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The 12th – 15th of April
Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen
Once again it is April and time to return to the Roadburn festival in Tillburg, Holland. The line-up for 2011 looked absolutely awesome in every aspect. A few of the bands who were forced to cancel their appearance last year had been re-booked (i.e. Candlemass and Evoken). Roadburn offered a nice deal of Finnish bands as well such as Hooded Menace. It was the sonic masters Sunn O))) who had been chosen to guide and be a curator of the Roadburn 2011. The members of Sunn O))) which have plenty of other bands picked up bands fitting to their taste and the concept of the Roadburn festival. Roadburn could be bigger and larger, but due to the cult status and the will of the organization of the fest, it will remain as intimate as it has been since the beginning. Metal-Rules.com got an excellent privilege of visiting the Roadburn festival for the second time in a row to see plenty of killer bands, smell the taste of weed with awesome people, and be a part of an awesome festival atmosphere.
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Tags: Candlemass, Corrosion Of Conformity, GHOST, Godflesh, PENTAGRAM, PLACE OF SKULLS, Roadburn, Voi Vod, VoiVod
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Doomed duo of Bobby Liebling / Victor Griffin honor PENTAGRAM’s 40th Anniversary, showcase new songs live!
“Last Days Here” wins big at the 2011 Independent Film Festival of Boston. Documentary picked up by Sundance Selects in North America!
The all star doom duo of Bobby Liebling / Victor Griffin, along with band-mates Greg Turley and new drummer Albert Born, will be hitting the road for the band’s first official US headline tour in support of their acclaimed new album, Last Rites!
The recently released Last Rites marks the first album in 17 years from one of the most influential duos in doom metal history and has garnered favorable reviews across the board. In honor of this accomplishment and to help celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary, PENTAGRAM will hit the US tour trail this coming August with support coming from Valient Thorr and JEFF the Brotherhood.
This is the same duo that stunned over 2,000 people at 2010’s Maryland Deathfest and became the most talked about set of the weekend. That historic set was filmed, mastered, and will be released on DVD under the title, When the Screams Come by Metal Blade on August 16th. And due to high demand, Last Rites will be made available on vinyl in North America on the same date. Preorders for the DVD When the Screams Come and vinyl for Last Rites will be made available at the following location: http://www.metalblade.com/pentagram/
Tour dates are being booked now and will be announced soon!
PENTAGRAM documentary Last Days Here picked up by Sundance Selects for North American distribution (full release below)! Last Days Here has also been awarded the Documentary Grand Jury Prize of the Independent Film Festival Boston that took place on Sunday May 1st. PENTAGRAM won out over 30 other documentaries, many of which created by renown, award winning directors from around the world.
SUNDANCE SELECTS TAKES NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY LAST DAYS HERE
New York, NY – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to directors Don Argott (ROCK SCHOOL, THE ART OF THE STEAL) and Demian Fenton’s documentary LAST DAYS HERE. Produced by Sheena M. Joyce, the film studies the storied and tumultuous life of heavy metal legend Bobby Liebling and features the music of Liebling’s band Pentagram, along with appearances by Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, Geof O’Keefe, and Greg Mayne, amongst others. LAST DAYS HERE premiered earlier this year at the 2011 South by Southwest Film Festival. Sundance Selects will release the film theatrically and on its Video-on-Demand (VOD) platform.
Rock and Roll’s history is littered with stories of once promising musicians who crashed and burned after giving into their demons. LAST DAYS HERE tells the story of Bobby Liebling, the lead singer of the cult 1970’s heavy metal band Pentagram. Now in his 50’s and wasting away in his parents’ basement from decades of drug use and self loathing, Bobby’s music is finally discovered by the heavy metal underground. With the help of his friend and manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, Bobby attempts to overcome years of addiction, loneliness and broken dreams. Made over 4 years and tracking the most unlikely of friendships, the film becomes a riveting, unexpectedly funny and moving portrait of the ultimate fan’s act of faith when all hope looks lost. Directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton working again with producer Sheena Joyce invest the film with the same sort of suspenseful filmmaking as in their acclaimed THE ART OF THE STEAL and unforgettable characters found in their debut ROCK SCHOOL.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects, said: “LAST DAYS HERE is a wild ride that we all found deeply moving. We look forward to working with Don Argott, Demain Fenton and Sheena Joyce again after our successful collaboration on THE ART OF THE STEAL.”
