Bloody Panda - Summon review
|Release date:||August 2009|
03. Saccades I
04. Saccades II
Peculiar. If you were to look up the word 'peculiar' in a dictionary, there would not be a band photograph of Bloody Panda, because it would make no sense and it would be a very cliché thing to say. Although in itself the acknowledgement of this cliché has become quite a cliché. Anyway. Bloody Panda. Summon. One question: are they capable of growth? Are they able to expand on their unique sound and increase their narcotic intensity?
Cliffhangers are annoying, so here goes: yes and yes.
Debut album Pheromone leaned to much on Ohara's vocals and lacked instrumental prowess. It was, almost, as if they simply had forgotten about that particular part of the equation. Well, the same thing surely cannot be said of sophomore album Summon. Bloody Panda's instrumental line-up consists of Blake McDowell (organ, backing vocals), Bryan Camphire (bass, samples, backing vocals), Dan Weiss (drums, tabla) and Josh Rothenberger (guitars, synthesizer). And they drone, pummel, sweep and haunt through their avant-garde song structures like no other. Describing them as 'dynamic' would be the understatement of the year. Check for example 'Miserere', the album's mammoth-like focal point, with its frantic drums under slow organ sweeps, the estranging synthesizer-sounds, chillingly emotive vocals and the e-e-r-i-e atmosphere. A monster of a song, an album that's almost always a real tour-de-force.
Yoshiko Ohara's vocals are still unreal. Once again, nothing is too crazy for Miss Ohara. On Summon she pulls off half-melodic chants, as well as icy banshee shrieks and rough screams. She's capable of delivering rhythmically entrancing vocals as well as purely hysterical drug-crazed horror madness. Christianity speaks of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, who are said to one day wreak divine havoc on Earth. Other sources speak of the Anti-Christ, Lucifer, Satan, Azerate and various other diabolic entities. Well, all of these so-called 'evil' entities will bow down to the Coming Of Real Evil - the child of Yoshiko Ohara and Attila Csihar (Mayhem). God forbid those two really ever spew forth child, for it will surely mean the end of the world - through pure sonic violence.
Bloody Panda is Funeral Doom, Avantgarde, Ambient, Drone and Sludge in one. Bloody Panda should be heralded for their avant-garde and experimental outlook on music and revered for their accomplishments. Summon is not always perfect, but experimental music rarely is. Summon is not something to devour while doing your homework, Summon is music to take drugs too in order to experience true haunting madness and paranoia. I dare you. Good bye.
PS: The bonus DVD is a must, if you've got a few blotters of acid and are looking forward to a real nifty bad trip. Nah, seriously, the video isn't too bad. 'Abstract' is definitely the key word here and I don't think all that many metalheads will find the crawling 'expressive' body movements of interest at all, but some of the explosions and shots of live performances are nice... I am really too blunt-headed for abstract (non-audio) art.
||Written on 19.11.2009 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.|
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