Robert Williams of Metal-Rules.com conducted an interview with Bobby Liebling and Victor Griffin of legendary doomsters PENTAGRAM last month in Austin, Texas during the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival. Check out the chat below.
PENTAGRAM, the band that has been churning out widely admired hard rock/doom metal for over four decades, released its new album, "Last Rites", on April 12 via Metal Blade Records. The CD 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:
01. Treat Me Right
02. Call the Man
03. Into the Ground
05. Everything's Turning to Night
06. Windmills and Chimes
07. American Dream
08. Walk in Blue Light
10. Death in 1st Person
11. Nothing Left
The cover artwork for "Last Rites" was handled by Mo Moussa who is best known for his work with Marvel and 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.
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 1970s and doom towards its death.
PENTAGRAM's classic "Death Row"-era lineup 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.
"Treat Me Right" audio stream: