Few bands hold a dear place in my heart, and My Epic happens to be one of them. Their combination of lush melodies and captivating lyricism is rivaled by few, and, once announced, My Epic’s latest album Viscera catapulted to one of my most anticipated albums of the year. To get a sense of the album, listen to the first single “Ghost Story” below:
Viscera is relatively short; only five songs total, including an instrumental track. And for the purposes of this record, it’s totally fine. My Epic excels at creating an intimate atmosphere with the listener, focusing on quality over quantity. (Although, I do hope for a lengthier record in the near future.) The record also features label-mate Shane Ochsner from Everything In Slow Motion.
By far, my favorite aspect of My Epic’s music is their thought-provoking lyrics. On one hand, Viscera probes into the seemingly contradictory qualities of faith in songs like “Open Letter.”
What kind of G-d makes a world like this, lost in the dark?
How’s it good news that we’re all born damned right from the start?
Their approach to difficult topics like faith is so simple yet profound. My Epic manages to capture the emotions of both the believer and non-believer, while allowing a place for God to enter the conversation. More personal topics like the loss of memory (potentially due to Alzheimer’s) are discussed in songs like “Wive’s Tale.”
Each time when the tide inside your mind lifts, it sets adrift the moments and people you held dear. Every loss, every lapse another death. Curse and mourn, a dozen funerals a day here.
Without doubt, My Epic presents a unique and bold vision of faith in their music. As worshippers and ministers, Viscera reflects the band’s deep appreciation for music and a powerful message. If you’ve never heard of the band, this album is as good a place as any to start listening!
Buy your My Epic merchandise, including Viscera on their store website.
You can find the lyrics to Viscera here.