A Pale Horse Named Death
And Hell Will Follow Me
Style: Grungy doom rock with a tinge of goth
Release date: 16 June, 2011
Playing time: 54:00

As a big fan of both Type O Negative and Life Of Agony, it seemed only natural to take on the review of 'And Hell Will Follow Me'. You see, A Pale Horse Named Death is the brainchild of Sal Abruscato who founded TON along with Pete Steel (RIP) and then changed to LOA. In APHND his role is slightly different, though. In this setting, he sings and plays guitar as well as writes the music alongside producer and guitarist Matt Brown (Supermassive/Seventh Void).

First of all: Expect nothing like Life Of Agony. There's no similarity, even if Keith Caputo does some backing vocals on the album.

What you can expect, on the other hand, is something that sounds like Alice In Chains with Type O Negative in the veins. And as appealling as that may sound, it's not just a successful blend. There are definitely high moments on the album , for example Cracks In The Walls where Sal surprises with a cool Jim Morrison sound-alike vocal, and also Bath In My Blood and Serial Killer finds the band firing on all the drak rock'n'roll cylindres.

But the feeling I'm left with is that 'And Hell Will Follow Me' lands somewhere in between. It's neither nor and makes no real, lasting impression. Die Alone desperately tries to capture a TON feeling, but eventually fails to do so. And this can be said of more than one tune on the album.

Consequently, 'And Hell Will Follow Me' becomes a long affair, not an all-out desert walk, but certainly not the hammer I could've hoped for.


01. And Hell Will Follow Me
As Black As My Heart
To Die In Your Arms
Heroin Train
Devil In The Closet
Cracks In The Walls
Bad Dream
Bath In My Blood (Schizophrenia In Me)
Pill Head
Meet The Wolf
Serial Killer
12. When Crows Descend Upon You
13. Die Alone

Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music
Artwork rating: 80/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 9 June, 2011
Website: www.apalehorsenameddeath.com