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The Darkness of Myopic’s “Resting Place”

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Among the last things one might expect from a band dubbed “Myopic” would be an album in a near-constant state of genre flux — but that’s precisely what we’ve been given by the blackened DC trio with their upcoming full-length self-titled debut. Check out an exclusive premiere of the closing track “Resting Place” below.

For most of “Resting Place,” Myopic largely abstain from the flurries of aggression and nomadic tremolo leads that characterize much of the album’s preceding tracks. What the song foregoes in blast-beaten bombast is more than made up for by the weight of its emotional intensity. Befitting its morose subject matter, it’s easily the most doom-aligned track on the album.

“The lyrics are the thoughts on dying from the viewpoint of the man the album follows,” said Myopic, alluding to their record’s scope as a larger concept work. The central character progresses through stages of “tension, sadness [and] anguish,” eventually reaching “a melancholy peace” as the record brings itself to a close.

The band ebb and flow alongside the inner travails of their protagonist, cresting in the song’s second movement as he boils over, then bottoming back out to match the depths of his despair. When vocals do appear, they’re often layered, one cleanly sung part intertwined with a piercing howl. The track closes much as it begins, the three members of Myopic dialed into a singular emotional plane, as our hero finally comes to accept the inevitable conclusion of his own mortality.

Myopic releases via Grimoire Records in digital and CD formats on November 9th. The album is now available for pre-order on Bandcamp.

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