Posted in metal | music | pictures on August 22, 2011

photos by Taylor Keahey and Sarah Coulter, words by BBG

"Pentagram was very solid last night. Too bad the crowd was a bunch of hipsters with no respect." -graveyarns

"A lot of dudes with a Hipster Metal Parking Lot look at the Pentagram show. Might need to trip some of them." -Mr. Dave Hill

Pentagram @ Mezzanine (by Taylor Keahey)
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"The headliners for the Power of the Riff fest were none other than doom legends Pentagram. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from them as Victor Griffin hasn't been in the band for a long long time and they've had a revolving door of musicians for quite some time now. Also, I wasn't very into their latest comeback album Last Rites, so I was a tad skeptical I would enjoy their performance. The one thing I did know was that I was more than ready for Victor to lay down some serious doom riffage. They opened with new song Treat Me Right off their latest and right away sounded fantastic. Bobby Liebling's voice has certainly held up over the years and he was belting out classics like Relentless, Forever My Queen and All Your Sins like they were going out of style. Victor's evil riffs rained down upon the crowd who eagerly lapped them up and were thirsting for more after each song. For the encore they came out with The Ghoul before finishing with two more before letting the audience catch their breath. As for my skepticism, it was smashed to bits and a serious appreciation for what they've meant to doom and metal in general was cemented in me with their performance. I hope Pentagram continues on down the dark path for a while more...." [ILSYDHT]
The Power of The Riff "tour" has now come to a close after a pair of dates in Seattle at Neumo's on 8/18 and The Highline on 8/20. You saw pictures from the Los Angeles show and from Elbo Room in San Francisco. Now here is a set of pics from the third west coast date which took place at the Mezzanine in San Francisco on August 16th with Aeges, Baptists, Early Graves, Masakari, John Cobbett, Alpinist, Pelican, and Pentagram. They continue below.

Pentagram is now touring the East Coast with Jeff The Brotherhood and Valient Thorr. That tour hit Le Poisson Rouge last night with ELKS. Pictures from that NYC show are on the way. Meanwhile check out Power of the Riff below...

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Aeges by Taylor Keahey

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Baptists by Sarah Coulter

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Baptists by Taylor Keahey

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Early Graves by Sarah Coulter

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Masakari and Deafheaven watch on

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Early Graves by Taylor Keahey

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Masakari by Taylor Keahey

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Masakari by Sarah Coulter

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John Cobbett by Taylor Keahey

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Alpinist by Sarah Coulter

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Alpinist by Taylor Keahey

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Pelican by Sarah Coulter

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Pelican by Taylor Keahey

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Pentagram by Sarah Coulter

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Pentagram by Taylor Keahey

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Comments (11)

What is the appeal of doom metal to hipsters? I don't get it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 1:05 PM

^proclivity to clown shit....that's the appeal

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 1:07 PM

I'll say it again .... pentagram dude that looks like Ron Jeremy is a total faggot. Oh yes he is, I saw him sucking off a midget clown for like $3 and a half-drunk Olde English on Thursday night. It was really a sad sight. Sorry for providing the image. Have a nice day

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 1:08 PM

power of the riff nyc???

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 1:08 PM

San Fran sausage fest! (yes I know that is redundant)

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 1:13 PM

this is still my favorite pentagram photo:

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/img/metal/various/pentagrammarlowe.jpg

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 1:15 PM

anyone that likes this shit is a vampire zombie that has clown shit for brains.

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2011 1:27 PM

bobby liebling smokes crack. for real.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2011 12:31 PM

Oh my God Alpinist are so good.

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2011 4:15 PM

Pentagram singer is married to like a 20 year old. WTF

Posted by Anonymous | August 25, 2011 4:07 PM

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