Panopticon   .​.​.​And Again into the Light
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 2021
Tracklist

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5.0 classictravisaurusrex | May 17th 21

phew, many 5 man bands could only aspire to sound as good as this one man

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3.7 greatErwann S. STAFF | May 18th 21

Austin Lunn going pastoral and *almost* lush on this one. Tracks like "The Embers at Dawn", which starts like a daydream and ends like a nightmare, are testimonials to that new approach, maybe the lightest Lunn has ever crafted. The production is messy - as often - but it does work well with the atmosphere, even though the drums overtake a tad too much the guitars to my taste.

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4.0 excellentXenophanes EMERITUS | May 17th 21

This is a Panopticon album alright

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4.0 excellentExoskeletalJunction | April 13th 22

12th April: Panopticon - …And Again Into the Light (atmospheric black metal, 2021)

Despite playing more or less the same style for over a decade now, Panopticon are a bit hit
or miss with me. The combination of cascadian atmospheric black metal with traditional
American folk music, country and bluegrass sure is interesting, but only at a few points has
Austin Lunn’s melancholic longing completely captivated me. Fortunately, this is one of them,
and I’m glad to be firmly back on the wagon this time around. It’s the flirtations with post-
metal that lock me in here - not just the usual blackgaze bits and pieces, but glimpses of
the new scene of melancholic, heavy shoegaze in the vein of Holy Fawn, totally detached from
black metal. Erik Moggridge’s feature absolutely lights this one up (although when does he
not), bringing some slowcore melancholy to the already bleak mix of genres. It definitely
still has long sections of relatively uneventful atmoblack, but when it’s on song this is
truly some of the most passionate music in the genre.

7.2 (4th listen)

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4.0 excellentNietzschesMoustache | February 5th 22

Atmospheric Black Metal // 2021 // Best: "The Embers at Dawn"

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4.0 excellentAssemblage | November 14th 21

Moth Eaten Soul goes considerably hard. The bm featured on this is certainly quality.

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4.0 excellentajcollins15 | June 10th 21

Every so often (mostly once a year it seems) an extreme metal album comes along and completely blows me away. My history with black metal is not very big because of how challenging many of it is to get into. However, what always brings me to the genre is the likes of those who experiment with the genre and Panopticon (through his long and winding career since 2008) has explored and perfected the style of mixing extreme black metal, with ambient drones, atmospheric guitar leads, and mind-blowing Americana and folk influences that run deep. Although this album might not be for everyone, the career Austin has had and what he has done for the metal genre is something truly amazing and this album really is the pinnacle of that exploration. It might not be perfect, but it nearly is, plus it is a hell of a listen for the 70 minutes it?s on.

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4.5 superbklondikethebear | May 25th 21

I love this record so much. I hear some of the complaints people have with the production but I love every minute of this record. The Embers at Dawn gives me such an inexplicable euphoric feeling.

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0.0 Wizard | May 22nd 21

Way way way too early to rate this. This is a grower for sure.

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4.0 excellentThyCrossAwaits | May 15th 21

I appreciate the idea of having a black metal ?side? and an acoustic folk ?side? for a record, but it?s clear that Panopticon flourishes most when Lunn focuses on songcraft and not which of his influences is at the forefront.

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