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March 20, 2019


By: Laurie Gallardo

Put some time aside to check out Last Days Here (2011), the documentary on Alexandria, VA-based doom metal pioneers Pentagram. It focuses unflinchingly on front man/songwriter Bobby Liebling‘s ongoing battle with drug addiction, while friend and band manager Sean “Pellet” Pelletier struggles to help Liebling stay afloat – and focused on the music. It’s clear that Pellet loves Pentagram. It’s the main reason he stayed on to help in what was often a frustrating, heartbreaking scenario.

Since their original formation in 1971, through the career roller coaster ride of ups and downs, line-up changes, triumphs and endless upheaval, Pentagram maintains one of the strongest fan bases ever that keeps the music alive. But any fan will tell you: The music has a life of its own – grittier, darker and heavier than several bands back in the day; paganistic, and loud as eff. From underground cult following to legendary status, Pentagram remains an influential figure in the metal genre and beyond.

Pentagram is in Austin for a show tonight at Come and Take It Live, 2015 E. Riverside Dr., sharing the bill with Memphis rockers Dirty Streets, Lafayette Delta blues/metal outfit Brother Dege,and Austin sludge inflictors Forbode. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Make sure those earplugs are working. Not for the faint of heart – or soul. As it should be. Your AMM host says this one’s very recommended.

-Photography by Stacy Atwell.


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