Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band started three years ago when guitarist Grahm Reynolds responded to bassist Addison Dodds' ad to start a doom metal band. They quickly learned they had a shared interest in bands, shaping their songwriting partnership. Beldam added original singer Stan Stepanic, and after auditioning seemingly every drummer in central Va., Cullen Wade came on board as the final piece to the doom metal puzzle. After that, it was writing and playing shows. Beldam's original demo garnered attention from some metal streaming sites and compilations, sparking the idea that we had enough dark energy to record an album. So we did just that. In December 2015, Randall Guidry took over vocal duties and is clearly a force to be reckoned with.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
It’s a good play on Sludge and Doom. A wall of sound with feedback, buzz saw guitars, bone rattling bass and crushing drums tied together with hate-filled, vengeful lyrics. EYEHATEGOD, Black Sabbath, High on Fire, and Graves at Sea are all very evident influences throughout the album. Of course, there are many others but these bands have always stood out impacting Beldam's past and present songwriting.
Why should a metal head buy your album?
Metal heads should buy "Still the Wretched Linger" and "5 Song Demo" because these records bring what a solid Doom/Sludge album should. You want down tuned instruments, high volume, crushing drums, heavy riffs, and gnarled, gut-wrenching vocals—and you get just that with this release.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
Beldam had our original demo released by HOTA-REX records that was met with a strong reception. The demo was recorded analog, and at the time, the tone was much more in tune with black metal. It was not low-fi, but it maintained that classic black metal sound and still played as sludge. It was on iTunes and Spotify by HOTA REX and sold as cassette by the label and the band. Online and live show sales have always been consistent. The demo received positive press and also garnered a number of positive reviews. Several online streaming sites such as Grip of Delusion, Mari's Caldron and a few compilations picked up the songs.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Beldam does play live and we are passionate about it. The true energy of our songs comes through in our live performances. We work to keep ourselves as booked as possible. We've played with some great bands like Witch Mountain, Ramming Speed, Ruby the Hatchet and Demon Eye. Currently, we are getting ready to share the stage with Dragged into Sunlight, Primitive Man, Castle and a few others are in the works.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? why should they be interested in it?
We think the most important thing for them to know is that Beldam is serious about what we do. We aren't hobbyist. This is our job and what we choose to do. We are rooted and heavily influenced in this genre. We are determined to bring the heaviest tunes and best live shows possible. We want people to listen to "Still the Wretched Linger" and encourage them to come to our live shows for the full Beldam experience. We are always adding new touches to the songs and there is no half-assing in the band.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
The band's full focus will be on promoting "Still the Wretched Linger." We are proud to be partnered with Clawhammer PR and HPGD Productions to get the word out on "Still the Wretched Linger." Beldam will also be gigging as much as humanly possible and writing new material for the next album.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You will always be able to find the newest merch and songs for download on our bandcamp beldamofficial.bandcamp.com, as well as the label www.horrorpaingoredeath.com. We also like to involve people in new material and post teasers to our Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/beldamofficial) and Twitter page (https://twitter.com/beldamofficial). Live videos from shows are featured on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeldamOfficial. Beldam's original demo can also be found on iTunes and Spotify.