|May 22nd, 2008
2008: BEDEMON...IT'S ALIVE!!! IT'S
ALIVE, WE TELL YOU...
...or, at least, it's undead. Is that the
same as alive? It's tough keeping track of
that whole 'zombie/re-animation/resurrection'
So, here's the deal: work has continued to
progress on the 2002 sessions, despite the
inexcusable lack of News updates here in about
a year-and-a-half (although if you check in
to the Forum, you'll find your specific questions
usually commented on fairly quickly which should
let you know we're still stirring up the cauldron
o' doom). We are also going to post a detailed
account of what transpired during 2007 and
the first half of 2008. There is a LOT of news;
getting it organized and coherent is the task
So thanks for checking back.
Trust us, we're undying for you to finally
The few lucky people given a sneak peek-before
being dragged from the room, beaten sensibly
and then very slowly dismembered a limb at
a time-said they absolutely loved the new stuff.
Later, these same people said, "Argggggh!
No! No! Please...don't...why?!! Oh god, please,
not my arms...," and then the rest is
unintelligible due to the combined volume of
the buzz-saw and random shrieking and screams.
So, stay de-tuned (although, ironically, BEDEMON
recorded in proper tuning)...
Geof, Mike, Craig and the ever-present spirit
Vincent McAllister May 8, 1955 - May 26, 2006
PENTAGRAM guitarist dead at age
is with great sadness that we have to report
the passing of Vincent McAllister, original
PENTAGRAM member and guitarist with the
classic 70s line-up. While not a member
of BEDEMON, the lines between the two bands
are forever intertwined and with the unfortunate
demise of the ramshead.org PENTAGRAM site,
this seems the best location to post this
publicly where fans will see it. A simple
forum posting on Hellride or Stonerrock
seemed inappropriate and inadequate.
Vincent was diagnosed with cancer in his
neck in the summer of 2004. He underwent
chemotherapy and lost his trademark blond
locks, but it seemed to clear it up and
he embarked on a road trip taking him through
Colorado-where he played a number of local
solo gigs-and eventually wound up in Canada,
planned to reside. Passionately
political, he'd gotten fed
up with the political climate
in the United States. Unfortunately,
shortly after arriving, the
cancer came back and so he
returned to the bay area to
this time, Vincent worked on material on
his home studio equipment, composing both
instrumental fusion-styled tracks and vocal
songs. It had also been decided that at the
end of June when the lease was up at the
place he was staying, he would move down
here with me for the time being and we would
work on new music together, with the eventual
plan to have PENTAGRAM bassist Greg Mayne
fly out for a week to record with us. Sadly,
this will never happen.
As the months passed, the chemo was having less and less effect, and eventually
cancer cells had shown up in his head as well. Fiercely private and not wanting
to burden his friends with pessimistic news, it is difficult to know what the
doctors may honestly have told him in regards to his outlook. Apparently the
cells spread to his brain and he'd started brain radiation treatment in spring
2006, which, like the chemo, left him both nauseous and and so weak he couldn't
play guitar at times. Still, in a now-treasured last phone conversation I had
with him around May 11th-a mere two weeks before his passing-he said he was feeling
stronger and getting his appetite back, and that he was, "really looking
forward to working on music," when he got here, even stating he'd help clear
out the garage so we could turn it into a
at the warehouse, early '70's
He sounded alert, energetic and upbeat,
and I had every reason to believe things
were looking up.
Friday, May 26th, one of his roommates
returned home and found him dead.
of an early PENTAGRAM reunion: John
Jennings, Geof O'Keefe and Vincent
backstage at a Mary Chapin Carpenter
concert, June 21, 2004.
was one of the original members of PENTAGRAM,
playing bass alongside vocalist Bobby
Liebling, drummer Steve Martin and myself
on guitar. We subsequently added guitarist
John Jennings to beef up the sound, but
Martin's jazz-influenced drumming style
wasn't right for heavy rock and so I returned
to the drums. After one single practice
with this Mk. III version of the band
which was amazing (and sadly unrecorded),
Jennings decided he didn't want to play
heavy rock and quit, leaving us with an
empty guitar slot. After a few weeks with
Bobby playing guitar so we could get through
the songs, Vincent suggested he try playing
guitar. Bobby and I sort of chuckled to
ourselves but figured we had nothing to
moment changed all of our lives forever.
He blew our fucking socks off.
was as though Blue Cheer's Leigh Stephens
had strolled into
practice. We could not believe what we
were hearing. How had this
lanky, soft-spoken, pretty-boy bassist
been this guitar-monster-in-hiding?!!
was a phenomenal guitarist, and it is
sadly and truly astonishing that his incredible
talent wasn't recognized by more in the
music industry. Some of his projects over
the past few decades weren't-in my opinion-necessarily
the best showcases for his abilities,
going off into various musical styles
but never in the PENTAGRAM hard-rock vein
that would have best-suited him to get
the attention he so deserved and where
the 'guitar-hero' fans would have been
blown away. I had hoped to steer him back
in that direction with the material we
would have been working on this summer.
Fans can at least enjoy his playing on
the First Daze Here and First Daze Here
Too PENTAGRAM releases, compiling studio
and rehearsal material from the 70s.
