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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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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
Everything's Turning To Night
Windmills And Chimes
American Dream
Walk In Blue Light
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:

Aura Noir
Soilent Green
Malevolent Creation

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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:

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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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Metalhit Offers Free Digital Music at MD Deathfest

Metalhit.com has organized a FREE Digital Music Compilation to be distributed at the Maryland Deathfest (May 28th-30th). The compilation will come in the form of a card, each with a unique code that will allow recipients to redeem their free compilation at the Metalhit.com website.

The card will be distributed at the Sevared Records, Paragon Records and Deathgasm Records vendor booths at the event. Stop by, pick one up, and check out the goods at these tables! Get them before they're gone (only 1,000 will be distributed).

The free compilation includes 16 songs featuring: WATAIN and PENTAGRAM, both of whom are performing at the event, as well as other stellar bands like REVOCATION, THE CRINN, WORMROT, GRAVES OF VALOR, HAIL OF BULLETS, NOMINON, CARDIAC ARREST, SECTIONED, DIABOLIC, COLONIZE THE ROTTING, ALDAARON, SACRILEGIOUS IMPALEMENT, VULVECTOMY, and ORTHRUS.

Metalhit.com will have download cards available at other worldwide metal events this year, such as the Michigan Deathfest and the Devilstone Festival in Lithuania.

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Nachtmystium Reveals New Album Details

Chicago metal band NACHTMYSTIUM has announced that their new full-length offering, "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II," will be released on June 8th. The album was recorded once again with Sanford Parker (Minsk) at Volume Studios. They have enlisted the talents of Wrest (Leviathan, Lurker of Chalice, Twilight) to record all drum tracks as well as Will Lindsay (Wolves in the Throne Room, Middian) on bass for this new album.

The tracklisting for "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II" is as follows:

01. Cry For Help
02. High on Hate
03. Nightfall
04. No Funeral
05. Then Fires
06. Addicts
07. The End Is Eternal
08. Blood Trance Fusion
09. Ruined Life Continuum
10. Every Last Drop More...

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The Gates Of Slumber Bassist To Miss Tour Dates

The Gates of Slumber has issued the following update about bassist Jason McCash missing two dates of their upcoming tour:

"A quick note in regards to the upcoming tour with Pentagram, TGoS Bassist, Jason McCash, will be missing the first two dates of the tour due to his mother passing on Tuesday Morning. For both Springfield VA and Philadelphia PA shows, Jared Southwick (The Dream is Dead) will be filling in on Bass. Jason will join the tour on Jan 17th for the NYC show and will finish out the rest of the tour from that point on. Thanks to everyone for understanding the situation."

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Church of Misery, Pentagram Reissues Planned

Emetic Records will be giving a USA release to Church Of Misery's "Early Works" double CD. January 25, 2010 is set as the release date for the CD version of "Early Works." The 3xLP version will be available sometime in Febuary. This release was only available as a Japanese import and has been out of print there for a couple of years.

Late January will also see the release of two Pentagram LPs from the same label, "Review Your Choices" and "Sub Basment." Both will be limited to 500.

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The Gates Of Slumber To Tour w/ Pentagram in 2010

Two of doom metal's most acclaimed acts will team up for a two week U.S. tour this winter as the legendary PENTAGRAM joins forces with THE GATES OF SLUMBER. The 11 city tour will launch on January 15, 2010 in Springfield, VA.

Pre-sales for the PENTAGRAM / THE GATES OF SLUMBER 2010 U.S. tour went on sale Friday, November 13.

Here are the latest THE GATES OF SLUMBER tour dates with Pentagram:

01/15 Springfield, VA Jaxx tickets
01/16 Philadelphia, PA Polaris tickets
01/17 New York, NY BB King Blues Club tickets
01/18 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory tickets
01/21 New Orleans, LA The Howlin's Wolf tickets
01/23 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade tickets
01/26 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews tickets
01/27 Madison, WI High Noon tickets
01/28 Cleveland, OH Peabody's tickets
01/29 Detroit, MI Blondie's tickets
01/30 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle tickets

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The Hounds of Hasselvander Readies New Mini Album

Doom veteran Joe Hasselvander (DEATH ROW/ RAVEN/ Ex-PENTAGRAM) recorded a brand new four-song mini album. Once again, just like on THE HOUNDS OF HASSELVANDER debut album, PENTAGRAM's "Review Your Choices" and "Sub Basement," etc., he recorded all instruments by himself.

The mini album will be released in November via Rock Saviour Records.

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