Monday, May 3, 2010

BEDEMON news...Doom metal legend team up on new full length CD.

I recently completed the artwork for Heavy Rock legends of the underground, Bedemon's new album. Read the news here. Originally, Pellet,(Pentagram's Tour Manager) and Geof O'Keefe (Drummer for Bedemon and guitarist/drummer for all up through the 70's lineup of Pentagram with co-founder Bobby Liebling) were interested in using a piece I did depicting horror movie scream queen, Barbara Steele in the classic movie Black Sunday (Mask of Satan). Some legal issues were of concern and after trying to track down the lovely Barbara Steele for permission to use her likeness, it was decided by the band to use a piece of art that Geof O'Keefe saw that I drew after seeing Pentagram play during the 2008 tour w/ Nachtmystium, entitled "Petrified"( Inspired by one of Pentagram's songs of the same name.) I was then shown by Geof, a sketch from the late Bedemon/Pentagram guitarist Randy Palmer which eerily had the same design and concept as mine! This crude sketch was drawn before Randy's death in 2002 as HIS concept for THIS same album! CREEPY! This sealed the coffin so to speak and I was chosen for the cover art. It was a real honor to have had Randy's family and friends involved with my contribution to this project. Turns out Randy and I had quite a few things in common. Horror movies and comic books and heavy music and our love for Barbara Steele as the #1 horror BABE of all time! Speaking of Creepy...Randy Palmer was also the last Editor-in-Chief for Warren Magazines Creepy, Eerie, Vampirella and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine. He has also written books about "The Godfather of Gore" Herschell Gordon Lewis, and B-Movie Special Effects Monster Maker, Paul Blaisdell and numerous articles for Fangoria, Filmfax, Cinefantastique, Famous Monsters of Filmland. Thanks to Geof O'Keefe, the band, and all those involved including Randy's family, for choosing me for the artwork and keeping the memory of Randy's music alive. To find out more about the history of Bedemon, Randy Palmer and the upcoming CD visit here.

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