2018’s Cast of Static and Smoke was a notable album, both musically and as a conceptual work that was fleshed out by a short story. Vile Creature have now returned, and what they have unleashed on the world is a superlative piece of heavy art.
Living, breathing, and thriving in the same dark underground sludgy doom murk as bands such as Bismuth, Chrch, and Body Void, Vile Creature are heavy, atmospheric, grim, and bleakly apocalyptic. They are also resolutely their own masters, however and on Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! this is felt more than ever.
Vile Creature may have made an impact on me with their previous album, but they have positively crushed me with their latest. This new record is 44 minutes long and shows a band that have developed and progressed well over the last couple of years. Although the core of their malevolent sound is alive and well, it’s clear that on Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm! the band have pushed themselves harder and further than before.
As well as crushing doom and dark sludge, the songs have more emotive content than you might expect. I find it very easy to get absorbed in this album, and it’s testament to the band’s textured worldbuilding abilities that this is so easily achieved. Culminating in the epic two-part title track, (with guest choir and member of Bismuth contributing), this album is truly exceptional, and this closing 14 minutes crown the album as a glorious finale.
I feel like Vile Creature have evolved into something truly formidable on Glory, Glory! Apathy Took Helm!, something truly wonderful. Make sure you don’t miss out on Vile Creature’s latest, as this is a release that demands lengthy exploration.