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Pentagram to release “When The Screams Come” on vinyl

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 5th April 2015 by Pieni

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In 2011, Pentagram released a live DVD recorded at Sonar, during the Maryland Deathfest VIII, at the end of the Liebling / Griffin reunion. Named after one of their most popular and oldest tracks, “When The Screams Come” will now (17th April, via Metal Blade Records) be released in vinyl, in three different versions – 180 g black, clear/blue splatter and red. All of them include a free poster.

The concert was too long to fit in just one record, but not long enough to fill two. So the B-side of record no. 2 features five bonus track, recorded at Heavy Halloween Show last October, Arts Riot, Burlington. The full tracklist is as follows:

Side A:
Day Of Reckoning
Forever My Queen
Ask No More
Run My Course
You’re Lost, I’m Free
Review Your Choices

Side B:
Petrified
Relentless
All Your Sins
Total

Side C:
20 Buck Spin
Sign Of The Wolf
When The Screams Come

Side D:
Death Row
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (cover)
Vampyre Love
Nothing Left
Relentless Reprise

Pre-order your copies at EMP or Metal Blade‘s EBAY-STORE.

In May, Pentragram will be playing live in central Europe:
May 21 – Antwerpen, Belgium
May 22 – Rock Hard Festival, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 23 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
May 24 – Club Vaudeville, Lindau, Germany
May 25 – Arena, Vienna, Austria
May 27 – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany
May 28 – SO36, Berlin, Germany
May 29 – Klubsen, Hamburg, Germany

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Iron Man announce details for fifth studio album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 19th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Doom legends Iron Man have recently announced details for, as well as the completion of, their fifth studio album which is to be titled South of the Earth. The album is scheduled for release on 30th September via Rise Above.

Recording and mixing took place at Hudson Street Sound in Annapolis, Maryland with producer/engineer Frank Marchand III. The band’s guitarist, Al Morris, commented on the band’s creative process:

Every time Iron Man goes into the studio, we treat it like a blank canvas. As things progress, the art form takes shape. We wrote this album in about 2 months. Then we practiced our asses off to perfect the performance of the songs. This CD was done with Frank Marchand, an engineer/producer with a head full of ideas! He enhanced every element of this CD. We have great trust in Frank and followed his ideas. This is what came out!

Rising out of the same Maryland/DC mean streets as fellow US doom pioneers Pentagram and The Obsessed, Iron Man formed in 1988 as a Black Sabbath tribute band by guitarist Alfred Morris III, whose musical career began in 1977 with mysterious proto-doom cult Force. Al’s legendarily heavy, unearthly guitar tone was already much in evidence on Force‘s ultra-rare 1981 debut EP – and it has only deepened, hardened, improved and refined in the ensuing 32 years.

Iron Man online:

http://www.ironmanband.com/

 

Pentagram announced for Desertfest London & Berlin

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 15th November 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Pentagram have been announced as one of the big hitters at both Desertfest London and Desertfest Berlin 2013. In London they’ll join Conan, Admiral Sir Cloudesly Shovell and many more to be announced.

Desertfest London takes place at the Electric Ballroom, Underworld, Purple Turtle and Black Heart in Camden Town, London between April 26 – 28, 2013. For more info, click here. For ticket info, click here.

In Berlin they’ll join Lowrider, Dozer, Gentleman’s Pistols, Lonely Kamel, Kadaver and many more to be announced.

Desertfest Berlin takes place across three stages at Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin between April 25 – 27, 2013. For more info and ticket details, click here.

 

Pentagram Bristol show postponed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 30th October 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Due to Hurricane Sandy, all transatlantic flights from Washington DC were cancelled at 9am yesterday morning – The same day Pentagram were due to fly out. Pentagram have rebooked their flights and are set to arrive early Thursday morning which means that their show at The Fleece in Bristol has been postponed til 3rd November and will now take place at The Exchange in Bristol.

The promoter has stated that he’s aware this will cause problems for those with tickets to Damnation and also went onto state that this was a measure of last resort to ensure that people in the South West get a chance to see Pentagram in the region, as opposed to cancelling the show all together. The other tour dates which are London, Manchester and Glasgow are still going ahead as planned.

 

Pentagram begin auditioning guitarists

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on 26th October 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Legendary pioneers of doom metal Pentagram are auditioning new guitar players. As previously announced, the revered guitarist Victor Griffin is performing his farewell shows during the Oct/Nov European Relentless Tour. He’ll be focusing on his solo career from this point on and the band and fans wish him all the best. Victor will forever be an important part of the “Ram Family.”

Pentagram is now searching for the perfect player who can easily play the blazing, early blues-based, hard rock, proto-metal of the late Vincent McAllister as well as the doom metal mastery of the one and only Victor Griffin. Tone, chops, appearance, tour experience and availability (US and abroad so a passport is required), song writing skills, and sobriety are all important factors. The band will be writing/recording their follow up to the acclaimed Metal Blade release, Last Rites this coming December and January.

Someone who is close to the Washington, DC area is preferred but exceptions will be made for the perfect player.

