PODCAST: EPISODE 27 – Sal from A Pale Horse Named Death Talks Life, Death, and Doom

Ghost Cult’s DJ Astrocreep recently caught up with Sal Abruscato of A Pale Horse Named Death while on tour in the UK. APHND’s new album When The World Becomes Undone was released via Long Branch Records/SPV this past January. Sal was in a reflective mood and chatted about a wide range of topics such as the new album, his writing habits, changes in his personal life, touring, how bands make money (or not) in 2019, highlights from his entire career and more! Pick up the bands’ album, catch them on tour soon, or later in the year when they are back in Europe for Damnation Festival. Check it out! Continue reading

A Pale Horse Named Death – Transport League Live at Birmingham O2 Academy 3

First on the bill are local act Eradikator, a band I’ve caught on a couple of previous occasions at other events. They play an attractive style of Thrash, though there are maybe twenty or so in for the start of their set, with that number growing steadily through their set to around triple that by the end. It’s certainly likeable and ably played with those in – even though most hid at the back – seeming to enjoy the thrashy grooves laid out. The 30-minute set goes without a hitch and provides a good, fast start to the evening. Continue reading

A Pale Horse Named Death – When The World Becomes Undone

When The World Becomes Undone (Long Branch Records) is the type of album that at the initial scan I really wanted to love. I’ve discussed my fondness of all things early to mid-nineties Roadrunner Records ad nauseum on other reviews so I’ll spare you the love letter here, but with so much connection between A Pale Horse Named Death and Type O Negative you can likely understand where I’m coming from. Continue reading

Type O Negative’s Bloody Kisses Turns 25 Years Old

The early 1990s of metal were a veritable free for all. In the years preceding the Nu-Metal age, there was definitely a push back if you were trying to be unique and blending genres of metal in any way. If you were anything beyond a typical thrash or hardcore band, with a few exceptions (some death metal, Faith No More) you might have been shunned. In the case of Type O Negative, they didn’t just innovate and try new things, they kicked the goddamn door in and blew us all away. They never did this more than on 1993’s Bloody Kisses (Roadrunner) albumMostly eschewing the straight up thrash hardcore of frontman Peter Steele’s previous band, Carnivore, Type O was a swampy, sexy mix of Black Sabbath doom riffs, Beatles melodies and The Cure meets Sisters of Mercy Goth rock. The sound would shift the landscape and make unlikely stars of arguably the greatest band to ever emerge from Brooklyn. Continue reading

Sal Abruscato May Be Leaving Life of Agony, A Pale Horse Named Death Working Towards 2018 Release

Life of Agony drummer Sal Abruscato has posted to Facebook indicating that he is leaning towards leaving the band. Abruscato is shopping for a deal for his other band, A Pale Horse Named Death, and recently welcomed the birth of his daughter last month, which may be contributing factors. Continue reading

Invidia – As The Sun Sleeps

Invidia (the brainchild of In This Moment’s Travis Johnson and former Skinlab guitarist Brian Jackson) aims to be the sonic version of Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky, and makes no bones about it. The track ‘Step Up’ from their début As the Sun Sleeps (Steamhammer/Oblivion/SPV) spells this out quite literally, even lifting a line from the film that encompasses everything the band stands for: “It’s not about how hard you can hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Continue reading

Life Of Agony Teases Artwork And Release Date Of New Album

One of the most anticipated albums of 2017, Life Of Agony’s first album in 12 years is titled A Place Where There’s No More Pain and released on via Napalm Records. The band made a surprise tease on their website last night announcing a few more details: Continue reading

Watch Life Of Agony’s New Album Teaser, New European Tour Soon

Life Of Agony, by Jessica Lotti Photography

Life Of Agony, by Jessica Lotti Photography

Beloved 90s metallers Life Of Agony have debuted their new album teaser. Their new album A Place Where There’s No More Pain, is due next spring from Napalm Records. You can see the teaser and hear part of a new song below: Continue reading

Life Of Agony Signs New Record Deal With Napalm Records, New Album Later In 2016

Life of Agony, photo credit Jeremy Saffer

Life of Agony, photo credit Jeremy Saffer

As first reported by Ghost Cult, Life Of Agony shared some big news: they have signed a new world wide record deal with Napalm Records and will release a new album, their first since 2005’s Broken Valley. The new album, Place Where There’s No More Pain, will release later in 2016.

