Doom metal experimentalists VILE CREATUREpremiere a new single from their upcoming new album, Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! The track, titled “When The Path Is Unclear” is streaming exclusively via Decibel Magazine alongside an excerpt from an interview due to be published in full in the print edition. Hear and share “When The Path Is Unclear” HERE. It will be available on all DSPs tomorrow, pre-order/pre-save SmartURL HERE.
The five track album will be their first full length studio album under theProsthetic Records banner. Metal Injection recently shared the video for “You Who Has Never Slept” HERE. (Direct YouTube.)
Kerrang! previously launched the single audio HERE.
VILE CREATURE is:
Vic (they/them) – vocals, drums
KW(he/they) – vocals, guitar, drums, percussion
About the new single, the band says:
“‘When the Path Is Unclear’ was the last song completed for the record and the one that, we feel, perfectly melds the slow, meditative doom of our past records with the musical experimentation & exploration we gravitated towards when making some of the more out there musical pieces from Glory, Glory! Apathy took Helm! Lyrically the song is a direct accusation towards those that would do harm by holding up failures of the past as pillars of strength for the future.”
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 myriad 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! will be available on LP, CD and digital on June 19th, 2020 via Prosthetic Records. Pre-orders are available HERE.