“Demian, Sheena and I could not be happier to be, once again, in the skilled hands of Sundance Selects. We’re thrilled to partner with them on this story of an unbelievable journey, and look forward to continuing down the path by their side,” said Argott, the film’s Co-Director with Fenton. The deal for LAST DAYS HERE was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects and Submarine’s Josh Braun on behalf of the filmmakers.
Sundance Selects is a sister division to IFC Films and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.
Follow PENTAGRAM at the following location: (Official Pentagram Facebook coming soon!) http://www.myspace.com/thepentagramarchives
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PENTAGRAM: 'Last Rites'
PENTAGRAM, the band that has been churning out widely admired hard rock/doom metal for over four decades, has just revealed the track listing and artwork to the band’s highly anticipated full-length album Last Rites. Last Rites, out on April 12th via Metal Blade Records, contains 11 new tracks of behemoth tunes that fans have been clamoring for since the last Liebling/Griffin masterpiece was released in 1994 (Be Forewarned).
Last Rites track listing:
1. Treat Me Right
2. Call the Man
3. Into the Ground
5. Everything’s Turning to Night
6. Windmills and Chimes
7. American Dream
8. Walk in Blue Light
10. Death in 1st Person
11. Nothing Left
Cover art for Last Rites was handled by Mo Moussa (MoMoussa.com) who is best known for his work with Marvel & DC Comics. Mo Moussa’s other credentials include New Line Cinema, Nickelodeon as well as the four major TV networks. A Philly native and a huge fan of underground music, his work also graces the covers of several of his favorite local bands including Total Fucking Destruction.
Stay tuned to MetalBlade.com for more info on Last Rites including preorder options, show dates, singles, and more!
Follow PENTAGRAM at the following location: (Official Pentagram Facebook & Twitter pages coming soon!)
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Metal Blade Records inks deal with legendary heavy metal/doom group PENTAGRAM; new album “Last Rites” set for spring 2011 with a live DVD to follow
Doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin honor Pentagram’s 40th Anniversary, showcase new songs live
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – December 21, 2010 – Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of legendary doom metal act PENTAGRAM. The band, now entering their 40th year anniversary, will be releasing a full-length album titled Last Rites in the spring of 2011 featuring all new tracks with a DVD to follow in late 2011. The doomed duo of Bobby Liebling & Victor Griffin has united once again to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pentagram! Spring 2011 will bear witness to the revered pair’s first studio album together in 17 years. Only days out of the sessions, the band will unleash these newborn heavies live! Monstrous new riffs and more will be freed the nights of January 6th, at Europa in NYC and January 7th, at Club Hell in Providence, RI. Also playing live with the band will be PENTAGRAM alumni and current full-time bass player Greg Turley with Tim Tomaselli (Place of Skulls) filling in on drums.
Bobby Liebling comments on working with Metal Blade Records; “I reflect on how Pentagram is coming into its 40th year and how it finally feels like we are entering into the major leagues. With Metal Blade now at our side, it feels like we made the World Series! I’ll quote John Lennon from ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ask the loyal rivetheads out there, ‘Did we pass the audition?'”
Victor Griffin adds; “Neither Bobby nor myself ever imagined we’d play together again. It’s an honor to be re-united and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Pentagram, and the 30th anniversary of our musical relationship with a new album on Metal Blade Records! As always, we did it our way…thanks for making us survivors!”
