STREAMING: Track from Panopticon’s ‘Kentucky’

By: justin.m.norton Posted in: featured, listen On: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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Any time we receive a note promising music that “marries traditional coal mining songs with harsh, expansive black metal” we’re intrigued. And Panopticon’s “Kentucky” is sort of the metal equivalent of a William Faulkner novel: dense, multifacted but also soulful. The album, due in June from Handmade Birds/Pagan Flames, touches on the difficulty and despair of American Appalachia, as well as the spirit of the place. There’s also banjos, but this album won’t remind you of the theme from Deliverance. Check out “Bodies Under The Falls” below.

  • http://www.paganflames.com/ Bensmasher

    due from Handmade Birds AND Pagan Flames.  Thanks guys!

  • Hate!

    Absolutely fantastic.

  • James Hunyar

    One hell of an explosive last few minutes. Excellent.

  • Lundrfire

    The song is called “Bodies UNDER the falls”, just so you know. THANKS FOR THE SUPPORT!! -Austin/Panopticon

    • justin.m.norton

      Thanks Austin it’s been swapped out. Thanks so much for sharing this track with us.

      • Lundrfire

         Thank you so much for the support. I really do appreciate it. It means a lot to me.

      • Lundrfire

         Thank you so much for the support. I really do appreciate it. It means a lot to me.

    • Jesus

       Shit is awesome bro.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dave.colbert1 Dave Colbert

      Hey man, any word on a preorder yet, and will it be on vinyl?

      • Lundrfire

         Looking like it is going to be tuesday. Check HAMMER SMASHED SOUND for details on tuesday. and yes, there will be Vinyl…no CD version just yet though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=527688311 Matthew Grant Anson

    Whoa, it’s so clear. And there are so many different notes! NOT BLACK METAL 

    Just kidding, this is great. 

  • pseudonymous

    This is the most exhilariting black metal-ish track I’ve heard in what seems like forever.  And I’m not just saying that because I’m from Kentucky.  Don’t see a release date or preorder on Handmade Birds’ website yet, but will definitely pick this one up.

    Incidentally, I like “Bodies Over the Falls” as a title better than the correct “Bodies Under the Falls.”  The image of bodies hurtling over a waterfall is more harrowing than the image of them being discovered after the fact.   But whatever.  This song could be called “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and it would still be fucking devastating.    

    • Lundrfire

       The song is named after the alleged massacre at Yahoo falls (ywahoo falls) where some say  that a large tribe of Cherokee indians were murdered under the falls by settlers. According to the legend, which historians have not been able to verify as true or false, after the massacre, some remaining warriors came back and slaughtered the offending settlers. That is why it is called “bodies under the falls”…because at yahoo falls there is a HUGE over hang that the natives used as a gather space or shelter…that is where they were massacred.

    • Lundrfire

       The song is named after the alleged massacre at Yahoo falls (ywahoo falls) where some say  that a large tribe of Cherokee indians were murdered under the falls by settlers. According to the legend, which historians have not been able to verify as true or false, after the massacre, some remaining warriors came back and slaughtered the offending settlers. That is why it is called “bodies under the falls”…because at yahoo falls there is a HUGE over hang that the natives used as a gather space or shelter…that is where they were massacred.

      • pseudonymous

        Thanks for the explanation.  Good to know that the thematic  context here is as rich and as resonant as the music.  Very much looking forward to hearing the record. 

        • Lundrfire

           I’m happy to share it with you.
          I wrote the lyrics under the falls out there. It was a really intense day for me.
          Thanks for caring about the band. I appreciate it .
          -Austin

  • Miserablessed

    Spent 4 years in KY. Learned to appreciate the region I’m from due to my undergrad minor in Appalachian Studies at Berea College. Thanks for providing a unique musical perspective on the region!

  • groverXIII

    There really aren’t enough metal bands that use banjos. Great song.

  • http://www.paganflames.com/ Bensmasher

    Pre-orders are now being taken at http://www.paganflames.com for shipment early June.

  • theHOPELEGION

    im sick of all the fkn black metal nowadays but this song is amazing. way to do your own thing with it. ill be getting album. dig it.

  • Twilightfauna

    It’s good to hear some Appalachian black metal. The area is ripe for it. I’m trying to do the same thing down in TN and just recorded my own atmospheric bm album. Trying to get it all going. Thanks for the inspiration

  • ONIONS

    DOES ANYONE NOTICE THAT THE MAIN BRUNT OF THE SONG IN THE BEGINNING IS OUT OF TUNE AS FUCK?!

  • Hamburg Germany

    Hmm, something is out of tune during this song.

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