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Pentagram - Turn To Stone (7/10) - USA - 2002

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Peaceville Records
Playing time: 79:04
Band homepage: Pentagram

Tracklist:

  1. Petrified
  2. Wartime
  3. All Your Sins
  4. Frustration
  5. Burning Saviour
  6. Sinister
  7. Bride of Evil
  8. When the Screams Come
  9. Relentless
  10. Vampyre Love
  11. Evil Seed
  12. The Ghoul
  13. Wolf's Blood
  14. Madman
  15. 20 Buck Spin
  16. Death Row
  17. Live Free and Burn
Pentagram - Turn To Stone
I admit, before "Turn To Stone" I never had any contact with PENTAGRAM and for some reason neither had any real motivation to change that. Now I have to say that there would have been no reason in first place, because these veterans deliver us their brand of Doom Metal in its most classical form, with "Turn To Stone" being a compilation of the out of print albums "Relentless" (1993), "Day Of Reckoning" (1993) and "Be Forewarned" (1994).

But the Americans do not only offer us the typical slow-motion, but the whole spectrum, up to up-tempo (""), yet always retaining this one genuine Doom-feeling of melancholy and depression, together with the not exactly life-embracing lyrics, generating this pretty unique atmosphere.

I do not know what exactly I had expected from PENTAGRAM, but for some reason not those really good, clear vocals. I rather had thought that I would get a dirtier, rougher voice in the ST.VITUS-direction and less melody contained, maybe the imagery fooled my mind on that one. But well, better this way around, eh?

Anyways, maybe 79 minutes are a little too much for one listen, but if you like well-crafted and executed Doom with quite some variation in speed and intensity, should definitely check out "Turn To Stone". (Online November 24, 2002)

Alexander Melzer



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