BEDEMON LIVES!!!

May 10, 2015

And they will be playing live for the first time ever this coming Friday 5/15/15, but it’s been a complicated road to get there…

BEDEMON will be playing a first-ever live show this Friday the 15th of May at Psycho California, a three-day metal fest in Santa Ana, California at The Observatory.

BEDEMON has never performed a single show, ever, with any line-up. When discussion of possibly appearing at Psycho California first came up in November, we were honored. As the months have passed though, determining who would be in the band has proven to be a real challenge on many levels for many reasons. Ultimately, due to prior commitments, neither long-time member bassist Mike Matthews nor current BEDEMON vocalist Craig Junghandel will be able to participate at the Psycho California show. There was some talk about possibly having PENTAGRAM vocalist Bobby Liebling do the set, having appeared on the 70s songs contained on their Child of Darkness: From the Original Master Tapes release which has just been reissued by Relapse Records in both CD and vinyl form, but in the end it was felt that his focus needed to be on PENTAGRAM, who are also appearing at Psycho California and additionally are currently finishing up a new studio album for release later this year.

Yet despite these seemingly insurmountable setbacks, you can’t kill BEDEMON that easily and doomed you will be, Psycho California, as Greg Mayne of PENTAGRAM’s classic 70s line-up will be appearing on bass. Mayne also has BEDEMON ties himself, as he was in the line-up that recorded the 1986 BEDEMON sessions after Mike had moved to Washington state. This will be the first time Mayne and O’Keefe have appeared on stage together in nearly 40 years.

And speaking of Geof O’Keefe, better-known as the drummer for the 70s PENTAGRAM who recorded the original studio versions of “Forever My Queen,” “Be Forewarned,” “Last Days Here” and others, at this show he’ll be playing guitar.

“People not familiar with the early beginning of PENTAGRAM might not realize that when Bobby and I put the band together back in the fall of 1971,” says O’Keefe, “I was originally the guitarist for the first two versions of the band. I’ve actually been playing guitar longer than drums. Not only is this the first time I’ll be playing guitar live on stage but it’s the first time I’ve stepped on a stage in 30 years. I couldn’t be more excited and appreciative to be part of this special and historic experience!”

So with Junghandel and Liebling not singing, who will be handling the BEDEMON vocals? Stepping in on this very special occasion is a rather unique guest and another DC legend in his own right: Scott “Wino” Weinrich! (SAINT VITUS, SPIRIT CARAVAN, THE OBSESSED, PLACE OF SKULLS, SHRINE BUILDER, THE HIDDEN HAND as well as having released a number of great solo projects).

Says O’Keefe of these developments: “While I am really disappointed neither Mike and Craig can perform at this particular show due to prior career commitments, this is an amazing line-up for a very special show. I’m excited to have my old buddy Greg Mayne on board. I haven’t seen him in nearly thirty years and haven’t played with him in forty. And Wino is a DC legend and international star in his own right and it’s an honor to have him guesting on vocals.”

Wino continued, “I am super happy and proud to be singing a full set with BEDEMON, one of the first and still one of the coolest “heavy” bands in the world. Randy isn’t with us, but he remains an inspiration for us all. When Geof, Greg and my manager Pellet grabbed the reins, I was honored to have been asked to be part of this special event. And remember: “If it ain’t HEAVY, it ain’t SHIT!” See you at Psycho California!”

California drummer and current O’Keefe collaborator Frank Hayes will be rounding out this stellar line-up. In addition to being a huge fan of both PENTAGRAM and BEDEMON even before learning O’Keefe lived in the area, Hayes is a metal fan in general, and has played in a number of local bands such as OGOUN performing original doom.

This first-ever show under the name BEDEMON is being viewed as a tribute to founder Randy Palmer. More than half of the songs being performed are songs Palmer either wrote or co-wrote. The band will appear on Day One of the festival which happens on May 15th, 2015 at The Observatory in Santa Anna, CA.

The Show:

http://www.metalnerd.net/psycho-california-to-host-first-ever-live-performance-of-bedemon/

http://psychoca.com/

The Child of Darkness reissue:

http://bedemon.bandcamp.com/album/child-of-darkness

CD, LPs and t-shirt:

http://www.relapse.com/search_result.php?search_by=artist&q=Bedemon

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The perfect Valentine’s Day gift … forget that fattening box of chocolates! Show that special someone you really love them by letting them lose both weight and their hearing with some Doom/metal rarities by BEDEMON and PENTAGRAM up for auction this week on ebay, including limited edition colored vinyl titles!

