Friday, July 19, 2013


Rating: RRR
Label: SPV/Steamhammer 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

The post Type O' Negative version of Sal Abruscato sound as if he's singing with the weight of the world on his shoulders. It's dark, twisted, doom and goth metal featuring lyric that deals with everything inbetween the morbid to the darn right macabre. There's no happy ending. You're all going to die. We're constantly losing the battle of life and humanity is nothing but a sad and tiny place of the universe. Indeed, it's dirty rotten filthy stinking gloom. And we all know what came riding on a pale horse in order to bring total darkness and destruction (nope, not Clint Eastwood).

Do they sound anything like their previous art and dance performance group? Definitely. It's very much chapter two of the Negative story and that's not that strange considering that Abruscato's a founding member and fellow ex-Negative member Johnny Kelly bashes the skins. They do however inject a certain large amount of sludge and grunge into their melodies and thus becoming bleaker and more towards the style of Seattle's greatest of the early nineties. While they are never quite as brilliant as their previous atc, A Pale Horse Named Death has kept the flag flying and stuck to their gloom. I only wish they had more songs in the style of "Shallow Grave" as it's their best track and definitely closer to the Type'O formula. Look no further if you're into disturbing creepy metal.

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