Cryptopsy
None So Vile


3.5
great

Review

by dunksman23 USER (6 Reviews)
September 25th, 2012 | 50 replies | 1,918 views


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The faulted legend

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

None so Vile.
Those three words carry such weight within the world of metal.

Often hailed as the magnum opus of the old school death metal, this was an album I ventured into with much anticipation and left it with a small sense of disappointment. It is not that NONE SO VILE suffered from having poor songs exactly, it merely doesn't do much else than wreck everything in it's path.

I would like to state first and foremost that this is one of the most brutal albums my ears have ever had the terror of listening to, and I can definitely understand why this album is held in such a high regard. The only significant problem with this album is that it lacks one very important factor: variation. Brutality and technicality are present in spades on this album, yet every song is designed to pound away with maximum intensity with little thought given to melody or progression. If this is what you are looking for in a death metal album, than by all means, NONE SO VILE is for you.

The album starts off in fantastic fashion, with "Crown of Horns" and "Slit your Guts". The latter is one of the few exceptions in this album where melody is utilized, albeit in the second half of the song. These two songs give a perfect preview of what to expect throughout the course of the album: pure brutality, machine-like drumming and ferocious guitar work.

Whilst brutality is an absolute must in a death metal album, it is also NONE SO VILE's downfall. As previously mentioned, there is very little variation, and this can lead to great difficulty in listening to multiple songs on this album. When the variation does come, however, it is excellently well executed. "Phobophile" is probably the best example of this, and it helps to provide a momentary reprieve from the crushing brutality (I know I keep using that word, but it is honestly the best way to describe this album). "Phobophile" showcases some excellent melodic riffing and leads one to wonder how much this album could have been improved if that style was utilized more often.

The instrumentation is a definite highpoint in this album, whilst rarely straying from one particular style, the guitars, surprisingly audible bass and drums are played with excellent proficiency. The only thing I can take away from the instrumentation are rare mishaps by drummer Flo Mounier (please don't hurt me). There is no doubting Flo's ability, however on the odd occasion (such as the opening blast beats in "Crown of Horns", and during some of the quicker blasts in "Dead and Dripping") it seems as if the breackneck pace of the guitars are simply too fast for him to blast to. Other than that, his performance is fantastic.

Then there's the vocals.
Lord Worm is... well Lord Worm. There is nothing more I can say about him that hasn't already been said, yet if you haven't heard much about Cryptopsy before, I'll just let you know that Lord Worm is simply a beast (as long as you don't care about articulation). Nuff said.

Production is also a high point on this album. All the instruments are well balanced (even bass D:) and nothing is too overpowering. Extremely well done.

All in all this is a very good album. It earned it's reputation for a reason, and will not disappoint if you are a fan of brutal death metal. The lack of variation is a set-back, and listening to it all at once may prove difficult for the average extreme metal fan.

Recommended tracks:
Crown of Horns
Slit your Guts
Phobophile

Pros:
Brutal as ***
Great instrumentation
Vox
Cons:
Variation



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dunksman23
September 25th 2012



215 Comments


i can see this getting ugly...

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2012



49736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah

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dunksman23
September 25th 2012



215 Comments


yeh i shoulda done that :/
watcha think of the review?

dunksman23
September 25th 2012



215 Comments


my only real qualm with this album is that i find it to be a chore to listen to more than two songs in a row. song for song its easily a 4, but as an entire album it suffers cause every song is just full on

dunksman23
September 25th 2012



215 Comments


my 53 percent approval is a result of a shitty first 2 reviews and a rant on chelsea grin's EVOLVE that is in the process of getting negged to oblivion. But hey at least i got that 19 out of 22 for whitechapel :D.

KILL
September 25th 2012



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

reviews sukzdf

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dunksman23
September 25th 2012



215 Comments


FUCK YOU KILL GO ME CUNT

rasputin
September 25th 2012



14512 Comments


pretty average review tbh

the only negative aspect you mention is that it isn't varied, and you don't explain in what way. most people would simply say 'no you're wrong, it is varied'. because it is. I'd be curious to hear what you would say is a death metal album that is actually varied.

also people need to stop calling this brutal death metal. that term now signifies a particular style, thus because a death metal album is 'brutal' doesn't mean it's brutal death metal. i didnt make the rules.

Ovrot
September 25th 2012



10457 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

suck my big bear cock ya lively twat beard

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BlackLlama
September 25th 2012



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

How does lack of variation = 3.5? This is essential early DM.

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MO
September 25th 2012



18176 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"Whilst brutality is an absolute must in a death metal album, it is also NONE SO VILE's downfall. As previously mentioned, there is very little variation, and this can lead to great difficulty in listening to multiple songs on this album."

lol wtf, it's amazing to see this because every song sounds totally different, there are key riffs in each song that really stand out and seperate each track

KILL
September 25th 2012



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

How does lack of variation = 3.5? This is essential early DM.

not rly early but sweet

TheNotrap
September 25th 2012



7954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Album rules.

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KILL
September 25th 2012



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude you rated this the same as s/t what the dick

TheNotrap
September 25th 2012



7954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is a 4/4.5. I might upgrade it, this is essential DM stuff.

Shiduba
September 25th 2012



424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So many things in this review are just plain wrong. If you had any prior experience with death metal, you would pretty much find this album easy listening because of how variable it is compared to pretty much every other death metal band.

MO
September 25th 2012



18176 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^^^

Sniff
September 25th 2012



1092 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

No. You're wrong

bloozclooz
September 25th 2012



1770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is varied as a bitch no idea what the reviewer is talking about

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2012



49736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah



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