Posted in metal | music | pictures | tour dates on March 12, 2009

words by Black Bubblegum (and Dave Hill), photos by Toby Tenenbaum

Pentagram

Doom legends Pentagram played Webster Hall on March 6th flanked by Canadian big rig Priestess and the blood-soaked Dutch known as The Devil's Blood. A Pentagram show is a true rarity, and Webster Hall was one of only two US shows lined up for the band with the other taking place the next day in their neck of the woods, Baltimore.

Our esteemed friend Dave Hill was at the NYC show:

[Pentagram] took the stage as "Sub Intro" from their awesome "Sub-Basement" album played over the house P.A. Pentagram mainman and lead singer Bobby Liebling is the only original and/or old school member in the current lineup, though the guys playing with him brought the heat. My only complaints would be that the bass player should loose the doo-rag and just embrace his baldness (or whatever is going on under there) so he doesn't look like some dude in a cover band playing on wing night somewhere. You'd think Bobby would have taken a sidebar with him on that one, but whatever. Also, the guitar player, while really great and all, was not bringing it hard enough in the shredding department. I would much rather have seen Pentagram alum Joe Hasselvander up there. To be fair though, I was kind of hammered by the time Pentagram went on so maybe it was just some weird mood I was in that made be start complaining in my brain about the guitar player. Don't get me wrong- he could shred, just not enough for my taste. I am a man who demands full-on shredding. It's just how I live my life. I mean, is there another way?

Despite my alcohol-induced complaints, Pentagram were awesome, especially Bobby Liebling, who seemed really coherent compared to what I was expecting and he sang great. I'd heard all sorts of stories about him not showing up for gigs or just passing out before he could hit the stage, so it was nice to actually see him out there tearing it up. He's got a lot of party miles on him, but he sure can sing. He and the band played a bunch of the classics plus one or two new songs that were rocking my head big time.

Read the rest here. You owe it to yourself.

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Priestess are playing SXSW in the coming week including dates with Valient Thorr and another Chesapeake doom legend, Wino. Priestess will be back in the NYC area on May 6th to play The Chance in Poughkeepsie with Gwar & Cattle Decapitation (tickets here). All dates are below.

The Devil's Blood are one of many bands that will grace the stages of the soldout Roadburn Festival, along with Wino's band Saint Vitus who they are also playing a not-Roadburn date with.

All tour dates and more pictures below...

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PRIESTESS - 2009 TOUR DATES
March 18 - SXSW Emo's Annex, Austin, Texas*
March 19 - SXSW El Sol Y La Luna, Austin, Texas
March 21 - SXSW High Times Doobie Awards @Red 7, Austin, Texas***
May 2 - Higher Ground, Burlington, Vermont
May 3 - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island**
May 4 - 103 Ultra Lounge, Orono, Maine
May 5 - House Of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts**
May 6 - The Chance, Poughkeepsie, New York**
May 7 - Crocodile Rock, Allentown, Pennsylvania**
May 8 - Mr. Small's, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania**
May 9 - Bogarts, Cincinnati, Ohio**
May 10 - The Terminal, Traverse City, Michigan**
May 11 - Otto's, DeKalb, Illinois**
May 12 - East Peoria Event Center, East Peoria, Illinois**
May 14 - Remmington's Downtown, Springfield, Missouri**
May 15 - Exit/In, Nashville, Tennessee**
May 16 - Club Fire, Jackson, Mississippi**
May 17 - Valarium, Knoxville, Tennessee**
May 19 - Jester's Pub, Fayetteville, North Carolina**
May 20 - Hooligans, Jacksonville, North Carolina **

* w/Anvil + Valient Thorr +others
** w/GWAR, Cattle Decapitation
*** w/Wino, Nebula, Earthless +others *daytime*


THE DEVIL"S BLOOD - 2009 TOUR DATES
Apr 23 2009 ROADBURN FESTIVAL @ 013 Tilburg Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
Apr 27 2009 Live Music Hall Köln, Nordrhein-Westfalen*
Jun 13 2009 Muskelrock på Tyrolen 2009 Alvesta, Småland, Gotlands län
Jul 10 2009 Stoned From The Underground Erfurt-Stotternheim, Thüringen
Jul 17 2009 HELL'S PLEASURE Pößneck, Thüringen
Oct 3 2009 Devil's Revenge Festival Hamm, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Oct 24 2009 Hellflame Festival - The south side of Hell Lichtenfels, Bayern
* w/ Saint Vitus

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Comments (23)

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Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 2:51 AM

amazing photos

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 3:23 AM

I would never of thought so many people would show up to that show.looked great

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 8:46 AM

Dave Hill is the possibly the worst writer to have joined BV's already low ranks. A sample of his insights are truly essential:

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so he doesn't look like some dude in a cover band playing on wing night somewhere. You'd think Bobby would have taken a sidebar with him on that one, but whatever. Also, the guitar player, while really great and all, was not bringing it hard enough in the shredding department.

