Pentagram, Curious Volume: Next Days Here

Posted in Reviews on August 27th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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The odds have been overcome, the story has been told, and really all that’s left for Pentagram at this point is to keep the momentum going. Their return to Peaceville Records comes with Curious Volume, their second full-length after 2011’s Last Rites (review here) reunited one of the most pivotal pairings in American doom: vocalist Bobby Liebling and guitarist Victor Griffin, and one could easily argue that it finds PentagramLiebling, Griffin, bassist Greg Turley and drummer “Minnesota” Pete Campbell as the latest addition in place of Sean Saley, now in The Skull — with the highest public profile they’ve ever had. 40 tumultuous (to put it mildly) years later, Bobby Liebling is legitimately a rock star, headlining at festivals like Psycho California and touring to packed houses on both coasts and in between.

It’s worth noting that part of that notoriety is owed to the 2012 documentary, Last Days Here (review here), but the band having a back catalog of largely-underrated doom classics has helped them influence an entirely new generation of listeners and artists. It boasts few surprises, but the 43-minute/11-track Curious Volume works well within Pentagram‘s strengths and proves a solid outing that will keep them on the road as they continue to expand their fanbase. One wouldn’t go into it expecting or even wanting much by way of experimentalism, and accordingly, Pentagram deliver on the promise of blending classic doom and Liebling‘s charismatic persona — see “Misunderstood” — and do justice to the band’s decades-spanning underground legacy. Recorded by Mattias Nilsson with additional vocal tracking by Travis Wyrick, it draws together with professional clarity and poise the best of Pentagram as they are today.

In doing so, it bears a significant stamp of Victor Griffin‘s songwriting. Guessing when Pentagram material was written is a trap — they had more than a decade of material before their first album came out — but songs like, “Lay Down and Die,” “The Tempter Push,” “Dead Bury Dead,” “Curious Volume,” “Close the Casket,” “The Devil’s Playground” and the closing “Because I Made It” carry a distinct feel that one can trace back through Griffin‘s work in In~Graved and Place of Skulls to Death Row, so whether the parts are new or old, they’re his. Near as I can tell, the only cut on Curious Volume that previously appeared on a Pentagram release is “Earth Flight,” which showed up on 2003’s A Keg Full of Dynamite live outing (good luck finding it), recorded in 1978, but that’s hardly the only inclusion on Curious Volume with a classic feel.

pentagram (Photo by Stacy Lynne)

Following the opening rush of “Lay Down and Die” — which seems to directly acknowledge the notion of a live audience in its lyrics — second cut “The Tempter Push” nods directly at Deep Purple‘s “Strange Kind of Woman.” Its tense intro marked by Campbell‘s steady kick, “Earth Flight” has a classic-style shuffle, and the doomly “Sufferin'” and speedy good-timer “Misunderstood” follow suit. They could be brand new and “Dead Bury Dead” could’ve been written by Liebling or original drummer Geof O’Keefe for Stone Bunny circa 1970, but in terms of feel there’s a fair amount of variety between tracks in their approach — on “Walk Alone,” more rocking, on the title-cut, more morose, and so on — but Griffin‘s best-in-class tone and Liebling‘s vocals both tie the songs together, so that the entirety of Curious Volume remains cohesive across its span, speaking the crowd on “Lay Down and Die,” “Curious Volume” and “Because I Made It” — the opener, centerpiece and closer — but keeping listeners engaged throughout with its quality of craftsmanship and performance.

More perhaps than any other song on Curious Volume, the closer sums up the band’s position. “Because I Made It” finds Liebling and Griffin both on the other side of addiction struggles, each party very much in need of the other, and while I won’t downplay the role Turley‘s low-end plays in setting the heavy vibe of “The Devi’s Playground” or “Dead Bury Dead,” or the job Campbell does in stepping into the drummer role right before entering the studio, no question the focuses for most listening are the vocals and guitar. As much as anyone can in doom, they have made it. With Last Rites, the question going into it was whether or not Pentagram would be able to carry a full-length record across after seven years and a yet-again revamped lineup.

