In 1980, bassist Lee Abney and guitarist Victor Griffin formed a Northern Virginia doom metal band named Death Row. Shortly thereafter, drummer Joe Hasselvander joined, and the group recruited Bobby Liebling on vocals. Former member Martin Swaney soon replaced Lee Abney on bass and the classic Death Row line up 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 prepared for remix to be released as the first album, ‘Pentagram’, in 1985.