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A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH: And Hell Will Follow Me (Album Review)

By Kate Wilcox

Release Date: June 14th, 2011
Review Date: March 28th, 2011
Label: SPV/Steamhammer

My rating:

    Track Listing:
  1. And Hell Will Follow Me
  2. As Black As My Heart
  3. To Die In Your Arms
  4. Heroin Train
  5. Devil In The Closet
  6. Cracks In The Walls
  7. Bad Dream
  8. Bath In My Blood (Schizophrenia In Me)
  9. Pill Head
  10. Meet The Wolf
  11. Serial Killer
  12. When Crows Descend Upon You
  13. Die Alone

A Pale Horse Named Death is a new project of Type O Negative co-founder Sal Abruscato and engineer wizard and founder of Uranium 235 Matt Brown. The amount of experience and knowledge between the two of them is extreme; these guys know what they're doing. APHND has done a really cool thing with their website as well. Well, what it actually is, is a social network for bands and fans. You can have your own profile, you can invite your friends, expose your music to others, and more. It's like they made their own Facebook on their site. What's cool is that it cuts out the industry and lets fans talk with other fans about their music or others' music. Getting back to the album, "And Hell Will Follow Me", it's a psychedelic trip of grunge, metal and rock. It's like if Peter Steele, Jim Morrison and Layne Staley contacted Sal and Matt from beyond the grave to be part of this album. "As Black as My heart" comes in with a very strong Alice in Chains vibe; melancholy with Sal's haunting vocals and heavy guitar riff.

"Heroin Train" and "Pillhead" both are based on the subject of addiction and the imagery that comes out when you hear these tracks are kind of sad but still powerful. "Devil in the Closet" creeps in with a dark rhythm and Sal singing about the nightmare that's living in the closet; but of course there's a double meaning behind that, I'm sure. "Meet the Wolf" has some great guitar work and distorted vocals that reach out and pull you right into the song. "Serial Killer" is awesome with more of a groove and upbeat tempo but still very dark, as you hear towards the end what seems to be this serial killer digging a grave for his victim. "Die Alone" closes us out with a wall of sound. It's very plodding, reminding me of My Dying Bride, but all the instruments are just up there and in your face.

The fact that Sal did all the vocals and instruments on this album (with a few exceptions here and there) is impressive in itself. I highly recommend that people check out "And Hell will Follow Me", there is much more than meets the eye here.

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