Monday, October 5, 2009

Panopticon - "Panopticon" (2008)

PANOPTICON "Panopticon"

Year: 2008
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal
Country: USA
Label: Lundr Records

Track List:

  1. Intro
  2. Flag Burner, Torch Bearer
  3. I, Hedonist
  4. ...Speaking...
  5. The Lay of Grimnir
  6. Archetype
  7. Emma's Song


Meet Panopticon, the American one-man atmospheric black metal project which now became the most well-known RABM act. Panopticon's debut album is definitely a cornerstone of the anarchist black metal scene, 'cause only after its release RABM was distinguished as a separate genre from blackened crust.

A. Lundr (also a former member of a blackened death metal band Anagnorisis), the band’s founder and the only musician, states that Panopticon are: “a black metal band focusing on political and philosophical issues such as anarchism, objectivism, society, paganism, pantheism, Norse mythology/heathenism and beer. I created this project because i was tired of consumer driven music, a-political and boring, stale Satanism and racist bullshit that plagues the black metal community. no hair cuts, no big record labels, no bigotry, no drum machines, no rulers, no masters”. You can read the whole interview with Panopticon's mastermind here (in English) or here (translated to Russian).

The music is highly innovative and fascinating too. Of course the quality of production isn't that good, but anyway it's decent atmospheric black metal influenced both by BM bands like WITTR, Darkthrone and Mayhem, and crust bands like Iskra and Amebix. A must-listen album to every fan of anarchist black metal.


  1. Hey, the link doesn't work!
    but don't care, you can try with it!

    Greetings from Mexico!

  2. This is one of the best EP I've ever heard!!! (A)mazing....

  3. this is brilliant...great musicianship, and (blackened) soul. I usually steer clear of BM because of the meat headed and just plain un-imaginative racist, nationalist and christian (satanist) herd element...but along with the mighty Iskra, there is hope!!