Ten years in the making, BEDEMON’S Symphony of Shadows is finally available today 10/22 officially on U.S. soil. It should be available or can be ordered at most indie/Mom & Pop CD/record shops, and some may already carry it. Here in the San Luis Obispo area of CA where Craig and Geof live, Boo Boo’s Records already has five copies in stock on sale. If you know of indie stores that have heavy metal sections, ask them to get it in! Every bit helps. It is distributed by Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records.
If you’re not near an indie shop, it can be purchased from mail-order dealers such as Amazon, where the CD is a very reasonable $13.99 + shipping.
The black & silver vinyl editions can be purchased cheaper elsewhere such as from the Housecore store, who also stock the CD.
Finland metal label Svart Records has announced the world-premiere release of the ten-years-in-the-making BEDEMON release Symphony of Shadows. The nine-track album clocking in at just under 60 minutes will be released as both a single CD and 2-LP vinyl set, both chock-full of photos, liner notes, descriptions as to how the album came to be after the tragic death of founder Randy Palmer back in Aug. 2002 and so on.
The songs are mostly Randy’s compositions, with Geof contributing two songs, Mike contributing one and another track, “Son of Darkness,” loosely based on the classic “Child of Darkness” was equally co-written by Randy, Geof and Mike during the recording sessions back in April of 2002.
Last Days Here premieres in Los Angeles to Sell-out Crowd as Geof O’Keefe and Bobby Liebling Reunite On-stage During Q&A Session; View the YouTube Clip!
This past Friday March 23rd, 2012 saw the West Coast premiere of the documentary Last Days Here (originally titled The Fall and Rise of Bobby Liebling). The film is an often brutal, unflinching look at Liebling and the chaos that he brings to those around him, from his parents to many of the members of the various PENTAGRAM line-ups to his current and former managers. Presented in a somewhat Behind the Music-style approach, it chronicles his downward spiral into drugs and borderline psychosis before finally getting his life back on track with the help of friends, current manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier and girlfriend/now his wife Hallie. A number of classic PENTAGRAM songs are featured in the film, as well as a BEDEMON classic from the 70s, Mike Matthews’ own “Last Call” from the Child of Darkness album. A recent comment from someone who viewed the movie was, “It is possibly the most disturbing film I’ve ever seen.” High praise indeed!
Last Days Here had prior successful openings earlier in March in New York and Philadelphia, and the L.A. event was no exception. The show was totally sold out, with additional chairs needed to accommodate the crowd. The film was warmly received and following the conclusion, an on-stage Q&A session took place, hosted by Cinefamily’s John Wyatt and Last Days Here co-director Don Argott and producer Sheena Joyce. They then subsequently introduced a very lucid and healthy-looking Bobby Liebling and his beautiful wife Hallie, and engaged in a discussion about the movie, PENTAGRAM’s current and future plans and so on.
At about fifteen minutes into the thirty-one minute session, an audience member asked if they were aware a former drummer was in the house, and Geof O’Keefe was unexpectedly introduced to thunderous applause, with Bobby and the director asking him to join them for the remainder of the Q&A. While on stage, an audience member asked Geof about the status of the BEDEMON album and a rumored PENTAGRAM book. O’Keefe confirmed that BEDEMON’s Symphony of Shadows is being released by the Finnish label Svart in the U.S. and Europe with a tentative late May/early June target date. Additionally Geof is in the early planning stages with longtime friend and PENTAGRAM photographer Cameron Davidson to release a coffee-table style book of Davidson’s 70s era photographs of the band with O’Keefe supplying the text of chronology and history, along with anecdotes from those days.
Following the interviews was a fantastic after-party held on the patio behind the theater, with drinks, music, autographs and hundreds of photos taken.
This coming Friday, March 23rd, 2012 will see the West Coast premiere of the documentary Last Days Here (originally titled The Fall and Rise of Bobby Liebling). Taking an often brutal, unflinching look at Bobby and the chaos that he brings to those around him, from his parents to many of the members of the various PENTAGRAM line-ups to his managers, it’s presented in a somewhat Behind the Music-style approach in chronicling his downward spiral into drugs and borderline psychosis before finally getting his life back on track with the help of friends, current manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier and now-current wife Hallie. A number of classic PENTAGRAM songs are featured in the film, as well as a BEDEMON classic from the 70s, Mike Matthews’ own “Last Call” from the Child of Darkness album. A recent comment from someone who viewed the movie was, “It is possibly the most disturbing film I’ve ever seen.” High praise indeed.
Last Days Here has already had openings earlier in March in New York and Philadelphia, and the West Coast will finally get to see it during an exclusive one-week run 3/23 thru 3/29 courtesy of The Cinefamily At the Silent Movie Theatre – and no, this film isn’t silent! – located at 611 N. Fairfax in LosAngeles. The opening night 3/23 showing will start at 8PM, followed by an Opening Night party, with special guest Bobby Liebling and the directors of the film. Geof O’Keefe will be attending as well, along with other people featured in the film. Tickets are only $12, so order soon as this will sell out. You can read more about it, see a trailer for the film and get directions/ticket info at www.cinefamily.org/films/last-days-here-one-week-run/ and for those not in the area, the documentary is also showing on cable on the Independent Film Channel’s IFC OnDemand channel.