Vincent wasn't a member of BEDEMON but
BEDEMON-founder Randy Palmer played with
him in PENTAGRAM for a time, and Randy
idolized Vincent as he did Tony Iommi,
Lou Dambra and Leigh Stephens. And now,
within four years, they're both gone,
Randy at 49 and Vincent at 51. Randy wouldn't
mind the BEDEMON site being used to honor
Vincent as it honored Randy after his
passing. But...words can never describe
the sadness, the anger and frustration
of this site turning into a memorial for
fallen friends and former musical partners,
gone way before their time and with so
much potential not yet realized.
McAllister had just turned 51 on May 8th.
He was unmarried and had no children or
sans locks, August 2005
times: PENTAGRAM at the warehouse, early
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR BEDEMON...AND WHAT'S
NOT IN BEDEMON'S STORE
After a considerable amount of looking at the factors, twisted mishapen hand-wringing,
and general verbal intercourse, we have decided we will not be carrying the BEDEMON
CD and regular black vinyl LP for sale. There are a number of factors, among
them the difficulty of the financial and logistical aspects (buying and selling)
when you have three individuals involved located in different locations and who
contributed in varying degrees-or not at all-to the album. It also is rather
silly to set up PayPal to sell a few items. The final reason was that quite a
few dealers are already carrying it (and their links have been posted in the
forum), priced cheaper than we were going to sell it at, and they take PayPal
or credit cards. They have complete catalogs of hundreds of items and are already
set up to do mail-order.
For those of you who may have been holding out to buy directly from us, thank-you.
Seriously. Believe us when we say with no exaggeration that we have gone back-and-forth
about this over the past few weeks, but when we looked at the pros and cons,
it is much simpler-and more convenient for you, given the payment options-to
support the band by purchasing the CD and/or LP from one of the fine dealers.
Here are some links to U.S.-based websites who are carrying the CD (and in some
cases the black vinyl LP as well). We will not recommend one over the other and
having not ordered from them, can't vouch for their reliability or speed in processing
orders, but all listed have been around awhile serving the heavy metal/doom community.
The prices on the CD and LP vary from dealer to dealer, as do the shipping costs,
shipping methods and types of payment accepted, and you may have to register
to place an order. All of them carry other titles by other artists and you may
see something else you want as well.
(note: As of this writing, some of the dealers appear to be sold out-which is
really unbelievable!-but should hopefully be re-stocked soon...)
Relapse is also currently taking pre-orders on the upcoming PENTAGRAM First Daze
Here Too release due out 3/7/06. The 2-CD, twenty-two track collection features
studio demos and rehearsal recordings from the legendary warehouse practice location,
and of note to BEDEMON fans is the inclusion of three studio tracks with Randy
Palmer ("Wheel of Fortune," "When the Screams Come" and "Under
We are still planning to carry t-shirts since we will be the only authorized
place to get legit merchandise from, and we will be offering a special item in
a few days.
Beyond that, Geof and Craig have been getting together on a regular basis to
work on the upcoming recording of the vocals for the 2002 reunion sessions which
should be taking place within the next few months.
Thanks to all who have posted comments on the various forums. It's taken a while-a
LONG while-but everything is finally on track. Randy would be blown away.
BEDEMON BOOKLET BLUNDER STUNS NATION;
DOOM FANS WEEP, WHILE CONGRESS PLANS NO INVESTIGATION,
Despite our very best efforts to proof and monitor the production of the BEDEMON
Child of Darkness: From the Original Master Tapes release, it was the bloodshot-but-sharp
eyes of Mike who noted that some of the lyrics were out of order. Geof moseyed
slovenly into action, and a team of forensic scientists, armed with laser pointers
and inexplicably, a weed whacker, carefully reviewed the booklet. The results
were conclusive: the booklet was assembled incorrectly.
Wiping away tears, Geof explains: "It's tragic. We tried so hard to make
this release perfect for Randy, and yet...and yet...I'm sorry. Give me a minute,
After ordering a pizza and watching some porn, he regained his composure and
continued: "The good news is that it's not a printing error; it's a problem
that occurred in the assembling of the booklet at the factory in Italy. And the
better news is, it's really easily fixable. The center-spread page of the booklet,
where the staples are located, was simply put in backwards. If you just bend
up the four staple points, lift off the center page and replace it the other
way around and bend the staples back into place, it's fixed. When corrected,
the center two pages will have the lyrics for "Into the Grave" on the
top left side, and the page on the right will have Mike's photo. We don't know
how it happened; Black Widow sent me a complete layout which was in the correct
order, but somehow at the printer's that one sheet got reversed."
Geof stood up and walked slowly towards the window and peered out at the grey,
"It's frustrating...you just don't know...", his voice cracking. "It's
this damn curse...".
And as if on cue, as he spoke the words and looked out over the moors, a flash
of lighting illuminated his ashen, tear-streaked face and the howl of a wolf
was heard in the distance.
"It's the curse of BEDEMON..."
27th, 2005 - The Child Is Reborn!
