This seems to be closer to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska than to Slayer or Celtic Frost! It is a bleak, cold landscape, harsh times and hard men as they strive to eke out a living in the mining towns to provide for their families and to survive the stern business owners. This fifth album for Panopticon forges black metal coldness with folk and Americana of the locality it is describing and is being re-released by Bindrune Recordings and Nordvis Produktion at an optimum time just as Paris Accords, fossil fuels and changing climates are top news.
The album not only covers the miners’ strife and employee hardship of working conditions but also you can get the feeling of the rape of the land and the irreversible changing environment left by the industry. Music is interspersed with dialogue, miners tales and testament to the times. For anyone who likes something a little challenging, something that is avant-garde, with the sheer power of a raging hurricane howl alongside bluegrass folk and screaming black metal then try this re-release. ‘Black Soot and Red Blood’ is a track title that sums up the album perfectly, heritage, harshness, sweat and tears. A historical musical document.