Thanks to Tess at Potato Demon Productions for all your hard work on this video. You really are talented and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
I am pleased to announce that the album will be called
Road to Ruin
and the tracklisting will be as follows:
- Nature’s Eye
- Wild One
- A Call for Silence
- The Mother Part I
- Parallel History
- Road to Ruin
The album will be released on CD and digital on 29th June 2019, and will be available from bandcamp (CD/download) or Amazon/Apple Music/GooglePlay (download only).
Aron is a long-term friend who has been an inspiration for my music. He’s someone with an encylopedic knowledge of metal, having been involved in the scene since his teen years. Many of my ideas have occurred to me while hearing Aron describe and demonstrate long-forgotten albums from his extensive record collection, while sharing a drink or two.
Aron’s involvement started when I realised I needed a narrator for a particular track to read out a piece of verse that was to be spoken and not sung. This then grew to the point where Aron is now my narrator and will appear on Road to Ruin and at least one more album. His smooth English accent works perfectly with the subject matter. Thanks for your help , Aron!
The second contributor to the album is guitarist Aris Perperoglou. Formerly of stoner rock band, Sickfist, Aris currently plays with Essex blues band, Ministry of Mojo. His soulful style of lead guitar, combined with a nose for a great, heavy riff made him a perfect fit for one song in particular. He was delighted to be included, was a pleasure to work with, and his contribution has really made this album a richer experience. I can’t wait for people to hear his work.
The completion of the album draws near. Just mixing and artwork left to complete and I will be able to release the album this summer! Watch this space for more news!
One of the great features of the forthcoming album is that it will feature some guest musicians. One of these is guitarist from Bevar Sea, Srikanth Panaman. Hailing from Bangalore, Srikanth is one of the stars of the Indian metal scene. Here’s what he had to say about being asked to play guitar on this album:
“Devon asking me to play on a song of Myopic Empire’s new album came at a time when my own band was coming out of a period of hiatus. I was beginning to write new music and had just started putting together my home studio to do demos as well, so the home recording set up was begging to get test driven. I dug the song a lot, and it had proper singing on it, so for my part, I just wanted to come up with something that was tasteful and rich to make it better.”
After much hard work, the split is finally ready and will be released on Friday 8th March 2019. It will be available as a download on the Lucifer’s Fall and Myopic Empire bandcamp pages (each with a different running order) and will cost £4.
You can pre-order it here:
It’s only a few weeks until you’ll be able to hear this long-awaited release, featuring the first new material from Myopic Empire since 2015!
The artwork for the Lucifer’s Fall split has been revealed! The Mother Superior has created a great gothic piece with stunning typography.
We haven’t agreed on a running order, but the featured tracks will be as follows:
1. Calm Before the Storm
2. Deceiver (Lucifer’s Fall cover)
1. Whispered Words (Myopic Empire cover)
2. Dirty Shits Dirty Music (Rehearsal 19 Dec 2018)
3. Trident Steel (Rehearsal 19 Dec 2018)
Release date to be announced soon!
The tracks are finally complete! No sooner had I written an update complaining that I was too sick to record, than I started to feel better, and then yesterday I had a session with my vocal coach and my voice felt really good. Today I warmed up properly and hit those final vocals hard, and that’s it all done! Phew!
Now I just have to mix and master it and it’ll be ready for your ears. Obviously you won’t hear it until Lucifer’s Fall are ready and Shadow Beast have sorted the release, but we’ll do our best to get it out soon.
This is exciting for me as it’s my first release since I went solo. It’s been a different kind of experience to work on these completely by myself and has been very rewarding. I’ve invested a lot of time in working out how to get them sounding good. Tom and I recorded the first two releases ourselves, and I was pleased with the sound, but I’ve learned a lot since then. The biggest change is that the most recent recordings have miked up guitar amps instead of direct and this has really enhanced the sound.
Keep your eyes peeled and hopefully the next announcement will be a release date!
Things have been going quite smoothly on the recording front. I successfully recorded and mixed all the guitars for the split, experimenting with some different amps. I picked up a VOX valvetronix amp that gives me a lot of versatility and two of the tracks have guitars using this amp. The rest of the guitars were recorded through an Orange CR120 head and Laney 2×12 cab. The bass was recorded using digital modelling, with two tracks – one clean, one dirty. I have also managed to record most of the vocals – only one song remains, and it would have been done already but I caught a cold and even after that went, I developed a sore throat. I have a lot of trouble with my throat due to some sinus problems that cause me to snore, and although I have medication for this, once I get a sore throat, it takes a long time to clear up. It’s very frustrating that I didn’t quite get that last song sung before the cold hit, or I’d be mixing and mastering all the tracks now.
I am looking forward to doing the final mixes. I’ve learned a lot recently and I think these mixes sound better than ever. Hopefully you’ll agree when they are released. It won’t be long now. I’ve had updates from Lucifer’s Fall and they will be finished soon, and assuming my throat clears up soon, I’ll be putting the finishing touches to my tracks.
What will they sound like? The two original tracks (the third is a cover) will cover some new ground while still maintaining that core Myopic Empire sound. I’ve tried some new things, and have tried to push myself to create better, particularly with my vocals.