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Vile – New Age of Chaos - 2005 - Unique Leader Records

Track Listing
1. Devour
2. Deafening Silence
3. The New Age of Chaos
4. Suicide Warfare
5. Sentenced To Live
6. The Burning Shrines
7. Ritual Decapitation
8. Worldhunt
9. Forlorn
Perhaps the most talked about brutal death metal album of the year, Vile’s ‘New Age of Chaos’ has been making waves not only for its musical content, but its statements. Odd, considering that most of their genre-mates usually have more to say about disemboweled fetuses and goat rectums than they do about politics. But, here we have an obvious political statement, complete with audio samples from press conferences regarding Saddam Hussein. Really, though, all that is irrelevant if the music can’t stand up. Whether you like politics in your music or not is also irrelevant, since most of the lyrics are indecipherable. Moving on.

I’ve liked Vile since I heard Depopulate. They expand well upon the New York style of metal pioneered by Immolation and others of their ilk—blending extreme technicality with understated technicality and a pinch of gore. Winning combination. That being said, Vile does not do anything new, but I honestly don’t think that they planned to. If you like brutal death, you’ll like this. If you don’t, this won’t change your mind.

So, for those of you who enjoy your steaks rare and bloody, I’ll continue. Vile live up to their name here, giving their audience a meaty slab of chops and razor grooves. Guitarist Colin Davis has a distinctive style that, while not revolutionizing metal, does set Vile apart a bit from some of their peers. He has a patient hand, giving his riffs and tasteful solos a bit of breathing room. His sound is nicely countered by the precise work of Tyson Jupin, who mans the drums. He has great command of his cymbal work, tapping the high-hat to counter double bass work, which is, pleasantly, not locked at full throttle. Juan Urteaga’s vocals are your standard style of death metal growling, but with enough variation to keep things interesting, whether it be an even lower second track for emphasis in a chorus or a higher pitched shriek just for kicks.

Simply put, Vile cover the board with ‘New Age of Chaos’. I hardly even thought of the production quality until I reached this point of the review, which is a plus. I have recently learned that Urteaga is no longer a part of the band, but as Origin showed us earlier this year, brutal death metal keeps its own, and can spawn new proficient and willing members when neeeded.

Hell, the record even has a melodic sitar solo track as an outro, which appears to be an ongoing theme tweaked a bit for this Middle East conscious effort.

Good enough for me.

- Etiam 12.15.05
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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