A Pale Horse Named Death

Classic Rock - - Reviews -

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.

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