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Vital RemainsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Olympic
  • ASIN: B00008V5UM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dechristianize
2. Infidel
3. Devoured Elysium
4. Savior To None... Failure To All
5. Unleash Hell
6. Rush Of Deliverance
7. At War With God
8. Entwined By Vengeance

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Evil Storm of Pure Brutality...Love it! October 8, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Well, yes. This album came out more than a year ago, but bought it quite recently. Why? Because, with Metal in general, I have grown to be very, and I mean very selective. So even though I had only one Vital Remains album (Let Us Pray) which I think is an amazing one, and I also knew that Glen Benton of Deicide was the vocalist and had heard all the hype, it still took a while for me to give in. But I am glad I finally got it. Compared to that one other album by VR, this one is quite different. Whereas Let Us Pray used more churning, heavy, doomy rythms, with their brutally fast and aggressive passages, this one ups the speed and blast beats to the max. But, to my surprise, there are melodic guitar breaks, which remind me of Iron Maiden and such, which really elevate this album beyond a mere grindfest. The performances are all mind-boggling, especially the drumming. Though I must say, like some fellow reviewers, that the drums could have more punch to them in terms of production. This minor detail is not so bad that it ruins the experience of being pounded into dust by the sheer brutality of this music. If you thought Death Metal was dead, no one told the guys in Vital Remains, and I am proud of them for keeping the genre raging with vitality. As for the lyrics, they are beautifully blaspehmous. Lyrics do not make or break any DM band, but it is still delightful to hear Benton's venomous vocals amid such musical rage spitting out such violent words. Again, with any other lyrical themes it would be the same, as lyrics are not the be all,end all for any Metal band - just take a look at Obituary (the guy had like one line of lyrics for each song, the rest was wordless growling, and they still ruled). In short, this is an uncompromising, potent slab of Death Metal sure to satisfy those who crave extreme aggression and speed in their music, and who don't mind it being sporadically sprinkled with a powerful melody.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good death metal October 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm very picky with the death metal I listen to. A lot of it sounds the same to me. When the first proper track (track 2, Dechristianize) began, I was almost certain I would regret investigating this band. But as the song and the album went on, I started to realize how good the BAND is.

Granted, the thing that made me skeptical at first was the vocals. It's not that I mind the screaming, but I feel that the vocals were mixed too far forward in front of the rest of the band. This flaw is why I gave the album 4 stars instead of 5. In some parts of the album the screaming is so prominant that you can't hear the fantastic lead guitar very well at all. This is a problem I also have with Nile when listening to them: the guitars are great but often you can't hear them under all the grunting and growling.

I also heard some Death influence in some of the lead guitar, which was a welcome sound to my ears.

I've begun to train my ears to filter out the screaming so as to better hear the music. If you are into death metal this is a purchase I would recommend making. If not... you're probably not reading reviews for this cd in the first place anyways, right?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Of The Greatest Death Metal Ever Created April 3, 2005
By Maggot
Format:Audio CD
Words cannot describe this masterpiece. Everyone in this band is perfect, paticularly the drummer and Glenn. Both give off the best performance of any Death Metal album ever. Glenn is much better with Vital Remains than with Deicide and should be with Vital Remains full time. The best song on this album is Dechristianize by far, but other highlights include At War With God and Entwined By Vengeance. If you are a fan of extreme, brutal, punishing metal, then you should definitely buy Dechristianize if you can find it. I am not exagerating this review one bit. Trust me. BUY IT.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this now. NOW. February 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Prior to hearing this album, I'd never heard Deicide, so I didn't really know or care about Glen Benton. I'd never heard Vital Remains, so ditto. My roommate comes in to my room with a fevered look in his eye and says, "Play this now." So I do. I'd just gotten some cd that I was kinda in to. Then I heard this. All of a sudden, everything else sounded like crap in comparison. This has got to be one of the best cds I've ever heard; not the best metal cd, the flat-out no-holds-barred best music I've ever heard. Glen Benton's vocals are absolutely insane. The guitar work is nuts, especially considering that one guy (Dave Suzuki) is responsible for the lead guitar, bass, and drums on this album. The supporting guitar work by Tony Lazaro is awesome: crushing, intricate where needs be, inspired across the board. Several tracks, namely Dechristianize, Devoured Elysium, and At War with God kept coming out of left field with the most brilliant breaks and hooks I've ever heard. Like just when I thought it couldn't get better, they came in with even more. Even the mediocre tracks on the album are excellent grindy, growling death metal that I would consider high points anywhere else. This album contains songs that are in the course of like seven minutes crushing, angstful, wistful, and beautiful. If I could only keep one album for the rest of my life, it would be this, it's that good. Intelligent and emotional lyrically and musically. If you're still reading this review you're wasting time better spent buying this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow satan is defiintely proud October 3, 2003
By mraraya
Format:Audio CD
vital remains man,i swear they have honestly recorded THE best death metal album ever!the guitar work is amazing and the drums are technical as hell.glenn benton of deicide sounds like hes getting his jollies off left and right here as he sounds the best hes sounded in a looong time.i cannot understand how the world of death metal would be without this recording,i believe that vital remains is paving the way for the genre.a very epic classical sounding album that is in my terms the years best release,dont hesitate,buy it.satan is very proud of these guys.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vital Remains Dechristianized
Vital Remains the DVD was awesome so I bought this item.I was right this CD is the ultimate and worth buying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 'Old School' Death Metal
Something seems amiss in current metal today. It has become whiny with alternations between singing and growling, also, not many bands do guitar solos anymore, which I thought was... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ymmij
5.0 out of 5 stars Import re-release
There have been a many reviews about this record already. However, this import re-release (in 2012) contains a second CD. Read more
Published 20 months ago by C. Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece work in death metal
I've owned this album since 2004, and it's one of the best death metal albums in my collection. Listening to Dechristianize will still give me goosebumps! Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by From Detroit
5.0 out of 5 stars A Landmark in Death Metal History
I bought this cd 5 years ago now and I'm still listening to it all the time. I can safely say I've listened to the entire record well over 300 times!!! Read more
Published on March 2, 2007 by Warheart
5.0 out of 5 stars BRUTAL, INTENSE, GREAT ALBUM
This fourth album Dechristianize pushed death metal into an extreme. Vital Remains unleashed one of the most brutal and intense musical violence ever. Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by Exequiel Pitargue
5.0 out of 5 stars I deny God and all religion.
If there is one thing that extreme Death Metal sometimes lacks, it is melody, epic song structures and too many forced attempts at shock value. Read more
Published on October 10, 2006 by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy crap!!!
Despite losing their original singer, Jeff Gruslin, and replacing him with Deicide's Glenn Benton, Vital Remains have seemingly not missed a single (blast) beat. Read more
Published on May 16, 2006 by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars PURE DEATH METAL!!
Vital Remains's 2003 masterpiece "Dechristianize" has to be in my opinion, one of the greatest death metal albums I have ever listened to in my whole life. Read more
Published on March 3, 2006 by Jeremy Brackeen
5.0 out of 5 stars Pulverizing Bliss.
everyone is going to compare this to other Deicide releases. Glen Benton's vocals on this are as killer as the vocals on Deicide's legendary Legion. Read more
Published on February 27, 2006 by Kindle Customer
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