Pentagram
First Daze Here (The Vintage Collection)


5.0
classic

Review

by wham49 USER (8 Reviews)
September 16th, 2015 | 114 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: First Daze Here is the Quintessential Doom metal album, the fuzzy riffs, sonic boom, and great voice of Bobby Liebling make this album perfect. However, pinning down this band as just Doom does not do this band justice.

There was a lot happening in the 70’s musically. Many of the new bands were bringing lots of different influences to their music, from The Beatles, Stones, Motown, Sabbath, jazz fusion, and psychedelic music. One of these bands was Pentagram, a D.C. based band led by Bobby Liebling. Liebling and his band were gritty and dirty, with lots of fuzz in their sound. The first time anybody outside of D.C. heard Pentagram was the early 80’s with a self-titled album full of fantastic doom and gloom, behind Lieblings perfect voice and brilliantly written songs. Unfortunately, nobody got to hear the first recording of these songs, recorded up to 10 years prior to that first release, with different lineups. It took almost 20 years for these early recording to come out in the album being reviewed “First Daze Here”. What was released may be the quintessential Doom Metal album. The album in question took prime recordings from early years of Pentagram spanning from the early to late 70’s. To call this album a compilation would be unjust, It was what this band was doing during those years, without the backing of a major label, they had to record when they could get the money together, sometimes waiting years to record their songs.

The opening track to “First Daze Here” is “Forever My Queen”, and within the first 10 seconds you know why this band is so highly regarded, the bass fuzz and downbeat just make any metal head, especially those interested in the vintage sounding stuff, excited to hear more. The sound is so heavy and destructive, with great time changes and beautiful hopeful lyrics. OK, not completely hopeful, but Liebling’s voice inflection really drives home the message whether he is singing about love, or a cheap hooker. The third song on the album, “Walk In the Blue Light” is probably their best song, the time changes, which are present throughout the album, really set the mood here, Bobby’s lyrics of the temptation of drugs and peer pressure can be related to on any level. Probably the most sinister lyrical song is “Be Forewarned”, a song about stalking a girl until she relents and agrees to be with him, sounds bad I know, but still totally cool. The last song is as close to a ballad as they could possibly get, But Bobby’s voice inflection give the song a certain edge. I would like to go on and on, reviewing each song, but it is really hard to describe perfection, it is something you just have to hear yourself. You will hear almost all these songs on more recent releases; however you have not heard these songs until you hear them on “First Daze Here”.

To call this band “Doom Metal” is not doing them justice. These guys transcend genres. Yes, they are very heavy and fuzzy, but they have great time changes and a certain groove, and even some funk splattered in the doom and gloom, as people say, they swing. So please do your mind and ears a favor and check it out, you may be changed forever.



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KILL
September 16th 2015


81238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea this is awesome, first 3 songs are perfect

rockandmetaljunkie
September 16th 2015


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

need to check this

ChaoticVortex
September 16th 2015


1316 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Pure awesomeness.

rockandmetaljunkie
September 16th 2015


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kudos for reviewing this one man, it needed a review. You did a good job.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2015


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Props for reviewing this one. I actually was planning of writing something this week or the next one.



This is incredible stuff. Like a US/street version of Black Sabbath.

wham49
September 16th 2015


6134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks guys, could not believe it was not reviewed, thought it needed the backstory as well.

KILL
September 16th 2015


81238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

feature!

demigod!
September 16th 2015


49394 Comments


gotta check hard been jamming s/t lately good shit



manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2015


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

This blows the s/t out of the water!

KILL
September 16th 2015


81238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hm wouldnt say that but forever my queen is def their best song

wham49
September 16th 2015


6134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Kill, still relatively new to the site, if you can get it featured, go nuts.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2015


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

I'm slightly exaggerating but this is prime Pentagram on here. And that '70s production would fit their material like a glove. This is like demo material and is still incredible.

KILL
September 16th 2015


81238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

message jom bro he cant deny



and yea production rules on certain tracks it obv varies as diff songs were recording at diff times

rockandmetaljunkie
September 16th 2015


9556 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A little bit hard for this to get featured because it's an old album. Would be awesome if I could see it though. It would be a historical moment for sputnik :P

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2015


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.7

Yup. Like when Rainbow - Rising was featured. We need more days like that one.

HellPriest
September 16th 2015


102 Comments


easily the best Pentagram

KILL
September 16th 2015


81238 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

apparently third daze is comin

wham49
September 16th 2015


6134 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

That would be awesome, maybe some period live shows, if there are any good recordings.



the production makes the music, good enough to let you hear it, but amateur enough to feel like it is something you weren't meant to hear, or rich hands didn't handle it.

sonictheplumber
September 17th 2015


14677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

power

sonictheplumber
September 17th 2015


14677 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell i should 5 it



wehn the screams come is best song ever



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