Panopticon - The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness

8.3 | 124 votes |
Release date: 6 April 2018
Style: Neofolk , Atmospheric black metal


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Disc I [Part 1]
01. Watch The Lights Fade
02. En Hvit Ravns Død
03. Blåtimen
04. Sheep In Wolves Clothing
05. A Ridge Where The Tall Pines Once Stood
06. En Generell Avsky
07. The Singing Wilderness
08. Snow Burdened Branches

Disc II [Part 2]
01. The Moss Beneath The Snow
02. The Wandering Ghost
03. Four Walls Of Bone
04. A Cross Abandoned
05. Beast Rider
06. Not Much Will Change When I'm Gone
07. Echoes In The Snow
08. The Itch
09. At The Foot Of The Mountain
10. The Devil Walked The Woods

Top 20 albums of 2018: 20

Additional info
- Part 1 DigiCD
- Part 2 DigiCD
- 2 CD Ltd. Edition 3 spined slipcase with gatefold vinyl replica digisleeve
- Part 1 2xLP green mixed with blue Vinyl, gatefold jacket, Printed Innersleeves
- Part 2 2xLP Green mixed with grimace purple Vinyl, gatefold jacket, Printed Innersleeves
- Ltd 4xLP Colored Vinyl, Wrap around poster with custom art by Sólfjall, Hand screened by Austin Lunn and Bindrune Screenprinting.

This album musically explores the two separate musical sides of Panopticon. The first double LP harkens back to melodic Black and Death Metal influences and the second double LP focuses entirely on Americana, Folk and Country music from North America.

The lyrical concept of the album deals with the effects of our natural environment on quality of life and mental health and the effects of urban life and industry on our quality of life and mental health. The album is largely inspired by some of Sigurd Olson's writing and also inspired by the struggle to preserve Minnesota's northwoods.

Part 1 of the 2 part album is entirely focused on exploring melodic, aggressive and atmospheric metal with lyrics about time spent in nature, questions and fears about the consequences of environmental destruction and seeking inspiration in the woods.

Part 2 takes a more somber, lonesome tone, lyrically focusing on the consequences of urban life, industry, global warming and environmental detriment. Part 2 is absolutely NOT a metal record and those who are disinterested in folk, americana and country music might not favor it.

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Comments: 18   Visited by: 470 users
10.02.2018 - 05:10
China was a neat
This will be interesting, 2 hours of panopticon? Yes please.
05.04.2018 - 15:49
Disc 2 > Disc 1!
06.04.2018 - 00:40
Rating: 9
Stamp Tramp
Gorgeous as always.
Daily underground metal recommendations at Metal Trenches.
Listen to the Trench Talk podcast.
06.04.2018 - 22:46
Fellow Duh Say
The second album is moody as hell.
10.04.2018 - 20:52
Bad English
Tage Westerlund
This is how music must be written, one CD BM, other neofolk, what else we need?
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Stormtroopers of Death - ''Speak English or Die''

I better die, because I never will learn speek english, so I choose dieing
26.04.2018 - 07:18
Rating: 9
Lord Slothrop
One of Lunn's best.
26.04.2018 - 11:10
Rating: 8
I think I liked Autumn Eternal a bit more than disc 1, but dat neofolk on the second disc is just beautiful.
World won't end today - it's already tomorrow in Australia.
04.05.2018 - 14:12
Disc 1 is meh, but Disc 2 is seriously good.

edit (8 months later): Someone must have hacked my account. There is nothing meh about this album, it is fantastic stuff front to back and I love every second of it.
05.05.2018 - 11:39
My first panopticon record, liking it so far. Some gorgeous instrumentation here.
24.05.2018 - 17:58
Rating: 8
(Cowering) At The Foot Of The Mountain is fantastic. I don't know whether it's just the snowy lodge on the album cover but the record definitely made me think of The Mantle by Agalloch, albeit a very different approach to mixing black metal and local American folk influences
02.06.2018 - 19:02
Rating: 8
Dark Horizons
A massive work that deserves to be listened again, and again, and again... and for 2 hours of music is not easy generally.
We are just a moment in time
A blink of an eye
A dream for the blind
Visions from a dying brain
I hope you don't understand
19.11.2018 - 05:13
Rating: 7
I liked Part 1 more than Part 2, but I feel like both lost me around the middle.
02.11.2019 - 05:58
Rating: 9
No one
So fucking good!!!
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02.11.2019 - 16:00
Rating: 7
Weirdo of MS
There should be more bluegrass/country/southern american atmospheric black metal. These genres really natch each other
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02.11.2019 - 19:47
Rating: 9
No one
Written by Karlabos on 02.11.2019 at 16:00

There should be more bluegrass/country/southern american atmospheric black metal. These genres really natch each other

Twilight Fauna does it, but nowhere near as good.
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05.01.2020 - 20:30
Rating: 7
This music felt really personal, like it's speaking out to me. The naturalistic animal sounds also adds for a more personal experience.
16.07.2020 - 06:45
I really enjoyed both albums but particularly the second one. Best neofolk album I've heard in awhile. It's not my typical subgenre but it was done right here
07.10.2020 - 04:35
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Snow Burdened Branches is an amazing atmo-black track. The sample is awesome.
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum

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