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Formed: 1970
From: Chicago, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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 Power Of The Riff Lineup Announced

The mammoth five-date The Power of the Riff will invade the West Coast this week, kicking off with the main festival in Los Angeles this Saturday. Those in charge of the event want people there early to check out the new bands that are playing first, so the first 50 people through the doors at both the L.A. show this Saturday as well as the Seattle show on 8/18 will receive a $50 Converse Gift Card. Full show orders and set times for all five shows are posted below.

8/13/2011 Echo/Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

Upstairs (The Echo)
Doors @ 12:00
PLAGUES 12:30 – 1:00
HARASSOR 1:15- 1:45
AEGES 2:00-2:30
SLAVE 2:45-3:15
SEVEN SISTERS OF SLEEP 3:30-4:00
BAPTISTS 4:15- 4:45
SKIN LIKE IRON 5:00-5:30
MASAKARI 5:45- 6:15
ALPINIST 6:30-7:15
BLACK BREATH 7:30-8:15

Downstairs (Echoplex)
Doors – 2:30
EARLY GRAVES 3:00-3:30
ACEPHALIX 3:45-4:15
BLACK COBRA 4:30-5:00
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 5:15- 6:00
TRAP THEM 6:15- 7:00
PELICAN 7:15-8:00
WINTER 8:15-9:15
EYEHATEGOD 9:30-10:30
PENTAGRAM 10:45-11:45

8/15/2011 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

Doors – 7:00 pm
ACEPHALIX 7:45-8:15
ALL PIGS MUST DIE 8:30-9:00
BLACK BREATH 9:15-9:45
TRAP THEM 10:00-10:30
NOOTHGRUSH 10:45-11:45
WINTER 12:00 -1:00 More...

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Pentagram Posts Footage From Upcoming Live DVD

Pentagram has posted footage of the band performing "Petrified" online, which is taken from the upcoming live DVD "When the Screams Come." You can check out the clip below. "When The Screams Come" has been set for an August 30th, 2011 release date through Metal Blade Records.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Day Of Reckoning
2. Forever My Queen
3. Ask No More
4. Run My Course
5. You’re Lost, I’m Free
6. Review Your Choices
7. Petrified
8. Relentless
9. All Your Sins
10. 20 Buck Spin
11. Sign Of The Wolf
12. When The Screams Come

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Southern Lord Offers Free Compilation

Southern Lord Records is offering a free compilation download to promote its "Power of the Riff 2011" tour, which starts on August 13. The 20-track mix tape is a tool to promote the bands on the upcoming East Coast tour.

Some of these artists include All Pigs Must Die, Baptists, Eyehategod, Pentagram, Black Cobra, Pelican, Noothgrush, Winter, Trap Them, etc. The download also comes with flyers from the upcoming tour.

To download a copy, click this link

The Power of the Riff 2011 Mix Tape contains the following tracks:

1. All Pigs Must Die "Pulverization"
2. Baptists "Good Parenting"
3. Eyehategod "Jack Ass in the Will of God"
4. Masakari "Trapped In The Mold"
5. Alpinist "Hak Nam"
6. Skin Like Iron "Consequences"
7. Early Graves "Wraiths"
8. Seven Sisters of Sleep "Sundown"
9. Pentagram "Call The Man"
10. Black Breath "Children Of The Horn"
11. Plagues "Breathing"
12. Harassor "Glory Raped"
13. Acephalix "Interminable Night"
14. Black Cobra "Negative Reversal"
15. Aeges "Roaches"
16. Slave "Rise Of Shame"
17. Trap Them "Carnage Incarnate"
18. Noothgrush "Oil Removed"
19. Pelican "Strung Up From The Sky"
20. Winter "Eternal Frost" More...

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Pentagram Reveals Live DVD Details

Heavy metal veterans Pentagram have announced that they will be releasing a new live concert DVD. The all-new set, titled "When The Screams Come," has been set for an August 30, 2011 release date through Metal Blade Records. The DVD was filmed during the band's May 30th appearance at the annual "Maryland Deathfest." You can check out the track listing for the DVD below.