The words we've been dying to say: the CD and LP are now both available! The
LP actually came out in mid-November, and we were notified Saturday 12/17 that
the CDs had arrived from the factory. While Black Widow does not have an actual
U.S. release or distributor, there are numerous metal websites that should be
stocking it, and you can always order it directly from BW's site. We will also
be carrying the CD and both the black and red vinyl LPs here on the site very
We'd like to take a moment here to state that Black Widow did an AMAZING job
with this release, giving us as much space as inhumanly possible and producing
a beautiful package with both the CD and LP. The photo reproduction, the quality
of the paper, the art on the disc, everything. It blows away about 95% of the
major label big artist releases. When's the last time you saw a CD with a 24-page
booklet or an LP with not only an inner sleeve packed with info, but an additional
4-page full-size insert with additional text and photos as well? Randy would
be blown away.
We are also exploring the possibility and feasibility of carrying t-shirts and
posters and will let you know about that as well.
Finally, we hope to begin work on the 2002 sessions in the early part of the
Support BEDEMON and honor Randy by buying the CD and LP. A lot of time and work
went into making this a reality.
Geof, Mike, & Craig
25th, 2005 - New Bedemon Board
Due to our great disdain for banner ads and pop-up windows, we have decided to
upgrade our discussion forum. Our new forum will offer visitors a more robust
and interactive experience. The old board can still be viewed by clicking here,
but we encourage all new postings to be submitted to our new
22nd, 2005 - Black Widow Update
According to an e-mail from Black Widow, the CD is being released 11/25 the LP
edition a few days earlier on the 22nd. Mind you, these are the dates they expect
to have them back from the pressing plants there in Italy. As to how long it
will then take for these to reach importers, dealers, distributors etc. is unknown.
Updates as we get 'em!
4th, 2005 - Waiting On the Widow
Yes, Summer '05 came and went and still no BEDEMON CD. Italy's Black
Widow had all the material by October 2004; it was eight months-May 2005-before
they sent the graphic/text layout proofs back to us to be checked for errors
and any changes to be made. These were ironed out in mid-July, and since then,
it's been basically waiting for them to press the CDs, LPs, and artwork. Supposedly
they will have at least the LPs next week, and the CDs are at the pressing plant.
So, that really is the latest on that. It's been out of our claws for over a
Next on the list: finishing up the 2002 reunion sessions. This is really exciting
as no one's heard any of this material and it will be worth the wait.
11th, 2005 - New Bedemon Website
Yes folks, we felt that with all of the recent activity in the Bedemon camp,
a new look was in order for the website. Let us know what you think of the makeover
in our forum.
5th, 2005 - Dooms-Day Is Just Around the
Anyone visiting this site in the past year-and-a-half and seeing the same ancient
home page dated August 2003 could be forgiven for reasonably assuming we'd abandoned
the BEDEMON projects we spoke so excitedly of. However, this is not the case,
and anyone going beyond the home page and to the Message Board would see continuing
details of the reasons for the delays.
those who have not dug that deep: Randy died
in August 2002. Within a month after returning
from Randy's funeral, Geof's elderly dad
George's health began to worsen to the point
where he actually collapsed in Geof's arms
and had to be rushed to the hospital with
nearly no pulse, and shortly thereafter had
a pacemaker installed. This sudden turn of
events necessitated having to coordinate
moving his dad from his Orange County home
up to where Geof lives 300 miles to the north.
In addition to this, his father began showing
signs of increasing dementia. With no siblings
or spouse, it fell on his shoulders to deal
with all this, and at the same time, deal
with the overwhelming loss of Randy, aside
from trying to deal with day-to-day activities.
this period, work was slowly proceeding here
and there, but it was difficult to devote
any serious block of time to work on band
projects. George had been placed in an assisted-living
facility and relied on Geof as his sole companion,
and the increasing dementia was taking its
toll on Geof, who has suffered from depression
for over two decades. If you've never been
in a situation where your own father doesn't
know who you are when you're sitting talking
to him, you have no idea the amount of anger,
stress and sadness this causes, and support
groups became a weekly necessity. Finishing
up the BEDMON liner notes was not in the
picture at this stage.
contracting pneumonia and then breaking his
hip in a fall which required surgery, George
passed away in April 2004. This brought up
a whole new set of logistical-and emotional-issues
that had to be dealt with.
and possibly to avoid dealing with the pain,
Geof dove into the BEDEMON material and
finished it in the summer of 2004. It was
sent to Black Widow in Italy back in mid-September,
but as they already had releases they were
working on, it had to be pushed back to
We are pleased as cyanide-spiked punch to
announce that just this past week, Black
Widow sent us the proofs of all the artwork
and text layouts for both the CD and vinyl
LP, and they look great! A few minor adjustments
are needed but it won't be long now. As
soon as Black Widow gives us a firm date,
it will be announced here.
Beyond that, Mike has completed fixing up
some bass work on the 2002 sessions and
sent the tapes to Geof, where recording
will soon commence on
additional guitar parts to Geof's two songs
and all of Craig's vocals.
Before he can get to that, Geof is working on the PENTAGRAM First Daze Here Too
liner notes and credits for Relapse. Randy appears on two tracks. This release
also should be out later this year. Beyond that, he has been talking to both
Vincent McAllister and Greg Mayne about recording some new material with Craig
on vocals, from older PENTAGRAM songs of his that never got recorded right up
to newly-written (but not used) songs for the BEDEMON 2002 sessions. Logistics
are the main problem, with Greg located on the east coast while Vincent and Geof
are in California.
inspired by the honesty and integrity of
today's political leaders has regressed (or
is it degenerated?) back into his protest
song writing days of the late 60's and early
70's with a new project called MATARA. Check
it out at www.matara.us. He is also starting
his own music publishing business and independent
label in the hopes of getting some real music
out in this era of aural desolation. Additionally,
he has also been upgrading his home studio,
playing with local musicians in Arizona and
travelling back to Washington (state) to
take part in a reunion with some former bandmates
does indeed live on, despite it travelling
at the speed of Lon Chaney Jr. as a mummy
(joke for Randy). Good things take time;
bad things take a car with a disconnected
passenger-side door handle, a shovel, duct
tape and an isolated location, but...we digress.
