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Album Review

In alternative metal circles, Sal Abruscato is best known for his contributions to Type O Negative and Life of Agony. The Brooklyn native was a co-founder of Type O Negative (along with the late Peter Steele) and was that band's original drummer; after leaving Type O Negative in 1993, he became Life of Agony's drummer (a position he still held in 2011). A Pale Horse Named Death is a side project for Abruscato, who sings lead on APHND's first album, And Hell Will Follow Me, in addition to writing all of the lyrics; Matt Brown (guitarist for the doom metal/stoner rock band Seventh Void) helped with the producing and engineering), while Bobby Hambel of Biohazard fame plays lead guitar on three of the songs. But Abruscato is the one in the driver's seat, and this 2011 release finds him continuing to walk on the dark side. Musically, And Hell Will Follow Me doesn't sound very much like Life of Agony, but Type O Negative is a definite influence, along with Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Load-era Metallica and Black Sabbath. This is sludgy but consistently melodic alt-metal with elements of doom metal, stoner rock, grunge, and gothic metal; And Hell Will Follow Me is heavy without being heavy-handed. It is also an album that, lyrically, never fails to be gloomy and morose; Abruscato is as pessimistic and darkly introspective on "To Die in Your Arms," "Devil in My Closet," and "Die Alone" as he is on "Heroin Train" (which, as its title indicates, is about heroin addiction). So in other words, And Hell Will Follow Me is not an album that should be playing in the background if one is answering the phone for a suicide prevention hotline. But not all music is obligated to provide happy, cheerful escapism; dark lyrics certainly have their place as well, and dark lyrics are the rule on And Hell Will Follow Me, which falls short of remarkable but is nonetheless a solid and inspired, if derivative, debut from A Pale Horse Named Death.

Customer Reviews

Beautifully dark...

I actually ordered this album from the APHND site when I heard about the project a few months ago. Was very interested to hear Sal sing as I've always been a fan of his drumming. Also a huge Type-O fan... Great album, front to back. A great surprise with solid writing, grooves, and dark harmonies. I think the jewel of this album (and my favourite track) is Die Alone - it reminds me of Type-O. I also really dig As Black As My Heart. Peter Steele would love this album. Best of luck, Sal!

Dark As Hell

I got this album directly from Sal himself in the first 1000 to be released, and I've loved it ever since. The lyrical content is dark as hell, brooding on death and drug use heavily, but the songs are still catchy. Favourite track is "Serial Killer", really upbeat but with grim lyrics and the closing minutes of a body hitting the ground and dirt being shovelled as a crow calls out is haunting.

You don't have to be a fan of Type O Negative and/or Life Of Agony to like this album, but course it doesn't hurt.

Wow, really great

I just bought this album out of impulse and because the band name was cool. Its just a great album from start to finish: haunting, dark, sorrowful, and often times upbeat. Its just got a good feel to it and any rock or gothic rock fans would love this band


Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '10s

Formed in 2011 by multi-instrumentalist, Life of Agony drummer, and Type O Negative co-founder Sal Abruscato in Brooklyn, New York, A Pale Horse Named Death blends the brooding goth metal of Danzig, Biohazard, and H.I.M. with the turgid, post-grunge hard rock of Alice in Chains. Abruscato, along with guitarist, sound engineer, and right-hand man Matt Brown (Seventh Void), and a crack team of players, released And Hell Will Follow Me,...
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