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Panopticon – Roads to the North



Panopticon, a band that, fortunately and deservedly, is getting more and more recognized as one of the best in the current scene. And I’m not talking “just” about the United States, but all around the globe. It amazes me how creative and skilled Austin, the some member is. After one of the most praised releases in 2012, “Kentucky”, Panopticon finally puts out a new album to our delight, named “Roads to the North”.


For me it’s almost impossible to review it because I’m overwhelmed with “Roads to the North” beauty. The album feels grandiose, majestic and diverse, it’s really a feast to our ears and, quite possibly, in my humble opinion, the best album of the year. If you enjoy well-composed, emotional and honest music, you’ll experience multiple eargarsms while listening to “Roads to the North”.




What can I add about this outstanding release? It’s complex, fantastic… the fusion of extreme metal and bluegrass is something that I never thought I would love so much. Everything sounds so stunning, so passionate and fascinating that, as I mentioned before, it’s so hard to write a review.  In my modest opinion, this is the finest work of Panopticon and that says a lot.


To describe “Roads to the North”, I have to do this in a very elementary, simple way, since I truly believe that this is one of those rare albums that each one will have a very different experience, distinctive understandings and feelings over it. I also think that, perhaps, there will even be particular discoveries by each listener, hence the intrinsic details of the songs, and, that my description would not live up to the greatness of “Roads to the North”.




So, my (always) unpretentious description of “Roads to the North” music is the following, atmospheric metal, black metal, bluegrass, post-metal influences, beautiful somber passages, hypnotic moods, epic and breathtaking instrumental work, the whole feels so exquisite, so elegant, so powerful, sad and triumphant, comfortable and dark. A masterpiece is not high enough praise!


And one more positive aspect about this album is that the production is much, much better than in Panopticon’s previous releases. Not that they were poor or anything like that, but “Roads to the North” sound has the necessary quality to enjoy the music created by Austin. I don’t think that I need to state anything else for you to check out this release and, hopefully, as I kindly and humbly ask you all, to support the band the way that you are able to.




I wish you all a very good day.


Grade: 10/10


Band: Panopticon


Album: Roads to the North (2014)


Label: Bindrune Recordings




1. The Echoes of a Disharmonic Evensong

2. Where Mountains Pierce the Sky

3. The Long Road Part 1: One Last Fire

4. The Long Road Part 2: Capricious Miles

5. The Long Road Part 3: The Sigh Of Summer

6. Norwegian Nights

7. In Silence

8. Chase the Grain


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August 12, 2014


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