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

So long as You're just paying Austin a courtesy, and not needlessly throwing presumptuous political jabs around, sure. I'd wager steering clear of making this comment section political is most appropriate for everyone.



I'm confident Austin would agree that he loves his roots without being a divisive douche to others. It's clear from his lyrics that the spiritual needs of mankind and our connection with Nature is paramount to him.

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

In a similar vein, the excellent Pagan/Shamanic folk act Heilung (go out of Your way to check them out live) posted, of their pagan roots:



"Remember, that we all are brothers

All people, beasts, trees and stone and wind

We all descend from the one great being

That was always there

Before people lived and named it

Before the first seed sprouted"

zaruyache
April 11th 2018


21223 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

his music is also highly political and he's a noted anarchist so keeping politics out of a discussion of his music seems redundant.

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I hear You, fair point. Of course politics can be discussed civilly, they simply normally are not. Throwing words like "Nazi" and "racist dickheads" is exactly the kind of 'shots fired' volatile shit that can cause arguments, and furthermore isn't relevant to Lunn's music. Drawing correlations (however true) that 'caring about x amounts to being a racist dickhead' (I don't even necessarily disagree btw) is the stuff of flame wars. I think You're intelligent enough to see that.



I think only a very tiny handful of people would ever make the presumption that because Austin appreciates his ancestry, and makes use of traditional symbolism that he's a "Nazi". In any case, I'm being redundant by cautioning people not to agitate, while I'm lecturing, so I'll humble myself.

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Anywho, how fucking excellent is "Snow Burdened Branches"

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
April 11th 2018


10612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Idrk what’s up with The Itch but the rest of both albums are shockingly amazing and that says a lot considering his career.



That track is just so odd. I dont like donald trump either but the lyrics sound like he tried to write a motivational speech instead of lyrics and the premise just sticks out awkwardly on a fucking panopticon album of all things.

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Agreed, that track didn't do it for me.



Also, I appreciate the intimacy of the lyrics of "Four Walls Of Bone", but the song feels a bit bloated. Finally, although I personally quite enjoyed it, "The Devil Walked The Woods" was a curious note to end on, for such a (rewardingly) demanding listening experience.

TheNemeton91
April 11th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

My Highlights (would love to hear others), after a few full listens:



"Snow Burdened Branches"

"A Ridge Where The Tall Pines Once Stood"

"Blåtimen"

"The Wandering Ghost"

"En Hvit Ravns Død"

Hawks
April 12th 2018


73123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really love the bluegrass side of this album as much as the bm side.

Digging: Erang - Kingdom Of Erang

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 12th 2018


9957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice solid early average there too

Hawks
April 12th 2018


73123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed. m/

Marehelm
April 12th 2018


856 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wish disc 2 were more post-rock-ish though

ButtBoy
April 12th 2018


4403 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i really wish the high guitar part halfway thru Moss Beneath the Snow wasn't so out of tune

ButteryBiscuitBass
April 12th 2018


11444 Comments


The guitar actually being OUT OF TUNE, or you don't think the motif fits the key?

BandNewbac
April 12th 2018


2459 Comments


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

But hey, theyre blonde so they must be fascist right"

All of my Norwegian family are red heads or auburn. A lot of people (if not most) from the most northern parts of Norway have darker features due to Sami admixture. you see a lot of darker folks in Bergen too.

TheNemeton91
April 12th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Newbac, yeah I've had Swedish friends tell me as much. They like to tease Norwegians for not being as blond lol. Most Norwegians I've seen and met were brunettes.



So, where do You think this album is averaging out for You right now? What rating do You see Yourself giving it? Any standout tracks?

TheNemeton91
April 12th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

With every spin, Disc 2 keeps growing on me more and more. Definitely glad I was patient with this. I've actually played around with the ordering and blended the two discs. Austin could have just as easily made a cohesive two disc without separating the two - not that I'm complaining, mind You. Part of me wishes my favourite song he ever wrote, Håkan's Song, was either released on this, or rerecorded for it.

MetalMarcJK
April 12th 2018


159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A hundred Swedes ran through the weeds

Chased by one Norwegian



Norwegians rule!

Digging: De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising

BlackTaxi2d
April 12th 2018


264 Comments


I wish he would've separated it by alternating the songs instead of by disc

Digging: Cloudkicker - Unending

TheNemeton91
April 12th 2018


253 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

First review up on Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLTLiCXy2X0



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