Panopticon stream new album
2014-07-28 by R6Rider | 24 Comments
One man black metal project Panopticon, has begun streaming it's new album, Roads To The North, over at NPR.

The album has been produced and engineered by Colin Marston (Dysrhythmia, Krallice, Gorguts) and is scheduled for an August 5th release date.

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/27/333726142/first-listen-panopticon-roads-to-the-north
Tagged: Panopticon

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Ignimbrite
July 28th 2014
5381 Comments


songwriting of Collapse + experimentation of Kentucky + aggression of Social Disservices - most of the bad things from each of those albums = this album

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Mewcopa0
July 28th 2014
1800 Comments


those druuuuums

R6Rider
July 28th 2014
4679 Comments


I seriously need to give Collapse and s/t full listens already.

Keep meaning to go back to them but always forget.

Digging: Diocletian - Gesundrian

leviathan05
July 28th 2014
58 Comments


This album fucking rules

RivalSkoomaDealer
July 28th 2014
843 Comments


Yep, dude really refined the songwriting for this one.

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zaruyache
July 28th 2014
6852 Comments


I don't dig the songs with the shoegze, so like the last two tracks. I feel like they don't really go anywhere. Other tracks are good tho!

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clander270
July 28th 2014
169 Comments


Who would've thought that bluegrass and black metal are truly meant for each other

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2014
16434 Comments


"songwriting of Collapse + experimentation of Kentucky + aggression of Social Disservices - most of the bad things from each of those albums = this album"

Yeah pretty much this

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sixdegrees
July 28th 2014
17190 Comments


good album for real

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Essence
July 29th 2014
3586 Comments


album is great

Wizard
July 29th 2014
19498 Comments


But it covers no new territory guys and it's kind of boring in some areas.

2.5-3.

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trilogique21
July 29th 2014
421 Comments


being unoriginal isn't a legitimate criticism tho. i haven't heard it yet but execution > originality

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2014
18672 Comments


being unoriginal is absolutely a legitimate criticism regarding your own catalog

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Thanntos
July 29th 2014
320 Comments


I feel you're supposed to be reviewing and criticizing an album for what it is, not what it does or doesn't change. As if each album you hear is the first album from a new band. At least that's how I go into a lot of albums most of the time.

Wizard
July 29th 2014
19498 Comments


being unoriginal isn't a legitimate criticism tho. i haven't heard it yet but execution > originality

I feel you're supposed to be reviewing and criticizing an album for what it is, not what it does or doesn't change.

Fine, it's uninspired too. He's written much, much better songs. This is like comfort zone for him. Go listen to his first two albums and you will see what I mean.


zaruyache
July 29th 2014
6852 Comments


Kentucky sucked and I don't listen to those songs, so as far as I care this is only his
second black/folk album. It's executed and structured completely differently than
Collapse (and Kentucky), so the sameyness doesn't bother me. Especially since he
added strings and shoegaze to this.

I'll give you that this isn't nearly his greatest album (3-3.5? I need to hear a better rip), but
the fact that it's another bluegrass black metal album doesn't bother me (outside of that one
straight bluegrass song which didn't need to exist at all).

He gets the benefit-of-the-doubt on this one since I didn't like Kentucky and it's pretty different
execution-wise, but if his next album is at all similar to his previous stuff I probably won't spare
him any negative feedback. Unless of course it turns out to be fantastic, in which case who cares.
(But I doubt that since there always seems to be some issue with his work, somehow, somewhere).

Wizard
July 29th 2014
19498 Comments


But he did the folk/ bluegrass so perfectly on his first two albums (subtle I might add) and then went balls to the wall with it on Kentucky (which I've removed all the bluegrass tunes and it's an ok album now hahaha). He's always had the blackgaze element happening to some degree. I'm not being negative towards this, I just find it meh. Nothing wrong with meh, it's just meh!

And no, his debut is perfect and Collapse is so damn close.

zaruyache
July 29th 2014
6852 Comments


S/T has some wonkiness with the mixing, like some leads aren't loud enough. Guitars aren't loud
enough in general compared to the drums (which I think you said made it more second-wavey?)

Collapse also had some weird "artistic" choices with the mixing, like in the first track there's a bit
where the guitar isn't very loud, and yeah 8|

Hawks
July 29th 2014
35838 Comments


It might just be me, but I think this one is his best since the s/t idk.

Wizard
July 29th 2014
19498 Comments


Hahahaha nit-pick, you and Noctus should get a room hahahaha.

Seriously though, sometimes those rough-around-the-edge type of amateurish recording makes the album what it is. I agree with you but I love how it sounds. The loud-as-fuck drums on the his debut are awesome, almost makes the whole record sound louder than what it should be.

On a side note, I got some ultra-rare copy of his debut with a cool patch and album artwork. It feels like it's made from some type of leather shit.

Catatonic
July 29th 2014
140 Comments


Oh man, this is so good. I was not expecting this, and had I been I was not expecting it to be this amazingly good. Best metal I've heard all year.

Wizard
July 30th 2014
19498 Comments


You're obviously missing out on a lot of other great metal than.

osmark86
July 30th 2014
4405 Comments


still haven't given this a shot yet. I hear good things about it though.

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2014
6196 Comments


For those still interested to listen to the new Panopticon album, it is streaming at Bandcamp:

http://thetruepanopticon.bandcamp.com/album/roads-to-the-north

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