Death Row
Death Row
Death Row in the 1980s.
Background information
Also known as Pentagram
Origin Virginia, USA
Genres Doom metal
Years active 1980 - 1983, 1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2011
Labels Black Widow Records
Associated acts Pentagram, Place of Skulls, Blue Cheer, Raven, Trouble
Past members Victor Griffin
Martin Swaney
Joe Hasselvander
Bobby Liebling
Lee Abney
Stuart Rose
Eric Wagner
David Lafever
Chris Durman
Band Logo
Death Row Logo

Death Row is a band conceived by guitarist Victor Griffin and bassist Lee Abney in 1980. Though at the time was the main project of Victor Griffin the band's timeline holds close ties and meshed with Pentagram, notably having Joe Hasselvander on drums and Bobby Liebling on vocals. Eventually in 1983, Death Row would simply be renamed as Pentagram though two reunions would happen in the future.


Death Row Years (1980 - 1983)Edit

In 1980, bassist Lee Abney and guitarist Victor Griffin formed a Knoxville, Tennessee (later based in Northern Virginia) doom metal band named Death Row. Shortly thereafter, drummer Hasselvander joined and the group recruited Liebling on vocals. Former member Swaney soon replaced Abney on bass and the classic Death Row lineup was forged. Following two demos in 1982 and 1983, Hasselvander left the band in 1984. Stuart Rose was picked as his replacement, and the band soon assumed the Pentagram mantle. The 1982 demo, All Your Sins, was then remixed and partially rerecorded in 1984 for release in 1985 as Pentagram's eponymous debut album.

9 19 - Death Row (Pentagram) - Drive Me To The Grave - Live in Virginia 198304:07

9 19 - Death Row (Pentagram) - Drive Me To The Grave - Live in Virginia 1983

Death Row (Pentagram) - Committed To Vengeance04:19

Death Row (Pentagram) - Committed To Vengeance

Death Row - Live 1983 Outside Inn, Rockville, MD - 2 17 - All your sins05:03

Death Row - Live 1983 Outside Inn, Rockville, MD - 2 17 - All your sins

Reunions (1999 - 2001, 2009 - 2011)Edit

Death Row would perform a handful of reunion shows from 1999 - 2001 with the lineup of Griffin, Hasselvander, Liebling and Lee Abney. A portion of one of these shows was documented as Death Row Reunion 2000. Also in 2000 a vinyl featuring a host of rough live and demo recordings entitled Death Is Alive: 1981 - 1985 saw release.

In 2009 and 2010 Death Row would reunite, touring briefly in the United States and Europe with Victor Griffin providing the lead vocals while Liebling was on tour with a newly touring Pentagram. Notably in Europe, the band performed two nights at Roadburn Festival and a special night at Hammer of Doom Festival with Eric Wagner on lead vocals (Largely due to Victor Griffin being ill and unable to sing.)

The 1983 demo, along with several live recordings from 1982 and 1983 and the band's first jam from 1981, were collected and released via Black Widow in 2009 as a double CD, Alive in Death. A live show from the Death Row era would appear on Pentagram's double DVD set All Your Sins.

Pentagram - The Ghoul (Live @ Washigton, 2000)05:37

Pentagram - The Ghoul (Live @ Washigton, 2000)

Deathrow (ex-Pentagram) feat. Eric Wagner at Hammer of Doom 2009 - streetclip05:14

Deathrow (ex-Pentagram) feat. Eric Wagner at Hammer of Doom 2009 -

Death Row - Relentless-Broken Vows (Live at Roadburn 2010)08:21

Death Row - Relentless-Broken Vows (Live at Roadburn 2010).MOV



External LinksEdit


V·T·E Pentagram
Current Members Victor GriffinGreg TurleyPete Campbell
Past Members Bobby Liebling • Vincent McAllisterGreg MayneGeof O'Keefe • Steve Martin • John Jennings • Randy Palmer • Marty Iverson • Rick Marinari • John Ossea • Joe HasselvanderMartin Swaney • Richard Kueht • Paul Trowbridge • Vance Bockis • Stuart Rose • Ted Feldman • Jon Cook • Gary Isom • Ned Meloni • Greg Reeder • Dale Russell • Walter White • Kelly CarmichaelAdam HeinzmannMike SmailKayt Vigil • Mark Ammen • Russ Strahan • Johnny "Wretched" Koutsioukis • Albert Born • Tim Tomaselli • Matt Goldsborough • Sean Saley
Studio Albums Relentless (1985) • Day of Reckoning (1987) • Be Forewarned (1994) • Review Your Choices (1999) • Sub-Basement (2001) • Show Em' How (2004) • Last Rites (2011) • Curious Volume (2015)
Compilations Human Hurricane (1998) • First Daze Here: The Vintage Collection (2002) • First Daze Here Too (2006)
Live Albums & Videos A Keg Full of Dynamite (2003) • Live Rites (2011) • When The Screams Come (2011) • Last Days Here (2011) • All Your Sins (2015) • Show Em' How (2004) • Last Rites (2011) • Curious Volume (2015)
Death Row Death Is Alive: 1981 - 1985 (2000) • Death Row Reunion 2000 (2001) • Alive In Death (2009)
Bedemon Child of Darkness (2005) • Symphony of Shadows (2012)
Associated Bands and Artists Death RowPlace of SkullsInternal VoidBlue CheerBedemonUnorthodoxWretchedThe Skull

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