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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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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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Planet Caravan Line-up Solidified

The Planet Caravan line-up has been solidified and tickets are on sale now.

FRIDAY - Buy Tickets Here
SATURDAY - Buy Tickets Here

Here's the line-up:

Friday, September 18
Clutch
Kylesa
Burst
Wino
Lionize
Tombs
Bison b.c.
Zoroaster
Sourvein
Pick Up The Snake

Saturday, September 19
Pentagram
Orange Goblin
YOB
Astra
Taddy Porter
The Gates of Slumber
Orchid
Hull
Salome
Batillus

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The Dead Weather Covers Pentagram

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...

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Lock Up To Play Last Ever Show?

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...

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Planet Caravan Festival Details Revealed

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
exciting territories.”

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First Bands Announced For Maryland Deathfest 2010

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:

ENTOMBED
OBITUARY
PENTAGRAM
EYEHATEGOD
SINISTER
INCANTATION
PORTAL
HAEMORRHAGE
IMPALED
GRIDLINK
INGROWING
GRIDE
MASSGRAVE
16
BIRDS OF PREY
FUCK THE FACTS
TOMBS
HOWL

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Hammers Of Misfortune Announces East Coast Tour

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...

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Pentagram And Trouble To Tour Europe

Two of the biggest names in doom metal, Pentagram and Trouble, will be teaming up for a co-headlining tour in Europe later this year.

The tour dates are as follows:

September 30 - Knaack Club - Berlin, Germany
October 1 - The Rock - Copenhagen, Denmark
October 2 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
October 3 - Turock - Essen, Germany
October 4 - Glazart - Paris, France
October 5 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
October 7 - Diesel Club - Budapest, Hungary
October 8 - Masters Of Rock - Zlin, Czech Republic
October 9 - Rosenkeller w - Jena, Germany
October 10 - tbc - Bielefeld, Germany
October 11 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
October 12 - Club O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands
October 13 - Kultuzentrum - Hanover, Germany
October 14 - Underworld - London, England
October 17 - Hammer Of Doom Fest - Wurzburg, Germany

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Nachtmystium Announces Tour Dates With Pentagram

US metal band, NACHTMYSTIUM, has issued the following update regarding their upcoming tour with Pentagram:

"It is with much honor to announce our upcoming mini-tour with US rock/doom legends PENTAGRAM! The tour kicks off right here in our neighborhood in Chicago and will take us to the West Coast and then down to Texas for six exclusive performances with this very influential band that's been around for nearly four decades in one form or another!" More...

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Nachtmystium Guitarist Involved In Drive-By

Nachtmystium has revealed that their guitarist Jeff Wilson was almost killed last friday when a drive-by shooting took place in his neighbourhood. You can read the blog below:

"Last Friday (April 17th, 2009) at about 5:30 - 6:00 PM, Jeff Wilson left his apartment building here in Chicago (that Blake also has an apartment in) to head two blocks away to our neighborhood grocery store. On his way out, walking back down the small side street right near our building….an SUV comes flying around the corner of a small side street just south of where he was walking, two men hung out of the window and opened fire in Jeff’s general direction (and many other people, including children…) towards someone located behind where Jeff was walking.

"Fortunately, Jeff’s amazing ninja-style, bullet-dodging skills kicked in, instinctively, and he some how managed to escape what became a crossfire of bullets and made it home safely with his smokes and a 2 liter of Diet Coke. Although the Diet Coke was tempting to Jeff, as he was out of breath and parched with thirst after running his ass off from the onslaught of violence, Jeff opted for a can (or twelve) of High Life that he found in the fridge….and then enjoyed one of his cigarettes, which he fought for his life to have.

"This, dear fans, is just one more example - smoking kills!!" More...

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Loads More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Plenty more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest. Among the new names confirmed are Deicide, Gojira, Pentagram, Amebix and Soilent Green. A press release from the festivals organizers reads as follows:

"Hello everyone!

As promised, here is the list to be added to that of December 2008!

Nobody will be surprised to see names to satisfy all those who are fans of Hellfest and it will be Christmas all over again!

"Who can already boast having seen the fathers of American Doom PENTAGRAM, the American Black Sabbath founded by Bobby Liebling who, unfortunately, didn't have as much fame but, nevertheless remains THE reference for all fans of these slow and wicked musics! The first and only date in Europe will be at Hellfest! the real godfather of US Doom!

"Not to forget without whom such artists as Neurosis, Napalm Death, Sepultura and many others, would never have found their different sounds! The inventor of Crust, AMEBIX is back in Europe for one date only, connaisseurs will be happy and all others will listen attentively as extreme music wouldn't be the same without them! More...

