Review: Bedowyn – Blood of the Fall

So we heard you like bands such as MastodonBaroness and Orange Goblin?
So do Bedowyn.

I find the topic of derivation and influence in art to be quite interesting. Having spent a lot of time considering its importance I can see both the positive and negative effects the concept can have on the listener. Whether or not it is something you think is beneficial to artistic discussion is almost irrelevant because no matter what you believe, it remains a fundamental method of conveying personal perceptions of art to one another. As we’ve already had a great discussion on the topic, I won’t go into great detail but the issue will certainly play a central role in my analysis of this album.

First thing’s first. Bedowyn are a 4-piece band from Raleigh, North Carolina. With Blood of the Fall the band presents their second release and debut full-length (their prior release was the 2013 EP Wolves & Trees). The band play a hard rocking form of stoner metal that is deeply entrenched in the niche carved by genre mammoths Mastodon. “Great!” you say, “From where does this ship leave? What time is departure? And most importantly, will there be snacks?” Well, before you pack your bags with multiple pairs of clean underpants to facilitate the excrement of excitement, I’ve got some bad news. This rocket’s engines have been filled with vanilla essence instead of volatile hydrocarbons. Bummer, man.

Opening track “The Horde” has you strapping yourself in and looking skyward with anticipation. A nice build-up intro that wastes no time in transitioning into “Rite to Kill.” The countdown clock ticks away. The promise of lift-off is further emphasised by the thumping toms and the ascending power chord riff. Your grip on the arm-rest is further intensified by the mid-2000’s Hinds/Kelliher-style lick. A knowing smile forms. You close your eyes and await the rumble that portends the oncoming atmospheric turbulence of breaking Earth’s gravitational confines.

Then title track “Blood of the Fall” starts. You open your eyes. You’re… still on ground level. Is this normal? Your intuition says no, but your hopes remain high. 5 minutes pass. And another 5. You glance at the clock. As track 5 “Leave the Living for Dead” begins, your mind starts making excuses for the reason you’re still sitting on terra firma. One of the engines must have stalled. With such large components this must happen more often than you originally thought. Although, this sort of thing has been done before. Surely they’ve worked out the formula and ironed out the kinks. “For a Fleeting Moment” you wonder if it just wasn’t destined to be. Outside you see rain begin to fall. The droplets steadily gather and eventually trickle down the double-walled glass porthole-esque windows. Time passes slowly. The mind wanders.

Over 25 minutes into the journey and your vessel hasn’t left the ground. Sure, it was exciting to clamber aboard the ship and look around, but you didn’t pack your camera to take shots of the launch-pad. Another whole 25 minutes passes by. The doors open. You step out into the pattering of drizzle, and as you make your way home you take one last look back at the ship and contemplate what could have been. Throughout Blood of the Fall, Bedowyn show that they clearly have the potential to create a great album. The professional production and the overt song-crafting skills alone show a band who definitely know what they’re doing. There are a few memorable chorus hooks that would no doubt be solid hits, if only they had the accompanying riffs to really hammer them home. The clean-guitars are excellent, as are the lead guitar tones. The problem lies in the substance.

For every interesting part, there are several minutes of fairly bland music that just feels all too generic and struggles to lift each respective song from the pack. Bedowyn have the Mastodon formulae written in the notebook, and they nail the overall sound almost perfectly. There are moments on this album that could easily slot in on the classic Blood Mountain or the mesmerising Crack The Skye albums. However, they lack the corresponding aggression of the former, and the psychedelic-laced intrigue of the latter. Without the presence of these elements, the result is greatly diminished. The Orange Goblin comparison is also apt. The hoarser vocal sections and some of the hard-driving riffage recall the sound of the last few albums from the UK group. Except where Orange Goblin swagger with their half-cut confidence, Bedowyn meander with subtle melody rather than malice.


Yes, I’m being quite critical here as there are a lot of things Bedowyn do perfectly well, but with such obvious influence from such well-known bands, it would certainly have paid to have encapsulated the parts of those artists that render them remarkable in the first place. This is especially important when the bands in question are still extant. Fans of the style haven’t had the time to develop a longing for more of the same. Unless you can hit those spots harder, and ultimately, do things better, the attention usually ends up falling back on how great the progenitors are. Unfortunately for me, that’s exactly what happened here. Did I try several times to get into the spirit of this album? Yes. Were my expectations too high? Maybe. Did I find myself wanting to hear more after each play-through? No. One thing I do know for sure is that due to their obvious potential, I will definitely be giving their next effort a fighting chance, but sadly, Blood of the Fall will be a distant memory by then.

1.5/5 Flaming Toilets ov Hell


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Published on: May 24, 2016

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  • ouchhhhhh ya burnt

  • One and a half toilets!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    • Computer, generate a…nude Tayne.

    • Dubs

      I don’t think he says “shit” in the actual clip. There are multiple syllables bleeped out.

  • Regardless, as Ann mentioned the other day, that artwork is rocking!


  • FWIW, I enjoyed the record, but you do make some very valid arguments with this review.

  • Vault Dweller

    And here I had hope, since they come from the best city in North Carolina and all, but alas…

  • The_Dude

    I think this is the lowest review I’ve seen on here. But hey they can’t all be winners.

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Didns’t wes feature a track from theses bandses?
    Harsh words lizzardwizzard.

    • Lacertilian

      Full disclosure, I wrote this well before that track stream.

      • this was p much the same opinion i had when the stream came up earlier


  • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

    Damn, I didn’t think it was that bad. Nothing original, to be sure, but not 1.5/5 flaming toilets bad. Let it be known that this lizard has claws…

  • Joaquin Stick

    I think I am in agreement after listening to the two songs we have posted here. It’s perfectly fine music, but nothing seems to be grabbing my attention. Unpopular opinion, I have the same issues with Mastodon, but I do love Baroness.

