KENTUCKY is a stunning display of musicianship and political messaging. Panopticon blends technical black metal with stirring labor-first messages and, though this album was released in 2014, it's still harshly relevant. If any genre needs an infusion of leftist messaging, it's black metal, and this album should be seen as one of the standard-bearers. aaroncsimon
The music on Rheia works in tandem with the lyrics to paint a picture of love and hate overlapped, and the effort to reconcile the two. This is an astounding work that forced me through that process, from resignation to resistance to resolution and acceptance.
I think this album would be a pretty good intro to black metal for someone who might listen to rock but is wary of taking the plunge! There's a really nice variety of clean and harsh vocals and harder and softer tracks here. menee