Victor Griffin is returning to Pentagram for live shows and a new studio album. After taking a break from the band to bring Victor Griffin's In-Graved around the world, the doom metal guitar master returns to his main fold. The realigned lineup featuring the Liebling/Griffin duo backed by Greg Turley on bass and Sean Saley on drums will embark on a long awaited tour of the West Coast area in February and March. When not touring the world, the band will be working hard on a new album for release in 2014.
After months of searching and reviewing hundreds of applicants from around the world, Pentagram has announced Matt Goldborough as their new guitarist. Matt Goldborough is a Philadelphia based musician and composer. He is most recently known as part of the Philadelphia rock band, The Great Unknown.
US doom 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 (Slovenia), Barroselas Metalfest XVI (Portugal), and more. The band's complete list of confirmed performances can be found below.
Legendary doom metallers Pentagram are auditioning new guitar players. Guitarist Victor Griffin is performing his farewell shows during the October/November European Relentless Tour. He has decided to focus on his solo career from this point on.
Washington, D.C.-area punk and metal bassist Vance Bockis has died at the age of 50. The musician, who played in such bands as The Obsessed, 9353 and Pentagram, in addition to fronting The Factory, passed away at his home in Fairfax County, Virginia, from complications following shoulder surgery.
Legendary cult doom act Pentagram are set to play a very special set for the first Power Of The Riff - East festival on September 1st in Brooklyn, New York. The band will perform its album Relentless (the album Pentagram re-released in 1993 with the same songs in another order) in its entirety for the first time since the early 1980's. Pentagram will also play other songs spanning the group's career, including tracks from their most recent album Last Rites. The influential doom outfit will also support Down in Philadelphia and Maryland.
American doom veterans Pentagram have a new band member in their ranks. They issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer: "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."
When The Screams Come, the brand-new upcoming DVD from legendary US doom rockers Pentagram will see its release on August 30th this year. A video from the DVD, where the band is playing the song "Relentless", can be seen in the YouTube-video below.
Clips from the DVD as well as music from the band's latest album, Last Rites, can be seen and heard at Metal Blade. Several pre-order bundles are available with Last Rites vinyl, an exclusive t-shirt and more. Fans can also purchase limited colored vinyl European imports of Last Rites, all exclusively on Metal Blade's Indiemerch webstore here.
US metallers Pentagram have just revealed the tracklisting and the artwork for their forthcoming album, entitled Last Rites, which will be released on April 12 via Metal Blade Records. The cover artwork for Last Rites was handled by Mo Moussa (MoMoussa.com) who is best known for his work with Marvel and DC Comics. Mo Moussa's other credentials include New Line Cinema, Nickelodeon as well as the four major TV networks. A Philly native and a huge fan of underground music, his work also graces the covers of several of his favorite local bands including Total Fucking Destruction.
Last Rites cover art] tracklist:
01. Treat Me Right
02. Call The Man
03. Into The Ground
05. Everything's Turning To Night
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary doom metal act Pentagram.
The band, now entering their 40th(!) year anniversary, will be releasing a full-length album titled Last Rites in the spring of 2011 featuring all new tracks with a DVD to follow in late 2011. The doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin has united once again to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pentagram! Spring 2011 will bear witness to the revered pair's first studio album together in 17 years. Only days out of the sessions, the band will unleash these newborn heavies live! Monstrous new riffs and more will be freed the nights of January 6th, at Europa in NYC and January 7th, at Club Hell in Providence, RI. Also playing live with the band will be Pentagram alumni and current full-time bass player Greg Turley with Tim Tomaselli (Place Of Skulls) filling in on drums.
There has been some slight schedule changes in the North American leg of Enthroned's Pentagramaton World Tour 2010. Due to delay in the acquisition of US Visa's for both Enthroned and Deströyer 666, some dates of the tour have been postponed. Here's an update on the situation:
"Enthroned and Deströyer 666 received their visas way too late from the US Embassy due to the slow going of some people involved within the booking process. Both bands received their Visas on Wednesday 4th when we were supposed to be already on the plane flying towards the US, the plane tickets had to be re-booked and unfortunately there was no single flight available from Belgium to the US with that company before Friday evening. Deströyer 666 had the chance to get their flights on Thursday from London direction Newark Airport.
After the successful release of the latest offering Pentagrammaton, Belgian black metallers Enthroned are now set to tour the world in what they have dubbed as "Pentagrammaton World Tour". Support on the North American chapter will come from Australian black thrashers Deströyer 666. Pentagrammaton, Enthroned's ninth studio offering, was released earlier this year via Regain Records. The following are the dates confirmed:
Aug 04 - Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
Aug 05 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug 06 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Aug 07 - Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
Aug 08 - Tampa, FL @ The Brass Mug
Aug 10 - Houston, TX @ Walter's On Washington
Aug 11 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
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 celebrated "True Heavy Metal" band The Gates Of Slumber. The 11 city tour will launch on January 15, 2010 in Springfield, VA.
The pairing of Pentagram and The Gates Of Slumber aligns 2 generations of doom metal majesty and will undoubtedly be a tremendous treat for both long time loyalists and wide-eyed newcomers alike. Formed in 1971, Pentagram has a long and storied history that continues to play out almost 40 years later. Let by wildly charismatic vocalist Bobby Liebling, the band has forged an indelible mark in the "Heavy Metal Rock and Roll" pantheon and continues to influence scores of modern day acts. The Gates Of Slumber has emerged as one of modern day metal's most critically acclaimed bands whose decidedly throwback sound both pays homage to and builds upon "Heavy Metal" in its truest form. The band has been hailed as "a breath of fresh air within the doom/true metal underground" and its latest studio album Hymns of Blood & Thunder (Rise Above) is in stores now.
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". Doom is made out of 666 tons heavy riffing, vocals filled with pain, regret and spite as well as leaden song-structures stretched taut to the point of ripping, and Pentagram embody all those virtues like no other contender. 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.
Vincent McAllister, the guitarist and a founding member of seminal metal band Pentagram, has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 51.
McAllister played guitar in the classic 70's Pentagram line-up that also included vocalist Bobby Liebling, bassist Greg Mayne and drummer Geof O'Keefe. His recorded works can be heard throughout the various Pentagram collections.
McAllister was highly respected as a guitarist and person amongst his peers. McAllister had spent the past few years working on material in his home studio and planning to return to playing again with former Pentagram members O'Keefe and Mayne.
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