Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Praise for Bedemon‘s Child of Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: This was originally released as a European import on Black Widow, then there was a domestic CD, but that was almost ten years ago and has been long out of print, so Relapse just did ’70s proto-metal / garage / psych lovers who missed this before a big favor by reissuing it on both CD and vinyl!! Our mega-review from way back when goes something like this:
DOOM HISTORY HERE FOLKS! And not just that, it’s a fantastic album. Ok, you know something is up when almost EVERYONE here at AQ absolutely loves a doom metal album. Not just the regular metalheads, but everybody.
So what’s all the fuss about Bedemon? Well some of you may be familiar with the band Pentagram from Maryland, who have about a 30+ year history, going on 40 in fact. Well Bedemon are essentially an obscure but very worthwhile footnote to Pentagram‘s history, being the “solo” recording project of original ’70s Pentagram guitarist Randy Palmer, the majority of this recorded circa 1973-74 with a few tracks from a 1979 Bedemon session as well.
They never played out, or even released any records. Bedemon were more of a practice room, basement-recording project that involved Palmer and friends, including the other members of Pentagram, most significantly the uniquely talented vocalist Bobby Liebling who sings on all of these cuts. It was just a way for Palmer to get his own songwriting down on tape, stuff that wasn’t recorded by Pentagram.
It’s totally in the same vein as Pentagram though, if anything MORE dark and doomy than Pentagram‘s ‘70s output. Very heavy, and heavily Black Sabbath influenced, also with echoes of Blue Cheer, Randy Holden‘s Population II, and Iggy & The Stooges (the track ‘Time Bomb’ is very Stoogey, in a way similar to Pentagram‘s ‘Last Days Here’). And for ’73, this is definitely about as heavy as it gets, Sabbath and Pentagram themselves excepted.
There’s so many great tracks on here, each one more sorrowful and wrought with doomful emotion than the next, all of ’em throbbing and (awesomely) distorted. Yes, the quality of these rehearsal tape recordings is downright grungey and murky, but in our opinion that isn’t a distraction nor a detraction.
In fact, it only makes this better, totally capturing that spirit and raw energy of jamming in the garage for your own enjoyment. And it also sounds doomier that way too. Hands down, Randy Palmer wrote some of the best Pentagram songs, and many of these are just as good. Some of his riffs absolutely lay to waste those of his contemporaries. Just imagine if Palmer had decided to promote his doom skills rather than keep them for the most part to himself. Holy shit. At least we have this, one of the best “lost” albums ever uncovered in the realm of heavy, underground music.
Sadly, Palmer died in a tragic car accident just a few years ago, so the official release of this material at long last is also something of a tribute to his memory. Some of this stuff has been bootlegged before, but this legit release has been done with the blessings of Randy‘s survivors and the input of the other Bedemon musicians. There’s even a Wes Benscoter cover painting based on Palmer‘s own hand-sketched ideas, as well as lots of photos, a Bedemon history written by Palmer before he was killed, and some very fascinating, detailed, and heartfelt liner notes from fellow Bedemon / Pentagram bandmate Geof O’Keefe.
Essential to all true fans of Pentagram, and also to anyone into heavy ‘70s Sabbathy psychedelic garagey proto-metal!!
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Treblezine: Three-quarters of international metal super team Tau Cross come from a hardcore / crust punk background. Guitarists Jon Misery and Andy Lefton put in work in gnarled Minneapolis crust purveyors Misery and War/Plague, respectively. And the band’s bassist and vocalist Rob “The Baron” Miller is the […]
Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Active Listener: Kent based troubadours Galley Beggar unveil their third long player Silence and Tears and it is something rather special indeed. Unashamedly following the path of classic acid folksters such as Mellow Candle, Mr Fox and Trees, but with their own peculiar and wyrd twist, […]
Posted on Monday, March 9th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: If you’re a newer band playing a classic form of metal, you need to be concerned with songwriting. With such a strong history behind you, putting together songs worth playing twice is more important than preserving vibes. Philadelphia doom quintet Crypt Sermon prove they’ve got plenty […]
Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There are really two approaches one might take in considering Lore, the third full-length from Massachusetts trio Elder, released in the US by Armageddon Shop and in Europe on Stickman Records. The short way is to say they’ve turned from the deep-toned heavy psych style […]
Posted on Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Hate & Merda are a mysterious Italian duo specialising in an interesting blend of sludge, psychadelia and atmospherics. Their debut album’s title is roughly translated as The Year Of Hate, and its barren depths and bleak, nihilistic soundscapes are the perfect soundtrack to every […]
Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: There is an almost singular groove running through Between Our Past and Future Lives, the BloodRock Records debut full-length from Finnish four-piece Abbot. Not in the sense of songs sounding the same — though tones are at least consistent — but just that the material […]
Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Meat Mead Metal: It’s time to take on some serious heaviness today. We mean that both from a philosophical and outright dosage standpoint. It’s a bulk, industrial-sized mammoth we’re talking about, and if you can handle this record this week, you can handle anything. Dutch maulers Izah […]
Posted on Monday, February 16th, 2015
Praise for Gnaw Their Tongues‘ Collected Atrocities 2005-2008 from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: For years now we’ve been singing the dark praises of this twisted one man band, whose sound is an ever-shifting sprawl of cinematic blackened noise-doom weirdness. Delivering noxious blurts of industrial crush, wrapped around stately marches and […]
Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015
Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: Few bands can make you feel like you’re wallowing in a vat of pig shit and be loving every minute of it the way Fistula can. Vermin Prolificus is their latest foray into a world of absolute filth and drug use. Vermin is as sludgy as […]