Wednesday, 17th April 2013

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, the Sal Abruscato (TYPE O NEGATIVE, LIFE OF AGONY) fronted band has posted the song “Shallow Grave” for streaming (see widget below). The tune comes from the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, Lay My Soul To Waste, which is slated for a May 21 North America release.

According to a press release, Lay My Soul To Waste “keeps A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH’s patented signature formula of slow, deliberate sludge and head-down doom intact and as flawlessly executed as ever. Think ALICE IN CHAINS, only harder, angrier and with a more perverse view of the world, as if they were reared in a row house in Bensonhurst, as opposed to the rainy landscape of Seattle, all the while feasting on a steady diet of BLACK SABBATH records.”

Abruscato is open about the fantasy that dominates his lyrical point of view. He admits that all songs “have a line to reality…things that could and do happen every day.” But like any skilled storyteller, Abruscato likes pushing buttons. His lyrics are no different than the narratives of the horror movie playing at your local multiplex. It’s largely fiction, with some nuggets or kernels of truth embedded within.

Musically, the record matches that pallor and “will hit you in the gut.” There are more harmonies this time out, and the piano is a bit more front and center, while guitarist Eddie Heedles contributed some leads. But for the most part, the formula remained largely untouched. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,'” Abruscato said, matter-of-factly. “We wanted to display the advancements, musically and artistically, and retain the core element.”

Lay My Soul To Waste track listing:

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

The band’s debut album, And Hell Will Follow Me, was released in 2011.

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