The Scars of Man on the Once Nameless Wilderness is a two-part album that musically explores the two separate musical sides of Panopticon. Part 1 harkens back to melodic black and death metal influences and part 2 focuses entirely on Americana, folk and country music from North America. The lyrical concept of the album deals with two sides of the same coin: the effects of our natural environment on quality of life and mental health and the effects of urban life and industry on our quality of life and mental health. The album is largely inspired by some of Sigurd Olson's writing and also inspired by the struggle to preserve Minnesota's north woods. This album (Part 1) is entirely focused on exploring melodic, aggressive and atmospheric metal with lyrics about time spent in nature, questions and fears about the consequences of environmental destruction and seeking inspiration in the woods.