Stick around and thank-you for your patients.
The doctors of doom will see you soon...
Surviving Members of BEDEMON
It is hard to fathom that it was one year ago
on this day that Randy lost his valiant battle
with the severe injuries suffered in the July
31, 2002 auto accident.
the familiar saying states that, "Time
heals all wounds," some wounds in fact
never heal completely and his loss is one such
emotional injury. To differing degrees among
us, not a day goes by that there isn't a smile
or a tear or a feeling of emptiness when a memory
of Randy pops into our heads-hearing a song
he'd like, seeing a movie he was a fan of, visiting
restaurant he liked to dine at-his presence
is everywhere. Quit haunting us, Palm! That
absolutely is a joke he would've made right
at that point, possibly adding a reference to
a specific ghost scene in a horror film he loved.
there have been many tears shed, there has also
been laughter in the past year, because Randy
loved to laugh and had a very dark-yet-silly
sense of humor. It's unfortunate fans only familiar
with the disturbing imagery of his music didn't
know this side of him.
wave of mixed emotions is coupled with the intense
frustration that goes with knowing he won't
get to see the BEDEMON projects released and
that his death at age 49 was such a premature
waste of someone so artistically talented who
was finally getting his life in order.
so, on this darkest of anniversaries, we rise
up and unveil the "New, Improved!"
website-courtesy of new vocalist and webmaster,
Craig Junghandel-and are excited by the news
that Italian metal label Black Widow will be
releasing Child of Darkness: From the Original
Master Tapes. We are also re-energized to the
commitment to finish the incredible new material
we recorded in the spring of 2002, just three
short months before his death.
re-dedicate this site to our brother and friend
gone too soon, Randy Palmer.
It was exactly one year ago to the day-April 30th,
2002-that Randy, Mike and Geof recorded the final
song for what will be the "new" BEDEMON
album, a composition of Geof's called "Hopeless."
Little did we know that this would also be the
final song we would ever play together.
the lack of News updates-and we thank you for
your patience and understanding-there have been
things going on in regards to both reissuing
the old 70s recordings and working on the 2002
sessions. First off, we can now announce that
the 70s material will be coming out on Italy's
Black Widow label. Black Widow is a highly-regarded
doom metal label and is coincidentally also
the label for the current version of PENTAGRAM.
We are hopeful to have this out by the end of
2003 and are currently organizing the photos
and text to go into the booklet. The material
has been cleaned up and mastered as best as
could be from the actual master reel-to-reel
tapes and problems present on the bootlegs floating
around such as out-of-synch vocals and songs
at the wrong speed have been corrected (along
with a few wrong notes). While obviously nowhere
near a proper studio recording, we feel it will
present this material in the best version possible.
Black Widow is anxious to work with us on this
to put out a release Randy would be proud of.
new material continues to progress as well.
Mike is working on some bass parts and the vocalist
is rehearsing the songs to get fully familiar
with them before we go into the studio to lay
down the tracks in a few months. Realistically
this won't come out until 2004-and we don't
have a label for this yet-but we will probably
post a few sneak previews once the recording
absence is felt virtually every day and the
fact that he won't get to actually see an official
BEDEMON release is tragic, but the best thing
we can do is to honor his memory and make him
proud. Thanks to everyone for their continued
interest in BEDEMON and keep checking back for
We would like to express our deep thanks to the
many people worldwide who have written to us,
both on this site's message board and to us directly
by e-mail, expressing their sorrow over Randy's
tragic passing. Randy would be blown away-as we
are-to find out so many people cared about him
and his music and are saddened by his death. We
are currently in discussions with a number of
labels in regards to finally getting the 70s material
officially released, and once we have concrete
info, it will be here on the News page. Once this
is resolved, we will begin the task of finishing
up the incredible new material we recorded this
past April. We have a vocalist, and it's only
a matter of finding the time within our various
schedules to complete the recordings. We appreciate
your patience and hope you understand the emotional
roller coaster we have been on in the past few
We are saddened to have to report the death of
Randy Palmer. Randy was an innocent victim, a
passenger in a car that was struck by someone
running a red light on Wednesday 7/31 in Virginia.
He was in critical condition for the following
week but never improved and he died late Thursday
afternoon August 8th, 2002.
has been a great friend of ours for over three
decades and this loss is devastating. Randy
had just moved back to Virginia the week prior
to be with the love of his life, Taryn. The
things he wanted so badly were finally happening
and this is just so sad. Our thoughts go out
to Taryn who spent the last week with him in
the hospital. Her loss is tragic and agonizing
on so many levels.
thing we can promise you is that we WILL finish
the new album we recorded in April. The world
will hear the incredible songs Randy had come
up with over the past year for our reunion project.