Once again this week (02/02/15), we have some more super rare BEDEMON and PENTAGRAM collectibles listed on ebay. First, we have another copy of the original pressing of Child of Darkness LP in RED VINYL. There were only 200 pressed by Italy’s Black Widow label back in 2005; we had twenty-three copies, each one individually numbered and autographed by Mike Matthews and Geof O’Keefe, both of whom also wrote different little notes near their autographs like “Doom On!” and “This is for Randy.” Every copy is unique! The copy being listed today is #21 of 23. The ever-shrinking group of individually-numbered copies will be randomly auctioned in coming weeks and months.

Also up for grabs: a number of other rare and out-of-print PENTAGRAM and BEDEMON goodies including a sealed copy of the 2005 Child of Darkness CD on Italy’s Black Widow Records and the two PENTAGRAM LPs, First Daze Here and First Daze Here Too, including very limited colored vinyl pressings of the latter in red, brown and a very psychedelic design. Randy appears on a few tracks on both albums and his song “Starlady” is on First Daze Here, which is a first pressing in 180-gram vinyl and also comes with a bonus 7″ 45 with two additional tracks that weren’t on the CD are unavailable anywhere else. Also being offered is a very limited silver-vinyl pressing of the 2012 BEDEMON Symphony of Shadows 2-LP set.

Here’s the link to limited, hand-numbered #21 of the BEDEMON LP in red vinyl.

While on that page, look in the Seller Information box on the right side and click on “See other items” to see the other BEDEMON and PENTAGRAM listings by seller “tonsorock.”

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RELAPSE RECORDS, home of the classic PENTAGRAM First Daze Here and First Daze Here Too collections will be give a full reissue treatment to the long out-of-print BEDEMON classic, Child of Darkness on Feb. 24, 2015. In addition to a CD, it will be available in different colors of vinyl in LP format. Additionally a t-shirt will be available as well, featuring Randy Palmer’s Invocation To Doom drawing that he hand-drew for the master tape box of the BEDEMON 70s recordings. While the musical content remains the same as the previous versions on Italy’s Black Widow label and Vessel Records in the U.S., the reissue contains Geof O’Keefe’s newly-revised liner notes in almost every section.

The releases and t-shirt can be pre-ordered here:

http://www.relapse.com/bedemon

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BEDEMON to perform live!

January 15, 2015

Mark your calendars, as BEDEMON will be making a first appearance ever at the Psycho California 3-day metal festival May 15th – May 17th. This will be a special one-off performance dedicated to the band’s founder, the late Randy Palmer and will focus on the Child of Darkness material. Certain details, such as quite literally who will be performing in the band for this unique event are still being negotiated and finalized, and all will be revealed in time. PENTAGRAM will also be appearing at the festival and will be performing the entire First Daze Here album in its entirety, along with other classics.

For information about the show, visit: http://psychoca.com/

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NOTHING SAYS HAPPY DOOM YEAR MORE THAN SITTING AROUND AND LISTENING TO THE VINYL LP OF BEDEMON’s CLASSIC 70s CHILD OF DARKNESS!!! IN RED VINYL!!! Yes, another assortment of rare and collectable BEDEMON and PENTAGRAM LP and CD collectibles are up for auction on ebay for one week only starting today 01/04/15.

Bid now, because these red vinyl LPs from 2004 are hand-signed by both Mike Matthews and Geof O’Keefe with different messages on each copy, and all twenty-three of them have been individually numbered, making every copy unique. There were only 200 copies pressed in red vinyl total back in 2004. We only could get twenty-three and the pile is dwindling, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!!! Since we need to say goodbye to all things from 2014, this copy being auctioned this time is #14 of 23.

But wait! That’s not all! If you’ve already got that, we also have some more super-rare collectibles listed on ebay,  including an unplayed mint copy of the out-of-print 2005 Child of Darkness CD on Italy’s Black Widow Records and a number of different version of the two PENTAGRAM LPs, First Daze Here and First Daze Here Too. Randy appears on a few tracks on both albums and his song “Starlady” is on First Daze Here, which is a first pressing 2-LP set in 180-gram vinyl that also comes with a bonus 7″ 45 with two additional tracks that weren’t on the CD are unavailable anywhere else. FIRST DAZE HERE TOO is also a double album set, and in addition to the standard black, is also available in very limited colored vinyl pressings including red, brown, a very psychedelic design and an extremely limited clear version. The CD is also available still sealed as well, and BEDEMON fans also should note that being offered is the 2012 Symphony of Shadows 2-LP set in a very limited silver vinyl pressing.

Here’s the link to limited, hand-numbered #14 of the BEDEMON LP in red vinyl
 
While there on that page, look to the right and note the “Seller information box.” It has a link to “See other items” by dealer “tonsorock” and if you click on “See other items,” it will take you to a page listing all the other BEDEMON and PENTAGRAM rarities listed above that are also also available for this week only. All these auctions end next Sunday evening.
 
Check ’em out! Bid early or bid late, good luck and Happy New Fear!

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