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A Pale Horse Named Death - Lay My Soul To Waste Award winner

A Pale Horse Named Death
Lay My Soul To Waste
by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 29 April 2013, 2:42 PM

Melancholy has a horse that goes by the name of Death, it is pale and horrid, a picture and anguish and decay. I know that someone has been riding the beast, howling the nights, echoing humanity’s negativities, portraying various type of personal or global Armageddon. Is there any way of escaping such a fate? Will there be hope for us after all as a global populace? First we must fight our demons, because in every failure in life, even the hardest ones, have a shred of positivity allowing the optimism for success. But before jumping into the shadows of hope, man has to face his dark side, a place where everything succumbs to dust and ashes, and confront it with all of his might, encounter his inner hostilities and deleterious emotions and let them pass through him, engulfing, attempting to take control, but the soul will never be laid to waste. I might be off the charts with this prologue, and completely miss the point, but that is exactly what I felt with my second encounter with the new album by A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, “Lay My Soul To Waste”, via SPV / Steamhammer Records. It is hard to argue with one’s observations.

Right before I received this release, I thought about TYPE O NEGATIVE and its termination after the Death of Peter Steele (R.I.P.), I listened to a few of the classics and waited for the unknown. It has been more than two years since the debut, “And Hell Will Follow Me”, of A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, led by ex-TYPE O NEGATIVE drummer, Sal Abruscato, and I felt the impulse for a newer piece of the ugly truth, or the black joke around, the negativity of it all, yet in the same time with the matching melodiousness, morbidity and wicked evenness that made me fall for TYPE O NEGATIVE in the first place. “Lay My Soul To Waste” continues the on forming legacy of Abruscato’s piece of mind with ounces of Doom / Gothic Metal arrangements and adaptations, ranging from the early 70s of BLACK SABBATH to the corroded mind of Jerry Cantrell’s ALICE IN CHAINS through the crowned gloominess of TYPE O NEGATIVE and LIFE OF AGONY. However, this time things gotten a bit darkened than before following segments of hostility and anger cornered by fear of dying, regret and the inane things in life that are so dangerous. Let’s say that I couldn’t ask for more, Abruscato, and his first champion and ex-SEVENTH VOID member, Matt Brown smeared my soul with the NYC, Brooklynish edge of sorrow, jamming and ramming with scarring, tormented and agonized, groove riffing, painful soloing with stuffed Blues, harsh vocalic samples that wouldn’t have thwarted Tom Angelripper, grey atmospheric flavors that sounded so opulent and dramatic, harmonic clean vocals by Abruscato that shows his worth as a capable frontman while also reminding that his drumming skills are no less than his vocal charm. This is some piece of work, and a prolongation of mystic journey through the shrouds of sorrow and blackness.

“Shallow Grave”, slightly Popish in nature but a hit no doubt, “Devil Came With a Smile”, strikes with sheer anger towards the weaker man that can’t hold its temptation with one of A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH aggressive titles, “Killer by Night”, carries the flame of the emphasis of “October Rust” and its flamboyant lust, “Day of the Storm”, groovy horrid vision of the global end, a thing of nightmares, it will make your skin crawl, but in the end there is always hope. These are a few of what you will find in this impressive pack of pessimism, whether true or just to test your senses. A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH did it once, and not they did it again, another praised work that shouldn’t go unchecked.          

4 Star Rating

1. Lay My Soul to Waste
2. Shallow Grave
3. The Needle in You
4. In the Sleeping Death
5. Killer by Night
6. Growing Old
7. Dead of Winter
8. Devil Came With a Smile
9. Day of the Storm
11. Cold Dark Mourning
Matt Brown - Guitars, Bass
Sal Abruscato - Vocals, Guitars, Drums
Eric Morgan - Bass
Eddie Heedles – Guitars
Record Label: SPV / Steamhammer Records


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