|CD REVIEW Bedemon|
One might consider Bedemon a cult-act, if only it were for their history. It once started when guitar player / music writer / lyricist / journalist Randy Palmer wrote some Doom-songs almost forty years ago. With his band mates, Pentagram-members Bobby Liebling and Geof O’Keefe, as well as school friend Mike Matthews, Randy recorded a couple of songs that were never officially released; I’m still talking about the seventies. These songs, as a matter of fact, were officially compiled and, finally, released, in 2004 under the name Child Of Darkness: From The Original Master Tapes.
In 1986 Bedemon split up, yet in the beginning of this millennium, Randy decided to restart the band, stimulated by an early fan. Geof and Mike agreed to join again, and so was a new vocalist, Craig Junghandel. Randy started writing new material, but in 2002, shortly after the resurrection, he was involved in a tragic car accident, and in August 2002 he died of his injuries.
In order to pay tribute to Randy, as well to finish what Randy started, the other members decided to continue to record the new material. And this did result in Symphony Of Shadows.
The (compilation) album brings material in the vein of Child Of Darkness …, evidently, which stands for slightly Black Sabbath-oriented Seventies (Doom) Metal with a psychedelic approach and a heavy, no, a very heavy angle. But generally seen, Bedemon are a little, just a little, more epic (not of the Candlemass-alike kind, yet rather Horror / Ritual-inspired), and therefore closer related to an act like, let’s say, Saint Vitus than Pentagram itself, for example.
In all aspects, Symphony Of Shadows is Old School: performance, sound, structures. But in Bedemon’s case there’s a huge aspect of self-identification, even though not of the re-inventing renewing way.
Again, I find it very difficult to concretise or to express, to canalise my thoughts, ideas and opinions about this band specifically, yet let’s conclude with: a true Doom-epos in the old vein with timeless potential and universal grandeur.