The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness Pt. I & 2

by Panopticon

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Spinebrain
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Spinebrain Austin can do no wrong Favorite track: Sheep in Wolves Clothing.
Slyyr
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Slyyr True American black metal. True American folk. Man is too ignorant to exist. Favorite track: Snow Burdened Branches.
Sonny92
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Sonny92 Austin Lunn is possibly the premier exponent of atmospheric black metal currently and this release is a real event in the scene. CD1 is Panopticon's usual superb take on the genre.
Master of Muppets
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Master of Muppets Denied my birthright to review this by the laws ov respect and decency, I'll leave it at this: The Scars of Man... is not "just" a black metal album with bluegrass/Americana flare, or any specific kind of album for that matter, but a carefully crafted thing of beauty that blends and defies the conventions of the genres from which it draws its inspiration. It's the sound of a wandering spirit exploring peaks and valleys alike, music that simply begs to be experienced outdoors. Lace up your hiking boots, throw in some headphones and let The Scars of Man... provide you with a fitting and fantastic soundtrack.
Daniel Wiklander
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Daniel Wiklander The Americana part of this album is up there with Neil Young and with Springsteen at his darkest. The songs go straight to my heart. Favorite track: Beast Rider.
Nicholas Currie
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Nicholas Currie This double album hits the exact perfect points of everything I love about music. Part 1 is hard and heavy with a beautiful undertone. Part 2 is perfection wrapped up in sorrow and intricacy. Thank you for creating this absolute masterpiece.
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about

“The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness” is a two part album that musically explores the two separate musical sides of Panopticon. Part 1 harkens back to melodic Black and Death Metal influences and part 2 focuses entirely on Americana, Folk and Country music from North America.

The lyrical concept of the album deals with two sides of the same coin: the effects of our natural environment on quality of life and mental health and the effects of urban life and industry on our quality of life and mental health. The album is largely inspired by some of Sigurd Olson’s writing and also inspired by the struggle to preserve Minnesota’s northwoods.

Part 1 of the 2 part album is entirely focused on exploring melodic, aggressive and atmospheric metal with lyrics about time spent in nature, questions and fears about the consequences of environmental destruction and seeking inspiration in the woods.

Part 2 takes a more somber, lonesome tone, lyrically focusing on the consequences of urban life, industry, global warming and environmental detriment. Part 2 is absolutely NOT a metal record and those who are disinterested in folk, americana and country music might not favor it.

The album is particularly long…clocking in at about 2 hours. It is intended to be heard as a body of work, but as always that's up to the listener to decide.

*** A. Lunn about the album ***

This is the full two disk, 2 hour long album sequenced as one long record, as it was meant to be heard. Please don't listen to the album on your laptop speakers, it will sound like shit. Give it a shot on a long hike or by a fire with headphones. The first half of the album is atmospheric metal, the second half is more americana focused, so beware if you hate country/folk.
cheers
-A

Blåtimen is in honor and dedication of Valfar's WINDIR
The Wandering Ghost is for Adam Nicholson and in memory of Guy Clark.
This album takes inspiration from the words of Sigurd Olson and the North woods he so cherished.

This album is in loving memory of Cliff and Ele Hokanson.

NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON WAS ASKED TO REVIEW THIS ALBUM.
credits
releases April 6, 2018

A.Lunn: guitars ( acoustic, electric, baritone acoustic, resonator, square neck resonator) Bass ( acoustic, 4 and 8 string electric) 5 string banjo, lap steel, drums and percussion, keys, mandolin, harmonica, sung and screamed voice, choirs, accordion and orchestra bells and software instruments.

with guests:
Johan Becker: violins
A. Petterson: Lead vocals on " En Generell Avsky"
William Seay: guest vocals on " The Singing Wilderness" and additional choir vocals on " A Ridge Where The Tall Pines Once Stood"
Joe Beres: Reading of a passage of a Sigurd Olson Lecture on " A Ridge where the Tall Pines Once Stood"
Tanner Anderson: Hurdygurdy and hammered dulcimer
Ben Smith : Backing vocals on " Snow Burdened Branches"

Recorded by A.Lunn at lundr lodge in the woods of central east minnesota 2015-2017.
All songs and lyrics written by A. Lunn between 2011 and 2017.
Additional engineering by Spenser morris
Mixed and Edited by Spenser Morris
mastered by Colin Marston
Photography by Bekah Lunn
Drawings by Hanna Larsson for Sólfjall design and Nate Burns for revolting worship

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released April 5, 2018

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    Enschede, Netherlands
  • Oct 02
    Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Sep 30
    Enschede, Netherlands
  • Oct 02
    Copenhagen, Denmark

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