After the release of Roads to the North in August of 2014, one wonders where Panopticon might have gone next. Would the next release up the bluegrass or shoegaze elements of Roads even further? Would Austin Lunn foray back into the political realm lyrically? Not being one to travel the same road twice, Lunn abandoned most of the folk elements of previous releases, but did not sacrifice any of the melodies or intensity. Autumn Eternal is as layered as Roads, but with a different sort of dark energy pervading throughout the album. This darkness doesn't manifest itself in what you might hear on a classic black metal album, but the sort of nature-inspired melancholy that bands like Agalloch and Wolves in the Throne Room have mastered. This slight shift in direction results in a beautifully triumphant album that serves as a perfect conclusion to the trilogy started by 2012's Kentucky.