The long standing heavy metal group Pentagram may never have had a best selling album or inked a lucrative contract with a major record label, but they have become legends to a modest, but fanatical worldwide fan base and have garnered critical raves from some of the most important rock writers and artists of the modern era.
Formed in Arlington in 1971 by lead vocalist Bobby Liebling and drummer Geof O’Keefe, the band soon began developing and perfecting their sound. Though unmistakably influenced by contemporaries such as Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep, the band were no mere copyists, boasting an unusually melodic vocalist in Liebling and an uncommon sense of subtlety, texture and drama in the guitar playing. Word of mouth led to a rehearsal for Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of Kiss and a demo recording for Blue Oyster Cult’s producer and manager but a major label contract eluded the band.
After weathering numerous lineup changes over the years, Bobby Liebling remains the constant in the group, though recent live appearances have been few. Numerous releases documenting all phases of Pentagram’s career are easily available.
Listen to Pentagram – “Star Lady” [5MB .WMA file] Copyrighted materials, used by permission.
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