Pentacle are a band from the Netherlands that has been featured before in this zine and plays a blackened form of death metal and this is a review of their 2001 ep "Ancient Death" which will be re-issued in November by Vic Records.
A very dark and melodic sound starts off the ep and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and the vocals also bring in a great amount of death metal growls while black metal screams can also be heard at times.
Throughout the recording there is a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the songs also bring in a decent mixture of both 80's and 90's influences and a couple of the tracks are very long and epic in length and the slower riffs also bring in a touch of doom metal and they also bring in covers of Mantas's "Legion Of Doom" and Death's "Witch Of Hell" and one track also brings in vocals from K.K Warlust Of Destroyer 666 and the music also remains very heavy from beginning to ending of the recording and there is also a brief use of melodic guitars leads.
Pentacle created another recording to this era that was very true to their old school death metal style while still having a touch of black metal, the production sounded very professional for t he era it was recorded while the lyrics cover Occultism, Warfare and Death themes.
In my opinion this was another great sounding recording from Pentacle and if you are a fan of old school blackened death metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Souls Blood" and "Walking Upon Damnation's hand". 8 out of 10.