Doom metal experimentalists, VILE CREATURE, have today premiered a video for the title track from their upcoming new album, Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! The video for this two-part opus is taken from the VHS version of the album and is premiering now via Brooklyn Vegan. Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! will be released on June 19 and is available to pre-order now.
Of the video, VILE CREATURE’s KW comments:”Andrew Notsch, who created the video, has such a keen eye for finding footage that suits what is happening sonically and creates a texture and layer to the song of it’s own. We first worked with him on the video backdrop for our Roadburn 2019 set and were pining to collaborate with him again on something. We are thrilled that it ended up being this video and the subsequent ones that are available in limited quality on the deadest of formats.”This song is the most cathartic, personally satisfying song I have ever written from start to finish, it honestly feels like the song we were meant to put out there. The first half was co-written with Laurel Minnes, a phenomenal vocalist and musician who we worked with on our EP A Pessimistic Doomsayer. Laurel, along with her band Minuscule, which comprises a full choir, made our grandiose idea a reality. Tanya Byrne of Bismuth also contributed the perfect companion instrumentation to the first half in her piano and organ, really pushing the whole song with forward momentum towards its latter half. We could not be more proud of this title track.”
VILE CREATURE has been constantly evolving during their six years as a band; from each release to the next, the Hamilton, Ontario duo have been pushing the boundaries of their own creativity, and testing the limits of their own place in the world. Nowhere is this more evident than on their latest experimental doom metal album, Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!VILE CREATURE are digging their heels in, ready to fight against the all too easy slide into nihilism – as embodied in the sardonic album title.
Opener, Harbinger of Nothing (which first emerged on an Adult Swim compilation in 2019 and was re-recorded for the album) provides a jumping off point for a record that traverses a myriad of raw, real life experiences and marks a distinct new chapter for the band. The album features contributions from vocalist Laurel Minnes and her choir, Minuscule, and additional instrumentation from Bismuth’s Tanya Byrne. VILE CREATURE remains embedded in the oppressive sounds of doom and metal, only now they are covered with a luxurious veil of majestic embellishments.
Recording took place in February, 2020 at Boxcar Sound Recording in Hamilton, Ontario, with Adam Tucker once again in the producer’s chair. With Vic’s evocative and primal vocals often taking centre stage, their marked growth in confidence as a performer is evident. By collaborating with photographer, Danika Zandboer, the trio have fashioned a striking visual accompaniment – manifesting the psychedelic and theatrical influences that become present in both audio and visual form.
Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! – track list:
1. Harbinger of Nothing
2. When The Path Is Unclear
3. You Who Has Never Slept
4. Glory! Glory!
5. Apathy Took Helm!
VILE CREATURE is:
Vic (they/them) – vocals, drums
KW (he/they) – vocals, guitar, drums, percussion