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Released: 2015, Peaceville
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
When we speak of legends, then Pentagram is included. Bobby Liebling and his gang are out there and they just unleashed their new doom/hard rock beast called CURIOUS VOLUME.
Pentagram is one of the oldest current living bands. After Black Sabbath, they are considered as the milestone act of doom metal. The temperament of Pentagram did not leave room for such any weaknesses for over four decades. That is the so-called success, ladies and gentlemen.
Bobby Liebling is still alive and kills. Victor Griffin returned after the BE FOREWARNED" (1994) and the great Joe Hasselvander shines by his absence. Really, how much you care for the current line-up since at least two dozens of musicians have passed through the ranks over the years and quite a few bands created by them? Probalby, not at all. Justifiably, you are pleased by hearing the news about the release of new album by Pentagram. That’s it.
Based on probabilities and other non-objective factors, CURIOUS VOLUME could not be a moderate album. When you have already affected and infuenced a ton of bands and have ripped off even by the stones, what the hell, even there is no inspiration you gonna write a bad song and if you are Pentagram you gonna make it a good one. That’s the sign of a rock star (not in the frameworks of TV of course or as most people may believe of what rock star is!). But here lies the greatness of the Pentagram. The thirst for creation and composition reaches your ears from hearing the very first note of the starting "Lay Down and Die". The first six tracks carry the strain and the potential to renounce everything you have heard in recent years in the doom / rock genre, with "Sufferin’" to surprises, impresses and releases and your last inhibitions to become the underage mistress of Bobby Liebling!
In the year 2015, and almost after 45 years of activeness, Pentagram ratified for good the value that we have given occasionally in bands who worship devoutly and, on the other, renewed for several years still keeping them on the elusive prince of the underground. For some mysterious reason not looked, pleased me the presence of moderate and indifferent moments in the album. It may be due to the fact that these did not exceed masterpieces of the past, but perhaps have to do with the fact that these moments are accompanied by melodies that will even envied themselves. I do not know and I do not want to know. CURIOUS VOLUME is the epitome of everything that can be called as doom, hard rock, and heavy stuff.
01. Lay Down And Die
02. The Tempter Push
03. Dead Bury Dead
04. Earth Flight
05. Walk Alone
06. Curious Volume
08. Close The Casket
10. Devil's Playground
11. Because I Made It
Bobby Liebling - vocals
Victor Griffin - guitar
Greg Turley - bass
"Minnesota" Pete Campbell - drums
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