None So Vile Review

artist: cryptopsy date: 11/09/2005 category: compact discs
cryptopsy: None So Vile
Released: 1996
Label: Century Media
Genre: Rock
Styles: Death Metal/Black Metal, Heavy Metal
Number Of Tracks: 8
It offers just about everything a listener could want from an extreme death metal recording.
 Sound: 9.5
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
 Overall rating:
 9.3 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.5 
 Users rating:
 9 
 Votes:
 21 
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overall: 9.3
None So Vile Reviewed by: kevinm4435, on september 12, 2005
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: This album is brutal death metal/grind the whole way through. The guitar is about as heavy as can be, and the drums are inhumanly fast. The overall sound is extremely dark and brutality oozes out of every note. Jon Levasseur and Miguel Roy rip out completely over the top guitar solos and I'm surprised Flo Mournier has yet to set his double bass on fire. Eric Langlois (bass) has some great slap lines (see Benedictine Convulsions), and skillfully provides the rhythm a bassist should. The production is also outstanding; every sonic detail can be heard thoroughly. // 10

Lyrics: The lyrics are twisted and macabre, as you can expect from most any death metal release. Lord Worm's vocals are indecipherable though! Even by looking through the lyric booklet it's hard to find any audible simularities between Worm's demonlike growl and the cautionary tales outlined in the lyrics. // 8

Overall Impression: Cryptopsy sound like no death metal band before or after them on None So Vile. The only band that even near comes to mind is Nile, and even they sound nothing like them. My favorate songs on the album were Benedictiine Convulsions and Slit Your Guts, but the whole album is very "enjoyable." The best things about this record are Flo's drums and the overall flow (no pun intended) of the album, although the album is short (8 songs). If this albumn were stolen I would use unholy means to find the perpetrator, slit his guts, take the CD back, let him suffer, and buy one more just in case. Overall a very worthy listen, and a defining moment for the death metal genre. Thank you Cryptopsy! // 10

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overall: 9.7
None So Vile Reviewed by: LedZeppelin, on november 09, 2005
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound is a brilliant mix of brutal death metal, a touch of black metal, and a decent portion of grindcore. This was the band's 3rd album (counting Ungentle Exhumation) and has Lord Worm on it, one of the best metal vocalists in the history of the genre. This was Cryptopsy's milestone album and, indeed, a milestone in death metal. The vocals are placed high in the mix but don't drown things out most of the time. The guitars have a strange effect on them that makes them shrill and very interesting to listen to, which seems to be a trademark Cryptopsy sound. The bass is placed perfectly in the mix with both a low end and a high end, exemplified with several slap riffs. The sound can get muddled occasionally, but it only adds to the atmosphere when it does. The entire band are geniuses when it comes to riffs. For example, during one part, the guitar and bass are alternating riffs, and when the bass produces a noisy, messy series of notes that sounds like a mistake, the guitarists then take that series of notes and produce a riff. I must also note that every member of Cryptopsy is a virtuoso at their respective instrument and that Flo's hyper blast beats are inhuman. // 9

Lyrics: Lord Worm is a beast of a vocalist, churning out some of the most indecipherable guttural growls and ridiculously high shrieks I've ever heard. Needless to say, you never have any clue what he's saying at any point in the whole album. Even when reading the lyrics it can be tough, since he mainly grunts and howls the correct number of syllables and enunciates about as much as a drunk Elton John would. Worm was an English teacher before the release of None So Vile and, I believe, resumed the job for the 8 years following before he was recruited for Once Was Not. Worm has a massive vocabulary and puts it to use in his lyrics. He takes himself just seriously enough to convey a sinister attitude that never gets tired or cliched. And believe me, with song names like Slit Your Guts and Orgiastic Disembowelment, the fact that he's able to do that is incredible. The lyrics fit perfectly and deal with religion but more in a jokingly satanic, Slayer-esque way than the pure cold hatred black metalers put in their music. It also treads occasionally into the realm of the occult with generally interesting and satisfying results. Lyrics are great. There are only two samples used on the whole album but their placement is sheer brilliance, as is their mood. Tasteful and well-done, while still managing to be undeniably brutal; this is the essence of Cryptopsy. // 10

Overall Impression: Needless to say, Worm is an infinitely better vocalist than Mike DiSalvo or Martin Lacroix. His lyrics and direction are what set None So Vile apart so drastically from Whisper Supremacy and ...And Then You'll Beg. It's a less technical record to be sure, but it fits better with their more "organic" sound at this period. Every track is fantastic, and I must say that the bass and piano at the beginning of Phobophile is genius. I won't spoil anything for you, but everything in this album is a roller coaster ride with no point other than to rid you of all your musical inhibition. It envelops you in a wave of sound that is both appallingly brutal and beautifully melodic. If it were stolen or lost I would absolutely buy another copy. It ranks with the likes of Master of Puppets, Reign in Blood, and Scream Bloody Gore and is a legendary record in the death metal realm. If you're into this type of music or think you might be, buy this album immediately, it's a classic. // 10

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