MetalBite Review by Allan on 12/3/2002
The oldest of the bands under Peaceville Records “Classic Collections”, Pentagram
is the band that most deserves to have their thirty-year plus history summed up into one album. “Turn To Stone”
combine’s songs that can be found throughout Pentagram
’s career on Peaceville Records, with material dating as far back as their debut album “Pentagram”
in 1985 until their last Peaceville Records effort, “Be Forewarned”
released singles and such in the early ‘70’s, and thus their tri-decade existence). Straightforward, to the point, and simply a combination of various songs on the aforementioned albums, “Turn To Stone”
is a good introduction for those that are new to Pentagram
It looks as if Pentagram
is Black Sabbath
’s younger brother. Vocalist Bobby Leibling performs with his obviously Ozzy influenced vocals, and guitarist Victor Griffin shares quite a bit in common with the early Sabbath
days. Still, it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t completely attribute Pentagram
as being a Black Sabbath
tribute band in disguise.
Each and every member of Pentagram
has a fair amount of talent. The rhythm section is very strong and high in the mix, the lead and rhythm guitar absolutely slay together between their doom theatrics, and the vocals absolutely fit the sound of Pentagram
. The songwriting from most of the material found on “Turn To Stone”
is very well written and highly enjoyable. While Pentagram
isn’t wholly original, it’s hard to turn down a band that can churn out song after song that rocks the way it should.
If you own the three albums Pentagram
released ’85 and ’94, there really isn’t any reason for you to pick this up. Otherwise, if you’re going for a best of collection, “First Daze Here”
is overall, probably a better pick because it’s more to the point and covers the material better. Nonetheless, “Turn To Stone”
is a good barebones representation of the heavier days of Pentagram
and it wouldn’t hurt to pick it up.
Well done, Black Sabbath
influenced metal. Nothing more, nothing less, but Pentagram
do what they do well enough to garner credit.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
out of 10