New Age of Chaos
1/4/2006 - Review by: Etiam
Vile – New Age of Chaos - 2005 - Unique Leader Records
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
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