Pentagram

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Born in Arlington, Virginia, Pentagram dates all the way back to 1971 and is considered one of the first doom metal acts. Over the course of the years, frontman Bobby Liebling has presided over approximately 2 dozen line ups.

The "classic" '70s line up consisted of Liebling, Vincent McAllister (guitar), Greg Mayne (bass) and Geof O'Keefe (drums) (with occasional appearances by 2nd guitarists Randy Palmer and Marty Iverson), with Liebling and O'Keefe handling the songwriting. The band's '70s output was sparse (only a few 7" EPs) but now considered by many fans to be legendary and Liebling, who at the time handled the bulk of the songwriting, had a large number of songs that went unrecorded or released at the time. This line up lasted until 1976, when tensions between Liebling and the rest of the band over Bobby's drug use and the band's inablility to secure a record deal escalated to the point that Bobby was ousted. Bobby owned the name, though, and resurrected it in 1978 with new members for what is now called "The High Voltage-era" due to the name of the record label who put out an EP by this particular line up.

In the early '80s, Liebling and "High Voltage-era" drummer Joe Hasselvander joined the band Death Row, who would soon assume the Pentagram name. It was the Death Row line up (Liebling, Hasselvander, and guitarist Victor Griffin, with "High Voltage-era" bassist Martin Swaney replacing Death Row bassist Lee Abney) that would record and release the band's first LP, a self-titled affair (later re-issued under the name "Relentless"), in 1985. The group recorded another LP in 1987 (with drummer Stuart Rose, replacing Joe Hasselvander, who would later re-record Stuart's parts upon the album's reissue in the 1990s), only to break up afterward. The Death Row line up (with Martin Swaney and Joe Hasselvander) would reunite again in the 1990s to record a third LP before disbanding for good. In 1999, with the legend of Pentagram growing, Liebling resurrected the name again, eventually recording two LPs with on-again/off-again drummer Joe Hasselvander supplying the instrumental backing and another album in 2004 which saw Bobby backed by members of Internal Void. The majority of the songs on these albums were written by Bobby in the 1970s.

In 2008, a now sober Bobby returned with a new Pentagram line-up, this one consisting of Gary Isom (drums), Russ Strahan (guitar), and Mark Ammen (bass) and, for the first time in years, the band began performing live and touring. Eventually, Strahan, Ammen, and Isom would drop out of the band, but Pentagram continued on and began preparing to work on a new album, called "Last Rites" with former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin, bassist Greg Turley, and Tim Tomaselli lending assistance.
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Albums

Devil4 Pentagram - Pentagram album art Pentagram Pentagram (Album) Pentagram Records (2) Devil4 US 1984 Sell This Version
FLAME006 Pentagram - Day Of Reckoning album art Pentagram Day Of Reckoning (Album) Napalm Records (2) FLAME006 US 1987 Sell This Version
9086-11069-4 Pentagram - Be Forewarned album art Pentagram Be Forewarned (Album) Peaceville 9086-11069-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
BWR 031 Pentagram - Review Your Choices album art Pentagram Review Your Choices (Album) Black Widow Records BWR 031 Italy 1999 Sell This Version
BWRCD 055-2 Pentagram - Sub-Basement album art Pentagram Sub-Basement (Album) Black Widow Records BWRCD 055-2 Italy 2001 Sell This Version
BWRCD 065-2 Pentagram - A Keg Full Of Dynamite album art Pentagram A Keg Full Of Dynamite (Album) Black Widow Records BWRCD 065-2 Italy 2003 Sell This Version
BWR 078 Pentagram - Show 'em How album art Pentagram Show 'em How (Album) Black Widow Records BWR 078 Italy 2004 Sell This Version
SVR 060, SVR060 Pentagram - Live Rites album art Pentagram Live Rites (Album) Svart Records SVR 060, SVR060 Finland 2011 Sell This Version
3984-14981-1 Pentagram - Last Rites album art Pentagram Last Rites (Album) Metal Blade Records 3984-14981-1 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
HRR 172 Pentagram - Dying In Vain album art Pentagram Dying In Vain High Roller Records HRR 172 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
CDVILEF554WM Pentagram - Curious Volume album art Pentagram Curious Volume (Album) Peaceville CDVILEF554WM UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RI3859 Pentagram - Hurricane album art Pentagram Hurricane(7", Single) Boffo Socko RI3859 US 1973 Sell This Version
none Pentagram - Under My Thumb album art Pentagram Under My Thumb (Single) Gemini (7) none US 1974 Sell This Version
666 Pentagram - Livin' In A Ram's Head album art Pentagram Livin' In A Ram's Head (Single) High Voltage Records (7) 666 US 1979 Sell This Version
CC1 Pentagram - Relentless album art Pentagram Relentless (Single) Peaceville CC1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
I.P.062 Pentagram - Change Of Heart album art Pentagram Change Of Heart (EP) Iron Pegasus Records I.P.062 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
DB055 Pentagram - Bang It Out (1971 Rehearsal) album art Pentagram Bang It Out (1971 Rehearsal)(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Red) Decibel Flexi Series DB055 US 2015 Sell This Version

Compilations

PCE 005 Pentagram - 1972-1979 album art Pentagram 1972-1979(LP, Comp, Ltd) Peace Records (9) PCE 005 US 1992 Sell This Version
CDVILE 40 Pentagram - Relentless / Day Of Reckoning album art Pentagram Relentless / Day Of Reckoning (Comp) Peaceville CDVILE 40 UK 1995 Sell This Version
DTR001 Pentagram - Human Hurricane album art Pentagram Human Hurricane(CD, Comp) Downtime Recordings DTR001 Canada 1998 Sell This Version
CDVILE 112 / 611122 Pentagram - Turn To Stone album art Pentagram Turn To Stone (Comp) Peaceville CDVILE 112 / 611122 Europe 2002 Sell This Version
RR6521 Pentagram - First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection album art Pentagram First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection (Comp, Single) Relapse Records RR6521 US 2001 Sell This Version
RR6522-1, none Pentagram - First Daze Here Too - The Vintage Collection album art Pentagram First Daze Here Too - The Vintage Collection (Comp) Relapse Records RR6522-1, none US 2006 Sell This Version
HRR 164 Pentagram - If The Winds Would Change album art Pentagram If The Winds Would Change (Comp) High Roller Records HRR 164 Germany 2011 Sell This Version

Videos

DVDVILE20 Pentagram - Last Days Here album art Bobby Liebling, Pentagram Bobby Liebling, Pentagram - Last Days Here(DVD-V, NTSC, Reg) Peaceville DVDVILE20 UK 2011 Sell This Version