Posted by RiffRaff
Since the moment I first heard Kentucky by one man band Panopticon back in August I think I’ve written how great it is and how much it moves me more than enough, even awarding it the #2 spot on my Best of 2012 list. But unfortunately, for many getting their hands on this record was something quite difficult as it was only released on vinyl and unless you were a reviewer, getting you hands on a digital copy was daunting unless you felt comfortable utilizing Google for the shady approach. Well, I said the second that this album is readily available I would be one of the first people to let you know, and so here I am. Kentucky is available on Bandcamp for you to hear in its entirety (a front to back, solid playthrough is highly recommended) and for purchase for next to nothing, only $3.oo.
The music on the record is a combination of progressive black metal and American bluegrass music and tells the tale of the plight of the coal miners in Kentucky, and by proxy, all around the U.S. For something much more in-depth you can read my full review here while you listen. But, please, I implore you, listen to this album (and also take a look into the subject matter of the album, some quick Google searches will send you to some really eye-opening stuff). It truly is deserving of all the praise I’ve been giving it and I’ve been listening to it regularly since August and it hasn’t lost any of its initial impact. I hope you all enjoy this wonderful record, and as always, if you dig the album share it with your fellow metal brethren and drop a few bucks towards the artist. Peace Love and Metal!!!
Posted by RiffRaff
It should come as no surprise I am a big fan of musicians embracing the idea of infusing heavy metal with traditionally not-very-metal genres. Stuff like Diablo Swing Orchestra’s brand of ‘New Orleans swing metal’, Blood Ceremony’s ‘jazz flute metal’, and Ihsahn’s ‘sexy sax metal’ all tickle my fancy. So, when I caught wind that one man black metal band Panopticon had released an album that was to be a combination of atmospheric black metal and traditional bluegrass, my interest was piqued to say the least. I love me some atmospheric black metal and I totally dig on some bluegrass, what could possibly go wrong. In theory, the stark differences between these 2 styles would lead one to believe that the combination would be quite jarring when blended together, hence why no one until now has released a full album of the mix. But in the hands of Kentucky native Austin Lunn, his passion for both styles of music and love of his home state have led to one of this years most interesting and best releases.