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|PENTAGRAM - in depth|
Not so many bands impressed me that much, as the veteran Bobby Liebling's numerous collaboration projects under the Pentagram band name. Incredibly fun times, basically the very core of doom metal + and interesting takes on blending rock, heavy metal into it. The band's history is not entirely a happy one, but Bobby's heritage, the music, is legendary - the least.
First Daze Here (The Vintage Collection)
I believe this is among those albums that everyone should hear at least once in a lifetime - especially for those, who follow heavy metal more closely. Basically, the "sibling" band of Black Sabbath from the other side of the ocean generally deserves much more love, and much more attention. Due to their troubled past and the fact they could not record a proper album for 15 years, they sunk very hidden into the underground. First Daze Here has the very best of their material from the '70s, and each song is filled with the energy and that special vibe what raised Black Sabbath to a legendary status. Don't expect a "serious" studio quality, since it is technically a compilation of early demos, but in terms of quality: this is pure gold.
Also, I'd include the first disc from "First Daze Here Too" here.
The self-titled, or more well-known as "Relentless" (slightly different track order) is one of the most impressive doom records ever. The early '70s influences are still there, but the riffing and the overall atmosphere screems nothing but the deepest, catchiest doom with a surprisingly sinister aura. The sometimes present thrash/heavy metal elements bring more energy into the whole creation, spiced with mega spicy solos... and Bobby's charismatic singing.
Like an obelisk of old-school doom metal, Be Forewarned delivers serious riff waves, masterfully blending rock into doom - also, one of Bobby's best performances. The production might seem a bit dull for some, but personally I believe this fits perfectly for this album, especially at songs like "Vampyre Love".
It's harder to separate the remaining albums from each other, since they're all so consistently excellent. I decided to finish the ranking just by the overall "sound".
Sub-Basement is basically Pentagram's slowest release, and arguably the best album from the Joe Hasselvander era. (The "Sub-Intro" song could leave Sunn O))) jealous, heh.)
Review Your Choices
Just a slightly behind the other Liebling-Hasselvander duo album, Review Your Choices guarantees great fun. The ending solo in "Change of Hear" is probably the most enjoyable and passionate solo in the whole discography - eargasm.
The best "modern-era" album. Powerful, energic and of course: riffs hard. Last Rites is clearly among the best albums in Pentagram's discography, even though it brought some steps away from the classic old-school sound Bobby stood out for a long time.
Day of Reckoning
Somewhat the continuation of the self-titled, but with a more hollow production - yet, this also wouldn't disappoint any old-school doom fan.
Show 'Em How
The reason I put Show 'Em How here, because it contains the most "recycled" material from their '70s era. The funny album cover hides an amazingly catchy album, especially the real "original" songs like "Prayer for an Exit Before the Dead End" offer great entertainment value, with the additionally surprisingly playful vocal performance from Bobby (who was probably high as heck, when making this).
Unlike in Last Rites, Curious Volume's more modern approach isn't exactly that exciting, strong heavy rock influences aside. However, there is nothing particularly bad about this, simply jsut the overall package lacks some spark - the lack of more doomy songs like "The Devil's Playground" leaves this album more...empty. It's an enjoyable album for a few listens, though.
|I wrote this surprisingly fast, ngl. I just love this band so much.|
Iconic band in every aspect.
|awesome list, I would feature it if it was in my power|
sweet sweet list my dude
|Demon of the Fall|
|s/t or ‘Relentless’ concludes with a track called ‘20 Buck Spin’ - am I right in thinking what you know I’m probably thinking here?|
I’m not a huge doom guy, but I’ve been known to like Sabbath/Candlemass so if this is more on the old classic heavy metal side of things then I may dig. Cool list.
|Yes you may. Band/ Bobby&other dude rule.|
Tks a lot for this garas.
I think I dig Reckoning a bit more ahah...that guitar tone omfg
And yep...my thoughts is that the label is named afyer this song...band is a late epic/ essential after all
|I love them all so I will go through Pentagram in this order|
|Great list garas! band sounds interesting|
|> if this is more on the old classic heavy metal side of things then I may dig.|
First Daze Here is pretty much '70s hard rock / proto-heavy metal, so I think you'd dig it! Perhaps the self-titled or Last Rites should do the trick too.
Also thanks guys! 🤍
|I like early Sabbath but prefer to jam these guys lately :X|
Everyone who say "band looks cool": This band is essential stuff. First daze and S/t are mandatory.
|They're not just a "cool looking band". Their music is really great.|
|saw bobby hanging out with the obsessed back in like feburary, seemed like he was doing pretty well|
|I wish I can see 'em live this August.|
> seemed like he was doing pretty well
His instagram also kinda confirms this. True Keith Richards-powers right there, haha.
|Is bobby released from jail?|
|Yup, he is free again.|
|Awesome, a Pent list, I like their use of some funk tone in 1 as well|
1 is the hardest 5 ever,
CV is a 4 though
|"1 is the hardest 5 ever"|
> CV is a 4 though
I really wanted to give it also a 4.0, but alltogether just the album's second half met my expectations.
|If its something like the previous one I m out...just finished a Pent binge yesterday. Hail Bobby|
|garas you mentioned adding disc 1 from too to this. To me disc 1 sounds like a try for a "mainstream" album to break through, complete with a RS cover, it was fine. I prefer disc 2, although the production is terrrible, I feel it has some great songs on it, Have to listen to them again its been a few years|
|Disc 2 has great songs on it, for sure! And yeah, with the content of disc 1 they probably aimed for a mainstream breakthrough, but for me that half felt more connected to First Daze Here.|
But that's just my personal observation.
|Incredible band m///|