My feature on Pentagram and Bedemon originally appeared in the November 2001 issue of Metal ManiacsIn lieu of recent Penta-mania, I’ve decided to scan and share. Many missed the opportunity to read it the first time around. Variant versions, some including lengthy Q&A interviews with drummer/guitarist/songwriter Geof O’Keefe, guitarist Randy Palmer (R.I.P.) and Bedemon bassist/guitarist Mike Matthews, appeared in Snakepit, Snap Pop! and Psychedelic. I later interviewed axeman Vincent McAllister (R.I.P.) and bassist Greg Mayne between 2004 and ’06, although those have yet to be published. Rest assured, they’ll see the light of day soon. As for Penta-mania, I’ll address that in an entry on its own later.

In some variations of this piece I referred to the lyrics to the song “Virgin Death” (aka “Pentagram”). Back in the days (daze!) there were no printed lyrics available, so I misheard some words. The gist of that first verse is: “Send me home to bust my back / Strap you to your torture rack / Out all night you sleep all day / When we talk I’ve got no say / There’s five black points all chalked up for you / Got five of my own, I hope they’ll come through / I’m gonna take you to your virgin death–you’re gonna get it.” When the song was called “Pentagram” the last line was “My life’s a Pentagram!”

Enjoy and please share with your heavy rock ‘n’ metal brothers and sisters! At the same time, this piece is copyrighted material, and I must remind you not to plagiarize. Don’t reproduce for profit without obtaining my permission first and acknowledging the source.

Text Β© Copyright 2001 By Perry Grayson
Photos as credited below.


pentmm 0001 Pentagram & Bedemon - Unholy Duo | Cirith Ungol Online
Photos courtesy of Randy Palmer and Mike Matthews above.
pentmm 0002 Pentagram & Bedemon - Unholy Duo | Cirith Ungol Online
pentmm 0003 Pentagram & Bedemon - Unholy Duo | Cirith Ungol Online


Photos on pgs. 3-6 by Cameron Davidson

pentmm 0004 Pentagram & Bedemon - Unholy Duo | Cirith Ungol Online
pentmm 0005 Pentagram & Bedemon - Unholy Duo | Cirith Ungol Online


pentmm 0006 Pentagram & Bedemon - Unholy Duo | Cirith Ungol Online


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