Power of Metal.dk Review

A Pale Horse Named Death
Lay My Soul to Waste
Style: Melodic dark sludge
Release date: 24 May, 2013
Playing time: 50:31

Does the name Sal Abruscato ring a bell? He took care of the drums on Type O Negatives 'Bloody Kisses' and Life Of Agony's 'River Runs Red'. He is the initiator behind this band: A Pale Horse Named Death.

On this album he takes care of the guitars and vocals. Their debut 'And Hell Will Follow Me' wasn't a very strong album, but fortunately this new one is a lot better. If you are into Type O Negative and Alice in Chains then this is really something for you. The slow guitar riffs are in Type O Negative style and the vocals sound a lot like those of Layne Stainley (RIP). The lyrics are dark and negative about drugs, death and murder. This all together makes it a very dark album, but with nice melodies. Slow riffs in Black Sabbath style, some sludge influences combined with keyboards Type O Negative style, that is what you get.

You can describe the music as a slow and heavy Alice in Chains. Perhaps not completely original, but for fans of the bands I mentioned a very good record.

01. Lay My Soul to Waste
02. Shallow Grave
03. The Needle in You
04. In the Sleeping Death
05. Killer by Night
06. Growing Old
07. Dead of the Storm
08. Devil Came With a Smile
09. Day of the Storm
11. Cold Dark Mourning
Label: SPV/Steamhammer
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 22 May, 2013
Website: www.apalehorsenameddeath.com