On that level, Curious Volume is an even more difficult record to make, because unlike its predecessor, the simple fact that it’s coming out doesn’t automatically stand it up as a triumph. It’s fortunate, then, that Pentagram have been able to sustain the momentum from their live shows and bring that energy and presence to the recording. The reflecting point of view of “Because I Made It” — in some ways, it and a couple of the other songs here seem to be retelling “Amazing Grace” — feels justified, especially given the context of Last Days Here, and the band make their victory through the classic doom that Pentagram helped to shape. No question that spectacle is a factor post-documentary, but there’s nothing one could reasonably expect of a Pentagram record 30 years after Relentless first surfaced that Curious Volume doesn’t deliver.

Pentagram, “Walk Alone”

Pentagram on Thee Facebooks

Pentagram’s website

Curious Volume at Peaceville Records

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Pentagram’s Curious Volume Release Date Bumped Up; Album out Friday

Posted in Whathaveyou on August 18th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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You might recall that when it was first announced, the release date for Pentagram‘s Curious Volume was set at Aug. 28 through Peaceville. Well, that’s a week late. In fact, the legendary doomers’ return to Peaceville Records is out this Friday, Aug. 21. My understanding is it’s not a matter of the album being pushed up, but it works out to be the same anyway — it’ll be out a week sooner than we thought. The timing means that instead of being on the West Coast for a quickie run around their slot at North West Hesh Fest in Portland (info here) when the album is released, it’ll already be out, but I doubt anyone hitting up that fest or any of the other shows will mind a chance to get to know the songs for a few days first.

So, one more time, the takeaway: Curious Volume‘s out Aug. 21, not Aug. 28. Pentagram have a slew of other tour dates recently announced, and you can find them below as hoisted off the PR wire:

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PENTAGRAM ANNOUNCES U.S. HEADLINING TOUR

New album ‘Curious Volume’ out August 21 on Peaceville; album trailer posted online

Legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band, Pentagram, has announced a U.S. headlining tour, set to kick off in Philadelphia, Pa. on September 30. Electric Citizen and Satan’s Satyrs will join Pentagram for the nine city trek.

Frontman Bobby Liebling commented: “Pentagram is extremely excited about our upcoming tours in the U.S. and Europe this fall. We all are itching to perform some of our songs off of our new album ‘Curious Volume’ for you. We feel that they fit well within the other heavy numbers from the bands near 45 year history. Of course, the set is packed with the classics you know and love and ones that you may not even expect. Bring your earplugs; we are going to blow off the roof with our curious volume!”

Pentagram recently reunited with Peaceville Records for its new studio album, Curious Volume, due out August 21.

Featuring 11 classic heavy metal compositions with catchy hooks from core band members Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and Bobby Liebling (Pete Campbell on the drums completes the band’s line-up), Curious Volume was recorded with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios located in Maryland and Virginia. Additional recording took place in Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Travis Wyrick, who also produced Pentagram’s previous album, Last Rites. The album’s cover artwork was provided courtesy of Richard Schouten.

Pentagram live…
8/27 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s
8/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
8/29 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst

Pentagram w/ Electric Citizen, Satan’s Satyrs…
9/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
10/01 – Providence, RI @ The Met
10/02 – Amityville, NY @ Revolution
10/03 – Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
10/06 – New York, NY @ Saint Vitus
10/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Smalls
10/09 – Chicago, IL @ The Abbey
10/10 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
10/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

Pentagram is…
Bobby Liebling – vocals
Victor Griffin – guitar
Greg Turley – bass
Pete Campbell – drums

http://www.PentagramOfficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pentagramusa

Pentagram, “Walk Alone”

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audiObelisk Transmission 050

Posted in Podcasts on August 3rd, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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We’re a little bit overdue for a new podcast and I know it. A hectic couple weeks, I suppose. But it’s here now and there’s plenty to dig into, so hopefully it’ll make up for some of the lost time. Not like the site’s lacking for audio — you might say there’s a 24-hour live-streaming radio station with a permanent home over there in the sidebar — but it’s still nice to feature some new tracks from what’s come across for review and other consideration.

