|Genres:||Heavy Metal Heavy Metal Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||doom metal heavy metal traditional doom metal metal doom|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Among the best of the bands continuing the seminal heavy metal tradition of early Black Sabbath, the core of this US band was formed by Bobby Liebling (vocals) in 1970. Like Black Sabbath, their roots were in the lively white blues bands of the early 70s, which they translated into ominous, crunching riffs and dark, devilish lyrics. However, unlike Black Sabbath, who treated the infernal with ambivalence, Pentagram have always seemed much more comfortable with their Satanic themes.
Pentagram recorded throughout the 70s, with Liebling joined by Vince McAllister (d. 26 May 2006; guitar), Greg Mayne (bass) and Geof OKeefe (drums), although the material was not released until over two decades later. Joe Hasselvander (drums), Victor Griffin (guitar) and Martin Swaney (bass) were added to the line-up prior to the recording of their first album, Pentagram, which was not released until 1985. By this time, Hasselvander had left, dismayed at the...