Suffocation riffs and speeding them up and turning them to utter garbage, example: Deeds Of Flesh. Boring? No way! there's nothing more engaging than DEET DWEEDLY BEEP BOP JUN DUN DUN with a pig going grroooo groooo eee eeee eee over it. Pointless? Hahahah, anybody who's ever played an instrument can pick this out within five seconds of listening to most BDM.

So at this point, I'm wondering, how could Suffocation, Malignancy, Kronos, Cyptopsy, and a select few other bands have done it so well? This genre is probably the biggest pool of dime-a-dozen guitarists playing with drummers who don't know a single thing about rudiments to ever exist. None of the bands stand out remotely... well, that's a bit rash, because clearly A FEW do, and maybe those bands aren't even that good, but at least they don't sound exactly like Pierced From Within thrown into a blender with a pig and swamp thing.

Now Vile, here's a band that's got it right. Their music isn't "brutal" because it's an endless slurr of failed tech riffs and overdone breakdowns. This band is brutal because it's just extremely relentless, straight forward death metal. It's not too fast and pointless. It's not too slow and chugging, and it doesn't sound identical to Suffocation. Vile, you can tell, actually know how to play their instruments. The drummer sounds like a machine, but he's not trying to show you how omg fast his blast beats are. The guitarists don't overuse pinch harmonics and chugged riffs, never noticeably make an error (impressive in this scene), and actually vary their riffing style, something many of the older users know I specifically look for in death metal.

You have relentless high speed tech riffing a-la Origin and Animosity (albeit more tastefully done than Origin), evil sounding tremolo riffs a-la early Decapitated, and actually heavy melodic riffs similar to what was so very huge in the south around 2004, even some black metal riffs here and there. It's like what I look for in deathcore, but heavier, and with much less mindless breakdowns... and the breakdowns they use have interesting rhythms and a kind of Cannibal Corpse-esque sound.

As a vocalist myself, I have to comment on how nasty the vocals are on here. The growls have the perfect combo of gurgle-y backing to a raspy overtone that I think creates the perfect guttural. The guy is obviously not trying to force his voice deeper than he should to compensate for weak tone, this guy has perfect tone. Albeit his highs are a bit generic and weak, but they're rarely used, and usually tastefully layered in the background for effect.

The negatives of this album would be... well, it's brutal death metal. No matter how good a brutal death metal band is in comparison to its contemporaries, it has to be really damn good to exceed any rating greater than a 3, so the fact I'm giving this a 3.5 is pretty important. Secondly, the solos. I cannot stand when death metal bands try to solo, because it's always godawful. Finally, sameness, the songs themselves have a good variation of riffing style, but every song features a different take on each of those types of riffs, just in a different structure... it's less samey than say, Waking The Cadaver or Devourment, but it's not the ultimate gem of variation for sure.

Thank God this album is so short (six seconds short of 30 minutes)



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witchxrapist
October 23rd 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

When you're in the mood for BDM, this is definitely a good pick kids :3!

FadeToBlack
October 23rd 2010



10926 Comments


good review

not a massive bdm fan but might give this a listen

witchxrapist
October 23rd 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well yeah, most BDM sucks, but this album is p. tasty.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2010



16318 Comments


Might check this out but I haven't heard any bdm albums that impressed me in quite a while.

ZippaThaRippa
October 23rd 2010



2416 Comments


I haven't ever heard a BDM album that impressed me

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2010



16318 Comments


Suffocation?

witchxrapist
October 23rd 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There's a handful of good BDM, this is def up there.

EDIT: looool I can't ever post a review without some butthurt little kid negging it and not explaining why.

FadeToBlack
October 23rd 2010



10926 Comments


suffocation and hour of penance rule

usually its the vokills that ruin bdm for me

witchxrapist
October 23rd 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hour Of Penance is great.

I like most styles of DM vocals, it's usually how utterly pointless the "music" is in most cases that ruins it for me.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2010



16318 Comments


how utterly pointless the "music" is in most cases that ruins it for me

123 usually the riffs go nowhere and don't really do anything

Scrambled
October 23rd 2010



391 Comments


pos'd, good review, will prob check this out, I'm down for some bdm when its good (i.e. nocturnal good, deflorate crap)

ffs
October 23rd 2010



4865 Comments


depoopulate

witchxrapist
October 23rd 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i c wut u did there

123 usually the riffs go nowhere and don't really do anything

That's what's awesome about this! the songs are actually like... songs.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2010



16318 Comments


Definitely gonna check this out, then.

Bitchfork
October 23rd 2010



7584 Comments


"As a vocalist myself, I have to comment on how nasty the vocals are on here"
yeah growls aren't your strong point but your "grimdark" shit is prty grm and drk

witchxrapist
October 23rd 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

My lows always come out like shit on my laptop mic, but trust me I can get mad guttural. Trust me bro, I got good range.

TheSpirit
October 23rd 2010



17743 Comments


I really like the way you wrote this review, it has a lot of personality. You make this sound really good.

Digging: Emarosa - Versus

Bitchfork
October 23rd 2010



7584 Comments


"My lows always come out like shit on my laptop mic, but trust me I can get mad guttural. Trust me bro, I got good range." I will trust in thee.

witchxrapist
October 23rd 2010



11021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like the way you wrote this review, it has a lot of personality. You make this sound really good.

Thanks doot. I wanna know who it was who negged this review, it has to be someone who's feelings I must have hurt, because there's no negative critique to be seen. :c

"My lows always come out like shit on my laptop mic, but trust me I can get mad guttural. Trust me bro, I got good range." I will trust in thee.

Danke.

Bitchfork
October 23rd 2010



7584 Comments


I have to redownload microsoft sound recorder to my comp and then change the bit rate of the file so I'm not sending you some 100kb .wav file and then I'll send on over that track.



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