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PENTACLE

PENTACLE
Under The Black Cross
(Ibex Moon Records)
45:46min

If you are a serious Voices reader and don't already own PENTACLE's "Under The Black Cross" album, you should stop reading this very instance and go get it, no excuses here!!! For the rest of you, loyal PENTACLE worshippers, what we have here is the much anticipated re-release of the classic (by now) second PENTACLE full-length album. Originally released by Iron Pegasus Records, it now got re-released (for the US market) by John McEntee's label Ibex Moon Records. I was quite skeptical with that re-release in the sense that Costa treated it in the best possible way (releasing it in jewel case, noble LP / PicLP format, the latter with booklet and sticker) and since I already owned all previous album formats I was wondering what more goodies we could get out of this specific PENTACLE period. Beginning with the exterior of this re-release, the album is hosted in a nice digipak case with the two sides of the right panel containing the album lyrics (for the first time in a CD version, only the booklet of the PicLP version contained them so far) and a left panel with a great illustration in the mood of the album concept (already contained as the "alternative" PicLP cover and limited "Many went... few returned" t-shirt design). Besides the nice digipak, you will also get the same booklet as the jewel-case Iron Pegasus version but with a bit darker colors in the cover print. But enough with the packaging / layout part, let's go to the "juicy" and most important part of this re-release... which is no other than the INCREDIBLE and fucking "skullcrushing" cover version of the all-time classic NECROVORE track 'Divus De Mortuus'. What the fuck can I say about this?? That's by far the best cover PENTACLE ever did in my opinion and I guess that also due to the fact that NECROVORE has been a big influence in the sound of the band. The band has managed to get into the spirit of the original and delivered it in an excellent way during the "Under The Black Cross" sessions. Wannes sounds like being possessed by the same demon that once possessed Jon DePlancett (in the good old NECROVORE days), but in the PENTACLE case, Wannes delivers the track with his unmistakable vocal-style, making obvious that he is by far the top vocalist in ancient Death Metal right now. To sum up this re-release is essential even if you own all other versions and even if the NECROVORE tribute never gets released, we have to thank PENTACLE for bringing forth the definite version of one of the most sinister Death Metal tracks ever. Support them if you haven't forgotten the Ancient feeling. But remember, it still rules... www.pentacle.nl, www.ibexmoonrecords.com

Manolis A.

More PENTACLE reviews:
...Rides The Moonstorm - by Manolis A.
...Rides The Moonstorm - by Bart Gabriel
Adv. of split EP Tracks - by Frank Stöver
Ancient Death - by Steven Willems
Ancient Death - by Frank Stöver
Archaic Undead Fury - by Frank Stöver
Five Candles Burning Red - by Stefan Franke
Under The Black Cross - by Stefan Franke

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