Day of Reckoning
Pentagram's second album saw a refinement of the doom metal approach the
band took on their first album. The trademark 'lackidaisical' vocals of
Bobby "Plugie" Liebling are still in place, and sound-wise not a lot has
changed, but this album definitely does not sound like just a 'part two' of
their debut. Overall the feel of the album is more oppressive and sinister
than the debut; the band forays more into the slower tempos and the riffs
themselves are a lot more 'doomy' sounding. The high point is definitely
the track "Burning Saviour," the nine-minute-plus centerpiece of the album.
It starts with dirge-like clean electric arpeggios which explode into a
'heavy' version of the same progression - and even though the song builds
and changes, it still manages to re-incorporate different versions of this
main riff several times later in the song.
Just like the first album, the 1993 Peaceville issue is a reissue - this
album originally came out in 1987 on Napalm/Dutch East India. Definitely a
worthy purchase if you're into Sabbath-inspired 'vintage' doom.
© 1999 lord vic