PANDAMONIUM: Self-titled: 7”

May 26, 2008

The first thing you’ll notice when you pick this one up is the cover, which features the angriest fucking panda you will ever see in your life standing tall on top of a mound of charred corpses. With its fangs bared, it aims its blowtorch at any body that shows signs of life, sucking in the scent of burning flesh with pride. Like the panda on the cover, the music on this record is relentless. It’s frantic hardcore that knows that if it doesn’t keep moving, it very may well become another addition to that pile of bodies. In other words, this is the stuff that keeps the pit alive. (By the way, the cover art is by Bill Hauser, who did a couple covers for my zine, Freak Tension, back in the day and, as far as I’m concerned, is at the top of the heap of hardcore cover/poster artists at the moment. Check it.)

 –mp (One Percent)