Bloody Panda
Summon


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Robertson STAFF
May 14th, 2010 | 25 replies | 7,740 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


Bloody Panda's Summon was released to almost unanimously positive reviews last year, and it's easy to see why: would anyone except the most fervent admirers of the underground doom metal scene bother listening to a band called "Bloody Panda"? Okay, maybe that's giving the band less credit than they deserve: to be fair, Summon is a pretty consistently engaging and delectably bleak metal release--one that managed to sway a skeptical listener like me. Though I wouldn't consider myself a "doom metal aficionado", I leapt up at the chance to listen to this album (presented to me by good friend and school librarian Benjamin Moss), more out of pure curiosity than anything else.

And, you guessed it, I was indeed pleasantly surprised. It's not as if the album presented something radically different than what I expected. Crushing riffs and tortured vocals had, after all, been a staple of what little doom metal I had listened to prior. Still, in spite of all the ridiculous aspects--the band name, the juxtaposition of a petite female vocalist with a bunch of dudes in robes, the deliberately "avant-garde" album cover, etc.--that surrounded it, it simply worked. For a band that seems to want you to not take it seriously, these New Yorkers have done a pretty great job of convincing you that this music was the result of total involvement in their own dark world.

This great strength, however, also acts as Summon's greatest flaw--it doesn't let up on a concept and aesthetic that will only appeal to a small group. This is why Bloody Panda may never reach a larger audience than their underground fanbase; only a small percentage of people will bother listening to the thing, and even those who do may find it difficult to listen to the whole thing. Especially with tracks like the 21-minute "Miserere", Summon can be a little too unrelenting and is best listened to in small segments--anything else might cause sudden antisocial or grim behavior.



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2010



14982 Comments


written for school paper which explains the whole school librarian reference; really just ignore that hahaha

rasputin
May 14th 2010



14512 Comments


friend of mine likes these guys - said he was going to post an album on s4d, might check it out when he does

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 14th 2010



14982 Comments


cool--report back with thoughts if ya end up listening to it

rasputin
May 14th 2010



14512 Comments


it's doom metal ofc ill like it i

BallsToTheWall
May 14th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This has a review, finally, fuck yeah pigeons. Good work.

liledman
May 15th 2010



3826 Comments


ive only listened to half of this so far, the only thing that got on my nerves a bit were the synth sounds. even though they just sort of added a bit of ambience, i just dont particularly think it works well.

girls vocals are pretty cool, the sung parts are really creepy.

theacademy
May 15th 2010



28221 Comments


almost unanimously


is this something u want in the first sentence ppl are going to read?

Wizard
May 15th 2010



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

said he was going to post an album on s4d, might check it out when he does

You will like this rasp. Good album/ review.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

Buccaneer
May 15th 2010



692 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome review dude. Album's pretty great, though I tend to only listen to "Gold" nowadays

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2010



14982 Comments


is this something u want in the first sentence ppl are going to read?


i might be wrong but doesn't it make sense to say 'almost completely'? maybe not

Roach
May 15th 2010



2149 Comments


outta yor head fred

Bleekill
May 15th 2010



832 Comments


Good review, this band is pretty great. The live videos I have seen are pretty intense. I like their Flower of Flesh and Blood tribute promo pics

Wizard
June 2nd 2010



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think if you had actually purchased this album, you would have written a different review robertsona.

Prolapse
June 2nd 2010



4370 Comments


That is the most amazing band name I have ever seen

DeafMetal
February 20th 2011



8584 Comments


Need to check this out still.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
November 10th 2011



16134 Comments


Portal remixed a track on this. Kinda cool.

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2011/11/an_interview_wi.html

FadedSun
May 13th 2012



1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty awesome.

Taboo
July 17th 2012



12 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'm glad i discovered these guys.

FadedSun
October 25th 2012



1242 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a tough listen, but going through my second full listen and this album is still fucking awesome.

oltnabrick
May 6th 2013



30034 Comments


this was way heavier than i expected it to be



pre coo stuff



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