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[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”Pentagram about playing Roadburn 2016″]Pentagram is elated to return to The Netherlands in April 2016 to perform at Roadburn. It is such an amazing honor to accept Lee Dorrian’s personal invitation to be part of his “Rituals For The Blind Dead” event! It’s an exceptional time in history for Pentagram, we are looking forward to 2016 as it marks our 45th year! In honor of our legacy’s landmark and this special event, we’ll be reaching out to our fans and putting our hearts together to create a curious volume of songs to reanimate for Roadburn.[/pullquote]
It must be the year of doom-nostalgia for me.
Last June at Copenhell, I caught Saint Vitus with Scott Reager standing in for Wino, in what was the perfect yester-year show – playing around the same time as Slipknot, thus also saving us from a regular hangover from hanging around the beer-tent to escape that ;-). This year, I’ll get to see the “End of Black Sabbath” (the reaper, and George R.R. Martin willing). And before that, at Roadburn, The Skull holding the legacy of Trouble high.
And, with Pentagram participating in Lee Dorrian’s curated event at Roadburn, you might say, I get the full My Big 4 of Doom, all within a year (yeah – I know – there are many Big 4s of Doom ;-) ). I certainly feel heavily blessed.
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Pentagram, like the other 3, although being a part of the doom-legacy as such, easily have their own style. It might have taken them a while to find it (and listening to those old tracks, it seemed like they were having their part of the fun and frustration along the way), but when they found it – oh my.
It is of course easy to point out the places, where the inspiration from Sabbath (and Iommi) is obvious, but that’s too easy and condescending. Of course there’s the inspiration from Sabbath and Iommi – it’s everywhere in metal dammit. But in the end, the question arises whether the narrative has it wrong, whether Pentagram are rather the doom-band that developed alongside Sabbath – more or less based on the same influences and the same sentiment, but developing their own parallel-doom.
What’s there, and what really sets Pentagram apart is the way they fucking groove – from time to time they groove so much it almost hurts… There’s a kind of swagger to the way they slice their metal – something that’s definitely not found very much in doom. And bravado, too, in the face of all that is thrown at them from life and the universe.
Bobby Liebling looking like the living embodiment of doom, and his rather delicate voice sounding like a mix between Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Jagger in his heyday.
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From a 2015-interview with Noisey”]Up until this album, my favorite Pentagram album was [2001’s] Sub-Basement. That album is one of the most demented, sick, depraved, god-awful annoying things I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s hard as shit to listen to Sub-Basement and not come away feeling like your head has turned to mud. It’s assaulting. It’s imposing. It’s past the realm of uncomfortable. But I love that because hundreds—maybe thousands—of kids all over the world have told me, “I was gonna kill myself, and then I listened to Sub-Basement and for some reason I didn’t feel so alone.” And that does my heart good. They didn’t check out because they realized they weren’t the only one with problems.[/pullquote]
And Victor Griffin who might no be the most accomplished guitar-player in metal, but the man practically bleeds emotion from his strings. He could be playing with gloves or his arms tied on his back in a phonebooth, for all it matters – it’s not about showing off, it’s about creating something that has an impact and that lasts.
And last it does – has lasted for 45 years by now. And judging from the strength of the 2015-album Curious Volume, it might very well last for quite some time yet.
It’s a real blessing that Pentagram has finally received some of the recognition for what they’ve created – and for their role in metal so far. It’s time to pay them back in full.
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Legends and pioneers, Pentagram will mark their 45th anniversary with a best of set at Lee Dorrian’s curated Roadburn event, called Rituals For The Blind Dead, on Friday, April 15 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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Interview quote from Noisey