Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Pale Horse Named Death - And Hell Will Follow Me - Review

Reviewed by Bert

Sal Abruscato, has gone from being a former drummer of Type O Negative, and Life Of Agony, and reinvented himself as a front man of his new band A Pale Horse Named Death. Where has Sal been for the last umpteen years? He’s been somewhat of an enigma outside any band in quite some time. He wasn’t content sitting around doing nothing when Life Of Agony went on hiatus.

Sal’s been under the radar. The beginning stages of A Pale Horse started in 2009. When Peter Steele passed in 2010, it spurred Mr. Abruscato into action. Where am I going with this? I think drummers get a lot of shit because of their position within bands they play in. If there wasn’t such a stigma associated with the cliche of being one sole position in a band, I think the field can be a lot more open, and interesting. Otherwise Sal’s evolution of being a drummer to a singer/songwriter is proving to be a welcomed endeavor.

I fucking love this record. Sal handles himself very well with And Hell Will Follow Me. Some of the topics range from personal addictions, sorrow, pain, loneliness, and death. For many listeners this would be depressing subject matter to even broach let alone listen to. What impressed me with this record is how well Sal took an honest approach and I felt like he really doesn’t insult the listener.

All these tracks are my favorites. The songwriting has strong influences i.e The Doors, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, and Alice In Chains. Sal has done a remarkable job of making this his own, and this is what impressed me.

Summarizing: And Hell Will Follow Me is without a doubt one of my favorite releases of 2011. There is emotion, feeling, and a sense of closure. Though the lyrics lean towards familiar, and a tad cliche, the overall feel of the record is a comfort blanket to already unknown and disturbed period of time for a great many of us. Its how we chose to deal with the problem, whereas Sal was able to embrace and make something he could his own.

Thanks for reading.




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