1. Day Of Reckoning
2. Forever My Queen
3. Ask No More
4. Run My Course
5. You’re Lost, I’m Free
6. Review Your Choices
7. Petrified
8. Relentless
9. All Your Sins
10. 20 Buck Spin
11. Sign Of The Wolf
12. When The Screams Come

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Pentagram Announces U.S. Shows

Pentagram will be honoring the band's 40th anniversary by showcasing new songs live, alongside Valient Thorr and Jeff the Brotherhood. This will be the band's first official U.S. headlining tour in support of "Last Rites," and the currently announced details are as follows:

Presented by Stereogum.com's Haunting the Chapel
Pentagram tour w/ Valient Thorr and JEFF the Brotherhood
08/13 Echo Park, CA The Echo / Power of the Riff – no Valient Thorr or JEFF the Brotherhood
08/18 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club
08/19 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
08/20 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
08/21 New York, NY Les Poisson Rouge
08/26 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Small's
08/27 Baltimore, MD Sonar

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Documentary Footage From Roadburn Available

Last year, Amsterdam-based filmmaker Mark Bakker from Super 208 Productions and his filmmaker partner Ebabeleba roamed the 013 and Midi Theatre halls, foyers, corridors, backstage, areas and everywhere in between to record the sights and sounds of Roadburn 2010. The video clips for days 1 and 2 can be viewed below. Details on the upcoming 2011 Roadburn, which will include Pentagram, Today is the Day, Winterfylleth, and many more, can be found here.

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Sunday Old School: Pentagram

It’s amazing that some bands can have such a massive influence on a genre yet still remain unheard of by many music lovers. In this case, we’re talking about Virginia’s, Pentagram, who had an effect on the doom metal genre almost as great as Black Sabbath’s. The band was formed in 1971 by singer Bobby Liebling and drummer Geof O’Keefe, who were looking to form a band in the vein of some of the then recent underground sensations like Black Sabbath, UFO and Sir Lord Baltimore. The two found themselves going through a number of musicians all year until their bassist at the time, Vincent McAllister, switched to guitars and they recruited a new bassist in Greg Mayne and this lineup, known to fans as their "classic" lineup began rehearsing together on Christmas Day 1971. The group continued to write and perform material, but found their attempts at gaining major label interest were thwarted each time and the band eventually broke up with only a few demo recordings to their name, on New Year’s Eve 1975, two weeks after Bobby Liebling and his girlfriend were arrested.

In 1980, Liebling became the singer for a band named Death Row, which featured drummer Joe Hasselvander, who would later joing British heavy metal trio Raven, amongst others. After a while of performing together and including old Pentagram numbers in their set, the group decided to adopt the Pentagram name and much like the original incarnation of the band, found themselves struggling for years for a record deal. However, this time, their patience was rewarded when they decided to self-release an album in 1985 and begin to earn recognition from a wider section of heavy metal fans. Although the album was self-titled, it would eventually become known as "Relentless," after it was re-released through Peaceville Records in 1993 and is more commonly known by this mantle today. Their second album, "Day Of Reckoning" would follow in 1987, being released through Napalm Records this time. However, tensions rose once again and Pentagram called it a day soon afterwards. A quick reunion followed in 1993, just in time for the band to release their third album, "Be Forewarned" before they split up again.

Once more however, Pentagram would return, this time as a duo comprised of Liebling and Hasselvander and the two released two more albums, "Review Your Choices" in 1999 and "Sub-Basement" in 2001, before Hasselvander left. Rather than letting the band rest once more however, Liebling recruited a brand new lineup and they released, "Show ‘em How" in 2004, which featured only three original tracks, the rest of the record comprising of re-recorded older material. After the album’s release, the band went very quiet and was assumed to have broken up once again, before Liebling confirmed in 2008 that Pentagram were set to return with another new lineup. This time, the reunion shows went down very well with fans and the band found themselves being booked for more shows. After contacting many labels, the group finally found a new home when they signed to Metal Blade Records, through which they will release their new album, "Last Rites," their first in seven years, on April 12th. More...

