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 Panopticon - Roads To The North 
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This dude flew largely under my radar until Kentucky a couple of years back, which I thought was excellent but needed just a little bit more refinement before attaining god status. I am happy to announce that the time is here and now to acknowledge Panopticon as probably the finest active USBM act and Roads To The North as the masterpiece that it is.

Pretty much everything I thought could have been improved on about Kentucky has been actualized here, with the Americana influences far more seamlessly integrated and the production about as good as it gets for this sort of thing. Lunn's one-man arsenal of musicianship is totally out of control on this release - a rare case in the genre where an album being the work of a single person is difficult to fathom. There is a certain chilly mystique to this album that reminds me in fleeting moments of Blut Aus Nord's Dialogue With the Stars, and without diluting the more unique elements, the album feels a tad less rootsy and a bit more windswept and epic. Lead playing is fucking stellar. Transitions hit at just the right time and the songs never drift or diminish in vibrancy. The effect of the album's closing is similar to discovering shelter after a lengthy and exhilarating trip where you pass through just about every imaginable sort of climate and upon arrival at your destination experience massive relief alongside an overwhelming urge to undertake the journey all over again.

My apologies for this, but I really feel like this album deserves its own thread. Not many records besides Anathema will be assured a place in my top five, but this one is damn fucking close.

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23 Sep 2014, 23:53
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Song link?

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BMD approves. :m:

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Stefan, ein windir wrote:
Song link?


Full album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb2UhUKTRXo

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Better have tin whistle or I'm gonna lose it. Kentucky was great, going to check this out later.

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kentucky is near flawless. been wanting to hear this one for a long while now.

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OK, got to jam this during lunch and prep.
only one listen, but i may like it more than kentucky once i get more listens in.
WOW. that second track is fucking chilling. :beer:
top 5 year end i feel.

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Gonna give it a whirl tonight. Thought Kentucky was righteous.

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I was only ever aware of Kentucky, but never listened to it. I'm going to add this band to my list and go back and start from the beginning.


24 Sep 2014, 15:45
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I was only ever aware of Kentucky, but never listened to it. I'm going to add this band to my list and go back and start from the beginning.


I've been meaning to check out all the stuff prior to the Skagos split. I have checked out Seidr his other thing and it's pretty decent Doom/Death.

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Been following Panopticon for quite a few years now, but Kentucky was a real game-changer for me. Incomparable within black metal, it's a hybrid that, on paper, I would have considered an absurdity that should fail by all rights. And yet, it worked spectacularly.

All that left me wondering how Panopticon would approach the follow-up. Try to out-Kentucky Kentucky? Or go down a different path? It sounds like the band has gone with the former, based on what I've been reading...and apparently succeeding. I can't wait to hear how he manages to pull it off, as I hold Kentucky in very high esteem.


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Good stuff. I never tracked down a physical copy of Kentucky, so I sort of forgot about it. I was pretty into it for a while when it was released though.


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Their)(/his) portion of the Skagos split wasn't very good. In those days, people had nothing good to say about their(/his) previous works either.

The good word of Kentucky and Roads to the North makes me believe I should check them out someday.

Someday.


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Usually I look at some of the stuff you guys are fapping feverishly to and just shake my head (newer Slayer, Metallica's live CD's cash grab, Pepperless COC, Reinkaos era Dissection, etc.). But every once in awhile you down syndrome motherfuckers get a little wood on the ball, and this is one of those times. Never heard of this band before seeing it mentioned here, enjoyed "Roads To The North" immensely.


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The results of this thread please me greatly!

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