Vile (album)

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Studio album by Cannibal Corpse
Released May 21, 1996
Recorded January 1996 at Morrisound Recording, in Tampa, Florida
Genre Death metal
Length 37:40
Label Metal Blade, Victor Entertainment (JPN)
Producer Scott Burns, Cannibal Corpse
Cannibal Corpse chronology
The Bleeding
(1994)The Bleeding1994
Gallery of Suicide
(1998)Gallery of Suicide1998
Censored cover
Censored cover

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 was recorded with founding vocalist Chris Barnes. 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 re-recorded all of the 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 was owned and trademarked by the departing Chris Barnes.[citation needed]

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. 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 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]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Devoured by Vermin" Webster Rob Barrett, Alex Webster 3:13
2. "Mummified in Barbed Wire" Webster Webster 3:09
3. "Perverse Suffering" Paul Mazurkiewicz Jack Owen 4:14
4. "Disfigured" George Fisher, Webster Webster 3:48
5. "Bloodlands" Webster Webster 4:20
6. "Puncture Wound Massacre" Fisher, Mazurkiewicz, Webster Webster 1:41
7. "Relentless Beating"   Webster 2:14
8. "Absolute Hatred" Barrett Barrett 3:05
9. "Eaten from Inside" Owen Owen 3:43
10. "Orgasm Through Torture" Mazurkiewicz Webster 3:41
11. "Monolith" Mazurkiewicz, Webster Webster 4:24
Total length: 37:40



2007 Vile Live DVD track listing[edit]

February 3, 1997[edit]

  1. "Perverse Suffering"
  2. "Stripped, Raped and Strangled"
  3. "Covered with Sores"
  4. "Monolith"
  5. "Addicted to Vaginal Skin"
  6. "Force Fed Broken Glass"
  7. "Fucked with a Knife"
  8. "Gutted"
  9. "Bloodlands"
  10. "Shredded Humans"
  11. "Staring Through the Eyes of the Dead"
  12. "A Skull Full of Maggots"
  13. "Devoured by Vermin"
  14. "Hammer Smashed Face"

February 4, 1997[edit]

  1. "Pulverized"
  2. "Puncture Wound Massacre"
  3. "Mummified in Barbed Wire"
  4. "Orgasm Through Torture"

Created to Kill[edit]

Several of the songs from the finished album were written while Barnes was still in the band, and were recorded in demo form with his vocals. These tracks were collected for disc 3 of the 15 Year Killing Spree box set. They are:

  1. "Unburied Horror" – 3:28
  2. "Mummified in Barbed Wire" – 3:07
  3. "Gallery of The Obscene" – 3:37
  4. "To Kill Myself" – 3:41
  5. "Bloodlands" – 4:29
  6. "Puncture Wound Massacre" – 1:43
  7. "Devoured by Vermin" – 3:11

Chart positions[edit]