16+ minute teaser:
A thorough write-up from Bindrune Recordings:
New material from Panopticon and Falls of Rauros, 2 of the US’s most prominent and prolific black/forest/heathen metal bands, will be unleashed by Bindrune in the form of a split 12”. Limited to 500 copies (with a download card), this split features exclusive to vinyl only material that was inspired by both bands time spent together in Norway.
Falls of Rauros side
-The Purity of Isolation 6:45
-Through Mountains I Wander This Evening 4:33
-Can you Loan me a Raven? 7:29
-Gods of Flame 4:26
-One Cold Night 7:56
Panopticon: The mountains, landscapes, and memories of living and studying in Norway have crept into Austin/Panopticon’s ever evolving and vital sound to embody more of a stripped down and dark Norwegian BM influenced atmosphere for this release which harkens back to Panopticon’s more aggressive and raw S/T album. This is in no way indicative of the genre bending and highly evolved impending full-length, Roads to the North, in which Austin has pulled out all the stops to create his most personal and technically amazing material yet that finds melodic death metal elements entering an already rich color pallet of sound. The 4 songs on this split embrace the pure essence and influence of the 90′s Norwegian black metal movement in all of its driving, chilling and endlessly atmospheric grimness. Panopticon is passion for creating music in all it’s empowering forms, to arrive at something pure and with deep meaning. It’s hard not to be overtaken by the strength and conviction of this material as it sparks at the air like a live wire…
Falls of Rauros: For their side of this split, Falls of Rauros embrace more of a noticeable evolution that opens up with expansive musical exploration. Such an exciting growth musically has become further realized on the bands upcoming, awe-inspiring 4th full-length album, “Believe in No Coming Shore”. While maintaining a ferocity that was felt on “The Light that Dwells in Rotten Wood”, Falls of Rauros skillfully reach outward with free flowing and at times tranquil guitar work that truly brings even more life in to co-exist within their already impressive songwriting skills. Falls achieve evolution without forsaking their past. The result is endlessly vibrant and fulfilling to the core as only this band can be. Unavailing and The Purity of Isolation were both recorded by the band and stand to introduce the listener to the amazing musical works that will be coming from them in several months time. Trust us friends… it is well worth the wait…
This unique sense of self and overall vision set forth by both musical entities is a refreshing breath of fresh air as black metal as a whole struggles with it’s worldwide popularity and fleeting muse.