Depravity Ordained by Jamie Colic & Oliver Ballantyne
Vile Apparition is an Australian band formed by Jamie Colic and Oliver Ballantyne halfway through 2017 with the sole intention of creating bludgeoning Death Metal somewhat influenced by early 90s New York and Canadian brutal death bands as well as some of the more abstract styles that were emerging from New Jersey during the same time period. Later the same year Dan Harris and David Kearns were recruited into the fold to materialise the first and current lineup of the band.
The artwork for our debut LP depravity Ordained is the product of much collaboration with the ever-talented Konstantinos “Chaostouched”, a visual and Tattoo artist hailing from Greece. Initial discussion leads to use providing Chaostouched with a barrage of source material which included numerous captures from various media including films, artworks, and various colour palettes.
Even before we embarked on the project together we knew that we wanted a piece that would tip its hat to the album covers that struck us when we were first immersing ourselves in the world of extreme metal as teenagers and this entailed the use of themes, visuals and content that most would find grotesque or perhaps disturbing. Regardless of our initial vision, Chaostouched was the essential ingredient in relation to bringing all concepts together into the cohesive and detailed piece that adorns the cover of our record.
Progress is important, though the plethora of ways in which this goal may be achieved is extremely broad. For example, it may come in the form of a new arrangement, complexity, simplicity, something we have never done before or even reworking an old idea. However, it is also important to us that the fruits of the creative process interlay with what we feel our band is stylistically and that these elements remain coherent. Best put the priority is to progress and entertain new ideas within the style in which we have a most immense affinity too.
I often write lyrics that stem from real-life occurrences or reality but I often turn these themes into something more abstract or twisted in the process. The lyrical content on the record features an array of subject matter including medical atrocities, manic cults, altered states of being, mental illness, and murder. Often these themes are derived from real-life occurrences that I read about via various articles or visual media but sometimes I will embellish on certain elements of these occurrences and lean more towards using them as inspiration for something fictional.