Panopticon
Kentucky


4.5
superb

Review

by kilzaar USER (1 Reviews)
June 27th, 2012 | 71 replies | 3,464 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Bluegrass mixed into my br00dal black metulz!! Can this possible be worth listening to?

0 of 4 thought this review was well written

Of all genres, this album combines black metal with Bluegrass? How can this work? I mean, black metal has worked with shoegaze, folk, and neoclassical, but honestly Bluegrass? This album works because is a fulfillment of the basic goal of black metal - protest through what seems to be the most hideous, unworldly, unthinkable way possible, but yet still managing to be beautiful. The album is composed of 3 ear-blistering 10 minute long burst beat filled black metal songs, entwined by banjos, fiddles, and spoken words more emotional and thought provoking than those in Godspeed you!'s Lift your skinny fists.

The real accomplishment in this album is the how he works the non-traditional instrumentation into the melodies to produce such a smooth, heartwarming (from a black metal fan's perspective) atmosphere. This instrumentation flows so much more seamlessly than the last time I heard banjos in a black metal album (Taake's album Noregs Vaapen), but the thing that has me returning over and over again to this is the emotional value tied into Austin's whole message throughout the album about the coal mining industry, which has made as much of an imprint on his community as this album has on my outlook of folk metal (Panopticon is a project by Austin Lunn by the way).

The story told by this is reminiscent of sitting around a campfire, with its intimate, hearthlike telling. He makes it feel personal with brief statements by voices made to be as realistic as possible with a certain atmosphere only possible with bluegrass instrumentation, the only kind which can properly transports you to that glowing campfire. He summarizes a tale of the human condition with vivid emotion and a concise message that the coal industry ***ed his community up. As Austin says in an interview, "These weren't black-clad anarchists and hippies, they were families and the elderly, people wanting their kids to play on the playground toxin-free. The last lines of that song [Black Soot and Red Blood] talk about the coal companies not giving a *** about the people who work for them and the communities around mining sites, so a sample from that protest, just on the border of Kentucky, for me, was perfect." This kind of built up hatred against the industry, utter rage and irritability, is all the listener knows by the end of the album. The album conveys exactly what he wanted to tell, as closure for his ruined community and protest against the monstrosity of the corporation, through the kind of medium any black metal fan can understand.


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KriegdemKriege (3)
This could have been so much better....

Kyle Ward STAFF (2.5)
Which side are you on?...


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BirthRite
June 27th 2012



1318 Comments


lol i was wondering when someone was going to review this, heard it wasn't that good but the single was solid

BirthRite
June 27th 2012



1318 Comments


"and spoken words more emotional and thought provoking than those in Godspeed you!'s Lift your skinny fists."

BirthRite
June 27th 2012



1318 Comments


your review was decent and good for your first review so pos, stick around and keep reviewing metal because all of the old users are to good to do any work now

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This wasn't that great at all. I've got a review for this in the works.

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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2012



4042 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Blueklvt

Digging: Ichiko Aoba - 0%

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2012



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

and spoken words more emotional and thought provoking than those in Godspeed you!'s Lift your skinny fists.


oh come the fuck on

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2012



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

...t-too much :[

zaruyache
June 27th 2012



4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Did this get a stream somewhere or...? Because this hasn't been released yet, and therefore shouldn't
be reviewed by non-staff.

edit: I know it leaked, but "leaked" does not count as "released" as far as reviewing goes on this
site.

Digging: The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li

eternium
June 27th 2012



16206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Halfway through this and it rules so far. Austin just couldn't exactly meld the bluegrass in as well as he could with the other genres.

Digging: Thou - Heathen

zaruyache
June 27th 2012



4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

If he'd just done like he did with Collapse he totes coulda pulled it off better, probably. Only like 3 tracks in so far. Pretty good.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Austin just couldn't exactly meld the bluegrass in as well as he could with the other genres.

This is precisely why this album is not as good as it should have been.

eternium
June 27th 2012



16206 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, the bluegrass parts are awesome and the black metal parts are awesome (duh), he just wasn't able to combine them. It's different from when he can play the same riff (folk, shoegaze, post-rock, etc.) and then turn that riff into black metal but with bluegrass they are completely separate.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2012



15976 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The entire structure of the album bothers me. The whole long bm tack/bluegrass instrumental/long bm track/bluegrass instrumental thing is horribly blocky and completely ruins any kind of folky or whatever atmosphere he was going for.

DarthMann
June 27th 2012



13467 Comments


lol fuck off with lift your skinny fists

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2012



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

pretty much everything panopticon has ever done has been blocky and crude, it's why i can't get into it and i don't doubt this is just like the others but probably worse

zaruyache
June 27th 2012



4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Waaaaaaat no. The S/T was pretty much structured like a normal BM record, Collapse was maybe kinda blocky, potentially, Mortality didn't have any organization problems... this is the only album that has serious structural weirdness, imo. And if the bluegrass tracks had been slightly longer each this wouldn't have even been an issue.

Cells
June 27th 2012



1875 Comments


im not listening to a bm record called kentucky lol

zaruyache
June 28th 2012



4794 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not BM it's bluegrass with BM influences. Now go listen to it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2012



30280 Comments


Didn't read past that god-awful summary

Digging: L'Orange - The Orchid Days

rasputin
June 28th 2012



14504 Comments


i bet im not



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