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8/10 Jon Customer review, 20th June 2014
What do you call a guy that hangs around with a bunch of musicians?
The Man of Steele died back in 2010 and nothing has been able to entirely fill the Type O Negative shaped void that was left in my life. Ironically, a small part has been satisfied by Seventh Void, the band featuring Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly. Another part can now be occupied by A Pale Horse Named Death which features two ex-Type O Negative drummers, Sal Abruscato and the aforementioned Johnny Kelly.
Sal left Type O in '94 to play drums for Life of Agony. Who would have thought he would be the one, as a singer/guitarist, to get closest to Type O Negativeness in the years following Peter Steele's untimely death?
Lay My Soul to Waste is the second album and, in terms of Negative worship, they have not let me down because this is somehow a great tribute to one of my favourite bands yet manages to have its own identity.
Musically there are many nods to the Type O style, like the odd piano bit under a sludgey forlorn riff, not to mention the Type O drum sound pioneered by Abruscato, and subsequently commandeered by Kelly. Of course, no one can come close to Peter Steele's deep tones which was a sure-fire quim-tingler in its time, but Sal does as admirable job as vocalist, probably sounding closer to Kenny Hickey in Seventh Void, who had also contributed some reckless shouting vocals to Type O Negative.
Stand out tracks: Shallow Grave, DMSLT and Day of the Storm which most closely resembles Type O without actually ripping it off; which is quite an achievement really. It feels like Saint Peter is being channeled rather than imitated which makes for a very enjoyable listen.....and not bad for *just* a drummer.
Note: The 2xLP is at 45 rpm which was a bit of a pain for me because I have to change the belt on my turntable! But it comes with a CD for playing in the car and ripping so I can't complain!
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