Vile - Stench Of The Deceased LP (Black vinyl)


140 grams black vinyl in a quality 3 mm sleeve with insert in a quality plastic sleeve (we do not seal our new vinyls, we ship/sell them in a plastic sleeve you can keep using).

Pure Californian Death-Crush! “Stench of the Deceased” is Vile’s debut full-length from 1999 and offers 8 tracks of pure and raw classic Californian Death Metal!

Vile was well ahead of many of its 21st century Californian brutal death brethren, that state having become somewhat of a mecca for the style in the past 10 years, and they made their mark. With a presence on some of the genre’s better record labels like Unique Leader and Willowtip, there has always been a lot of chatter about them. Vile are talented and balanced and most of their output is on a very skillfully technical level, their songs always partly including their various influences, whether on the Floridian (Death, Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation) or New York (Suffocation, old Cannibal Corpse) side of the equation. That’s not to imply they aren’t original at it, because they are, and in fact their first three records are all well worth checking out if you’re into the sound.

“Stench of the Deceased” was the band’s self-released debut, with a great Jon Zig cover. Already, after only a few years’ existence, the band had a strong sense of professionalism in how they presented themselves in both songwriting and production. This is not so spit-polished as you will hear in a lot of modern brutal/tech death, but you can really make out everything pretty evenly, from the deep-sprung bass lines to the Corpsegrinder-like belched guttural vocals to the balanced, proficient drumming. The guitars have a load of dynamic range, and there’s ever the slight sense of ‘progression’ in how they composed their tunes. Though there are more than enough balled-fist, lumbering juggernaut rhythms for the anger management sect to get their mosh on, there are plenty of more musical moments, not the least of which are the great, spurious and otherworldly lead guitars.

It doesn’t take a long while for Vile to ‘sell us’ on themselves here, as they exhibition almost the full range of tactical variation on the first tune “Abort (The Fetus)”, and then proceed to mix it up throughout the remaining recording of Stench originals. Lots of Cannibal Corpse-like trilling techniques are implemented, as well as dual grunt/snarl vocal harmonies circa Deicide, and the pacing alternates between up-tempo flurries of thrashing force to prog-death patterns that would not have sounded out of place on Death’s “Human” or Atheist’s “Piece of Mind”. Meanwhile the bass drums continue to batter along like extraction machines burrowing beneath a graveyard, and there’s always a good handful of riffs involved in each particular track that keep it from becoming monotonous. 

“Stench of the Deceased” is a well-rounded effort for the Californians’ first time out, and it instantly transformed Vile into a ‘player’ on the post-Suffocation circuit. 

A mandatory vinyl release for those who collect: old Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Death, Atheist, Suffocation, Malevolent Creation