NPR Music is currently streaming Roads to the North in its entirety as part of the media giant’s exclusive First Listen series, commenting, “This is a triumphant, ebullient metal record that steps outside Panopticon’s curveball mixture of American folk and metal (black- and melodic death-metal, in particular) but also makes a space to rein everything in.”
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Lunnâ€™s latest effort and fourth full-length sees him break new ground for the project and explore Scandinavian death metal in all its melodic fury. Itâ€™s a dynamic, stirring album, and one that will completely enrapture all who stand in its way. Praise has been pouring in from every corner of the globe. The album features a litany of guest talents and close comrades, including members of Waldgefluster, Celestiial, Blood and Sun, Obsequiae, Altar of Plagues, Vit, Austaras, and Vukari, and was engineered & produced by ever-prolific sound wizard Colin Marston. Lunn himself utilized a wide range of instrumentation to realize his vision, from dobro and banjo to mandolin, Native American flute, and keyboards as well as his customary guitars, bass, drums, and vocals. Itâ€™s an overwhelming musical work, and one that stands tall amidst Lunnâ€™s untouchable discography.
Roads to the North marks a paradigm shift in Panopticon’s sound, but also stands as the first collaborative action between like-minded partners Bindrune Recordings and Nordvis Produktion. The album is now available for preorder on deluxe 2XLP and CD at this location; Bindrune will look after North American sales, with Nordvis handling the release in Scandinavia and Europe.