The Meads of Asphodel-‘Tales From Bedlam’


The Meads of Asphodel-‘Tales From Bedlam’

Valgriind Records

Reviewed by Steve Earles

10 out of 10

This is a fine compilation of songs from The Meads Of Asphodel for you. The tracks are well chosen and accurately reflect the musical and lyrical ethos of this most progressive and forward thinking band.

Three tracks are of particular interest. ‘The Black Philosophy’ dates back to 1997, and was originally a demo track for Meads multi-instrumentalist J.D Tait’s band Quintus Anni Tempus. It is this track that brought him to the attention of Metatron and led to his been incorporated into the Meads’ fold. A fine track in it’s own right, it was later reworked into ’80 Grains Of Sand’, also included here, and again, a fine track in it’s own right.

Two demo tracks are included here, ‘Stiller of Tempests’ and Genesis of Death’, and again, in this rawer form, are worthy inclusions.

Else where, we find Meads’ classics such as ‘God Is Rome’ and ‘A Healer Made God’.

Overall, whether you are a long time follower of The Meads Of Asphodel, or seek to discover their music, this is a fine and very well packaged collection.

Available from the Godreah website.