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Pentagram Streaming New Single "8"

Pentagram is gearing up to release the band's new album "Last Rites" via Metal Blade Records on April 8/11. Fans can hear the latest single "8" now at Stereogum.com by heading over to this location. "Last Rite"s will be released as a Digipak CD and Gatefold-LP in different colours.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Treat Me Right
2. Call the Man
3. Into the Ground
4. 8
5. Everything's Turning to Night
6. Windmills and Chimes
7. American Dream
8. Walk in Blue Light
9. Horseman
10. Death in 1st Person
11. Nothing Left

The song "Treat Me Right" can also be heard by clicking here.

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New Pentagram Single Posted Online For Streaming

The new single from heavy metal veterans Pentagram has been posted online. The new single, titled "Treat Me Right," is available for streaming below and is taken from the band's forthcoming full-length and Metal Blade Records debut "Last Rites." The album is set to be released on April 12th, 2011 through Metal Blade Records.

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Band Lineup Announced For SXSW Showcases

The lineups have been announced for the upcoming SXSW music showcases that will be occurring between March 16th - March 19th. Details are as follows:

Wednesday, March 16th

Brooklyn Vegan Day Party
Venue: Emo's
12:20 The Roller
1:10 Deafheaven
1:55 The Secret
2:40 Ken Mode
3:30 Dax Riggs
4:20 Trash Talk
5:10 Kylesa

Thursday, March 17th

Thrasher/Impose Day Party
Venue: Scoot Inn [Outside Stage]
5:00pm - Trash Talk
4:00pm - Weedeater
3:00pm - Zoroaster
2:00pm - Liturgy
1:00pm - The Body

Full Metal Texas / BrooklynVegan Stage
Venue: Emo's [Inside Stage]
5:00pm - YOB
4:05pm - Trap Them
3:10pm - Hull
2:20pm - Kverlertak
1:35pm - Rwake
12:50pm - All Pigs Must Die
12:05pm - Goes Cube More...

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Pentagram Streaming New Song "Call The Man"

Pentagram has just released the first single "Call the Man" off the band's new album "Last Rites." The exclusive premier of the single, being hosted by Decibel Magazine, is available for streaming at this location.

"Last Rites," which is due out on April 12th via Metal Blade Records, contains 11 new songs and the track listing is as follows:

1. Treat Me Right
2. Call the Man
3. Into the Ground
4. 8
5. Everything's Turning to Night
6. Windmills and Chimes
7. American Dream
8. Walk in Blue Light
9. Horseman
10. Death in 1st Person
11. Nothing Left

The cover artwork for "Last Rites" can also be viewed at this location.

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Pentagram Reveals New Album Artwork

American doom metal legends Pentagram have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Last Rites." You can check it out below. The record will be released on April 12th through Metal Blade Records. The band has also revealed the track listing for the record, which is as follows:

Treat Me Right
Call The Man
Into The Ground
8
Everything's Turning To Night
Windmills And Chimes
American Dream
Walk In Blue Light
Horseman
Death In 1st Person
Nothing Left More...

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Thornafire Announces New Shows

On Sunday, February 13th, Chilean death metallers Thornafire will share the stage with Pestilence, Vulcano, and nearly 40 others as part of the Macabre Fest II in Concón on the coast of Chile. In preparation for the festival, Thornafire will join Pentagram for a pair of shows in Santiago and the port city of Valparaiso. The details are as follows:

1/21 Rock & Guitarras, Pentagram summer tour, SANTIAGO
1/22, El Huevo, Pentagram summer tour, VALPARAISO
2/13 Chile Macabre Fest II, Con-Con VIÑA DEL MAR

Regarding the follow up to 2009's "Vorex Deconstrucción," Thornafire guitarist Victor Mac-Namara states, "Currently we are writing music a little different than what we have done in the past. It's a variation, but still true to our underground Death Metal underground roots. I'm drawing concepts for the album artwork. We hope to have this released by 2012."

Thornafire also recently posted a new music video online for the song "Deconstruccion," which can be viewed here.

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More Bands Announced For Inferno Fest

Norway's Dodheimsgard and California's Exhumed are the latest acts to be confirmed for the upcoming 2011 edition of the Inferno Festival. The Norwegian Inferno festival is set to take place from April 20th - 23rd, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:

Dodheimsgard
Exhumed
Immortal
Aura Noir
Pentagram
Soilent Green
Malevolent Creation
Alcest
Atheist
Okkultokrati

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Pentagram Comments On Metal Blade Signing

Pentagram founding members Bobby Liebling and Victor Griffin have commented on its recent signing with Metal Blade Records.