We are so grateful that we were actually able
to finally reunite after all these years and
get this accomplished.
will the keep this site up in Randy's memory
although we may change some things around.
loved Randy so much, and will miss him beyond
anything these words can convey.
Randy has decided to add some extra lead guitar
overdubs to the new Bedemon tunes. "Originally
I announced I was going to let Mike and Geof do
most of the lead solos," recalls Palmer,
"but after talking to fans I decided to go
ahead and put my own solos in the tunes that I
wrote." None of us expects this to delay
completion of the Bedemon 2k2 project, since Randy
will overdub his solos at the same time we add
the new singer's vocals to the songs.
We are excited to tell you that we are currently
in the process of auditioning a trio of singers
for the vacant Bedemon vocal slot. As promised,
we are *not* considering "death metal"
vocals for the new Bedemon album; Bedemon's vocal
legacy will not be corrupted by an entirely new
or different vocal vision. In other words, you
can expect to hear vocals that equal or surpass
those of original Bedemon singer Bobby Liebling.
also excited to let you know that demos of the
recently completed remastering of the "classic"
Bedemon album, "Child of Darkness,"
are now on their way to interested record labels
and we hope to be able to announce an official
release date for this disk in the very near
for your continued support and patience!
- RETURN OF THE BIG BAD BEDEMON
finally happened! Randy, Geof, and Mike got together
at The Bunker in Calif. (Geof's recording studio),
rubbed the magick lamp, and out popped ten (count
'em) brand new renditions of doom metal mayhem!
The Bede-Men warmed up with a 2K2 version of old
Bedemon classic "Skinned", which turned
out so good, we decided to keep the new version
to put on the upcoming CD as a bonus track.
Randy's brand new Gibson Tony Iommi Signature
SG sounded *so* good it sounded like the Metal
Master himself had wandered into the studio! (Well...it
would have if Randy played like Tony...!) Geof
pounded the Bede-Jesus out of his drum kit, cracking
one cymbal during the sessions, which lasted 7
full days, with 2 days devoted to overdubs. Mike
was playing a Fender bass and he was able to dial
in some of the coolest bass-crunch tones we've
heard outside of early Savatage and Geezer Butler's
Randy had penned a number of new Bede-tunes (we'll
have to let the fans decide if they're bona fide
Bede-classicks, but we wouldn't mind taking bets
that you will think at least a couple are hellbeaters
that put Bedemon '72 to shame), including "Lord
of Desolation," Kill You Now," "Creeping
Unknown," "D.E.D. (Dying Every Day),"
and "Godless," while Geof offered "Hopeless"
and "Saviour." Bede-fans who dug Mike's
song "Last Call" on the "Child
of Darkness" sessions from the early '70s
are really going to soil their shorts when they
hear his new one, "The Plague," which
is definitely in the "Last Call" mold.
And speaking of "Child of Darkness,"
what's really cool is that on the 3rd day of the
2002 sessions, the band composed a brand new sequel
to that Bedemon signature tune. The ungodly "Son
of Darkness" uses the main riff from "CoD"
as a jumping off point and slams into an all-new
number structured around the "CoD" theme
and using the original as an antecedent, it recalls
the classic '72 tune while offering an entirely
new vision. The three of us wrote "Son of
Darkness" together and it literally came
together in 10 minutes! (Well, the music did;
the lyrics took longer.) It's the first song Bedemon
has written as a "band"!
After we finished laying down the basic tracks,
we found that we had nearly an hour's worth of
material. The tape clocks in at slightly over
the 58-minute mark: that's more than 56 minutes
of brand-new Bedemon blasts! (Turning back the
clock, the newly-recorded "Skinned 2002"
comes in at just 1:58, about the same length as
the 1975 original. We didn't update the song in
any way, although of course it has new solos,
4 by Randy and 2 by Mike.
One thing that is significantly different from
the old Bedemon is that on the new tunes, Randy
deferred most of the guitar solos to fellow Bede-men
Geof and Mike, preferring to play mainly just
rhythm guitars. Although he played a few short
licks in "Skinned 2002" and a kind of
"lead theme" in the latter third of
"D.E.D.," Randy thinks it's better for
the modern Bedemon to let others who are more
adept at lead guitar handle most of the solo chores.
"I really like writing and playing just the
songs themselves," Randy explains. "I
don't really get my rocks off soloing, and I'd
rather let Geof & Mike do most of the leads
since they are more fluent than I am in that department."
Geof and Mike didn't mind; they are both multi-instrument
talents. While Geof plays drums in Bedemon, he
did play a solo here & there on the original
Bedemon tapes recorded in the 1970s, and Mike,
Big Bad Bedemon Bassist, played lead in his own
composition, "Last Call," as well as
in one of the last songs Bedemon recorded in 1978,
"Nighttime Killer." Both he and Geof
have gotten much better over the years, so some
of the solos on the new Bedemon recordings are
Our job now is to prepare a final mix-down of
the songs, prior to recording vocals. Bedemon
is not yet ready to announce exactly who will
sing the blasphemous lyrics of new songs like
"Godless" and "Saviour," but
we are looking at several individuals who have
previously expressed interest in devoting their
singing skills to the present project. One thing
Randy promises Bede-fans is that the band will
not stray from the formula that worked so well
in the past. "There will be no death vocals
in Bedemon. Expect someone who sounds like our
original singer." When a final decision is
made in the vocal department, we'll announce it
right here at Bedemon.com.
