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|4.0 excellent||lolersaktes | August 3rd 12|
A unique sounding album, even for a Panopticon release. On its own, the black metal aspect sounds as if it was composed by a veteran of the genre. The drumming is punishing, varied, and filled with interesting nuances. Lunn is also no slouch behind the guitar. The most common technique here is layering a hopeless yet melodic FX-heavy guitar over aggressive BM riffs. Throughout he manages to string in 'shredding' guitar leads and solos, as well as flutes, banjos...basically any instruments you'd expect find in a bluegrass band. Song structuring is rough (and may appear to meander on the first few listens). Despite this drawback, the album remains cohesive and is gratifying to listen to from start to finish. Last thing to note; the melodies found in this album are complex, nuanced, and fresh - unlike anything you've heard in the black metal genre (or elsewhere).
|3.0 good||Sevhead | July 10th 12|
completely and thoroughly original, absolutely fresh and unique in a genre spilling over with stagnation and copycat sounds. r...but I wouldn't recommend listening to it.
|0.0 ||not~~~~~thingck | July 6th 12|
Panopticon have never been a band that sticked with traditional black metal standards , they look always for something unique , in each sequent release there's a strong experimentation, however, this one takes the cake. Merging black metal and bluegrass, The unique folky elements of Kentucky are punishing the black metal boundaries and giving room to an excellent original record.
|3.0 good||Trey Spencer STAFF | May 30th 12|
The novelty of black&blue (grass) metal is initially pretty cool, but it loses its appeal after a few listens. Still a great album but not as cool as initial listens would have had me believe.
|4.0 excellent||pumi | June 7th 14|
|4.0 excellent||cjacob6 | February 1st 14|
|4.0 excellent||ABond | January 17th 14|
|4.0 excellent||unkle | November 6th 13|
|5.0 classic||Edlund | April 4th 13|
|4.0 excellent||Ike | January 11th 13|
|3.5 great||Coast | August 27th 12|
|4.0 excellent||h0az | August 23rd 12|
|1.5 very poor||tables | July 9th 12|
|1.5 very poor||Vesper | July 9th 12|
|2.5 average||sjw | July 8th 12|
|3.5 great||ot63 | July 7th 12|
|3.5 great||Rail | July 2nd 12|
|4.0 excellent||Hawks | July 1st 12|
|5.0 classic||tomr4 | June 27th 12|
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