VILE CREATURE have today announced their signing to US-based label, Prosthetic Records. To celebrate, the band will collate their back catalogue into one limited edition CD digipack compilation, titled Preservation Rituals (2015-2018). The collection goes someway to chart the – so far – short, but definitely spellbinding progression of this Ontario-based duo. The compilation will be in stores from March 15 but is available to order for immediate shipping HERE. VILE CREATURE will head out on a European tour this spring, culminating with an appearance at Roadburn Festival; full tour dates are below.
The band comment: “Having Prosthetic as a partner not only for this CD of all of our previous records, but also for new songs in the future is really exciting for us. Honestly, we will take any reason to celebrate with cake & animals, but this one feels just that much more special.”
Dripping with vitriol, abrasively confrontational, and vitally, loud; VILE CREATURE is the epitome of heavy metal. Eschewing the tropes of the genre’s predecessors VILE CREATURE are subversive in their socio-political commentary – and throw in a dash of science fiction for good measure.
2015’s A Steady Descent Into Soil LP set the bar high with composition which may be sparse by design, but delivers texture and depth in spades. Last year’s critically acclaimed concept album, Cast of Static and Smoke, is based on a self-penned sci-fi influenced short story which put the band comfortably at the forefront of progressive and genuinely innovative metal. Sandwiched between the two albums came an EP – A Pessimistic Doomsayer.
Thematically the debut detailed personal experience of violence towards marginalised people, whilst the EP considered fiction as a form of escapism. Rounding out the trio of releases, Cast of Static and Smoke saw the band creating and exploring their own world. With lyrics that confront feelings of aggression and vengeance, VILE CREATURE provide a necessary narrative.
Now for the first time all three recordings will be made available on CD in a 2-disc set. With artwork created by Stephen Wilson, photos by Scott Burns, and housed in a double, spot varnished digipack along with a lyric and story book, this collection is limited to 1000 copies worldwide and has an unreleased audio book version of Cast of Static and Smoke.
Preservation Rituals (2015-2018) tracklisting
1. I: A Constant Yearning to Leave
2. II: Motivated by Guilt
3. III: A Steady Descent Into the Soil
4. A Pessimistic Doomsayer
1. Water, Tinted Gold & Tainted Copper
2. Circuits, Bending & Breaking
3. Forest, Subsists as a Tomb
4. Sky, in Descending Pieces
5. Cast of Static and Smoke (audio book version)
VILE CREATURE has already played with Aseethe in the US, Bismuth in the UK, and a well received set at the inaugural Black Flags Over Brooklyn event; theywill play the following shows:
4/4 R6013, Reykjavik, IS
5/4 Underwerket, Copenhagen, DK*
6/4 TBD, Hamburg, DE*
7/4 Alte Meierei, Kiel, DE*
8/4 Wedding, Berlin, DE*
9/4 STÖ, Leipzig, DE*
10/4 Haus, Mainz, DE*
11/4 Roadburn, Tilburg, NL
16/4 Gardiner Museum, Toronto, CA**
** Vile Creature will perform in conjunction with renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s UNBROKEN exhibition
VILE CREATURE is:
KW – Guitar, Vocals
Vic – Drums, Vocals
Order Preservation Rituals (2015-2018) HERE.