Vile (album)

Vile is the fifth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released in 1996 through Metal Blade Records. The album marks the last album featuring guitarist Rob Barrett until 2006's Kill. It was also the last Cannibal Corpse album to feature Scott Burns as producer. This album also marks the first time the band ever tuned down, from previously playing in D# Standard to A# Standard, although a few of the songs on Vile in C# Standard.

Studio album by
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
Gallery of Suicide

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.[1]


Vile was originally titled Created to Kill (which is featured in the Cannibal Corpse Box set) and had partially been completed with 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 re-recorded Barnes's vocal tracks and the band released the album under the new title Vile. Vile also features a brand new band logo since 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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [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".[2]

Track listingEdit

1."Devoured by Vermin"WebsterRob Barrett, Alex Webster3:13
2."Mummified in Barbed Wire"WebsterWebster3:09
3."Perverse Suffering"Paul MazurkiewiczJack Owen4:14
4."Disfigured"George Corpsegrinder Fisher, WebsterWebster3:48
6."Puncture Wound Massacre"Fisher, Mazurkiewicz, WebsterWebster1:41
7."Relentless Beating" (instrumental) Webster2:14
8."Absolute Hatred"BarrettBarrett3:05
9."Eaten from Inside"OwenOwen3:43
10."Orgasm Through Torture"MazurkiewiczWebster3:41
11."Monolith"Mazurkiewicz, WebsterWebster4:24
Total length:37:40


Cannibal CorpseEdit


2007 Vile Live DVD track listingEdit

February 3, 1997Edit

  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, 1997Edit

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

Created to KillEdit

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 positionsEdit


  1. ^ "Cannibal Corpse". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  2. ^ a b Allmusic review