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.