Wednesday 18 October 2023

Blue Bedlam - Blue Bedlam EP

Labels: Self-Released

Formats: Digital

Release Date: 28 Oct 2022


1. Blue Bedlam

2. A Ghost In My Reflection

It's always a great feeling being able to write about a band's debut release. Virginia, USA's Blue Bedlam released their first EP back in October 2022 (yes, I am still wading through an inbox that's at chest height!) and I haven't seen many people talking about it. Primarily the solo melodic death metal project of guitarist/bassist/composer Tony Clayton, Blue Bedlam is joined by vocalist Secil Sen as well as drummers Jonas Schutz, and Aaron Scholze on these two tracks. 

This EP has been released as a precursor to Blue Bedlam’s debut album and I can’t think of better ways for a band to introduce themselves than this. The opening song ‘Blue Bedlam’ has plenty of melody (both vocally and from the guitars), while also not shying away from heaviness thanks to the very tight percussive/bass work, the low Swe-death inspired riffs and harsh vox. 

Second song ‘A Ghost In My Reflection’ contains a more introspective atmosphere early on, before the full band kicks in. Secil Sen’s vocals really throw you off as it almost sounds like there are two different vocalists sitting on top of the recording. They are all Secil’s own though and my god do they sound great, as does the whole band. 

This is a really strong debut EP. Sometimes the visions of solo artists need to be fully imagined with the help of others and here Tony Clayton has achieved that with the musicians he’s assembled. I’m hoping that Blue Bedlam continues to flourish and champion great individuals, especially those who have contributed here. 

You can stream and purchase the EP digitally via Bandcamp (at least until Songtradr destroys it of course):-

It's also available on all other major streaming platforms.

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