“I am very excited to welcome Pentagram to the Metal Blade Family. It is really amazing for us to work with such a legendary band and we look forward to a great success!” comments Chairman/CEO of Metal Blade Records, Brian Slagel.
Cult rock legend Bobby Liebling has been churning out genre defining and highly admired hard rock/doom metal for over 40 years with PENTAGRAM. Within its first decade, the band is largely regarded as co-creating two subgenres of hard rock. Heavy Metal at the birth of the 1970’s and Doom towards its death.
The classic “Death Row”-era line-up and the band’s debut album, Relentless (1984) was inducted into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Guitarist Victor Griffin’s invention of the “Drop B” tuning is first heard here. This heavy-handed hallmark went on to influence handfuls of players and defined a subgenre. These numbers recently included Jack White and his band The Dead Weather who cover Forever My Queen (Liebling) live. It was also played on late night talk shows worldwide and even released as a single on White’s own Third Man Records.
Follow PENTAGRAM at the following location: (Official Pentagram Facebook & Twitter pages coming soon!)
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MetalSucks contributor Leyla Ford recently spoke with PENTAGRAM frontman Bobby Liebling. Liebling shared some news about the band’s forthcoming album, as well as what he’s been up to nowadays:
ON THE NEW ALBUM:
You’re off to record the Last Ritesalbum soon, I believe?
I leave Wednesday morning and we start recording the album this coming Sunday night [November 21].
I’m sure you’re pretty excited about it. Can you tell me a bit about the new record?
Actually, the songs on Last Ritesare predominantly, I’d say two-thirds [of them are] songs I wrote in 1970, and if you’re familiar with any Pentagram stuff at all… you know each album is usually a sixty-forty split. Sixty percent is stuff that I did in the early ‘70s, and forty percent is collaborations and new stuff. The upcoming album is slated to have thirteen songs, but we don’t know if we’re going to be able to record all of them. We’re going to try to get it all in. It’s going to be a shorter album, but it’ll be part of a double-disc set with an hour-long live DVD from last year’s Maryland Deathfest.
Is there a definite release date for it?
No, not a definite date, but it’s scheduled to be released in early April. I was told by my superiors [laughs], as it were, that I shouldn’t talk about the record label, but I will say that we’ve got a multi-album deal and it’s with a significant, well, let’s say the largest label I’ve ever been on.
That’s great, congratulations!
Thank you, it’s been long enough coming. 2011 marks Pentagram’s fortieth anniversary.
Wow, that’s a good, long run. Hopefully with many more years to come.
We’ll see! That’s why I’m calling it Last Rites, just in case! But there are four songs that are brand-new, and the other nine consist of several I wrote on my own, and a few I wrote with my original drummer, Geof O’Keefe. Those are the ones scheduled to be on there. But one of the old ones might go, as well as a new one. We’re doing a cram course, you might call it. All the other Pentagram albums that have been done were recorded over a three-month period. This album is going to be done in three weeks. We’re rehearsing it five days, that’s it, and these songs have never been played by anyone in the band [currently].
ON HIS LIFE THESE DAYS:
My life has changed in a great deal of ways. I met my wife, and the last three years I’ve had a very, very different life. I’ve been clean for the first time after forty years of drug addiction — that’s a long, long time. Now I have a baby, and a house, and a dog, and a picket fence and backyard and all that stuff! Being straight is a really new awakening for me, and it’s really fantastic. And some people might think it’s corny, but I just tribute it to the guy upstairs nowadays. Pentagram was never a “Satan” band like people think it was, it was always just giving you the layout, like the album says, of your choices, because you have to make a choice, and there are two ways you can go. The songs were sort of like warning,s and people mistook those for us being black metal and all that kind of stuff. Then came the eras of the death metal and black metal bands, a lot of them were influenced [by us] supposedly, and they tell me on tours and stuff, but, you know…
To read the full interview, visit:http://www.metalsucks.net/2010/11/17/pentagrams-bobby-liebling-the-metalsucks-interview/
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