Pentagram
Be Forewarned


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (398 Reviews)
October 9th, 2014 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pentagram's third album is rockier than past efforts but still has a lot that makes it worth checking out for doom fans.

Released seven years after Day of Reckoning, Be Forewarned is at an odd spot in Pentagram's discography. It still features the lineup that made their first two efforts so legendary but came too late to capitalize on their momentum. It isn't exactly obscure but it sets the band up for obscurity as Victor Griffin and Martin Swaney would immediately depart upon its release.

Like Day of Reckoning before it, Be Forewarned bares a great influence from Black Sabbath. But while that album mostly channeled the Ozzy era, this effort has more in common with what Sabbath was making around the same time in the early 90s. The guitar tone reminds one of Dehumanizer, most notably on "Bride of Evil," while the title track could've found a place on Dio's Strange Highways. Of course, the band's old school flair is still at full force with "Too Late" and "Frustration" serving as more light-hearted rock numbers and "Vampyre Love" riding an excellent Hendrix-style swagger.

The band dynamic also seems to have gone through some changes between albums. The vocals are more restrained than before and the chunky guitar tone seems a bit darker, but these factors aid the atmosphere rather than bring it down. Elsewhere, Joe Hasselvander's drums keep their jazzy feel and you can hear the bass a little better than before.

But with there being thirteen tracks on here comes the thought that there may be a bit too much. You've certainly got your classics and "Nightmare Gown" is the only song that is less than great, but songs like "The World Will Love Again" and "Wolf's Blood" don't quite have the same excitement as past anthems. Fortunately, you still can't accuse them of lacking variety as "Live Free And Burn" starts things off on a speedy note while "A Timeless Heart" is a lonely acoustic instrumental that builds up to the title track in a melancholic fashion.

Overall, Pentagram's third album is rockier than past efforts but still has a lot that makes it worth checking out for doom fans. It would've been better if it had come out three or four years before it did, but it still gives the Death Row era a good send-off. Sadly, this is the last album that I would safely recommend to new fans as even the diehards found it hard to keep track of the ensuing decline...

Highlights:
"Live Free and Burn"
"Vampyre Love"
"Frustration"
"A Timeless Heart"
"Be Forewarned"

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



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PsychicChris
October 9th 2014


371 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a 4 but it's a pretty high 4 by my estimation.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 9th 2014


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pentagram's last truly great record.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 9th 2014


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn, this album has a fantastic guitar tone.

DDDeftoneDDD
July 29th 2019


20376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Damn this guitar fucks

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Thalassic
July 29th 2019


5289 Comments


Great bump m/

DDDeftoneDDD
July 29th 2019


20376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Track 4 here but if bar keeps going this up my rate will match yours...cool band af!

DDDeftoneDDD
July 30th 2019


20376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Getting some Type O neg vibes on this m/m/

I want to debate Doom...cause old schoolers from old school call "real doom" to bands when there wasn't a doom thing yet, but a darker bluesrock from 70's.

Life Blood is so m/m/m/

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
July 30th 2019


5700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The guitar always had an awesome tone and especially on Sub-Basement it really gives that downer vibe. The production helps too

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rockandmetaljunkie
September 5th 2019


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, the production in early Pentagram albums was top notch

DDDeftoneDDD
May 22nd 2020


20376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

album lacks bumps...great avg tho



The ending riffs of The World Will Love Again...wooof

garas
Contributing Reviewer
May 22nd 2020


7230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"album lacks bumps"



[2] ...and generally ratings and attention... Everyone who bumps Black Sabbath should check this band as well.

DDDeftoneDDD
January 8th 2021


20376 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

True, and def Type O neg and/or Metallica fans can dig this too.

garas
Contributing Reviewer
June 13th 2021


7230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bumpe for the riffs!

Deathconscious
September 26th 2021


26853 Comments


Jesus christ, the lyrics on the title track are some of the dumbest ive ever heard.

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