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Formed: 1970
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Below is our complete Pentagram news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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.

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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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Power Of The Riff Fest To Invade NYC

Following the recent announcement of the third annual West Coast installment of The Power Of The Riff Festival in Los Angeles on August 11th, today the first ever East Coast chapter of the festivities have been confirmed!

TPOTR is an event that honors extreme music fans and musicians of all ages, tapping into a lineup that represents the forefathers, milestones and current national touring acts, while shedding light on up-and-coming and local acts. Curated by The Power Of The Riff and Southern Lord, and presented by Scenic and Brooklyn Vegan, the devastating two-day The Power Of The Riff East will take place in NYC on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd at Brooklyn's massive Warsaw club, boasting an incredible roster of riffcrushing artists from across the country.

At press time the lineup for day one of TPOTR East includes PENTAGRAM, POISON IDEA, NEGATIVE APPROACH, XIBALBA, ALPHA & OMEGA and POWER TRIP, while day two will show SUNN 0))), WINTER, REPULSION, UNEARTHLY TRANCE, SALVATION and DEAD IN THE DIRT hitting the stage, with additional support and headlining acts still to be announced in the days ahead.

A limited number of two-day passes for The Power Of The Riff East are available for purchase right now at this location. Single day tickets for both days will go on sale this Monday, July 2nd at 12pm EST. Saturday tickets will be available at this location and Sunday tickets over here. tuned for more announcements in the days ahead as the lineup for this behemoth event expands.

Full info and tickets for The Power Of The Riff West -- confirmed to take place on Saturday, August 11th at Los Angeles' Echo/Echoplex -- are available now here. More...

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Pentagram Announces New Drummer

Pentagram has issued the following announcement about recruiting new drummer Sean Saley:

"Drummer Sean Saley has joined Pentagram. Influenced by the likes of Bill Ward, Ian Paice, and Les Binks, drummer Sean Saley grew up on hard rock and heavy metal before taking a turn as drummer for DC underground punk legends Government Issue in the 80s.

"Anyone familiar with the Maryland metal scene may also remember Sean from 90s-era technical/doom/thrash wizards Angstrom, which also featured blind guitarist Torey Ferguson. Sean had been a longtime Pentagram fan before joining the band in June 2012."

For more on Pentragram, you can check out our recent look at the band for our Sunday Old School column.

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Petition For Doom "Big Four" Tour Circulating

Smokin’ Johnny (apparently the same guy who’s responsible for the Danzig rumours) has created an online petition by asking its fans to help make a “Big 4 of Doom Metal” tour featuring Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass happen. On why “The Big 4 of Doom Metal” tour should happen, the creator explains:

Since a Big 4 of thrash metal exists, how about a Big 4 of doom metal? Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass all helped shape that genre and a Big 4 lineup featuring all of those bands would be one hell of a tour. They all excelled and made doom metal popular. Unlike the other three bands, Candlemass is from Sweden, but their music has become an important American phenomenon in over the last few decades, and yes, this is one reason why they’re in the lineup.

Over a two year period, from 1984 to 1986, all four of the Big 4 bands released defining debut albums; Saint Vitus released their eponymous album, Trouble released "Psalm 9," Pentagram released "Relentless" and Candlemass released "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus." Not only did all of those albums give the scene a united front and further the awareness of doom metal as a genre, but they would influence and inspire many well-known later musicians.

Another thing in common about Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass is that they all cite Black Sabbath as an influence. Candlemass recorded a track called “Black Sabbath Medley” on their 1988 album “Ancient Dreams," which is composed of both parts and lyrics to many of their songs, while Saint Vitus named themselves after a song from Black Sabbath’s 1972 album Vol. 4 called “St. Vitus’ Dance”. Seeing Saint Vitus, Trouble, Pentagram and Candlemass tour together would be such an honor. We, as fans, would love to thank all of them for their hard work and all the classics they’ve been putting out since the 1980's.

If you think the tour should happen, go here to sign the petition. “The Big 4 of Doom Metal” also has a Facebook page, go here to 'like' it.

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MDF 2012 Full Lineup And Set Times Announced

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. Tickets are still on sale for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Thursday is sold out.

The final lineup is confirmed and the running order and set times have been announced as follows:

Thursday, May 24th - Entrance opens at 4:00 pm

Main room
Extermination Angel - 4:45 - 5:10
Die Pigeon Die - 5:25 - 5:50
Needful Things - 6:05 - 6:40
Rorschach - 6:55 - 7:40
Dying Fetus - 7:55 - 8:40
Absu - 8:55 - 9:40
Eyehategod - 9:55 - 10:45
Agalloch - 11:00 - 12:00
Autopsy - 12:15 - end

Friday, May 25th - Entrance opens at 3:00 pm More...

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Pentagram Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Doom pioneers Pentagram will be hitting the shores of Great Britain for their first ever UK tour during October/November 2012 and will be bringing retro rockers Gentlemans Pistols along for the ride. Pentagram will be touring Europe in August through October, which will include an appearance at the Hammer Of Doom festival. Check out the four dates confirmed below.


Oct 31st @ The Fleece, Bristol
Nov 1st @ The Garage, London
Nov 2nd @ Academy 3 Manchester *
Nov 4th @ Ivory Blacks, Glasgow

* The Manchester date was switched from the 3rd to the 2nd to avoid clashing with the Damnation Fest.


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