Bloody Panda- Pheromone
(Level Plane 106)
From Aural Innovations #37 (Sep 2007)
Creepy, crawling funeral doom from New York with Japanese Yoshiko Ohara on ghostly, hunting vocal! She is singing in both English and Japanese and sounds tortured and full of sorrow, not unlike Nico! Expect church organs, crushing riffs and an ice cold atmosphere where all hope is lost. The album consists of 4 bleak songs in almost 40 minutes with beautiful and innovative arrangements appealing to listeners into doom-avant. Pheromone is the first full length album from Bloody Panda (what a crappy name, btw). The band began around 2003 and up until now they’ve done a 7” and a split record with Kayo Dot. One of the songs (“Fever”) from the split can be found on Pheromone as well. Bloody Panda has shared stage with the likes of Unearthly Trance, Wolf Eyes, Ocean, Nadja, Pig Destroyer etc. To my knowledge Bloody Panda hasn’t toured Europe yet, but they would do a great bill with fellow experimental doomsters such as Orthodox.
For more information you can visit the band’s web site at: http://www.bloodypanda.com/
Reviewed by Nils Markvardsen