A Pale Horse Named Death
When The World Becomes Undone spv/loNg BraNCh Type O Negative alumni revive past glories.
A Pale Horse Named Death have more right than most to fill the vast, Type O Negative-shaped hole left after the death of frontman Peter Steele in 2010. They feature not one but two former members of the gothmetal figureheads: original drummer Sal Abruscato (on vocals here) and his own replacement, Johnny Kelly.
The New York band’s third album offers a reminder of what was and what could have been. They’ve nailed the funeral cortege-paced sludge that was the calling card of the duo’s old band, even if the latter’s tarblack humour and cathedral sweep are missing, while Abruscato’s bleak intonations can never match Steele’s hell’sown-crooner approach. Still, anyone who misses Type O Negative won’t find it difficult to clear a dark corner of their heart for this record.