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The Devils Blood and Pentagram Announce Show Dates

Satanic rock and roll act The Devil's Blood will be performing shows in the U.S. alongside Pentagram. The band issued the following statement on their MySpace page:

"As 2008 draws to a dark and cold closing and the fires of midwinter are all but spent, The Devil's Blood are extremely proud and grateful to be able to announce their plans to perform with Pentagram in 2009.

3/6/09 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/7/09 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

On both these dates The Devil's Blood will be the support to the mighty PENTAGRAM and will perform a specially suited Ritual in honour of these undisputed kings of the underground.

Marking the bands first visit to the United States we could not wish for a better or more fitting chance to spread the evil that is the Devil's blood in the New World. So you be forwarned, 'cause we're comin' after you!
-SL/TDB/A-O"

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Season of Mist To Reissue Classic Pentagram Albums

On next November 17th (January 27th in the US), Season of Mist will reissue two classic albums by cult doom band PENTAGRAM: 1999's "Review Your Choices" and 2001's "Sub Basement." Many have named the band the true heir of the British originators of heavy and doom metal, honourably dubbing them 'the American Black Sabbath'.

PENTAGRAM's fourth studio album "Review Your Choices" marked the band's sixth comeback after several changes of line-up and label. These acclaimed protagonists of doom metal proved once more indestructible by drug addiction, break ups, bad deals, jail terms, chronic illness, satanic blood sacrifices and various acts of self destruction. Mainman and singer Bobby Liebling has kept his band alive for nearly 40 years now and might easily be awarded the title of "longest serving cult band" - highly acclaimed by fans, press and fellow musicians alike. "Review Your Choices" marked the return of multi-instrumentalist Joe Hasselvander to join Bobby Liebling in his eternal quest of creating the heaviest sound possible. The album features a mix of re-recorded lost Liebling tracks from the 70's and stellar numbers penned by Hasselvander, which gave "Review Your Choices" an extra heavy feeling.

"Sub-Basement" was the second output of this line-up and is regarded as the most rock n' roll effort of the doomsters ever. On top of PENTAGRAM's perfect doom sound an irresistible groove and capturing catchiness was added, which made the album an all time favourite for many fans.

Both albums will be reissued with bonus tracks, new artwork and liner notes.

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Criminal Signs to Massacre Records

Anglo-Chilean thrash masters CRIMINAL has announced their signing of a new recording deal with Germany's Massacre Records. The band will enter the studio in September to record its sixth studio album for an early 2009 release. The follow-up to 2005's “Sicario” will be released in a limited edition package including a bonus DVD.

Vocalist/guitarist Anton Reisenegger states: “It's great to be on a label like Massacre, that has carved its niche in today's overcrowded market through hard work and dedication. We are looking forward to a long and productive collaboration."

“I have nothing but good things to say about the staff at Metal Blade Europe,” the frontman comments on the band's former label, “but the company's priorities were clearly somewhere else, so it made no sense for us to continue working together. I honestly wish them all the
best for the future.”

Formed in the early 90s in Santiago de Chile by ex-Pentagram mastermind Reisenegger and guitar virtuoso Rodrigo Contreras, CRIMINAL were combining elements of thrash, hardcore and death metal long before the term “metalcore” was even thought of. The band enjoyed a meteoric rise to the forefront of the South American metal scene, including five-digit album sales, shows with the likes of Kreator, Sepultura and Slayer and a nomination for Best Rock Video at the MTV Latino Video Music Awards, but was faced with severe personal and business problems around the turn of the decade. Reisenegger and Contreras then decided to relocate to the UK, regrouping in a half-Chilean, half-British line-up. Since then, the band has played on major European festivals such as Wacken and Summer Breeze, as well as
support shows with bands such as Chimaira, Six Feet Under, Brujeria and Lamb of God.

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Tiamat Confirmed For Zeytinli Rock Fest 2008

TIAMAT has been confirmed for the Zeytinli Rock Fest 2008, set to take place August 14-17 in Balikesir, Turkey.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

KURBAN
YÜKSEK SADAKAT
BADEM
BUZ
DINAR BANDOSU
FALSE IN TRUTH
GÖKÇE
HAYKO CEPKIN
IHTIYAÇ MOLASI
MAKINE
MARSIS
MOGOLLAR
NEV
OGUN SANLISOY
PENTAGRAM
ZARDANADAM
TIBET AGIRTAN ile ROCK'N ROLL
EHL-I KEYF

For more information, visit the festival's site here.

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