Panopticon The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness
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TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

At a first glance "A Ridge Where The Tall Pines Once Stood" may appear functionally a transitional interlude between tracks, merely furthering lyrical themes and restating the tone of the album, however, it is probably the most apt encapsulation of Austin's maturation, musical progression, and the deepening of his humanity. Might be my favourite moment on the album.

McP3000
April 11th 2018


4052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A Cross Abandoned could be played at a country wedding.



Nice.

SgtShock
April 11th 2018


841 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Checked out the second half today. Hearing a country/bluegrass tune dump on Donald trump was a surreal experience, to say the least.

BandNewbac
April 11th 2018


2459 Comments


Why are some of the titles in Norwegian, isnt this dude from Kentucky? Poser.

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

No need to be presumptuous or rude. Just ask.



"Håkan's song" was written during the " Roads to the north" writing sessions and recorded just after the album was finished. The track is written for my oldest son, Håkan, whom my wife and I have cherished and learned so much from thus far." - Lunn's Bandcamp.



Austin has personally lived in Norway, and his son bears a Norwegian name. He's a rather private lad, but it's clear that Norwegian is personally significant to him. Finally, he moved to Minnesota years ago, and now operates a beer brewery, under the title "Hammer Heart".

Marehelm
April 11th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For some reason, the second disc works just as well in fantastic spring sunshine

Marehelm
April 11th 2018


858 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gonna bump to 4.5 soon. Then I'll probably end up 5'ing it some time.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
April 11th 2018


25947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Why are some of the titles in Norwegian, isnt this dude from Kentucky? Poser."



Lol Austin is more black metal than most of the second wave dudes were back when, and definitely more black metal than they are now. Dude breathes the genre.

Digging: Arnaut Pavle - Arnaut Pavle

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Austin is more black metal than most of the second wave dudes were back when, and definitely more black metal than they are now. Dude breathes the genre. [2]

Atari
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2018


24886 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm part Norwegian but live in the US does that make me a poser?

Digging: Somos - Prison On A Hill

BandNewbac
April 11th 2018


2459 Comments


Yeah you are come back to Norway or stay a poser for the rest of your life. No for real i was only joking I didn't mean to come off pretentious (hence i used the word poser ;-)).

Thanks for the explanations regardless haha, kind of interesting.

DaveTesseract
April 11th 2018


100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Black metal, bluegrass, bird noises... What u want more?

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

As The Spirit has said, this album, for however grand it peaks, manages to maintain a small-town folksy charm. My love of Austin's work, and just Austin as a person, and the sincerity of his music and themes makes it really difficult to be 'objective. This keeps growing on me, and I might have to bump it to a light 4.5.



With every release I seem to love his past work more. Roads and Autumn are aging spectacularly. Sentiment can be hard to separate when an artist is this wholesome.

McP3000
April 11th 2018


4052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Does anyone have a link to the lyrics?

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Black metal, bluegrass, bird noises... What u want more? [3]

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

McP, I can't seem to find any. Austin doesn't seem too interested in publishing his lyrics. Perhaps they're personal to him?

zaruyache
April 11th 2018


21290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Austin's "pagan" European heritage seems quite important to him, and paganism as a concept imo kinda fits well with the whole anarcho punk thing, too. His music's had pagan bm influence since the s/t and some of the artwork for the band (and logo) have obvious pagan influences. So ye he's always had a weird infatuation with "muh heritage" but I'm p sure he doesn't like Nazis so who cares.

McP3000
April 12th 2018


4052 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Norwegians werent Nazis, they were actually conquered by the Germans in WWII



But hey, theyre blonde so they must be fascist right

hansoloshotfirst
April 12th 2018


1417 Comments


wtf. nobody said that.

zaruyache
April 12th 2018


21290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

white dudes obsessed with their "ancient european heritage" are often racist dickheads (see: norwegian bm), so pointing out Austin's not-racist dickheadedness is probably worth mentioning given how he litters panopticon with pagan stuff.



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