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Formed: 1970
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Penatagram To Release New Album

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, for its forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act, fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though its debut album - now known as "Relentless" - didn't see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.

Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer, Mattias Nilsson, at studios in Baltimore, Md., D.C. and Va., with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, Tenn. with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced the band's previous album, Last Rites.

The band comments on the signing: "Pentagram is happy to return to the label that helped relaunch interest in our debut album and introduce us to a new metal audience in the 1990s. Peaceville Records has been an ally to us throughout the past 20 years. We are happy to have them by our side once again as we record our fourth album under their banner. Never properly recorded songs written by Bobby in the 70s will be heard on the album as fresh as they were when they were written over 40 years ago. Brand new numbers by the core of Griffin, Turley and Liebling that were written this fall will appear along the old songs, and will produce an album that encompasses the true spirit of Pentagram. Doom is often mistaken as exclusively slow music. If you listen to our classic 'doom' album 'Relentless,' many of those doomed classics are quite fast. One of the magics of doom metal is to have a faster song seem much slower because of the sheer heaviness of the number. That's what we are going for. The band will sound like they are as much from the street as they are from the Sabbath, because, well, we are." More...

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Pentagram Posts "All Your Sins" Trailer

Pentagram's double-disc DVD collection "All Your Sins" will be released in North America on Peaceville Records.

Featuring over six hours of numerous electrifying concerts spanning three decades - all straight from the band's collection - "All Your Sins" is due for release in North America on March 31st, 2015.

The DVD can be pre-ordered now through the Peaceville web store. This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs, and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer. More...

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Psycho California Announces 2015 Lineup

Psycho California has announced the headliners for this year’s event: Cult of Luna (May 15th), Sleep (May 16th) and Pentagram, who will perform "First Daze Here" in its entirety (May 17th).

"2015 is going to be a slow year for Cult of Luna. However as much as we are musicians we are also fans,” said Cult of Luna’s Johannes Persson. “Evaluating if the offer to play Psycho California was worth dusting off our instruments was not hard after looking on the line-up. Being on the same bill as Pentagram, Sleep and a festival packed with the best bands around is a privilege in itself and we’ll try to live up to that honor."

The lineup for Psycho California is: Sleep, Pentagram, Cult of Lune, Kylesa, OM, Earth, Russian Circles, Bedemon, Conan, Wrench, Eyehategod, Indian, Earthless, Pallbearer, Stoned Jesus, Old Man Gloom, Cave In, Acid Witch, Truckfighters, Tombs, Bang, Electric Citizen, Coffinworm, SubRosa, Eagle Twin, Mammatus, True Widow, Anciients, Bellwitch, Dead Meadow, Lord Dying, Death By Stereo, Radio Moscow, Ancient Altar, Samsara Blues Experiment, Atriarch, Elder, Mothership, The Well, Deathkings, Wo Fat, Rozamov, Destroyer of Light, Highlands, Bloodmoon, Slow Season, Goatsnake, Crypt Trip, Wrench, Lords of Beacon House, Tumbleweed Dealer, Sinister Haze, Blackout, Red Wizard, Banquet and Loom.

Festival interludes will be provided by Housecore Records’ artist Author & Punisher and vinyl DJ set from Bob Lugowe (Relapse Records) and Sean Pellet (Last Daze Here).

Previously announced early bird tickets sold out immediately. Tickets for the festival are on-sale this morning with both a 3-day pass ($149.50) and a 3-day VIP pass available ($256.66)

VIP packages include a 3-day festival pass, a signed screen print concert poster by David D’Andrea, express entry via artist check-in booth, access to artist VIP lounge, a limited edition Thief X Obey festival tee, a Psycho record bag and patch as well as access to a complimentary craft tequila bar, premium microbrews and artisan snacks. More...

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Pentagram Announces New Shows

The doom legends in Pentagram are returning to the road this October and November for select shows in the midweast and on the east coast.

The confirmed list of dates is below, with a few still to be confirmed. Tickets will be on via local box offices on Friday, August 29th.

Pentagram's most recent album, "Last Rites" (reviewed here) was released via Metal Blade Records on April 14th, 2011 and the band's first ever official DVD, "When the Screams Come," on August 30th, 2011.

10/23 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's*
10/24 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights*
10/25 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme*
10/27 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues*
10/28 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls Theater*
10/29 Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage*
10/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas*
11/01 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater**
11/02 Providence, RI @ The Met*

*10/23 - 10/30 and 11/2 w/support from RADIO MOSCOW, BANG, and KINGS DESTROY
**11/01 NYC w/support from BLOOD CEREMONY, BANG, and KINGS DESTROY More...

