Fear Emptiness Decibel



Before there were blogs there were these things called magazines, and the only metal magazine we still get excited about reading every month is DecibelHere’s managing editor Andrew Bonazelli…

Decibel Deleted Scenes time. We couldn’t quite cram this into the splattered entrails of January’s Cryptopsy HOF, but Adrien Begrand compiled some stirring None So Vile testimonials from the technical death metal legends’ peers. Here are those musicians’ choice cuts on our latest inductee.

John Longstreth (Gorguts, Origin)

“Slit Your Guts”—what an amazing death metal song, right? That screamy, shrill intro piece—it sounds like they were paying homage to a drill press. The stop at 0:25, the solo is beautiful, the opening lyrics are “Pardon, please…” Holy cow, what went wrong with these guys? Some sort of rotten black brilliance was causing some serious torment in these dudes’ heads. How else could it be written? Definitely a poignant and early representation of how nail-biting, nervous and strung-out death metal would come to sound. A definite influence for me and Origin. Thank you for this song and album! Congratulations, gentlemen! You deserve it!

Paul Ryan (Origin)

“Phobophile,” just because I like playing that to people that don’t listen to death metal and introduce them to it with the piano piece. They are always like, “That’s pretty,” and then the bass throws down a grove that they can “nod” to, and then AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!! Scares them every time! One of the best!

Derek Boyer (Suffocation)

“Slit Your Guts”! It’s my favorite track on the album because of how it opens up—crazy as fuck! None So Vile is so sick because it’s raw and super aggressive. When it came out, it was ahead of its time: extreme tempos and abrupt changes! Hard-hitting controlled chaos.

Ben Orum (All Shall Perish)

My favorite track is “Slit Your Guts”—the drums on that track are so chaotic and real. It sounds like it was recorded in a few takes, and has an overwhelming sense of urgency to the music, which I absolutely love. To me, None So Vile is classic for two reasons. The first would be its amazing, thought-provoking cover. Something about it is very intriguing to me, almost haunting. Every time I see it, it grabs my attention and instantly takes me back to being 16 years old in 1996, buying it the day it came out.


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