19 September 2013

A Pale Horse Named Death - Lay My Soul To Waste

A Pale Horse Named Death are a Doom/Gothic Metal band formed a couple of years ago in Brooklyn, NY by former members of such bands as Type O Negative, Life Of Agony and Biohazard amongst others. They are lead by Sal Abruscato who used to be the drummer in two of the above bands but has made the move to frontman. Stylistically they have strong ties to the former band; Most of their songs are long, slow dirges about death and dying. Misery and depression abound. They’re most certainly a band you have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to.

Lay My Soul To Waste is their second release and it shows progression from their debut album And Hell Will Follow Me in that the song writing is a little sharper and tighter. There’s also more songs shorter in length with more pace and energy to them than previously. The Needle In You and Devil Came With A Smile are filled with bile and anger that lifts the band out of the gloom and gives them some bite. In these harder songs they come across almost like a more gothic Alice In Chains.

Killer By Night is the fastest song they’ve done so far, Don’t get me wrong, it’s no punk song but it rocks along at a decent pace, Sal sounds a little like Ozzy in the Chorus too.
That's followed by Growing Old which starts off with some lovely Hammond organ with leads into some slow doom riffs and a drawled vocal about getting old and, of course, dying.

“As I lay cold and stiff in my box.
Funeral precession follows behind.
 They lower me down in the ground.
 A bitter sweet goodbye to those left alive”

A Pale Horse Named Death are a good band and this is a good album but, after the handful of times in a row I’ve listened to Lay My Soul To Waste for this review, I’m really, really ready to listen to some Bowling For Soup now.

6 out of 10 - Now I see where you were going, but not quite there



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