Meet Austin Lunn, the mastermind of atmospheric black/folk metal band Panopticon. Originally based from Kentucky and now residing in Minnesota, The Scars Of Man On The Once Nameless Wilderness I and II continues where 2015’s Autumn Eternal left off and became one of the most luxurious and well crafted albums I’ve heard from his project. Musically and lyrically, Austin shares his motivation for all sorts of things such as incorporating folk and bluegrass signatures which is something you don’t normally hear within the atmospheric black metal scene. Lyrically, Austin shares his passion for subjective topics from nature, history, politics and spirituality well as paganism showcases his intelligence to write the most well structured and complex records to date.
From his progression and emotive storytelling narrations to the more deeper and powerful harmonics and wide variations of beautiful pieces of music, Austin’s ability to bring such darkened energies doesn’t entirely manifest the album’s enjoyable listening experience but it’s more magnificently triumphant that serves a perfect conclusion to his wonderful trilogy of past releases. Everything from his talented musical showmanship to the more technical and sharp production values Austin Lunn has successfully concluded what will hopefully be regarded as one of the best crafted albums in the history of USBM alongside Wolves In The Throne Room, Falls Of Rauros, Agalloch and many more throughout many generations to come. The Scars Of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness I and II is a reflection of the path bringing a testament of deeply personal music by a talented individual expanding wide selections of breathtaking music.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler