I haven’t done this before, but 2019 has been an interesting year, so let’s reflect a little on what has happened to Myopic Empire! The year started well, with the release of the split with Lucifer’s Fall. For this, I wrote two brand new songs, which was the first time I’d done so since going solo. The split came out really well, and it was great fun to work with this legendary Australian band, using the magic of the internet to communicate and collaborate. This collaborative vibe continued with the first full-length album, released in the summer, with guest appearances from two different guitarists. I was pleased with how the album turned out. It had a lot of ideas from the early days of the band, some songs that had been gigged relentlessly, and a couple of new ones that showed where the project might head in the future. I was also privileged to have someone make me an animated video, and this was the icing on the cake of a very productive period. The end of the year was less good, with a few personal problems coming up: I had trouble finding work, and this led to a lot of depression and loss of creativity. Things picked up again with finding a job and a positive change in my love life, but then came crashing down again when I got hit by a car! I haven’t been nearly as creative in the last few months as I would have liked, but it’s coming back now as I heal and look towards the future. May 2020 be slightly less dramatic, and I should be able to put out more good music. Expect new releases from Myopic Empire and Torgelleth and maybe more! Happy New Year doom fans! Doom forever!
It’s been two months since Road to Ruin came out, and listeners have been slowly digesting the nutritious riffs contained within, so what’s next on the menu?
I have to confess that there is no solid plan right now! I put myself under a lot of strain to complete the album by June, and once it was released and I’d done a gig to celebrate the release, I took some time off from working on Myopic Empire to do other things or just practice my singing. It felt good to take a little break, but now I’m getting back into thinking about the next step.
Luckily for me, I think ahead and have lots of songs that are in various states that I am starting to work on and bring together into the next releases. I will be releasing a second album, and have several songs in the works for this already. I also have plans for an EP, so I plan to release the EP first and then the album. When these will be, I am reluctant to say – specifying dates this far in advance is a very bad idea! All I can say is that the wait between releases will be smaller than it has been in the past, which can only be a good thing, right?
Some people have asked if the Lucifer’s Fall split will be available in a physical format. This might happen – there have been talks with a label but they have been put on hold for the time being. If that doesn’t happen, then in future I will try to do something along the lines of a compilation, on CD, of all the previously digital-only tracks. This won’t be for a while though, as there aren’t currently many digital only tracks available!
I hope to produce another music video at some point. Releasing Wild One was really exciting, people have enjoyed watching it, and I hope to do something as interesting in the future. I’m currently in discussions with Potato Demon Productions about possibly producing another animated video.
So in summary, there are some exciting plans! Continue enjoying Road to Ruin and the LF split while I head dive back into my writing process to produce the next installment!
Image by Lala Photography
I’m very happy to announce that a Myopic Empire track, A Call for Silence, will be featured on the next edition of Doomed and Stoned.
Doomed and Stoned is a compilation series that showcases undeground doom from around the world. The next compilation will feature tracks from English bands and will be out on 23rd August 2019 on bandcamp. I’m delighted and honoured to be featured alongside the best in undeground English doom!
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Today I released something under Devon Fern Music. It’s a little track that came to me recently as a nice groovy number in 7/4 and 6/4 time. I wrote the lyrics a few weeks ago and wrote the music in the last week. It’s called Inside the Mountain, and you can hear it below:
I get asked about T shirts quite a lot, and the original run of skull T shirts have nearly sold out, so the time is right to create a new design and make it available!
I now have a new merch store on Teespring.com. When you order a T shirt, this is fulfilled by Teespring either from the EU or US, whichever is closest to you. You can pay with paypal in various major currencies (selectable at the bottom of the product page) and you can expect delivery in 1-6 days.
Click here to go straight to the store and get your T shirt today!
(In future, the link will be accessible from the ‘merchandise’ tab in the website menu.)
Today marks the unveiling of the second video to promote Road to Ruin. This one is for the song Nature’s Eye, a stomping riff-fest influenced by Candlemass.