A few marquee names this time around: Monster Magnet, Pentagram, Kadavar. And on the other end of the spectrum, a band like Seagrave, whose inclusion here is taken from their demo. In between those extremes, an outfit like Borracho continue to refine their heavy rock bona fides, Thera Roya delve deep into post-metallic abrasion, Black Tremor capture a dark Americana, and Weeed earn their third ‘e’ with massive stoner sprawl. And speaking of sprawl, you might notice the first hour ends at 52 minutes. Well, things get long early. Thera Roya, Iguana, Matuska and We Lost the Sea all top 10 minutes — the latter 20 — and that pushes the total runtime over two hours. I figured it’s the 50th one, so fair enough to stretch a bit. Hope you enjoy:

First Hour:
0:00:00 Kadavar, “Last Living Dinosaur” from Berlin
0:04:02 Pentagram, “Walk Alone” from Curious Volume
0:07:18 Monster Magnet, “Mastermind ‘69” from Cobras and Fire: The Mastermind Redux
0:13:34 Weeed, “Rainbow Amplifier Worship” from Our Guru Brings us to the Black Master Sabbath
0:22:08 Tuna de Tierra, “Ash” from EPisode 1 – Pilot
0:29:29 Seagrave, “Through the Lion’s Eye” from Dead Demo
0:32:45 Vinnum Sabbathi, “Hex I – The Mastery of Space” from Split with Fuzzonaut
0:39:52 Borracho, “Superego” from The Second Coming of Heavy Split with Geezer
0:47:27 Black Tremor, “Rise” from Impending
0:52:36 Thera Roya, “Unraveling” from Unraveling

Second Hour:
1:05:37 Iguana, “Cult of Helios” from Cult of Helios
1:21:09 Matushka, “Drezina” from II
1:40:55 We Lost the Sea, “Challenger Pt. I: Flight” from Departure Songs

Total running time: 2:04:22

 

Thank you for listening.

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SonicBlast Moledo 2015 Timetable Posted; Pentagram, My Sleeping Karma, Greenleaf and More to Play

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 29th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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How far off can we, as a species, be from a stoner rock cruise? I don’t know. Heavy metal already has like 50 different cruises. Get Royal Caribbean on the line! What? There’s no lines? And I’m not actually speaking to anyone? I’m blogging? Still? Ah hell.

SonicBlast Moledo 2015, in Portugal, isn’t the only fest in the world offering a resort-type atmosphere — a certain “secret” Sardinian shindig walks by and waves — but they certainly make the prospect enticing. Part of that, of course, is the lineup. Pentagram will headline, and GreenleafMy Sleeping KarmaBelzebongHigh Fighter and many more share the bill on Aug. 14 and 15 in the coastal town of Moledo. Going to the beach is nice. Going to the beach where riffs are is how you win at life.

The timetable for SonicBlast Moledo 2015 has been newly unveiled, and you’ll find it below with more info from the PR wire to fuel your escapist fantasies:

sonicblast moledo schedule

It’s on the 14th and 15th of August that, by the Atlantic shore, the 5th edition of SonicBlast Moledo takes place. For those looking for stoner, psych, doom or heavy music styles, it’s already an obligatory yearly stop. This small festival is a well kept secret for the fans of these genres. With a powerful line up, a dream location in one of the most beautiful beaches in the Iberian Peninsula and affordable prices, going to SonicBlast Modelo is a no brainer.

Spread across two stages, in the afternoon by the pool and at night by the park, the highlights of this year are pioneers of doom Pentagram, unique and hypnotic My Sleeping Karma, the intense sound of Greenleaf, responsible for one of the best stoner records of 2014 (Trails and Passes), heavy rockers The Vintage Caravan and Belzebong, playing for the very first time in Portugal. Some other smashing acts from the european scene playing at Sonicblast Moledo are Wight, Mother Engine, High Fighter, The Attack of the Brain Eaters, Somali Yacht Club, Puma Pumku and Galactic Superlords. The usual support to the punk scene is held by Nervous from North America and Cuchillo de Fuego from Spain. The Portuguese scene is also very well represented through the 70’s rock from The Black Wizards, Big Red Panda, Lâmina, Vircator, Mantra and the return of aweless Plus Ultra.

This festival has a free-entrance warmup party on the 13th August on a beach bar, several activities as surf or skate, and free camping just two minutes away from the sea, where it meets the forest.

Kadavar, Blues Pills, The Atomic Bitchwax, Church of Misery, Samsara Blues Experiment, The Machine and Black Bombaim are some of the great bands that have passed for SonicBlast Moledo in the past editions.

The tickets for this outstanding gathering are already on sale. You can acquire the 2 day pass for 36€ until the 13th August. After this date the price is 42€. Daily tickets are 20€ until the 13th and 25€ on the day.

