Music: Pentagram

While it’s true that Pentagram’s presence in the Metal community has been slightly sporadic, there’s no denying that the band has been around in one form or another for nearly four decades. They play the Southgate House Saturday with Black Tusk.

At 56, after four decades of touring and recording, there aren’t many firsts that Pentagram frontman Bobby Liebling can notch for himself. But on the day of our interview, Liebling’s 24-year-old wife had an ultrasound that determined their unborn child’s sex.

“We’re going to have a boy,” a shell-shocked Liebling says. “It’s my first on-paper, legal marriage and my first child ever. It’s pretty much a trip of a day. The world will have another me in it. My God, they’re not ready for that yet.”

There’s a case to be made that the world wasn’t ready for the first Liebling who made his mark. Back in the early 1970s, when he was still just a teenager, Bobby Liebling, inspired by the work of UFO, Uriah Heep and Blue Cheer, founded the first iteration of Pentagram. The Metal community and the world in general have felt the ripples ever since. And while the band’s doom-laden riffage and thunderous rhythms set the stage for subsequent generations of Metal translators, Liebling and Pentagram are largely excised from the influence dialogue.

While it’s true that Pentagram’s presence in the Metal community has been slightly sporadic, there’s no denying that the band has been around in one form or another for nearly four decades. When it comes to the respect and adoration that the community exhibits for Pentagram, no one is more surprised and humbled than Liebling.

Pentagram plays the Southgate House with Black Tusk Saturday. Get show details and Brian Baker full interview here.

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