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and

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To be fair though, I was kind of hammered by the time Pentagram went on so maybe it was just some weird mood I was in that made be start complaining in my brain about the guitar player. Don't get me wrong- he could shred, just not enough for my taste. I am a man who demands full-on shredding. It's just how I live my life. I mean, is there another way?

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the next Lester Bangs. Somebody needs to "bring . . . it hard enough in the shredding department," but he's not the guitar player . . . is there an editor in the house?


Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 8:48 AM

Do you even know who Dave Hill is?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 9:03 AM

priestess rule...if i didnt have tindersticks tix that night, i wouldve been there.

such an amazing live band.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 9:30 AM

the only thing funnier than Dave Hill's review is 8:48's reaction.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 9:44 AM

that was a good review. I don't understand the complaints. And FYI Dave Hill is a guitar player as well so I think that lets him criticize the guitar players if he wants to. And even if he wasnt a guitar player he can say what he wants.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 9:55 AM

"the only thing funnier than Dave Hill's review"

I am anon 9:44 and I meant that as a good thing.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 10:13 AM

Have any of you ever heard Sons of Elvis? Give me a fucking 1991 break---that shit wasn't even good back then.

Stop sucking up BV readers and develop your own opinions.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 11:37 AM

It would be nice to have an actual review and not a guy doing a cigar-smoking, tongue in cheek half-ironic comedy session. Some of us actually want to hear about the show. We love Pentagram. I dont give a shit if it's [INSERT COOL HIPSTER] writing . . . how was the show?

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 11:44 AM

his review is serious and funny at the same time. In addition to being a comedian, Dave Hill is a huge metal fan and an extremely talented musician.

Posted by Anonymous | March 12, 2009 12:26 PM

To be completely fair the sound at webster hall is terrible but, Bobby made it work.

Posted by Anonymous | March 13, 2009 9:38 AM

for anon 11:44...
the show was fucking AMAZING. every band brought it hard. i was skeptical about bobby before hand but i think he did a really great job. im just glad i was able to see this in his lifetime. he worked the crowd and seemed really amped to be there. one of the best concerts i've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | March 27, 2009 10:48 PM

I've seen a ton of shows in my lifetime. Only a certain handful stand out as being led by a true musical madman and most importantly, a showman. PENTRAGRAM and Bobby Liebling delivered, holy smokes. He reminds us all of how much of an impact an energetic, enigmatic, scary and even almost a-sexual frontman can have. That guy can work the crowd just by using his eyeballs, I swear. The night of March 6th will go down as one of NYC's great rock-n-roll shows while crowning Bobby's career thus far. Cheers!

Posted by cirith gorgor | March 30, 2009 5:04 PM

Priestess is the best for me!

Posted by patnb | March 21, 2010 8:07 PM

I guess she hates the Red Sox too!

Let's hope the Yanks clinch it today...

Posted by ben ten | May 23, 2010 6:24 PM

I guess she hates the Red Sox too!

Let's hope the Yanks clinch it today...

Posted by jeux gratuit | May 23, 2010 6:28 PM

I guess she hates the Red Sox too!

Let's hope the Yanks clinch it today.....

Posted by planet wallpaper | June 21, 2010 5:34 AM

I guess she hates the Red Sox too!

Posted by free 3d wallpaper | June 21, 2010 5:36 AM

Bobby rocked it man. There is no one more talented on stage that I've ever seen and I've been around, a long, long time! In regards to the Yankees, they let us down again didn't they?

Posted by Self Storage Units | December 18, 2010 2:42 PM

Are those tits that I'm looking at?

Posted by Anonymous | December 18, 2010 3:56 PM

You know I think you're right! Those just might be tits!

Posted by Storage Units | March 20, 2011 7:07 PM

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