Panopticon / Kentucky
Album: Kentucky   Collection:General
Artist:Panopticon   Added:Feb 2013
Label:Pagan Flames  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-03-16 Pull Date: 2013-05-19 Charts: Loud
Week Ending: May 19 May 5 Apr 28 Apr 21 Apr 14 Apr 7 Mar 24
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 13, 2023: Strum, Pick, and Thrash
Black Waters
4. May 18, 2013: The Base of A Dream Is Empty
Black Waters
2. Mar 18, 2023: The Iron Skillet
5. May 04, 2013: The Base of A Dream is Empty
Come All Ye Coal Miners
3. Jan 05, 2023: Traditions
Which Side Are You On?
6. Apr 27, 2013: The Base of A Dream is Empty
Come All Ye Coal Miners

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-02-19
Black metal + bluegrass! Austin Lunn proves himself to be a black metal prodigy with this one-man band, very forward-thinking both musically and politically. This is a concept album about the plight of Appalachian coal miners and the land they tragically exploit for a paltry, polluted living. The bluegrass is standard fare but very good nonetheless; the metal is where he shows off his chops. Greate Laroque-esque neoclassical lead guitar fits seamlessly within the bursts of wintry bleakness, and the drumming is wildly energetic and creative. I’d hesitate to compare this to other folk-metal acts such as Kampfar, Taake, or Falkenbach, just because this is in a league of its own. Don’t miss out on this masterpiece! I highly recommend juxtaposing both genres for full effect, but please play this if you’re a fan of either genre—we’re here to support hardworking, brilliant independent artists like this guy. FCC clean.

1. (2:53) Instrumental, jaunty bluegrass with banjo, guitar and fiddle. Fades into…
2. (10:25)** Epic black metal with crescendos, flutes, the whole shebang with a nice folksy interlude that builds momentum before the metal comes back to annihilate, albeit with melancholy string-laden beauty.
3. (4:11)* Great banjo-driven tune about how much it sucks to be a coal miner. Poignant in a way only bluegrass can be. Ends with a disturbing sample from a documentary about the mining industry.
4. (10:04)*** Plodding, somber black metal march with some choral vocals thrown in. There’s a fantastic folksy bridge that samples an interview with a coal miner recounting a successful mining strike. Here the indignation and anger gives way to an uplifting message of solidarity.
5. (3:03) A rousing, stomping bluegrass anthem that demands to know “which side are you on?”
6. (12:19) Lightspeed black metal with some incredible two-handed guitar leads, epic harmonies. Amazing twin guitar bridge gives way to a somber post-rock bridge with another interview, and by the end we’re back to black metal with searing fiddle.
7. (4:56) some kind of ambient interlude with echoing choral washes, vocal chanting buried under layers of synth and guitar strumming; not at all interesting for airplay, but it adds conceptual coherence to the album
8. (3:24)** gorgeous plaintive bluegrass instrumental, mostly banjo-driven with some slide guitar melodies, HIGHLY recommended for any folk-oriented show

Track Listing
1. Bernheim Forest In Spring   5. Which Side Are You On?
2. Bodies Under The Falls   6. Killing The Giants As They Sleep
3. Come All Ye Coal Miners   7. Black Waters
4. Black Soot And Red Blood   8. Kentucky