At the moment I'm not sure if Pentagram Records was PENTAGRAM's own label or if outside forces were involved. It remains a fact that PENTAGRAM-drummer Joe Hasselvander was also the man behind studio-projects DEVIL CHILDE and PHANTOM LORD, together with Jack Starr, Ned Meloni and others, even if these bands were marketed as "real" bands at the time. For instance, I once read a press release for the DEVIL CHILDE album which stated that the band was from Canada and in their mid-teens. Metalploitation anyone?
|DEVIL 1||Devil Childe||s/t||MLP||1985||Half Venom, half Pentagram, 100% metalploitation and one of the finest releases in this non-genre. We bow our heads to Sirs Starr & Hasselvander.|
|DEVIL 2||Phantom Lord||s/t||LP||1985||2 covers exist - the one on your left and one with red logo on black background. Same label, same #.|
|DEVIL 3||Joe Hasselvander||Lady-Killer||LP||1985|
|DEVIL 4||Pentagram||s/t||LP||1985||One of The Geat Immortals, right up there with "Number Of The Beast", "Don't Break The Oath" and "Into Battle. I was gonna add 'Why it took them another 20+ years to break big is a mystery', but quickly realized that would be a lie.|
|HRT-2-21983-D5||Hammers Rule||After The Bomb||MLP||1985||"Show No Mercy" was a good but uneven album, the latter thanx to a couple of illfitting hair-metal numbers. Here they've picked 2 great songs from the debut LP + added another 2 absolute scorchers: the facepounding "Kamikaze-Mission Of Death" and the near-epic "Stop The World", making this a highly underrated US Metal mini!
Co-released by Web Records.
|DEVIL 6||Ded Engine||s/t||LP||1985||Don't know what's sexier, the silver band logo or the hotness of Pentagram Records itself, but the cool kids will defintely bully you if your mom comes home with the Black Dragon budget version. Good Heavy Metal stock.|