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Opticon EP

by Opticon

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Sunless 03:36
This is a cry of desperation An answer to my every dream The overcast will haze my lungs With a sun too dim to see The hearts of those I love Marked grey cast out to sea I’ve broken hearts like empty bottles Now they’ll burn out and die for me Drink to the death of admiration And open wide for “woe is me” For every hour I rest these eyes I lose a year of hope for me Someday I’ll beg god to break my fall A monument of tired words Will later rot and give to fall A commemoration of empty arms Still too dead to feel it all Suburban love tryst I’m shaking knives at willing wrists And I want out come next fall Retrace my steps to home Reacquainted with a love for loss I’ll offer myself to her Remembering that we once were
One last look around this place I kick through broken glass There’s no more love to chase Back doors always end the same I step out to a crowd But none of them know my name Blackened eyes and tired lungs Cry out to the one I’ve tried so hard to touch I pray out loud for broken homes And am answered by an endless season of cold Empty skies become a “welcome home” To the cold hearted killer of “this is all I know” If only in life there were second chances To make amends and retire our romances Dying young would be the new black So drink to all of this misery Let’s slit our throats for the memories May we bleed beneath the stars with dignity This is what I fucking call humanity And it’s this time around That I’ll embrace all separation Give way to sincere attempts at admiration I arranged a date with destiny But she left me hanging at the door Show me true love And I’ll hand you a heart worth loving And I often wonder how many songs It will take to heal your every last bruise I’m running out of tears to clear the dust I’m running out of faces I can truly trust This is the eulogy for my every dream I let rust “Letting go” was never a song written solo This is a farewell kiss To a life I’ve come to “love”
Rose Pillars 06:36
In latter days I felt dead to reflection Six days to decades I hold hope in this grave When will this tired age ever fucking end for me? When every early death still makes sense to me And every tree-wrapped car doesn’t envy me This time in sunset I see A cold case you-and-me tragedy And it’s almost fucking sad to see Torn-body as ill-equipped as this travesty I am the cynic without a voice I am the lonely child without a choice Just some sucker with a thing for those left for dead Hangs head to desperate lovers With guilt of rape inside their beds But it’s when you fucking ran for cover That my heart took aim like a gun Incapable savior of victims of this fucking slum My words only a mid-air signal to the gods Who just turn the fuck away This was the pillar of false hope that I prayed would mark my grave And you were the only one I thought my love could fucking save Every dead-end suburban road is crying out for you I’m standing at the water’s edge and the memories still burn right through Every song is testament to how long I’ve tried to forget you All I have are the recollections of glances across crowded rooms They’re constant reminder of all that I could never do Every god damn breath I breathe is yours Forever in wishing that I never would have met you I’d be living without the pain of having to lose you It’s not that we were never good enough What’s meant to be has an expiration date All the times we’ll never have again Will playback forever inside of me
Just fucking take what you chase If this is all you're willing to give in return Seize your way into acceptance till your coughing up dirt It's fire against fire now; you're the one getting burned Its nights like these that it doesn't seem too far in the past I must be too conscious for the "self-righteous" class Let's kickoff this ending with a toast to bad beginnings Commemorate the day I fell head first into all you never had Five years of barely speaking and teenage soul searching Hands high for lost friends, and those you wrote off for dead If you'd ask anyone around you for once, they'd say you're fucked in the head Is it our lack of things in common that kicks in your teeth? I'm sorry I had to leave this place; life gave me hope to chase And if the addicts and victims were what you never knew Then a three year head struggle was a historic end for you
Downcast avenues clutter the chambers of my heart Last rains at my lungs flood from blisters to my tongue Desperate seasons cloud my dreams in an effort to imbrue Let this heavy hearted plague ensue Hopeless in attempt to address this all to you You fucking ran me through It’s always on morose nights like these That these letters somehow make it home I hope each word shatters your every dream And pray it kills you just the same With promises to leave just as I came I never wished for things to work out Only to dull your blades in this dire drought Love songs were never quite my style Well fuck, it just took me a while My apologies if this never makes it through This is me bidding farewell to a rather dead you Well acquainted with tattered wrists A pale throat with a smiling slit I’m just counting down to when I should commit From above the entire world is blue A cluttered landscape for those still lost and bruised I’ve run aground with little more than a sound Try to depart with broken wings I’ll burn as every blackbird sings This is the end of every love I hoped to forget Dreamscapes as my only home This is now my only regret My mistakes will forever anchor me to you You fucking ran me through
Now you see what you've done. The end has only just begun.


Opticon was a group of friends from northeast Pennsylvania.
Members went on to form other bands and projects such as New Miseries, Kuato, and Wasting Seasons, which iled to other projects such as Fresian, Rattling Cage, and Folian.

Opticon as a live band was:

Richard Blackmore - Drums, Guitar
John Blackmore - Guitar
Devan Stefani Fylstra - Guitar, Drums
Krzysztof Klein - samples, lights
Joe Vena - Bass
Robby Vena - Vocals

Originally digitally self-released released May 23rd, 2008.

"The CD has so many twists and turns in terms of sound. In the beginning I felt like I was listening to a Poison the Well song. Heavy chords and hard hitting cymbals. How can you not head bang to that? Though it’s not my thing, they actually do the Acacia Strain dirty chord break down deal and make it sound good with their music. None of the break downs come out of no where or feel forced, and I like that. I can’t help but hear a lot of Misery Signals in most of the songs as well. That’s just the main themes of the EP though. What really stuck out were the great Sabbath influenced stoner rock parts that would come in, along with some nice more experimental and ambient sounding guitar riffs. The end of “Dreams and Elegies” is a great example. I wouldn’t necessarily label this band “stoner metal”, but the influence is there." - Inherit The Wasteland


released November 5, 2021

Drums and vocals recorded using only the built-in iMac microphone.
Guitar, Bass, and samples/other sounds recorded line-in.

Recorded in 2008 and Mixed by Devan Fylstra at Chateau Negative.
Restored and Mastered in 2021 by Eric Leavell at Husk Recording.

Opticon on this recording was:
Robby Vena - vocals
Devan Fylstra - guitar, drums, bass, samples, additional vocals
Richard Blackmore - drums, guitar

Krzysztof Klein - additional samples on "Dreams and Elegies"
John Blackmore - guitar on "Sunless", additional vocals on "Dreams and Elegies"
Omari Nikolis - additional vocals on "Dreams and Elegies"
Devan Fylstra - additional vocals on "Sunless" and "Binges and Purges"


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