Pentagram
Last Rites


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (278 Reviews)
October 12th, 2014 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Last Rites showcases a band that feels revitalized, reflective, and perhaps even a little ready for the future

Pentagram's seventh full-length album was the most hyped release they ever put out. Released a long seven years after Show 'Em How, Last Rites is the group's first record distributed by Metal Blade Records and features another new lineup with their prodigal son Victor Griffin returning for guitar duties. The album also came out alongside the Last Days Here documentary, thus giving it the ultimate feeling of having been through hell and back.

Despite the severe time lapse, Last Rites isn't too far removed from its predecessor in that it spends more time reaching back to 70s rock than any doom aspirations. However, it sets apart by using the psychedelic textures to create a more somber, reflective atmosphere. Even the heavier numbers like "Into The Ground" and "Nothing Left" have a more contemplative side that fits right in with the softer numbers.

The band dynamic also seems to have straightened out. The vocals haven't exactly improved but they haven't sounded this good since the 90s and really fit in with the album's melancholic feel. Griffin's tone isn't quite as blistering as before but his presence gives the material some weight and he even performs lead vocals on the wistful "American Dream." No word on how they managed to pry the microphone away from Liebling long enough for them to pull that off...

And once you get to the songs, you'll find this to be Pentagram's most varied album in quite some time. The one-two punch of "Treat Me Right" and "Call The Man" are the album's fastest tracks, "8" and "Windmills and Chimes" provide the most atmosphere, and songs like "Everything's Turning to Night" and "Walk In The Blue Light" have the best of both worlds. "Horseman" and "Death in 1st Person" are admittedly weaker than the others but they are balanced out by the best songs the band ever recorded.

Pentagram's albums never reached a quality in need of a traditional comeback, but Last Rites showcases a band that feels revitalized, reflective, and perhaps even a little ready for the future. It's probably on the same level as the post-Death Row material before it but it may be easier to get into for newer fans. We can only hope for a better balance between rock and doom in the future now that Victor Griffin's back in the fold; the "All Your Sins" reprisal has to be hinting at something...

Highlights:
"Into The Ground"
"8"
"Everything's Turning to Night"
"Walk In The Blue Light"
"Nothing Left"

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



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PsychicChris
October 12th 2014


317 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thus, Pentagram Week ends up with a review of their most somber album. Thank you all for playing.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 12th 2014


7755 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

congrats man, have a pos

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
October 12th 2014


10504 Comments


Great review. Take all my pos's

I have no knowledge of this band or doom metal as a whole really. I didn't really feel like the review described the sound terribly well for people like me that have no idea what the genre is like but for all that, it was still great.

Ire
October 12th 2014


41945 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

hmm

wham49
December 15th 2016


4508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think my 3.5 is being generous. I heard it yesterday and it is somewhat underwhelming, it starts great but kinda drags, good remake of blue light though

Digging: Grateful Dead - Cornell 5/8/77

wham49
May 5th 2017


4508 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have heard this twice the last 2 days and stating to grow on me,k the 3.5 is now more appropriate



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