September 29, 2005 – The day I first bought “Panopticon”, I got home, popped it into my CD player, and pressed play. What followed was the most beautiful mix of cosmic atmospheric instrumentation and art-metal I have ever heard. So beautiful, that I was unable to remove the CD from my CD player for 5 days straight. 5 DAYS!!
Anyway, there is no best or worst song on “Panopticon”; all are thought-provoking and at the same time heavy in their own right. But I do have a couple of gripes: “Wills Dissolve” should have been longer (the intro takes up over half the song), as after the last musical section of the song, the song ends abruptly. Another 2 or 3 minutes would have done the song well. Also, the drumbeat on “Altered Course” sounds rather robotic, at least for the first half of the song, and, most importantly, there should have been at least 2 more tracks on the album. Its a shame that the album ended after just 7 breathtaking tracks.
I strongly suggest “Panopticon” for fans/lovers of Tool, Mastodon and Mogwai, it combines elements of all three bands. By the way, the CD still resides in my player, not coming out anytime soon.