As we plunge deep into the murky swamps of sludge metal we come across Bedowyn and their full length effort Blood of the Fall. Bedowyn isn’t just sludge as they dabble in doom as well creating a two (if not more) pronged attack. Bedowyn is incredibly dense, thick and murky. Their music oozes sickening black sludge, and that black sludge does a great job of sucking you under and rolling you beneath waves of gritty riffs.
With Blood of the Fall, Bedowyn supplies an overall darkness that is inescapable as well as vivid imagery and soundscapes. Bedowyn does an excellent job of transporting you to the darker reaches of your mind, and without scaring you to the point where you don’t want to listen anymore, they captivate you and steal your thoughts for the entirety of the album.
There’s something about the darkness that lures us all in, and there’s something about it that makes us not want to leave. Blood of the Fall isn’t dark in the sense that it’s Satanic, or the fact that the entire album is about disease, famine and death. The darkness can and does come from different places, but most of all that darkness that Bedowyn possesses comes from the way that they play and the way that their music is crafted.
You can’t help but feel at times that you are walking through a dense and dismal forest wading through thick choking fog. That may not have been the idea behind the music but there is that certain mysticism behind it, and at points you do feel as though you are shrouded in darkness with layers upon layers of fog shroud you.
Instead of being a complete concept album, Blood of the Fall is more of a free forming idea, one that takes shape into whatever it is that the listener is getting out of it.
Bedowyn is gripping and casts a spell over you putting you in a trance. Each song is supplied with melodic sludge drenched riffs, murky bass lines, impressive drumming and smokey vocals. The majority of the vocals are clean sung, but every now and then the vocalist steps outside of the clean singing realm to give us a gritty almost black metal like roar.
The eleven track album is smooth and yet it is oh so heavy. Blood of the Fall is a slithering mass of sludge goodness, one that gets your head nodding and one that will also crack your limbs under the sheer weight of itself. No matter what happens, whether you are able to headbang without shattering your limbs or if you do succumb to its weight, there is no denying that Blood of the Fall is an album to behold.