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Bassist Alan Robert commented on the occasion:

“I think our fans know that our music comes from a very real place of suffering, from all of us in the band. Many of our fans have told us over the years that sharing our personal struggles has been cathartic for them in healing the pain in their own lives. That uplifting energy we share at the shows, gives us hope that there’s light at the end of the tunnel. And for us and hopefully our fans, that short time when we’re all together is a place where there’s no more pain.”

Napalm CEO Thomas Caser, also commented about the signing:

“Life Of Agony is without a doubt one of the most exciting and energetic Rock bands of our times. It is an honour to work with such talent, we are excited to announce their signing to Napalm Records and release the band’s first album after over a decade.”

 

Life of Agony confirmed 2016 tour dates

German Tour

Jan 19: Live Music Hall – Cologne, DE

Jan 20: Capitol – Hanover, DE

Jan 22: Huxley’s, Berlin, DE

Jan 23: Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, DE

Jan 24: Backstage Werk, München, DE

 

Anarchy In The U.K. Tour

Mar 17: Electric Ballroom – London, UK

Mar 18: Slade rooms – Wolverhampton, UK

Mar 19: Club Academy – Manchester, UK

Festival Date:

Jul 16: Dynamo MetalFest – Eindhoven, NL

Life of Agony is:

Mina Caputo – Vocals

Alan Robert – Bass/Vocals

Joey Z – Guitar/Vocals

Sal Abruscato – Drums

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Life of Agony online

Life of Agony on Facebook

Life of Agony on Twitter

Mina Caputo on Twitter

Alan Robert on Twitter

Joey Z on Twitter

Sal Abruscato on Twitter

 

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Life Of Agony Prepares For German Tour, Major Announcement Pending

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In a series of post’s to their social media accounts members of Life of Agony have touted a major announcement coming soon. The band is preparing for a tour of Germany later this month, followed by UK tour dates in March, with more TBA throughout 2016. The band has launched a new official Facebook account dubbed “Life of Agony Famiglia”. The page had over 2,000 Likes within a few hours of going live. The band is coming off a big 2015, which saw them play sold-out performances in their hometown of Brooklyn and The Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, perform at Grasspop Metal Meeting and more. 2015 was also the 20th anniversary of the bands Ugly album (Roadrunner). It is presently unclear if the “big announcement” is more tour dates, a festival announcement, or another live release. The band has stated several times that while they have enjoyed the reunion shows, they have not been as interested in making a new music. In an interview with Ghost Cult in 2014, bassist Alan Robert remarked about the state of the reunion:

We are taking things a day at a time, a show at a time. We are all in a good place together, but also have other projects. If we do these shows in bits and pieces – they are more special and we all get along, we will want to keep doing more. We’ll see what the future holds.”

 

JOIN THE LOA FAMIGLIA – THE OFFICIAL LIFE OF AGONY FACEBOOK PAGE! Spread the word…major announcement coming VERY soon! https://www.facebook.com/lifeofagonyfamiglia/

Posted by Life Of Agony Famiglia on Saturday, January 9, 2016

loa press photo by tom tronkie

Life Of Agony, Photo Credit: Tom Tronkie

Life of Agony confirmed 2016 tour dates

German Tour

Jan 19: Live Music Hall – Cologne, DE

Jan 20: Capitol – Hanover, DE

Jan 22: Huxley’s, Berlin, DE

Jan 23: Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, DE

Jan 24: Backstage Werk, München, DE

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Anarchy In The U.K. Tour

Mar 17: Electric Ballroom – London, UK

Mar 18: Slade rooms – Wolverhampton, UK

Mar 19: Club Academy – Manchester, UK

Festival Date:

Jul 16: Dynamo MetalFest – Eindhoven, NL

 

Life of Agony is:

Mina Caputo – Vocals

Alan Robert – Bass/Vocals

Joey Z – Guitar/Vocals

Sal Abruscato – Drums

 

Life of Agony online

Life of Agony on Facebook

Life of Agony on Twitter

Mina Caputo on Twitter

Alan Robert on Twitter

Joey Z on Twitter

Sal Abruscato on Twitter

 

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