November 27, 2013

Bloody Panda - Summon: Invocation

Written by Natalie Zina Walschots. Originally published here by Exclaim.

This release is a creative reinterpretation, or re-visioning, of Bloody Panda's acclaimed Summon, which was originally released by Profound Lore in 2009 and subsequently re-released on vinyl by 20 Buck Spin. The resulting aural cacophony is now being made available exclusively via a digital download. Bloody Panda invited an incredible assembly of doom metal and experimental artists to remix and otherwise experiment with the songs on this album. The results are startling, schizophrenic, and brilliant. Highlights include Mick Barr's (Ocrillim, Krallice) version of "Grey," retaining some of Yoshiko O'Hara's vocals while combining them with spiny, abrasive, intensely textural guitars; Portal's barren, apocalyptic, and intensely unsettling version of "Saccades II";' and "Gold" by G. Stuart Dahlquist and Edgy 59 (who haven't worked together since the demise of Burning Witch in 1998), which evokes the atmosphere of an unholy rite, with agonized guitars and demonic vocalizations lifted by Gerry Mak's Tuvan throat singing. Summon:Invocation is incredibly intense, a shattered, expansive sonic landscape. The album is an exercise in aural psychological horror, the essence of difficult music.

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