Pentagram - _Be Forewarned_
by: Gino Filicetti (
This is the latest release from one of doom metal's founding fathers, Pentagram. From the first track, 'Live Free and Burn' to the last track, 'Be Forewarned' I couldn't get the Black Sabbath association out of my mind. Although this band has been around for a long while and are recognized and revered in the doom metal scene, I still think that their originality is somewhat lacking. Don't get me wrong though, I think this CD is quite good, with more than a few catchy tracks including my favorite, 'Ask No More'. The production on this CD is disappointingly lacking though. A good doomy, majestic sound calls for high levels of production and a lot of mixing work which unfortunately doesn't come through on this album. Vocal work and songwriting are both above average, but I still think that Bobby Liebling sounds like a mixture of every Sabbath singer that ever was, especially Ozzy/Dio/Gillian. Overall this CD adds up to nothing more than average, disappointing for a band with such roots.
(article published 12/8/1995)
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