Bobby Liebling said:

"I reflect on how Pentagram is coming into its 40th year and how it finally feels like we are entering into the major leagues. With Metal Blade now at our side, it feels like we made the World Series! I'll quote John Lennon from 'A Hard Day's Night' and ask the loyal rivetheads out there, 'Did we pass the audition?'"

Victor Griffin commented by saying:

"Neither Bobby nor myself ever imagined we'd play together again. It's an honor to be reunited and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pentagram, and the 30th anniversary of our musical relationship with a new album on Metal Blade Records! As always, we did it our way…thanks for making us survivors!"

Pentagram will release its new album, "Last Rites," in the spring of 2011.

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Hull To Play Brooklyn Show With Pentagram

Brooklyn, New York based act Hull has announced an upcoming live show this January opening for Pentagram. The performance will take place at Brooklyn's Club Europa on January 6th, 2011. Additional support will come from Judas Priestess and Bezoar. Hull commented:

"This year being the first of the future, twenty-ten, it marks the starting point of a whole new century of sonic learning that we can't even begin to imagine. Twenty-eleven has been foretold to perhaps even melt the faces of those who aren't listening to the learning. The first of these twelve or seventy-three different events to mark the future will fall upon the sixth day of twenty-eleven at eight of the clock, when the bare moon is halved and then thrice cloven, thus appearing to be full.

"For those who would stand proud and open their ears to this gift, it is said it may be witnessed on the continent of Europa during the season of the Pentagram, when the Judas Priestess battles the mighty Bezoar they pilot an oaken Hull through Hell... Citizens! Come! Look into the bright light of the future and hear the words of the universe! More...

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Pentagram Discusses New Album

MetalSucks.net recently spoke with Pentagram front man Bobby Liebling, who shared some news about the band's forthcoming album. Excerpts from the interview follow.

MS: You’re off to record the Last Rites album soon, I believe?

Bobby: I leave Wednesday morning and we start recording the album this coming Sunday night [November 21].

MS: I’m sure you’re pretty excited about it. Can you tell me a bit about the new record?

Bobby: Actually, the songs on Last Ritesare predominantly, I’d say two-thirds [of them are] songs I wrote in 1970, and if you’re familiar with any Pentagram stuff at all… you know each album is usually a sixty-forty split. Sixty percent is stuff that I did in the early ‘70s, and forty percent is collaborations and new stuff. The upcoming album is slated to have thirteen songs, but we don’t know if we’re going to be able to record all of them. We’re going to try to get it all in. It’s going to be a shorter album, but it’ll be part of a double-disc set with an hour-long live DVD from last year’s Maryland Deathfest.

MS: Is there a definite release date for it?

Bobby: No, not a definite date, but it’s scheduled to be released in early April. I was told by my superiors [laughs], as it were, that I shouldn’t talk about the record label, but I will say that we’ve got a multi-album deal and it’s with a significant, well, let’s say the largest label I’ve ever been on.
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Pentagram Signs With Metal Blade Records

Doom metal veterans Pentagram have announced its signing with Metal Blade Records. Pentagram will record its new album, "Last Rites", between November 29 and December 21 for release through Metal Blade Records. The effort will be a double-disc set consisting of the new studio album and a DVD of the band's performance at this year's Maryland Deathfest, which was held on May 28-30, 2010 at Sonar in Baltimore.

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Malevolent Creation Confirms Festival Appearance

Florida death metal icons Malevolent Creation have been confirmed for next year's edition of the Inferno festival, set to take place April 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 2011 at the Rockefeller and John Dee venues in Oslo, Norway.

Confirmed Line-Up:
ALCEST
AURA NOIR
IMMORTAL
MALEVOLENT CREATION
PENTAGRAM
SOILENT GREEN

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Pentagram Spreads Evil Over New Orleans

People turned out in droves to see the show with so many amazing bands on the bill. If they couldn’t afford to get in, they would hang outside and listen because it was just too good to miss completely. The slow, swampy, southern metal was complimented so well by the high humidity and heat of the night. Beer flowed (everywhere) and ears became numb as each of four bands took turns breaking amps. More...

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