Finally, we'd like to mention that our previous
project, the remastering of the "Child of
Darkness" sessions, is very nearly complete.
There are a few record companies interested in
the tapes, and a special "retro-release"
is imminent--either through a legitimate metal
label, or via self-release, if necessary. Of course,
when negotiations are complete, you'll learn all
about it here first.
Thanks to all the great & gloomy Bedemon fans
out there who've been so patient with us over
the past year. You'll see and hear new Bedemon
material before this year is out, we promise!
- Geof - Mike
- BEDOOMSDAY ARRIVES!!!
Public baffled as to best course of action: "Do
we flee our homes in terror
or wait patiently for a CD?"
day has arrived. Wednesday April 24th, Randy
Palmer and Mike Matthews will journey westward
to the twenty-acre hilltop retreat of Geof O'Keefe
in California. Their mission: to create molten
lava for the soulless, to exhume the corpse
of 70s-flavored doom metal and bring life to
the lifeless. And of course, play some music.
almost a full year after this website's debut,
BEDEMON reunites to record their first real
album. All three members have written material
over the past year for this project and possible
songs include "D.E.D. (Dying Every Day),"
"Creeping Unknown," "Hopeless"
and "The Plague." There are at least
nine numbers in the works, three of them in
the ten-minute range. This stuff is SO much
heavier than the old BEDEMON material and it
will be properly recorded on multitrack.
quotes from individuals who've heard some of
doomy than Pentagram..."
a word: gloomy..."
hearing this song, if I didn't know you, I'd
never let you in my house again..."
things of course take time, and it's expected
this album will require two or three separate
sessions throughout 2002, but this initial week
will see how things gel after almost twenty-five
years since these three played together (Randy
and Geof recorded some demos in the mid 80s
after Mike had moved from the D.C. area).
other news, the remastering of the original
70s BEDEMON material is essentially complete,
with only some final remixing left to do after
this week of new sessions. The band will send
out a sampler to various labels to spark interest.
back over the next few weeks for exclusive pics
and details about how the sessions turned out.
- Mike - Geof
"Hi, Gores and Ghouls! I want to say how
touched I am by all the well-wishes the 3 of us
(me, Mike & Geof) have gotten from so many
of you out there! We read the comments you leave
on the "Doom Visitors" page and I can't
believe how many of you really liked that old
stuff from the '70s...especially considering how
you've only heard the really crappy-sounding recordings
(the only ones that got out on the tape-traders/bootleggers
market). I want to assure you that we are working
hard on getting the remastered versions of the
old stuff finished up. I've listened to most of
it and it destroys the "old" versions,
because the remastering has really brought out
the power of that old doom sound! But beyond that,
it's getting close to the time we are getting
together to rehearse & record the NEW Bedemon
stuff! In only a matter of weeks we'll have all-new
material to share with our doom-pals all over
the world! I hope we'll be able to post some mp3
samples on our website, even if they are short.
(The reason we don't put up the whole song is
that we don't want the unscrupulous bootleggers
to get hold of this material and release it, because
we want it polished and perfected so the fans
can get the best possible sounding recordings.)
I know you've been more than patient with us,
it's taken us a long time to get it all together,
but at last it's closing in on DoomsDay! Also,
I'm excited to tell you that the new Bedemon songs
will be played with my new Tony Iommi signature
SG! I've always wanted one and now that I have
one I'll have an even better doom-tone! (Doom-Tony?)
Okay, that's all for now. Watch for an official
announcement shortly about availability of the
remastered originals -- Child of Darkness, Serpent
Venom, One-Way Road, Last Call, Frozen Fear, Touch
the Sky, Time Bomb, Skinned, et al.!!
- HAPPY DOOM YEAR!
2002 is the year of BEDEMON!
are coming together in the haunted BEDEMON camp.
We've heard some of the vintage BEDEMON material
that's being remastered and cleaned up, and
we couldn't believe our pointed little ears!
It will be worth the wait.
the new recording front, the first part of April
is the date when the three BEDEMONS will gather
'round the cauldron and cook up some new doom.
The Be-demos are scaring us, they are so good!
Among the titles being painfully whipped and
bludgeoned into shape: Creeping Unknown...Godless...Exterminator...Dying
others too frightening to reveal, lest your
ears begin bleeding uncontrollably in anticipation.
ARTICLE!!! The excellent Hungarian Psychedelic
Fanzine has just unleashed an incredible 194-page
issue (#9/10) and included within is a massive
16-page article on BEDEMON and PENTAGRAM, featuring
lengthy interviews with Randy, Mike and Geof
by Perry Grayson. While some of the material
appeared in Grayson's Metal Maniacs piece a
few months back, this is a far more extensive
offering with some cool photos. For info on
how to obtain a copy: http://www.psychedelicfanzine.de
Due February 19th on the excellent Relapse
label is First Daze Here (The Vintage Collection).
This is the first major label, authorized
collection of the early PENTAGRAM material.
BEDEMON founder Randy Palmer is featured
on two tracks ("Livin' In a Ram's Head"
and "Earth Flight") and a masterful
performance of his song, co-written with
Bobby Liebling "Starlady" is included
as well. Geof O'Keefe wrote some lengthy
liner notes describing the early days and
times of the band. This should be available
in most shops.