Tickets at:
http://www.blueticket.pt/site/EventoDetalhe.aspx?ecomm=1&eventoId=2308&idiomaid=2&op=0
www.sonicblastmoledo.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/SonicBlast-Moledo/242619262427066
https://www.facebook.com/events/607451179385390/

Belzebong, “Diabolical Dopenosis” live in Germany

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GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win Three-Day Passes to North West Hesh Fest

Posted in Features on July 21st, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

[HOW TO ENTER: I’m very sorry but a winner has been picked and this giveaway has ended. The post will remain live for archival purposes. Much thanks to all who entered for being a part of it.]

Last week, I was fortunate enough to be added to the list of sponsors for American Icon Records‘ upcoming North West Hesh Fest in Portland, Oregon, next month. One of the cool things you can do when you’re sponsoring something like a fest is say, “Hey, how about a ticket giveaway?” and not get laughed at. So here we are.

So, enter by leaving a comment on this post — as per usual for giveaways around here — and if you win, I’ll drop you an email. Obviously, the fest being three days next month in Portland, OR, it doesn’t make much sense for anyone either not in or unable to be in the area when it’s happening to enter. If you want to travel, that rules, but neither I nor the fest can really cover your expenses for that. The giveaway is for the passes only.

That said, good luck to all who enter. Weedeater has had to drop off the bill, but American Icon has something in the works for a replacement, and I wouldn’t put it past them to bring in somebody badass. Whoever it is, you can’t beat the price when the price is free.

Info and ticket links follow:

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AMERICAN ICON RECORDS***NORTH WEST HESH FEST—-PENTAGRAM-DEAD MOON-YOB-SWEAT LODGE-SCHOOL OF ROCK-FIREBALLS OF FREEDOM-P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.

Dante’s
350 West Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97209

Thursday Aug 27 $25 Pre/ $30 Dos
PENTAGRAM

Friday Aug 28 – $25 Pre/$30 Dos
DEAD MOON-FIREBALLS OF FREEDOM
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S-THE LAST DANCERS-DRC3

Saturday Aug 29-$20 Pre/ $25 Dos
YOB-TBA-SWEAT LODGE -DIESTO
SCHOOL OF ROCK-DJ NATHAN CARSON

http://clients.ticketbiscuit.com/DantesLive/EventPage.aspx?EID=244489 – PENTAGRAM – HESH FEST DAY 1

http://clients.ticketbiscuit.com/DantesLive/EventPage.aspx?EID=238976 – DEAD MOON-HESH FEST DAY 2

http://clients.ticketbiscuit.com/DantesLive/EventPage.aspx?EID=241982 – YOB-HESH FEST DAY 3

https://www.facebook.com/events/299451473578318/
https://www.facebook.com/NorthWestHeshFest
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanIconRecords
http://americaniconrecords.bigcartel.com

[HOW TO ENTER: I’m very sorry but a winner has been picked and this giveaway has ended. The post will remain live for archival purposes. Much thanks to all who entered for being a part of it.]

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North West Hesh Fest Welcomes The Obelisk as a Sponsor

Posted in Whathaveyou on July 13th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

I’m thrilled to announce today that The Obelisk has been added as a sponsor of the North West Hesh Fest next month at Dante’s in Portland, Oregon. A three-day fest with Dead MoonPentagram and YOB as headliners, it’s put together by Austin-based American Icon Records, also known for the Heavy Metal Parking Lot at SXSW and which has released vinyl from Sweat Lodge, The Motel Ball Band and Teenage News, among others.

Sweat Lodge will also play North West Hesh Fest. The complete lineup is Pentagram, Dead Moon, DRC3, P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., The Last Dancers, Fireballs of Freedom, School of Rock, Diesto, Sweat Lodge, Weedeater and YOB, and Nathan Carson (Witch Mountain and Nanotear Booking) will DJ the Saturday night gig.

Looks like a killer time out west. We’re in talks of doing a ticket giveaway leading up to the thing, so keep an eye out for that in the next couple weeks, and it’ll be particularly interesting to see what new material Pentagram — whose recently announced new album Curious Volume is due out Aug. 28 — bring to the stage to go along with their classic set regulars.

Thanks to North West Hesh Fest for inviting me to be a part of the fest and having this site involved. More to come in the next several weeks, but here’s the announcement from the fest of The Obelisk coming on board and ticket links for those who like to be ahead of the game:

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AMERICAN ICON RECORDS-NORTH WEST HESH FEST

WELCOMES THE OBELISK AS ONE OF OUR SPONSORS! CHECK OUT THEIR AWESOME SITE. TONS OF GREAT INSIGHT ABOUT UP AND COMING BANDS AND AWESOME METAL-DOOM-STONER NEWS!

