Panopticon   The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness
3.9
excellent
Release Date: 2018
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4.5 superbdemon of surveillance | April 4th 18

Yet another stellar album from Austin Lunn. Part I isn't too different from past black metal material, but still manages to stay fresh. Part II puts bluegrass, Americana, and post-rock in a blender to create something wholly unique, even when compared to the straight folk songs from Kentucky and Roads.

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4.0 excellentXenophanes STAFF | April 6th 18

Black metal does not deserve Austin Lunn.

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4.0 excellentTheNemeton91 | April 10th 18

Without getting mired in the debates of whether these LPs should've been released
separately - "The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness" feels like the record
Austin Lunn has intended to craft for many years.

The countless years of dedication, learning every damn instrument, prolific work ethic
(splits, compilations, remasters, LPs), carefully crafting and structuring his wide body
of work, and all the labour of love that Austin has given us -- time and time again -- I
feel that we owe every truly great artist their space and time to breathe, to
experiment, and to lay out precisely what is in their heart. Fuck the ratings, the
comparative quibbling, and the expectations.

Austin has earned this, and we owe him an open ear and heart. - 4.2/5


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4.0 excellentTheSpirit CONTRIBUTOR | April 5th 18

This will need a few listens to really nail down feelings, but initial thoughts are this is very good. The production is grainier enough to appease raw(er) black metal fans but textured enough for dynamicism to thrive. The music is loud, bombastic, and grand but unlike other symphonic or orchestral black metal acts, Austin is able to imbue a small-town, folksy charm that makes the added atmosphere feel more like a call home than ostentatious embellishment. His ear for melody is second to none and it's nice to see that his standards haven't dropped after 10+ years of doing this. r**haven't listened to the folk/country side yet, but excited to

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4.0 excellentcjbizzlebizzle | July 11th 18

Though it is fairly obvious what one will get going into a Panopticon record these days, Austin Lunn continues to build on his repertoire of pairing atmospheric black metal with folk and Americana. The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness is grand and ambitious and showcases Lunn's full, impressive arsenal of instruments and his ability to produce top notch black metal and folk, this time separated into two distinct records. The entire record takes on a melancholic, sombre atmosphere and this feeling really ties the two discs together. As the name of the album suggests Lunn once again visits themes of nature and how man relies on and interacts with the, once, wild world that surrounds us. Both the lyrics and music work wonderfully around this theme and makes the listener ponder about the need for wilderness in a human's life and how humans are now affecting nature. 'The Itch' gets very direct and political and is the only true sore spot on the album, both the lyrics and mood break from the rest of the theme and it just feels sloppy. Despite that, Lunn has triumphed here with plenty of more great black metal material and the best purely folk driven music he has recorded to date. Panopticon's discography is truly rich at this point.

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4.0 excellentTheManMachine | June 15th 18

Vox are frustratingly faint on the black metal side, hesitant-n-mumbly on the americana side. Its 2-hour length is ludicrous, and oh right it's been requested per Panopticon that you listen in full while hiking or something. Whatever way you decide to get it done, it's a demanding commitment that's rewarding perhaps because it's made by someone that's demanding and committed. Helps too when it's not only atmospherically absorbing no matter the half, but able to aurally convey the gravity+sanctity of the great outdoors through-n-through as well. Impenetrable guitar stacks, brutal+beautiful+busy drumming, crisp acoustics, violins and accordions, the mix of fury and the forlorn, wise readings, crackling fires and forestry, wailing wandering solos worthy of a mountaintop, the symphony and scale and progression of it all -- this thing is rich and dirty. When some words become audible on the americana side, we get pickup trucks on the highway; the triviality of his own mortality; scratching the itch in the room that is Donald Trump without mentioning him by name.

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3.2 goodWillie STAFF | May 8th 18

Love the black metal album, not a fan of the second one.

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