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Pentagram On The 4th of July in Austin, Texas

Held at the Mohawk on the historic Red River Street in Austin, Texas, American Icon Records (AIR) produced two stages featuring some of the best hard rock and heavy metal bands not only in Austin, but in the state of Texas. Both nights (I only attended day one) included a headliner that played on the open-air stage. Seminal doom faction, Pentagram headed up Independence Day, while The Sword--a local act with a international following--played day two. More...

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The Skull Recruits New Guitarist

The Skull - featuring Trouble members Eric Wagner, Jeff “Oly” Olson, and Ron Holzner in addition to Sacred Dawn's Lothar Keller – has added former Pentagram guitarist Matt Goldsborough to the group's ranks.

He will be taking over for the departing Chuck Robinson (just recruited a month ago), who has decided to step down due to his demanding professional career and, therefore, cannot commit to the The Skull's upcoming live shows.

The band comments: "Timing was perfect when we met Matt and everything just seemed to fall into place at the right time when we needed a replacement. Matt is very laid back, has a captivating stage presence, and his riffs are electrifying! If you’ve ever seen him live with Pentagram, you’ll know what we are talking about.”

The band continued, "We all understand and support Chuck’s decision. He is welcome on stage with us as a guest guitarist anytime, and we wish our brother well.”

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Pentagram Announces Tour Dates, Working On Album

Victor Griffin is returning to Pentagram for live shows and a new studio album. After taking a break from Pentagram to bring Victor Griffin's In-Graved around the world, the doom metal guitar god returns to his main fold.

The realigned lineup featuring the Liebling/Griffin duo backed by Greg Turley on bass and Sean Saley on drums will embark on a tour of the West Coast area in February and March. When not touring the world, the band will be working hard on a new album for release in 2014.

Victor Griffin comments: "Time continues to teach me to expect the unexpected and never say never…at least to some things. After years of investment in Pentagram and in my relationships with Bobby Liebling, nephew Greg Turley of course, and more recently to drummer Sean Saley…the door has opened to hit the road again with my favorite dysfunctional band. We'll be starting out in the Pacific Northwest in late February, with a new album in the works plus a full tour calendar for the rest of the year and beyond. Until then…until the end!"

Vocalist and founding member Bobby Liebling adds: "Victor Griffin and I are brothers and it's a joy to be working side-by-side again. As we've stated before, the door will always be open for him and he'll always be an important part of Pentagram's Ram Family. It's great to have my partner in crime saddled up next to me on stage and the studio. He's truly one of a kind and we're ecstatic to create another classic Pentagram album!"

Pentagram would also like to extend a huge thank you to Matt Goldsborough, who's done a killer job filling in live during Victor's absence during the past year.

w/ Radio Moscow and Kings Destroy
02/22 Seattle, WA El Corazon
02/23 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
02/25 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
02/27 Albuquerque, NM Sister Bar
02/28 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
03/01 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue

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Pentagram Announces U.S. Shows

Doom legends Pentagram have announced shows in the U.S. this summer. These shows will follow the band's previously announced festival dates in Europe throughout July. The complete list of dates is available below.

Pentagram's most recent album, "Last Rites," was released via Metal Blade Records on April 14th, 2011 and the group's first ever official DVD "When the Screams Come," came out on August 30th, 2011.

07/06 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown Festival 2013
07/19 Paris, FR Glazart
07/20 Warsaw, Poland Days Of Ceremony 2013
07/22 Tolmin, Slovenia Metaldays, 2013
07/27 Clinton, MT Farmageddon Fest
08/02 Austin, TX Emo's
08/03 Springfield, VA Empire
08/04 Philadelphia, PA Underground Arts More...

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Pentagram Documentary Airing On Showtime

Showtime just picked up the documentary "Last Days Here" from influential doom legends Pentagram - showing information can be found here.

On June 20th, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, VA will be screening "Last Days Here" followed by a Q+A from the film's co-protagonist and band manager, Pellet. Thirty beers will be on tap from around the world including locals from Devil's Backbone, Lost Rhino, Three Brothers, and more. Check out details and get your tickets to the screening at this location.

Pentagram released current album "Last Rites" on Metal Blade Records April 14th, 2011 and first ever official DVD (also out on Metal Blade) "When the Screams Come" on August 30th, 2011. Catch the band live:

07/06 Gothenburg, Sweden Metaltown Festival 2013
07/20 Warsaw, Poland Days Of Ceremony 2013
07/22 Tolmin, Slovenia Metaldays, 2013
07/25-28 TBA, Montana Farmageddon Records Music Festival

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Pentagram Recruits New Guitarist

After months of searching and reviewing hundreds of applicants from around the world, Pentagram is excited to announce Matt Goldborough as the band's new guitarist. The following press release was issued by Metal Blade Records:

"Matt is a Philadelphia based musician, composer, and riff aficionado. Versed in many genres of music, Matt's experience outside of the heavy metal world brings a fresh yet classic approach to the band. His style hearkens back to the very origins of 'heavy metal' itself when heavy blues and psychedelic rock guitarists pioneered the genre in an attempt to harden rock and roll. This of course is exactly what Bobby Liebling and the original Pentagram line up did back in 1971.