Seems like Doom-Thousand-Doom!
mangled bodies of BEDEMON: Randy - Mike - Geof
- BEDEMON BEDELAYED!!!
NATION REELS IN
much disappointment can the people withstand?"
already-fatigued populace took yet another hit
as Bedemon announced that their much-anticipated
reunion recording session would have to be postponed
until early 2002. According to spokesdemon B.
Hazelbubb, plans were firmly in place for the
sessions to take place in California from Oct.
27th through Nov. 3rd. "We had everything
set up," according to the red-leather clad,
tiny-horned befangled representative. "We
had cauldrons rented, the band members were
booked into a beautiful two-room mausoleum (complete
with kitchenette), we even hired a virgin, no
easy task in California, just in case they decided
to sacrifice one on Halloween. But, it was all
problem? Legendary Bedemon founder Randy Palmer
was unable to free himself from the chains of
his postal employment. Not figuratively; Palmer
is actually chained to his desk to prevent escape
during working hours. "And there's that
whole full-moon thing...", adds Palmer
with a tinkle in his yellowed, bloodshot eye.
upon hearing the news, celebrities rushed to
offer their services, suggesting a benefit concert.
"What good would that do?!!" asked
a bewildered Palmer. "Other bands play
because we can't? What a bunch or morons!"
reflection, Palmer later added: "We think
it's important that the metal fans out there
know we haven't slowed down working toward our
new goals. The delay in getting our 2002 material
together has nothing whatsoever to do with the
band as a musical entity. But, since our work
schedules have become a momentary roadblock
in our pursuit of metallic musical mayhem, we've
decided to concentrate our efforts on speeding
up the remastering of the original so-called
"Child of Darkness" tapes in order
to get them ready sooner than later.
the past few months we have been working with
a professional recording engineer, who generously
agreed to give up his personal time to help
in the remastering of the original Bedemon tapes
from 1970-78. This is the material you may have
already heard in atrocious bootleg form on certain
CDs, vinyl, or cassette. We urge you not to
buy these products and we hope you don't share
them with your metal pals because, frankly,
the original "basement tapes" sound
significantly better! Our engineer who is working
on remastering these tapes has already proved
to us how meticulous fine-tuning can eliminate
unwanted tape hiss, out-of-synch phasing effects,
etc., and at the same time boost the instrumentation
to levels that really bring out the heaviness
of the material. We have shared a small preview
of the remastered material with you via the
"mp3" files on this website, so you
know how much better the old material is going
to sound when our engineer is finished with
the tapes. We hope you will be patient a while
longer and wait for this material to be offered
in a legitimate, band-endorsed form, either
via this website or via the metal specialty
record company we have been talking to over
the past few months. Stay tuned for further
We that be Bedemon were very pleased with the
coverage that "Metal Maniacs" magazine
afforded us, although to sell the story, author
Perry Grayson was forced to submit it as a "Pentagram"
piece. In fact, as many of you are already aware,
the connections between Pentagram and Bedemon
are so entwined, that we really can't complain.
After all, coverage is coverage! (For the uninitiated,
ignorant or memory-challenged, Randy Palmer
was a member of Pentagram during two separate
periods and Geof O'Keefe co-founded Pentagram
in 1971 with vocalist Bobby Liebling, who sang
on the 70s Bedemon recordings.) A second Bedemon/Pentagram
article appeared in the D.C.-based music newspaper
Snap Pop!, also written by Grayson. You may
know that Perry was one of the driving forces
behind Destiny's End, which has released two
terrific metal albums featuring the voice of
legendary Texan metallers, Helstar. Perry left
Destiny's End after the 2nd release and created
Artisan, which we believe will rapidly reach
the same heights as early Fates Warning and
current progressive/metal faves The Quiet Room.
Check out Perry's band at www.artisanmetal.com.
The interviews Perry did with Bedemonites Randy,
Geof, and Mike are also destined to find their
way into several other specialist metal fanzines
and/or websites before long. We'll announce
the titles of these publications and sites,
their country of origin and addresses as we
learn of them ourselves.
The three of us (Randy, Geof, Mike) have been
working on all-new material for the projected
Bedemon 2K2 album, and we expect to have enough
material for 2 albums by the time we finish
rehearsing! Just imagine: a Bedemon Bedouble
CD! But, we may just whittle it down to one
CD jam-packed full o' riffs of doom. No ballads,
no rap, no techno-drum tracks, no speed metal...just
neck-twisting, skull-drilling, lava-heavy riffs.
"Bedemon 2K2" album will include the
single 1986 composition, "Night of the
Demon" (inspired by Randy's all-time favorite
horror film, "Curse of the Demon"),
plus our latest tunes, among them "Godless,"
"Infected," "Creeping Unknown"
(another movie reference, for all you Hammer
film fans), "D.E.D." (Dying Every
Day), "Exterminator," "Days of
Isolation" and others currently being written
and demoed . If there's any room to squeeze
in another, we hope to do the only existing
Palmer-Liebling co-write, "Starlady,"
which appeared once on a previous Pentagram
compilation album. (It should come as little
surprise that the Bedemon version of "Starlady"
would be significantly heavier than the earlier
LOOKS TO THE FUTURE!!!
