Sound — 9
I'm only doing this review to make up for the fact that such a legendary band has no reviews. So why not start with their greatest album and one that has inspired so much doom-laden riffage over the years. Pentagram were spawned from the ever strengthening Doom scene that came after Black Sabbath's success. Obviously this should give you a bit of a clue as to what the album sounds like. The band themselves look like a cross bewtween Free, Back Sabbath and Venom. Another clue? I think it's fair to say that Pentagram's sound is a patented one. The combination of Bobby Liebling's haunting vocals with Victor Griffin's even more haunting guitar sounds help to create an atmosphere of despair, sadness and morbidity. No doubt that they helped influence early thrash and extreme music. Before every band started using scales that sound like they originated from egypt, Griffin and a handful of other talented guitarists were already combining the sound in their solos and riffs. Listen closely.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics on this album are quite what you'd expect of a band wearing so much black that if you put them in the shade they'd just dissapear, but at some points the lyrics are quite genius and memorable, such as in the song "Broken Vows". Suprisingly there are little referances to Satan in the lyrics, except on Burning Saviour. "Goat Of Mendes!" Truly amazing.
Overall Impression — 10
It would be hard to find a close match for this album. As I said before; patented sound. No doubt there are bands who came after who completely imitated their sound and became more famous, but oh well, you need to buy the album to understand. If I were to recommend a few downloads, I'd say "Broken Vows" and "Burning Savior". The great thing about this album is that you can just sit down and chill to it, though heavy, it's just easy to listen to. As always, be amazed by Griffin's solos. Stolen or lost? This is an album that you will love so much that there is no chance of it getting lost or stolen.