Sunday, 14 March 2010


People erroneously refer to Bedemon as a side project of the godly Pentagram, but the truth is Bedemon was the brainchild of Randy Palmer and former Pentagram drummer, Geoff O'Keefe, and was a serious full-time entity of its own. A number of badly recorded demos were produced. When Bedemon found themselves without a proper singer, Randy invited Pentagram frontman Bobby Leibling to add his inimitable stylings to these basement recordings. Pretty easy to understand why Bedemon might be labeled a Pentagram side project-- the two bands share a similar sound and aesthetic. Both bands held acts like Black Sabbath, Blue Cheer and Mountain in the highest regard, but still managed to eke out something entirely their own. After Randy Palmer's untimely death in an auto accident in 2002, the bulk of Bedemon's recorded output was reissued in tribute by Black Widow records. Most of this is extremely lo-fi and muddy but the genius of Randy Palmer shines through the muck, and as you may know, anything Bobby Leibling touches is gold. The art was done by Wes Benscotter using some rough sketches found in Randy Palmer's belongings after his death. I really suggest picking this up for the extensive liner notes and photos, it is worth whatever you pay. This one's for you, Palm.

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You can't get more "cult metal" than Pentagram (after all, the group didn't manage to issue a proper studio album during their early-'70s peak), but somehow, Bedemon manages to accomplish this feat. During the early '70s, Pentagram bandmembers Bobby Liebling (vocals) and Geof O'Keefe (drums) were asked by the group's brief second guitarist/horror movie buff, Randy Palmer, if they'd be interested in working on some material that Palmer had penned. The pair agreed, and recorded a few tracks with bassist Mike Matthews circa 1973 and 1974. The tracks were not recorded in a proper studio setting, but rather live at Pentagram's rehearsal space, with Liebling overdubbing vocals and Palmer overdubbing solos. After only three tracks were completed, "Child of Darkness," "Serpent Venom," and "Frozen Fear," Palmer officially joined up with Pentagram (helping co-write one of Pentagram's best songs, "Starlady") before exiting soon after, and O'Keefe following suite a couple of years later. In 1979, Bedemon got back together to record three more tracks, "Time Bomb," "Nighttime Killer," and "Axe to Grind," and again in 1986 (with Pentagram's Greg Mayne taking Matthews' spot in the lineup), when another Palmer composition was recorded, "Night of the Demon," as well as several older tunes. In the subsequent years, Palmer unwisely gave a copy of the Bedemon recordings to a Pentagram fan, who then began selling bootlegs of the material. With interest in Pentagram surging in the early 21st century (when quite a few doom metal bands listed the group as a major influence), Bedemon reunited out of the clear blue in April 2002, and recorded an hour's worth of new material. Sadly, Palmer died from injuries sustained from an auto accident on August 8 of that year. Plans to eventually release the material recorded shortly before Palmer's death soon arose, with singer Craig Junghandel signed on to lend a hand.

Stolen from orexisofdeathblog


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