Doom metal experimentalists, VILE CREATURE, have today released their new album, Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! The five-track opus sees the duo branching out into ever-more diverse and exciting sonic spaces – as demonstrated on the grandiose title track(s) (video below). Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! is available digitally, on LP and CD via Prosthetic Records and can be orderednow. Today, Bandcamp are donating their fee to the NAACP Legal Defence Fund – both Vile Creature and Prosthetic Records will also be donating a portion of profit from sales of the album today via the platform to the same fund. Click here to buy via Bandcamp.
Ahead of the album’s official release, praise and accolades started to roll in. Exclaim described it as “a fantastic doom metal album that exercises restraint and a re-imagination of what doom metal can be”, whilst Metal Injection said it was “some of the most powerful music in the first half of this tumultuous year”. The Quietus noted that it was both “inspiring and empowering” and Blabbermouth said that VILE CREATURE had staked “a strong claim for 2020’s best doom metal record”.
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