Vile Creature - A Steady Descent Into The Soil, and Antibody - Space Qveen

Sadly, I don't write here nearly as much as I want to. It's just a matter of time, or a lack of it. I'm still as passionate as ever about music, and there are so many things I want to share and get readers excited about. And as little time as I have to work on this, sometimes things just push me to say "fuck everything else, people HAVE TO hear this." These two bands I'm writing about now are an example of that.

Both of these bands identify as anti-oppressive and queer, so if you've got a problem with that, I will not so-kindly instruct you to fuck off, and don't come back. Ever.

Trying to think back to how I was exposed to these bands... I think I saw that the folks at Broken Limbs Recordings were doing some distro on the Vile Creature tape, A Steady Descent Into The Soil.  I was intrigued, so I found the band's Bandcamp page... one listen and I was absolutely hooked. This two-piece from Saint Catharines, Ontario, Canada makes sludge metal of the absolute highest quality. Slow... in-your-face... unavoidable heavy... with an oppressive yet cathartic atmosphere that is still quite melodic and catchy at times. It grabs you, pulls you in, and won't let go. But once you've listened, even though you're probably emotionally exhausted, you want to go back for more because you feel somehow more free. The cathartic quality of this band is without incredible. I am absolutely dying to see them live, because I simply can't imagine how powerful the live show must be. For vinyl lovers, what I understand is that A Steady Descent will be issued on vinyl in the coming months by those same folks at Broken Limbs. Definitely a record to watch for.

And then I saw on Vile Creature's Facebook page that that they were sharing the stage, either for a show or a series of shows, with another Canadian band called Antibody. So naturally, I figured Antibody must be pretty good as well.

... little did I know just how god damned good they were. Again, I was (and continue to be) simply blown away. I'm just not sure the words exist that will do any justice to how good Antibody truly is. Definitely a different sound from Vile Creature, but that same heaviness is ever-present. The vocals, in the case of Antibody, give the music an urgency that cannot be understated. In listening to Space Qveen, I seriously feel like I'm either about to die or that I'm about to kill. And I don't know which is more terrifying. This tape is bleak as fuck. No hope, no bodies, no masters. And once again, once you've listened through the tape in its entirety, as the closing vocals absolutely rip you to shreds, you feel a release that is absolutely incredible. It looks as if the tape is no longer available from the band (though you can get a tour poster and/or some pins from the band's Storenvy), but I certainly hope there will be a repress for those of you who were not fortunate enough to get one. For now, the download of both the demo and the Space Qveen tape will have to suffice, both available from Antibody's Bandcamp. Follow them on Facebook, and catch a show if they play in your area. Seriously, don't miss them.

Download both of these now, and by all means SUPPORT these bands in any way that you can.  Give in and let them crush you. It's worth it in the end.

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