Thursday Aug 27 $25 Pre/ $30 Dos
PENTAGRAM

Friday Aug 28 – $25 Pre/$30 Dos
DEAD MOON-FIREBALLS OF FREEDOM
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S-THE LAST DANCERS-DRC3

Saturday Aug 29-$20 Pre/ $25 Dos
YOB-WEEDEATER-SWEAT LODGE -DIESTO
SCHOOL OF ROCK-DJ NATHAN CARSON

http://clients.ticketbiscuit.com/DantesLive/EventPage.aspx?EID=244489 – PENTAGRAM – HESH FEST DAY 1

http://clients.ticketbiscuit.com/DantesLive/EventPage.aspx?EID=238976 – DEAD MOON-HESH FEST DAY 2

http://clients.ticketbiscuit.com/DantesLive/EventPage.aspx?EID=241982 – YOB-WEEDEATER-HESH FEST DAY 3

OUR AMAZING SPONSORS INCLUDE
http://theobelisk.net/
http://www.ssgmusic.com/

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https://www.facebook.com/NorthWestHeshFest
https://www.facebook.com/AmericanIconRecords
http://americaniconrecords.bigcartel.com/

Weedeater, “Weed Monkey” Live at Kung Fu Necktie, Philly, 2015

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Pentagram Announce New Album Curious Volume Due in August

Posted in Whathaveyou on June 15th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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It would seem to have been a quiet couple of months from the camp of legendary doomers Pentagram, but after announcing their having joined forces with Peaceville Records, the Bobby Liebling-fronted and Victor Griffin-guitared outfit — also Greg Turley on bass and “Minnesota” Pete Campbell on drums — set about putting the finishing touches on their new album, which today is revealed as being titled Curious Volume. It is set to release on Peaceville Aug. 28.

The final art and tracklisting for the album has also been unveiled and tours have been teased, so expect much more to come ahead of the release of the follow-up to Pentagram‘s 2011 studio comeback, Last Rites (review here), but for now, here are Curious Volume preliminaries off the PR wire:

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Pentagram to release new album “Curious Volume” this August on Peaceville

Legendary U.S. heavy/doom metal band, Pentagram, reunites with Peaceville Records for its new studio album, Curious Volume, to be released on August 28.

Featuring 11 classic heavy metal compositions with catchy hooks from core band members Victor Griffin, Greg Turley, and Bobby Liebling (Pete Campbell on the drums completes the band’s line-up), the album was recorded with Swedish producer Mattias Nilsson at studios located in Maryland and Virginia. Additional recording took place in Tennessee with Grammy-Award-winning producer Travis Wyrick, who also produced Pentagram’s previous album, Last Rites. The album’s cover artwork was provided courtesy of Richard Schouten.

To support the new album, the band has tours planned in North America and Europe throughout 2015/2016.

1. Lay Down and Die
2. The Tempter Push
3. Dead Bury Dead
4. Earth Flight
5. Walk Alone
6. Curious Volume
7. Misunderstood
8. Close the Casket
9. Sufferin`
10. Devil`s Playground
11. Because I Made It

Formed in the early 1970s with a debut album Relentless releasing in 1985, Pentagram has survived through more than four decades filled with adversity and triumph to become the legendary international act it is today, firmly stamping its name into the heavy metal history books. Although once viewed as a cult act but with a strong and dedicated global fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity due in part to the 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, which follows the trials and tribulations of a troubled rock star, Pentagram’s lead singer Bobby Liebling. With a DVD release set for this fall on Peaceville’s label, the documentary has garnered international recognition on the film festival circuit and has won several awards, including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

The band recently released its double DVD collection, All Your Sins, featuring over 7 hours of live footage spanning a period of three decades.

Stay tuned for more information on Pentagram and Curious Volume, out this August on Peaceville.

http://www.PentagramOfficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/pentagramusa
http://www.peaceville.com/

Pentagram, Live at Baltimore Soundstage, Oct. 29, 2014

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Pentagram Signs to Peaceville; New Album this Summer

Posted in Whathaveyou on February 12th, 2015 by H.P. Taskmaster

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Maybe I’m missing something — it’s certainly possible — but if you’re Metal Blade, the label that issued Pentagram‘s 2011 comeback LP, Last Rites (review here), wouldn’t you try really, really hard to keep that band on your roster? Don’t get me wrong, there’s obviously a ton of stuff that could’ve gone on behind the scenes on this one, but after the success of the Bobby Liebling documentary, Last Days Here (review here), they’ve never been bigger. And they’ve done a bunch of legwork on top of that. They’re headlining Psycho California! Who wouldn’t want to put out that record?