We haven't really thought about anything beyond
the Bedemon 2K2 album project; but honestly,
if these two albums are received as warmly as
we hope, there's no reason why Bedemon can't
continue onward into 2003, 2004, etc....at least
until one of us drops dead!
ON B. LIEBLING:
We've received a number of messages from fans
asking about Bobby and his involvement in Bedemon's
new projects. While he was an undeniable part
of the original Bedemon recordings, we are not
working with him at this time. He has his claws
full with Pentagram, whose new album, "Sub-Basement,"
is due imminently. Obviously, Bobby must continue
to devote most of his time to Pentagram. We've
already had several queries from singers interested
in Bedemon 2K2, and although we are not at a
point where we are thinking about auditioning
anyone, when the time comes, we'll make the
right move. Come back and visit us again often!
Thanksgrieving From the Gobblers of Gore!!!
- Geof - Mike
- NEWS FLASH!!!
one but TWO articles are currently out
now, detailing the histories of both PENTAGRAM
and offshoot BEDEMON. Both pieces were
written by longtime fan (and former Destiny's
End guitarist) Perry Grayson and have
substantially different quotes and info
from each other (so you'll just have to
November issue of Metal Maniacs (on sale
now) features a whopping SIX DOOM-DRENCHED
PAGES along with numerous photos and candid
comments about the rise and fall of the
original PENTAGRAM, the revived later
versions and of course, the subject of
this site, BEDEMON. You can find Metal
Maniacs at any well-stocked newsstand
and chain CD/book place like Tower Records,
Borders Books and so on. Even some grocery
and drug store magazine racks have it.
It's also available in Europe. If you
can't find it, try their website:http://www.metalmaniacs.com
available is the July/August issue of the free
music newspaper Snap Pop! which is distributed
mainly in the D.C. area but also in other cities
on the east coast. Excellent 1-&- 1/4 page
article and a full page of photos. Go to their
website at: http://www.snappopmag.com and click
on "ads" for a list of where you can
pick it up. You can also order copies for $3
from them at:
Sterling, VA 20167-2812
outside of the U.S. write to them for prices
- attention: Gina
from Randy, Mike and Geof to Perry Grayson for
an excellent job in
presenting the most accurate telling of the
early PENTAGRAM/BEDEMON era.
- ...Crawling Towards DOOMSday
Thanks for all of the kind words, cards, gifts
and female fan fotos that have been pouring
into the Bedemon offices. Rest assured, the
Brotherhood of Bedemon read each and every one.
We're foaming at the mouth over some of the
projects we have in the works. The previously-announced
Time Bomb EP will now be part of a full-length
CD. Watch this space, or one nearby, for details
as they ooze forth.
most exciting news is the recording of an all-new
Bedemon album, which
is looking like it'll happen towards the end
of October at Garageland Studios in California.
All three members are working on demos of brand
new material written especially for this exciting
project and discussions are also underway about
possibly re-recording a few older classics from
both the Bedemon and Pentagram vaults. This
will blow away anything Bedemon recorded in
the past, simply because this will actually
be the first professionally-recorded multi-track
recording we've done. We know what the fans
want, and we will deliver the goods! Bedemon?
- Macabre Message from the Church of the Bedemon
TIME-BOMB SESSIONS EP NEARS COMPLETION
You can access samples of the newly-remixed
versions of "Time Bomb" and "Nighttime
Killer" right here at Bedemon.com, but
wait till you hear the real thing! The songs
sound awesome. Geof has finished remixing the
master tapes for those two songs and is currently
working on the 3rd song that will appear on
the CD "EP" (Extended Play) Single.
Until recently, the song was just referred to
as "Geof's Song" (it appeared on those
"bootleg" Bedemon CDs, mislabeled
as "God's Song" and "Goof Song"),
but the official title is "Eviscerated."
The lyrics were written and are sung by a musician
friend of Geof's. The vocalist on this one tune
will NOT be our replacement for Bobby Liebling,
by the way, so don't start any false rumors,
please! We expect to have the tape with the
final mix-down in our hands very soon, and when
we do, you'll read about it here first. Once
we are satisfied that the recording quality
meets our standard, we will release the EP ourselves,
and you will be able to order it through the
Bedemon website. Watch this space!
OFFICIAL ALBUM IN PRE-PRODUCTION
The 3 of us--Randy, Mike, and Geof--have been
working on new material for a planned album
that we hope to see released later this year
or early in 2002. This album will also feature
some of the older Bedemon tunes which will be
recorded on state-of-the-art equipment for the
first time. Just think--no more poorly-recorded
basement tapes, tape hiss, phasing problems,
or lousy mixes! We will definitely re-do "Child
of Darkness" and "Touch the Sky,"
and depending on available CD space, perhaps
one or two more. (You can help us decide which
songs to re-record by participating in the poll
on this website.) As the song list takes on
more solidity, we'll keep you posted on what's
happening with the album.
& PENTAGAM ARTICLES SCHEDULED FOR METAL
Perry Grayson conducted interviews with Mike,
Geof, and Randy for a fistful of articles that
will soon be appearing in metal magazines all
over the world. Here in the U.S., "Metal
Maniacs" will be printing a "Rewind"
column focusing on Bedemon. As soon as we know
which issues of which magazines will be carrying
these stories, we'll publicize them right here.