Record Label: Bindrune Recordings
”This record is in honor of the northern lights, which very few things in the world are more beautiful and awe-inspiring than”. With these words, Panopticon (Austin Lunn) describes the content of this EP on the band’s Bandcamp page. I could not agree more.. If you give a listen to ”The Crescendo of Dusk” and let yourself free you will also be inspired and fascinated by the northern lights. So a short time after the release of ”The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (Part I & II)” Panopticon return with ”The Crescendo of Dusk”, an EP that consists of two tracks. The first track, ”The Crescendo of Dusk” was written and recorded during the ”The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness (Part I & II)” sessions while ”The Labyrinth” was written and recorded during the ”Autumn Eternal” sessions.
The self-titled song, ”The Crescendo of Dusk” is a Melodic Black Metal 13 minute track typical of the Band’s style. I have to say that is one of the band’s best songs! The song starts with a fast melodic riff and blast beats but it evolves at becomes more complex and atmospheric. Around 04:45 there is a captivating atmospheric ambient part, which takes the song to a whole new level. The second track “The Labyrinth” is a beautiful acoustic song that has nothing to do with Black Metal. Instead of riffs and blast beats, there are acoustic guitars, slide guitar and clean (almost spoken and narrated) vocals. All of you who are familiar with the band’s music are aware of the love that Austin L. has for Americana/Folk music. Of course, many of you who haven’t yet listened to the band’s music may not like those Country/Americana/Folk influences and songs but i suggest you be open-minded and give it a change! I think that this is release is perfect for someone who wants to get known for Panopticon’s music. I guess that all of you who follow the band have already listened to it many times before this review was even written. To the rest of you, I highly recommend listening to this EP.
Panopticon – The Crescendo of Dusk (FULL EP – 2019)