For songs and video of the band, visit: www.reverbnation.com/pentagramofficial
Please submit a short bio, a photo, and audio or video of you playing. PENTAGRAM song covers are preferred and the following songs are suggested:
“Wolf’s Blood”
“All Your Sins”
“Treat Me Right”
“When the Screams Come”
“Forever My Queen”
“20 Buck Spin”

Please send submissions to: PentagramAuditions@gmail.com

In other news, Pentagram is gearing up to tour Europe and the dates will commence with the band’s first ever UK tour. In a celebration of Victor Griffin’s time with the band, Pentagram will be playing the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame album, Relentless, in its entirety. After the doom pioneers first-ever UK show in London in 2011, Bobby Leibling and the boys return for four shows with Gentlemans Pistols as support, kicking off in Bristol at The Fleece.

PENTAGRAM
Tour w/ Gentlemans Pistols
10/31 Bristol, UK The Fleece
11/01 London, UK Garage
11/02 Manchester, UK Academy 3
11/04 Glasgow, UK Ivory Black

 

Pentagram UK tour begins soon

Posted in News with tags , , , on 22nd October 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The pioneers of doom Pentagram, led by the ghost-like vocalist and founding member Bobby Liebling will be hitting the grim shores of Blighty for their First Ever UK Tour at the end of the month and will be playing the classic album Relentless in its entirety.

Victor Griffin has announced that he will be vacating his duties within the band at the end of this tour. “…For now, it’s time to move on with my new band’s album and tour plans for 2013,” stated Griffin in the announcement.  So far, there has been no word on who will take his place.

Pentagram have gone through a number of line-up changes through their 41 year existence, with Griffin occupying the guitar spot roughly four times since 1979, being just one of the band’s 10 guitar players.  In addition to Relentless, Griffin can be heard on such gems as Day of Reckoning, Be Forewarned, and 2010′s Last Rites.

PENTAGRAM + Gentlemans Pistols

October 2012

31st         BRISTOL – The Fleece

November 2012

1st         LONDON – Garage

2nd         MANCHESTER – Academy 3

4th         GLASGOW – Ivory Black

Support for the UK dates comes by the way of Gentleman’s Pistols with local support still to be announced.

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Bedemon premier new track from Symphony of Shadows

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 17th August 2012 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Today, Svart Records announces October 23rd as the North American release date for Bedemon‘s long-awaited Symphony of Shadows, the first-ever set of all-new material by the band regarded by many as the original true U.S. doom band. While the album will be hitting major retail outlets on that date, it can be ordered immediately through the Housecore website (the label of Down frontman Phil Anselmo) here.

To celebrate this event, esteemed doom authority TheObelisk.net is exclusively premiering the track The Plague from Bedemon‘s Symphony of Shadowshere.  An extensive interview with Bedemon drummer/songwriter (and original Pentagram member) Geof O’Keefe shall be appearing shortly on TheObelisk.net.

Inspired by the goriest of fright films and the most menacing of music at the time, guitarist/composer/journalist/author Randy Palmer churned out the very first doom songs written on North American soil. This understated innovator recruited the help of his bandmates, Pentagram co-founders Geof O’Keefe (drums) and Bobby Liebling (vocals) as well as schoolmate Mike Matthews (bass). Throughout the 1970s, the band recorded numerous sinister, doom-drenched slabs of metallic gold — Black Sabbath were Palmer’s idols — that illegally floated around on sub-standard bootlegs for decades. Finally, in 2004 to much fanfare, these rough, never-intended-for-public recordings were collected, repaired, and released as Child of Darkness: From the Original Master Tapes.

Since then, Bedemon has seen a surge in popularity due to their intertwined history with the original Pentagram, in addition to their music being featured in the critically acclaimed award-winning documentary, Last Days Here (Sundance Selects/914 Pictures), chronicling the life and times of Pentagram and original Bedemon vocalist Bobby Liebling.

Literally a decade in the making, Bedemon now proudly issues their sophomore release, Symphony of Shadows. Shortly after completing recording of the basic rhythm tracks in April 2002, band founder Randy Palmer was involved in a tragic car accident and passed away in August of that year. O’Keefe, Matthews, and new vocalist Craig Junghandel worked with recording engineer Shawn Hafley over the next decade to finish the project both in tribute to Randy and also because they felt so passionately about the strength of the material; the result is nine bone-crushingly heavy slices of pure ’70s-flavored doom metal.

Clocking in at just under 60 minutes, Symphony of Shadows will be released as both a single CD and deluxe 2-LP vinyl set, chock-full of photos, lyrics, liner notes, and intimate stories from the surviving members of this very special band.

Regarding the album, drummer/guitarist/composer Geof O’Keefe says,“This is dedicated to Randy. His songwriting is so far advanced beyond the Child of Darkness material. The album sounds like a classic ’70s metal release, which is very intentional! 

Svart Records president Tomi Pulkki heard the album and knew it was perfect for SVART, saying, “As a label that is perhaps best known for releasing Pentagram and Reverend Bizarre on vinyl, I didn’t think twice when the chance to work with Bedemon was offered. We’re happy to help bring their final opus to the world.