A sinister Frankenstein’s monster has crawled out of the mid-Atlantic. Washington, DC’s Myopic and the Baltimore, Maryland’s At the Graves joined forces to craft a collaborative effort that pushes, not only both projects’ respective sounds but their creative capacities as well. A Cold Sweat of Quiet Dread combines Myopic’s blackened and progressive doom metal with At the Graves’ sludge-ridden doom. The resultant product is an elaborate and sprawling display of metallic excellence and diversity.
The Myopic trio of Sean Simmons (vocals, guitar), Nick Leonard (bass, vocals), and Michael Brown (drums), and Ben Price—the man behind At The Graves—have been friends for some time now. The four of them wanted to collaborate on a record together for a number of years. Finally, in 2019, the projects came together to create what became A Cold Sweat of Quiet Dread. The years of camaraderie and communication unquestionably pay off.
Across 40 minutes, the quartet wonderfully executes wavering doom metal rife with swaths sludge, death, and black metal. Three vocalists and multi-layered riffs and modulations push the ambiance and arrangements to new levels for the members of both projects. From the vocal harmonies and riffing on “Gold Sinews” to the almost goth rock tinges on “Stray Parasite,” there are numerous examples of the power behind these two bands’ collaboration across its six tracks.
Listen to an exclusive stream of A Cold Sweat of Quiet Dread and pick up a copy of the record from Grimoire Records now ahead of its official release tomorrow.