Now in the Flenser Store:
Panopticon’s “On the Subject of Mortality” 2xLP PRESALE
Seidr’s “For Winter Fire” CD Ready to ship.
“…On the Subject of Mortality” is a fitting follow-up to Panopticon’s (Austin Lunn) 2009 release Collapse. Whearas “Collapse” depicted the collapse of society it is like “…On the Subject of Mortality” examines what is left after “The Collapse.” Lunn presents us with a deeply personal meditation on the self and mortality held together with raw production and intensive shoegazery.
“…On the Subject of Mortality” was originally released in two halves. The material comprising “…On the Subject of Mortality” was split between CD-The Skagos/Panopticon Split CD released by The Flenser and the Panopticon/When Bitter Spring Sleeps Split CD released by Pagan Flames. Now The Flenser will be releasing this album as it was originally intended. Deluxe 2xLP mastered at 45 rpm with an insert and limited to 250 copies. We are releasing two versions:
100 copies only available through The Flenser on clear vinyl including a patch.
150 copies on black vinyl.
“For Winter Fire” is the doom project of Panopticon’s Austin Lunn and Wheels Within Wheels Wesley Crow. The album gotten a lot of buzz with tracks premiered on Brooklyn Vegan and Crustcake. There is plenty more to come from this band. Scroll down for audio.
“It is a rare delight to find an album that totally removes you from your surroundings and immerses you in a rich and deep universe of its own; this is precisely what Seidr have done with their debut For Winter Fire. Although the band’s roots lie in classic death/doom á la early Katatonia, they seamlessly blend an impressive host of other influences that ultimately make the band hard to peg down. Where the album truly succeeds is in its use of American folk-based aesthetics, channeling the profound sorrow of early blues and bluegrass into something entirely more vicious and crushing. For Winter Fire is paced like a glacier, giving ample time to digest its innumerable nuances. Moreover it is the rich layering that earns it the profundity to draw listeners in and get lost for the album’s hour-and-thirteen-minute running time. For those too lazy to use their imagination, Seidr’s most direct comparison is to the late great Bay Area funeral doom troop Asunder. Although there are musical similarities (funeral paced doom, somber clean vocals, acoustic instruments, etc.) where the two are most akin are in aesthetic. Similarities aside, Seidr is ultimately much more varied both musically and in terms of pace and thereby being a more attractive band to those praising musical diversity over strict aesthetic traditionalism. In the end, For Winter Fire is a monumental achievement in the genre of doom and there is no doubt in my mind that Seidr will encourage progress in the ancient art of doom metal.” D.L.
As of right now most pre-orders have shipped. If you pre-ordered the record and have not received a shipping confirmation yet you will over the weekend. Please be patient we have a lot of preorders and there is only one of me.