"Having played in a bevy of bands on the East coast, Goldsborough is most recently known as part of the acclaimed Philadelphia rock band, The Great Unknown.

"His debut with the Ram Family, rounded out by Bobby Liebling on vocals, Greg Turley on bass guitar and Sean Saley on drums, was on April 16th, 2013 at the sold out show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. If that gig wasn't special enough, the band performed songs not heard live in over 40 years! Inspired by a demand from the fans, Liebling and company pulled out rare gems, including 'Be Forewarned.' This track and more can be viewed now at Metalinjection.net."

Welcome Matt Goldsborough and Pentagram throughout the summer at the following appearances:

04/25 Berlin, DE Astra Desertfest 2013
04/26 Barroselas, PT Barrosela Metalfest XVI
04/28 London, UK Electric Ballroom Desertfest 2013
05/26 Baltimore, MD Former Sonar Compound - Maryland Deathfest 2013
07/25-28 TBA, Montana Farmageddon Records Music Festival

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Pentagram Announces New Live Shows

Heavy metal legends Pentagram will be returning to the road in 2013 in Europe, as well as North America, for select shows and festivals.

The band will once again perform at Maryland Death Fest as well as Farmageddon Records Music Festival, Metaldays (Slovakia), Barroselas Metalfest XVI (Portugal), and more. Pentagram's list of confirmed performances can be found below.

Pentagram will have new merchandise designs available exclusively at these shows. Also, the band has listened to the fans and will be performing some classics and fan favorites that have never before been performed live.

04/16 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus Bar
04/25 Berlin, DE Astra Desertfest 2013
04/26 Barroselas, PT Barrosela Metalfest XVI
04/28 London, UK Electric Ballroom Desertfest 2013
05/26 Baltimore, MD Forme Sonar Compound Maryland Deathfest 2013
07/20 Warsaw, PL Days of Ceremony 2013
07/22 Tolmin, SI Metaldays 2013
07/25-07/28 TBA, Montana Farmageddon Records Music Festival More...

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Pentagram Seeking New Guitarist

Pentagram is currently auditioning new guitar players. As was previously announced, guitarist Victor Griffin is performing his farewell shows during the Oct/Nov European Relentless Tour. He'll be focusing on his solo career from this point on and the band and fans wish him all the best. The following press release was also issued:

"Victor will forever be an important part of the 'Ram Family.' Pentagram is now searching for the perfect player who can easily play the blazing, early blues-based, hard rock, proto-metal of the late Vincent McAllister as well as the doom metal mastery of the one and only Victor Griffin. Tone, chops, appearance, tour experience & availability (US and abroad so a passport is required), song writing skills, and sobriety are all important factors. The band will be writing/recording their follow up to the acclaimed Metal Blade release, Last Rites this coming December and January.

"Someone who is close to the Washington, DC area is preferred but exceptions will be made for the perfect player. For songs and video of the band, visit this location. Please submit a short bio, a photo, and audio or video of you playing. Pentagram song covers are preferred and the following songs are suggested:

"Wolf's Blood"
"All Your Sins"
"Treat Me Right"
"When the Screams Come"
"Forever My Queen"
"20 Buck Spin" More...

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Sanctus Bellum Performing Special Show

Houston, Texas doom band Sanctus Bellum, who recently released its album "The Shining Path," has announced a December 22nd gig it will be playing with members of Helstar and Pentagram. The event, The El Birthday Metal Fest II, will take place at Rudyard's British Pub in Houston on December 22nd.

The two sets the band will perform will be the Sanctus set with James Rivera performing underground metal classics, and the Sanctuary set with Bobby Liebling, playing 70's Pentagram songs. Sanctus Bellum will also be performing at Skatestock on October 20th and at Warehouse Live on December 1st opening for Helstar.


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Maryland Deathfest 2013 Complete Lineup Announced

The final batch of bands for 2013's edition of the Maryland Deathfest XI has been confirmed, with the exception of one more band that expected for the Soundstage lineup in the next week or so. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

DOWN
(the) MELVINS
THE OBSESSED
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
UFOMAMMUT (Italy)
COBALT
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
EVOKEN
NECROPSY

The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...

