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)