Bands: Purson, Horisont, Pentagram
‘The Garage’ – London, England.
9 December, 2011


This is one gig I’ve been looking forward to for a veeery long time. Fans congregated to this northern part of London from countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland, Germany and of course other parts of England and I chatted to a some of these outside and inside the venue. Many were devoted Doom Metal fans of a…well…‘not-so-young’ age. All seemed to share my anticipation for this, the first-ever UK gig of Pentagram.

Supporting slots were assigned to Horisont and Purson. As the event is about to kick off, I find myself trying to guess their style (maybe Doom?) because as such I’ve never heard either of them. We’ll see what they’ve got to offer, starting with Purson…….


It turns out that Purson play a psychedelic Rock with a vibe that seems rooted in the 1970s. Think Renaissance meets Hawkwind for a rough picture of their style. To be honest Purson’s show failed to get me over-excited. I concede that the band did seem to have some good ideas, as evidenced in their set’s closer ‘Twos & Ones”.

I couldn’t help notice the unusual stage layout, with the drummer in the middle-foreground and lead vocalist/guitarist Rosalie Cunningham to his left. Lack of confidence? I don’t know but the band also seemed to have trouble connecting with the audience, beyond the throng’s occasional polite acknowledgement.

Spiderwood Farm
Fast One
Rocking Horse
Twos And Ones


Next band is another throwback in time, stylistically speaking, but this time it verges on the point of parody with their sideburns and retro-attire. As one might deduce from this assessment, Horisont specialise in 1970s Rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and Deep Purple. The music also has strong hints of Stoner Doom. All this is homely enough but Horisont rarely venture beyond what old farts such as myself have heard time and again and again and again.

It wasn’t all gloom though. The band was clearly determined to put on a dynamic show and did seem to be enjoying themselves. The guitars sounded great especially when belting out some catchy riff and the main singer had a decent voice for this genre of music.

To recap my thoughts until this point, however, I felt both acts could have been more adequately chosen.

Visa Vagen
The Unseen
High Time
Mano Warrior


Seeing the guys of Pentagram walk onto the stage was for me one of those unique moments in life, like when I saw the original Black Sabbath perform live or the first time I saw Kiss. Emotions certainly ran high for this sell-out show – it beggars belief that this was Pentagram’s first UK show in the band’s 40 year existence.

Ironically, as soon as the band’s set took off it was as if they had always lived here – such was the strength of the bond with the audience. The set-list was perfectly crafted and the band had large parts of the audience chanting along to most of the songs. Vocalist/band mentor Bobby Liebling was visibly taken when the audience responded so strongly to songs such as ‘Death Row’, ‘Call The Man’ and ‘Relentless’. Towards the end of the show he expressed his intention to return to British shores before long – thus inciting an ecstatic audience response.

Yep, this was a truly memorable gig – that may be a cliché but it’s also the goddamn truth.

Forever My Queen
Treat Me Right
Review Your Choices
Sign Of The Wolf / Sinister
Into The Ground
Death Row
All Your Sins
Call The Man
Nothing Left
Dying World
When The Screams Come

Weblinks and ratings: 

PURSON ( - 58/100

HORISONT ( - 55/100

PENTAGRAM ( - 85/100


© 2011 C. Galea

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