Pentagram
Day of Reckoning


5.0
classic

Review

by PsychicChris USER (66 Reviews)
October 7th, 2014 | 26 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All Right Now! Won't You Listen?

It has been said that you have your entire life to make your debut album but only a couple years to make your second. Pentagram is a leading example of this trope with their sophomore full-length album coming out a mere two years after their very long-awaited debut. Fortunately, one can't accuse them of rushing too much as Day Of Reckoning just might be their greatest release.

The guys in Pentagram have always stated that they were more inspired by the likes of Blue Cheer than Black Sabbath, but Day Of Reckoning is where they went all out with an album that the Birmingham giants should've released between Master of Reality and Volume 4. The groovy "Broken Vows" and "When The Screams Come" are uncanny counterparts to "Supernaut" and "Snowblind" right down to the Iommi-aping guitar tone. They even lift a couple lines from classic Sabbath with "Evil Seed" invoking the opening line from "Sweet Leaf" and the pulsating "Wartime" mirroring a cry from "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath." The songwriting quality keeps things from being too derivative and the fact that Pentagram was one of their contemporaries certainly helps.

The diversity that encompasses the seven songs on here also adds to their enjoyment. While a good half of the album consists of groovy mid-tempo doom, the title track and "Madman" offer a more fuzzy, energetic approach. In contrast, "Burning Saviour" is one of the darkest Pentagram songs out there thanks to its shifts between foreboding acoustics and pounding outbursts all set to a nine minute dirge. On the flip side, "Wartime" may not be as gripping as the tracks before it and the bass still isn't that prominent, but these factors are easy to overlook.

Thus, Day of Reckoning is not only Pentagram's best album but one of the strongest that doom has to offer. The band retains the chemistry seen on Relentless but also trumps it by giving an improved production job to the perfect balance between their 70s heyday and the heavy Death Row sound. Sadly, the band folded before they could release a timely followup, leading one to wonder if they could've released something even better...

Highlights:
"Day Of Reckoning," "Evil Seed," "Broken Vows," and "When The Screams Come"

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sweet review man, have a pos

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

tracks 2 and 3 are my fav Pentagram riffs

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

guitar sounds almost like Iommi's and that's a good thing

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hard bro

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

As far as I'm concerned, Victor Griffin is the only guitarist who got so close.

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kim Thayli on the early SG albums sounds pretty close too.

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is top 5 doom as far as i'm concerned

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really ?
Can't really say since I haven't heard them.

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Their debut basically sounds like a Sabbath/Stooges hybrid. Which rules so much

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Top 5 ?
Not quite sure about it, top 8 maybe

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Epicus
Born Too Late
Nightfall
Into the Depths of Sorrow
This or Psalm 9 would be the 5th. This prob gets the edge

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Personally, I would replace Nightfall with Cathedral's debut and Psalm 9 would be there instead of this.

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Doom is just the best thing ever

OmairSh
October 7th 2014


11924 Comments


Nice, was planning on checking this album in the next few days guess this is a sign

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"Doom is just the best thing ever"

yeah, pretty much

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

When it comes to riffs no other type of metal comes close.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dude wtf, heavy metal IS all about fuckin' riffs

NeroCorleone80
October 7th 2014


30110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Obviously but doom metal has the best ones

rockandmetaljunkie
October 7th 2014


3867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agreed

BMDrummer
October 7th 2014


9940 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yeah m/



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