Experimental doom duo, VILE CREATURE, have been recognised by The Juno Awards for their latest album, Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!, which has received a nomination in the Best Metal Album category. The full list of Juno nominees was announced today, and the awards ceremony will take place in May. Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! was released in June 2020 and is available to purchase now.
Of the nomination, VILE CREATURE's KW comments: "HOLY SHIT, HOLY SHIT, HOLY FUCKING SHIT!"
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.
Praise for Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!:
"It heralds the emergence of a vibrantly diverse, experimentally fertile metal underground full of voices and perspectives demanding to be heard." - Metal Hammer UK
"VILE CREATURE stakes a strong claim for 2020's best doom metal record" - Blabbermouth
"For doom metal with a twist, Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! is one of the finest offerings yet" - Exclaim.ca
"...a record that feels incredibly inspiring and empowering." - The Quietus