Pandamonium, Vol. 1 is a compilation of Australian bands on the independent Pandamonium label. Despite the poor production and cheap packaging, the music found here is actually quite interesting. Unlike many compilations of this type, the music here does not actually sound like watered-down versions of commercial alternative. No, there are actually some original and wild ideas to be found here. For example, Bleeding Jelly Eyes sound like Flipper jamming with Napalm Death on "How Johnny," a song that plows through the album like a tank. Manseed is a thrash/shoegazing duo that literally consists of a percussionist and a guitarist, but they pull it off quite nicely. Much of the material here is like these songs, although they might not be great, it is nice to hear fairly original things going on in the underground. Of course, there are a few stinkers, courtesy of the rap rockers Fresian Cows and Bedfellow, as well as funk rockers Hot Rubber Glove. Still, there is a lot of good material to be found here, and listeners who want to see what is going on in the underground of Australia may want to check this out.
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AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano