The newest from Panopticon could get by on the strength of “The Long Road Part 1: One Last Fire” alone, multiplied to fill a whole cd. The mix of roots music instrumentation and black metal is a refreshing nod to the old adage of history having the last word. It calls to mind when Jimmy Page and Plant wrestled with criticisms of what style of music was most appropriate based on their British heritage.
The black metal moments on this record have the dry, brittle drums of classic, countless early cassete demos but with a crisp punch as well. Guitars and every instrument is performed with passion and honesty. There is not much more else to say, because the music deserves to speak for itself, that much.
High praise and thanks for this master work. This is the “Sigh of Summer”, Summer.