    • Lacertilian

      Have you not heard Remission, Leviathan or Blood Mountain???

      • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

        Shame they broke up after the masterpiece that was Crack the Skye.

        • EsusMoose

          The Hunter and Once more round the Sun are good albums, just maybe they should have changed their name after CtS

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            They did the right thing by breaking up after CtS is what you mean, I believe.

          • Dubs


            For the record, I still enjoy The Hunter.

          • EsusMoose

            Like both records, actually probably listened to them more than the others just because they were the new thing.

          • i find Bedazzled Fingernails to be a stellar song. 1 out of 13 ain’t bad ¯_(ツ)_/¯

          • Dubs

            This here octopus has no friends.

            But, wouldn’t you say this is an example of a band going “pop” and that this where you jump off the ship? huehuehue

          • personally, i think that song title precludes me from listening to it

          • Dubs

            I’m taking a very specific jab at McNulty for something he said in the group.

          • i’m trying very hard to think up a good comeback. but you seem to do All the heavy lifting around here

          • Dubs

            You will find no Shelter here.

          • Ayy, that one was my choice in that record.

            It seems that The Hunter is one of those records in which you love just one song, jajaja!

          • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow
          • ಠ_ಠ

          • i will get out of this box and fite you…(RFI)

          • dawwwwwwwwwwww

          • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

            LMFAO, I almost forgot about that song. I look forward to them covering the “easy breezy beautiful Cover Girl” song as a followup to that.

          • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

            Ditto. Think I listen to it a bit more than Crack the Skye or Blood Mountain actually. Not as much as the first two though.

        • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

          The Hunter had 1-2 decent songs but sucked overall. Once More Round the Sun is actually a really great album, I actually return to it a lot, almost as much as Leviathan and Crack the Skye.

          • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

            ALL. LIES

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa


        • Count_Breznak

          And by Crack the Skye you meant Remission.

      • Joaquin Stick

        Probably not all three all the way through. Every few months I give a few songs a shot to see if I was wrong, so far nothing has changed. They are a band I should like! No idea why I can’t get into it.

  • hey there Lizard, why don’t you have a seat…
    i dig the style of the posted songs, i’ll give the rest a shot. perhaps this album sounds better to somebody who doesn’t constantly crave the death merol.

    • Joaquin Stick

      I thought the same! I was fully prepared to write a “lizbro is too cvlt for us now” response, but then I listened.

    • Lacertilian

      Jimmy, I was critical because I most certainly fall into their target demographic. I love the bands they sound like.

      • still, it gave me an excuse to post a pic of the cat (should have said RFI in my comment… my fault)

        • Lacertilian

          Oh, now I see.
          I think.

    • what is this image. im so confused

  • This is my last day this week on the internets. I might be on for a little while tomorrow morning but that’s it. So, figured I’d do my Friday Toilet thing here. Have a good long weekend.

    Good: It’s off to Florida tomorrow for vacation.

    Bad: Going to have to deal with the airports tomorrow.


  • Waynecro

    Thanks for the honest review. I like a bit of Baroness, but I’m not big into this style in general.

  • Super objective Lizard strikes again. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • frozengoatsheadupanunsarse

    Hurm, not so good eh? Well, I’m probably not really a deep fan of this style, so thanks for the unsparing review.

  • Waynecro

    Dudes, I just got my TovH tank top, and it’s totally sweet.

    • pics or it didnt happen, i expect that means mine should arrive shortly

      • Waynecro

        The potential for pics exists. TovH-tank-top bros gotta represent.

        • im feeling super selfconscious about my dwindling arm size, tbh fam

          • Waynecro

            I’m more self-conscious about tan lines. I’m, like, 98 percent tan lines.

          • lollolol i have the definition of farmer’s tan. and, yes. sadly, my neck is very red

          • Waynecro

            I’m pale as shit and seldom go outside. Who needs actual sunlight when vitamin D supplements are so inexpensive?

          • mmmmm i think you may want to add some sunlight to your workout routine bro. if only so you could praise it, obvs

          • Waynecro

            I usually loose the sleeves when I do yard work, but I seem to combust rather than tan. I suck at being a Southern Californian.

          • more beer

            I have that too.

          • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

            Lol, I didn’t even tan when I was living in Puerto Rico. I burn, peel, then I’m right back to my fluorescent glow. I pretty much glow in the sun.

        • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

          Egads, I’m glad I skipped out on buying one! Not because of the design (which kicks ass), but I’d look hilariously bad with my scrawny ass in a tank top. I’m built like an anorexic Gumby.

          • Waynecro

            Everyone looks ripped in a sweet tank top, bruh.

      • i met Waynecro. u shud be jelly

        • Janitor Jim Duggan

          Jimmy plz! I never got to meet Waynecro!

        • i am jelly, i havent met you and we have the same name. thats like living at the same house

    • mine’s in too. nobody has to feel bad about size if i post a pic

      • Waynecro

        The internet is a judgment-free zone, right?

  • D. Lee

    Aye, I’ll check this out when I get a chance, considering the unfavorable review though, I’d like to mention checking out Throes – To Dust. I believe it was Celtic Frosty that posted about them in the fb group. Mastodon/Baroness worship that actually IS good. NYP on bandcamp

  • Ouch. Is that the lowest toilet score we’ve seen yet?

  • REKT

  • Eliza

    Me reading this review:

  • Ted Nü-Djent ™

    Lacertilian plz!

  • Hans Müller

    “You step out into the pattering of drizzle, and as you make your way
    home you take one last look back at the ship and contemplate what could
    have been.”

    Very well conveys your genuine sadness/disappointment. Great review!

  • Ayreonaut

    I really don’t like masadon at all… So I’m guessing I won’t like this