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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.
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.
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:
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.
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...
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.More...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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
04. No Funeral
05. Then Fires
07. The End Is Eternal
08. Blood Trance Fusion
09. Ruined Life Continuum
10. Every Last Drop More...
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."
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.
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
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.
The Planet Caravan line-up has been solidified and tickets are on sale now.
Here's the line-up:
Friday, September 18
Pick Up The Snake
Saturday, September 19
The Gates of Slumber
Performing together as THE DEAD WEATHER, drummer/vocalist Jack White (THE WHITE STRIPES, THE RACONTEURS), vocalist Alison Mosshart (THE KILLS), guitarist Dean Fertita (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE) and bassist Jack Lawrence (THE RACONTEURS, THE GREENHORNES) recently covered PENTAGRAM's "Forever my Queen" on June 22nd for the "Live from the Basement" TV show. You can see the performance below.
An American alternative rock supergroup that formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009, THE DEAD WEATHER has also recorded the PENTAGRAM song for an EP release.
The original version and a previously unreleased alternate take of "Forever my Queen" can be heard on PENTAGRAM's "Review Your Choices" album, reissued in November 2008 together with the band's other milestone "Sub-Basement" on Season of Mist. Both reissues have been remastered and include new artwork and two previously unreleased outtakes as bonus tracks. More...
Lock Up, the Grindcore supergroup which features At The Gates frontman Tomas Lindberg, guitarist Anton Resisenegger of Pentagram and Criminal, Napalm Death bass player Shane Embury and drummer Nick Barker, formerly of Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir, will be headlining the Terrorrizer stage at this year's edition of Britain's, Damnation Festival. And although this will be the bands first show in the United Kingdom for ten years, as well as the live debut of Resisenegger, who replaces the late guitarist Jesse Pintado (formerly of Napalm Death and Terrprizer,) bassist Shane Embury has stated that it will be the bands final performance.
"LOCK UP has not played the UK since the summer of 2000 when we did a small tour with Poland's Decapitated - in fact the band has only ever done around 15 shows since we formed ten years ago. More...
The Planet Caravan festival has been announced for September 18 and 19, 2009 at The Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina. The two-day festival features Clutch, Pentagram, Orange Goblin, Kylesa, Burst, YOB, Wino, Astra, Revolution Mother, Taddy Porter, Orchid, and Pick up the Snake.
Tickets went on sale this weekend and are $79.50, plus applicable service fees. They are on sale via The Orange Peel box office, by phone at 866-468-7630 and online at www.planetcaravanfestival.com.
“Planet Caravan is an homage to the pioneers of heavy music," says event creator Charlie Jennings. "The event spotlights bands that carry on the traditional sounds of heavy rock and blues but also push it into new and
The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest has announced the first batch of bands for the next edition of the festival. More bands will be announced shortly, including the headliners.
The first bands to be announced are as follows:
BIRDS OF PREY
FUCK THE FACTS
HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE will be embarking on an East Coast North American tour with LUDICRA this summer. Already having conquered the West Coast, where both bands have formidable live experience, the two bands are finally going to tread new ground within the East Coast. For those in Canada, there is going to be only one Canadian date on this tour. Hammers Of Misfortune will also be playing with Pentagram and Nachtmystium for an exclusive gig on July 2nd in their hometown.
Here are the latest Hammers Of Misfortune tour dates (with possibly a few more to be added): More...