Washington, DC-based progressive post-metal band MYOPIC presents a new single, “Pillars Of Time,” through a premiere at No Clean Singing. The track comes from the band’s eponymous debut LP, nearing November release through Grimoire Records. Featuring eight tracks and more than fifty-five minutes of expansive material, the long-awaited album fulfills the progression MYOPIC has made as a band, ranging widely from death metal, to black metal, to post-metal, and doom, at one moment reminiscent of Krallice, and the next of Yob.
With the thundering new single, the band states, “Pillars Of Time’ is the inspiration for the album cover. The album tells the experience of a man wandering in a deserted earth and near the end he finds the massive remains of an ancient civilization still standing, a monument of the past. The song also features some big dynamic shifts that reflect the story behind it.”
No Clean Singing offers in part of the album, “It’s fitting that a journey lies at the heart of the album’s narrative, because Myopic have themselves been on a musical journey that has seen their sound transform over time, moving from death metal to black metal to a place, now represented by this debut album, where the music is more difficult to pin down in genre terms…”. The write-up sums up the “Pillars Of Time” track, “Like the words and the artwork, the track is desolate and hopeless, wrenching and vast, a reflection of ruin and the catastrophic costs of hubris, the kind of music that can haunt the mind long after it has ended.”
Stream MYOPIC’s “Pillars Of Time” at No Clean Singing HERE.
Myopic will see release on digital platforms and limited-edition CD through Grimoire Records worldwide on November 9th. Find preorders where the first single “Earth’s Mantle” is streaming RIGHT HERE.
Stand by for audio previews, live performances including an East Coast mini-tour with At The Graves, and more in support of the album to be issued in the coming days.
10/16/2018 Slim’s Downtown – Raleigh, NC w/ At The Graves, Corvid Swarm
MYOPIC was founded in DC in 2010. Originating as a four-piece, they self-released a straightforward death metal demo in 2011, followed by the Vacuous record in 2013, which showcased a new, darker, slower, and more introspective direction for the band. After parting ways with their death metal-style vocalist that year, the bassist and guitarist took on vocal responsibilities, recorded and released their first EP with Grimoire Records, Beyond The Mirror’s Edge. Brooklyn Vegan called it, “stern but thoroughly un-kvlt American black metal,” and praised the production and unconventional songwriting.
In 2015, MYOPIC joined forces with Appalachian black metal band Torrid Husk and released a split EP called Crawling Mountain Apogee. Here, MYOPIC continued their progression towards slower, longer and more sprawling compositions. Bordering on concept album territory, their approach received critical acclaim from a host of mags including Invisible Oranges who stated, “a band that can tie a story together without relying on their scream is a band worth your time.”
MYOPIC followed this wave of commendations by locking themselves up in their practice space and only coming out to play the occasional show, one being Shadow Woods Metal Fest in 2016, dedicating the entire expanse of time constructing their first proper full-length album. In the winter of 2017, the band returned to the studio to record their eponymous full-length with Grimoire Records’ Noel Mueller who recorded, mixed, and mastered the material. The record was completed with artwork by Casey Drogin and layout by Noel Mueller.