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Pentagram Splits With Guitarist

Guitarist Victor Griffin has posted the following message online about parting ways with Pentagram:

"Tonight at The Fillmore in Silver Spring, MD will be my last live appearance with Pentagram in the US, and my last UK/European live appearances with Pentagram on our 'Relentless' tour this Oct/Nov.

"Of course the future is always uncertain...but for now, it's time to move on with my new band's album and tour plans for 2013.

"Thanks to Bobby, Greg, Sean Saley, Pellet, Klaus Koschel, Metal Blade Records, Svarte Records, Albert Born, Gary Isom, & most importantly...YOU FANS!...for keeping the wheels turning faster and louder than any other time in the band's history!

"I wish the very best to the band and a prosperous future. Thanks again to all you fans for your amazing support...hope to see you soon! Godspeed!"

You can follow the latest on Victor Griffin's music by heading over to his official Facebook profile.

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Pentagram To Perform Full "Relentless" Album

Legendary cult rock band Pentagram is pleased to announce the group will be playing a very special set for the first Power of the Riff - East on September 1st, 2011 in Brooklyn, NY. The band will play the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album "Relentless" in its entirety for the first time since the early 1980's.

Pentagram will also be playing other beloved songs spanning the band's career including tracks from most recent album, "Last Rites." The influential doom legends will also be playing shows in Philly and Maryland supporting Down. Details are available below.

Power of the Riff Festival
09/01 New York, NY Warsaw
On tour w/ Down
09/26 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
09/30 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore

In other news, fans can finally get their hands on the Pentagram documentary "Last Days Here" - winner of the Best Music Documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival - which was just recently released. Fans can order from Amazon.com, iTunes, Best Buy, and other online and physical retailers. "Last Days Here" is also available for viewing via Netflix (DVD and Streaming).

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Coven Appearing At Hammer Of Doom Fest

Legendary U.S. doom act Coven (also known as Coven 13) has been confirmed to appear at Germany's Hammer Of Doom Festival on November 10th at Posthalle in Würzburg. The festival begins on November 9th for Epic Night at which Ross The Boss will headline. Coven will join Pentagram, The Skull, Solstice and others in performing the next day, appropriately called 'Doomsday.' Shadow Kingdom Records reissued Coven's legendary 1987 album "Worship New Gods" on July 31st of this year. Visit the Facebook Hammer Of Doom Festival page for more information on the event and an updated list of bands that have confirmed.

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Maryland Death Fest 2013 Confirms 8 More Bands

Eight more bands have been confirmed for MDF XI, which is to take place Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, 2013. Here are the latest bands confirmed:

REPULSION
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
BROKEN HOPE
PIG DESTROYER
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
WEEDEATER
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
LOSS

An updated list of confirmed bands up to now can be found below:

!T.O.O.H.! (Czech Republic) - Exclusive US show
AHUMADO GRANUJO (Czech Republic)
ANTAEUS (France) - Exclusive US show
AOSOTH (France) - Exclusive US show
BROKEN HOPE
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
INTEGRITY
KOMMANDANT
LOSS
MANILLA ROAD
MIDNIGHT
MORGION
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
PELICAN
PENTAGRAM
PIG DESTROYER
REPULSION
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
VENOM (UK)
VINTERLAND (Sweden)
WEEDEATER

Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.

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Pentagram Reveals September Tour Dates

Influential doom legends Pentagram will be playing a few select dates in the U.S. in September. To kick off the month, Pentagram will be headlining the Power of the Riff 2012 in Brooklyn, NY with support from Agnostic Front and many others.

The full lineup, as well as tickets can be found at this location. On September 26th and 30th, fans can also catch Pentagram supporting Down for two shows.

Sundance Selects / 9.14 Pictures, in conjunction with MPI Home Video, will release the award-winning documentary, "Last Days Here" on DVD format in the U.S. and Canada on July 31st. "Last Days Here" is based on the life and struggles of vocalist / founder Bobby Liebling and metal pioneers Pentagram. The film most recently won the Jury Award for "Best Documentary" at the Calgary Underground Film Festival. More...

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Agnostic Front Joins The Power of the Riff Fest

Agnostic Front has been added to the lineup of The Power of the Riff East festival. The NYC HC legends will play a set of material focused exclusively on songs from their classic "United Blood/Victim In Pain" releases.

Other recent additions include Coffinworm and Double Negative. The newly named artists joined a roster that includes Pentagram, Poison Idea, Negative Approach, Xibalba, Alpha & Omega, Sunn 0))), Winter, Repulsion, Salvation, and Dead in the Dirt in this first installment of the festival.

Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's Warsaw Club.

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