And speaking as someone who quite literally saw them 20 times last year, the band are firing on all cylinders. True, they’ve just traded out drummer Sean Saley — if you’re worried about him, don’t be; he’s already joined The Skull to replace Jeff “Oly” Olson — but “Minnesota” Pete Campbell is a proven entity, having played with guitarist Victor Griffin in Place of Skulls and In~Graved. It’s downright curious, is all I’m saying. With the momentum that Pentagram have going into their next album, I’d think Metal Blade would be the ones putting it out.

Their loss is Peaceville‘s gain, I suppose. Pentagram‘s new album is slated to release this summer, and they’ll have a 2DVD out on March 31 (through Peaceville) called All Your Sins that documents live shows over a 30-year span.

PR wire info follows:

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PENTAGRAM RE-SIGNS WITH PEACEVILLE RECORDS; NEW ALBUM DUE OUT THIS SUMMER

DVD collection “All Your Sins” out March 31 in North America

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, for its forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act, fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though its debut album – now known as Relentless – didn’t see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.

Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer, Mattias Nilsson, at studios in Baltimore, Md., D.C. and Va., with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, Tenn. with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced the band’s previous album, Last Rites.

The band comments on the signing:

“Pentagram is happy to return to the label that helped relaunch interest in our debut album and introduce us to a new metal audience in the 1990s. Peaceville Records has been an ally to us throughout the past 20 years. We are happy to have them by our side once again as we record our fourth album under their banner. Never properly recorded songs written by Bobby in the 70s will be heard on the album as fresh as they were when they were written over 40 years ago. Brand new numbers by the core of Griffin, Turley and Liebling that were written this fall will appear along the old songs, and will produce an album that encompasses the true spirit of Pentagram. Doom is often mistaken as exclusively slow music. If you listen to our classic ‘doom’ album ‘Relentless,’ many of those doomed classics are quite fast. One of the magics of doom metal is to have a faster song seem much slower because of the sheer heaviness of the number. That’s what we are going for. The band will sound like they are as much from the street as they are from the Sabbath, because, well, we are.”

It has also been announced that Sean Saley has decided to step down from the drum throne. “Minnesota” Pete Campbell will step in to complete recording and touring duties throughout 2015. Campbell is best known for his drumming with Victor Griffin’s In-Graved, Place of Skulls and stoners Sixty Watt Shaman.

Preceding the still-to-be-titled opus is an extensive DVD release, All Your Sins, due out March 31 in North America. This first-ever official Pentagram video collection recovers, repairs and resurrects the earliest known footage of this doomed metal pioneer and more. Featuring two DVDs packed with priceless archive footage, as well as recent shows, All Your Sins – Video Vault unearths the rumored lost visual evidence pent up in the Ram Family vault for decades. This definitive collection contains over seven hours of footage from nine venues and numerous historical shows, including a charged performance at the legendary CBGB’s club in 1985 – a mass of classic renditions from the band’s catalogue finally gathered together for a live journey spanning over 30 years.

Disc 1:
1.1 Death Row Live at the Silver Fox – 1983 [01:29)
1.2 CBGBs – 1985 [00:28]
1.3 The Seagull Inn – 1985 [00:22]
1.4 The Hung Jury Pub – 1987 [00:39]
1.5 9:30 Club – 1993 [00:41]

Disc 2:
2.1 The Paragon – 1993 [01:02]
2.2 The End – 2010 [01:09]
2.3 John Dee, Oslo – 2012 [01:11]
2.4 The DNA Lounge – 2014 [00:06]

Although always a cult act with a strong and dedicated worldwide fan base, Pentagram has enjoyed a recent surge in interest due in part to the fly-on-the-wall 2011 documentary, Last Days Here, following the life, trials and tribulations of Bobby Liebling. The film gained international recognition, travelling the worldwide film festival circuit where it won several awards including “Best Music Documentary” at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.

http://www.PentagramOfficial.com
https://www.facebook.com/pentagramusa

Pentagram, Live at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, 2014

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