Band Photo: Pentagram (?)
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Latest Pentagram News
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.
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
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...
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:
"All Your Sins"
"Treat Me Right"
"When the Screams Come"
"Forever My Queen"
"20 Buck Spin" More...
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.
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:
ASCENSION (Germany) - Exclusive US appearance!
DEIPHAGO (Philippines/Costa Rica)
The full lineup for Maryland Deathfest XI, which takes place May 23-26, 2013 is as follows: More...
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.
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).
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.
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:
PAGAN ALTAR (UK) - Exclusive US show!
VINTERLAND (Sweden) - Exclusive US show!
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
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
CARCASS (UK) - Exclusive US show
CONVULSE (Finland) - Exclusive US show
GRIDE (Czech Republic)
INGROWING (Czech Republic)
PAGAN ALTAR (UK)
RIGHTEOUS PIGS - Exclusive US show
Headliners and more band announcements are expected soon. With Sonar closing, information regarding the new venue is expected to be revealed sometime in August.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
Pentagram has announced a string of upcoming European tour dates in June, along with an appearance at the Hammer of Doom festival later this year. The currently announced dates are as follows:
08/06/12 - SE - Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
10/06/12 - GR - Athens - AN Club
12/06/12 - DE - Köln - Gebäude 9
14/06/12 - ES - Azkena - Azkena Open Air
15/06/12 - IT - Cesena - Go Down Festival Big Barre
17/06/12 - FR - Clisson - Hellfest
10/11/12 - DE - Würzburg - Hammer Of Doom Festival More...
To the diehard music fan, there is hardly an act more inconceivable than parting with The Collection. Most metal heads, those of us who still buy CDs, records, and even tapes, anyway, will pawn everything of value when times get tough, move back in with our parents, beg, borrow, steal, and take just about any form of mind numbing and depraved work imaginable to keep The Collection in our grubby, greasy little hands. Sadly, even this isn’t always enough, and in these economically turbulent and uncertain times, the hour inevitably comes when hard decisions must be made, and priorities must be put in order. More...
The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Exciter to play the floating festival:
"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival has reached the Canadian East Coast. Before turning the ship around, they dropped off a scouting party to explore this vast country. Given secret orders, they headed West to the nation's capital of Ottawa where they received a raving welcome. Are you all getting a little EXCITER yet?
"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.
"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!"
The following 31 out of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE
The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:
"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!
"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."
30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE