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Presenting Life Of Agony’s Only US Date For 2014

Fans of the band Life Of Agony will likely be spinning in place with excitement as the news about the bands sole US appearance for 2014 taking place at the Starland Ballroom this coming September.

Tour - Life Of Agony - 2014

This will mark what amounts to the second reunion of Life Of Agony who seemed to be all about finished as a touring group over the last couple of years. Drummer Sal has his A Pale Horse Named Death group while Alan Robert has been working on comic book releases. Singer Mina has been doing solo gigs while Joey remains active in his studio working on numerous projects. That being said it’s definitely special when a band that is not currently touring decides to make a special one-off appearance and the Starland Ballroom will be the perfect place for this particular show. Personally speaking I’ve never been more than the casual listener to this particular band but I do know plenty of fans out there who felt that this band spoke to them on numerous levels across their lives with their debut “River Runs Red” and its follow-up “Ugly”. I’ve caught them on various tours a couple of times over the years and can attest to their being able to deliver a solid show. This will clearly be one that their fans remember for a long, long time.

Tickets for this special event of a show will go on sale on July 18th at noon and you can purchase one by clicking HERE

Official Website: http://www.lifeofagony.com/
Official Website: http://www.starlandballroom.com

Below you can find several of their bodies of musical work. If you are curious, you can always investigate via these links.

A Pale Horse Named Death in Concert (1/16/2014)

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Artist: A Pale Horse Named Death
Venue: The Studio at Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Opener: Dead Superstar and Borgo Pass
Date: 1/16/2014
Label: SPV Records

I’m going to say that it was a little over two years ago that I first (and last) caught A Pale Horse Named Death in concert and while the band recently had one of the opening slots for the Danzig tour that came through town, I did not manage to attend that particular event. That said I was rather excited to find them returning to a show in The Big Apple and once again delivering their Doom-Laden Stoner Metal to the assembled fans at The Studio at Webster Hall. I really enjoy the intimacy of this particular venue and have seen it packed to capacity on a number of occasions. This evening’s show would be more “comfortable” than those times with what I assumed to be a close throng of about 100 or so of the bands faithful. Opening the show were two bands from Long Island, or “Strong Island” as the lead singer of Dead Superstar proudly proclaimed. They had a solid sound and good support from friends that had travelled in to catch their 8:00pm slot. I would catch them again if I learned they were on a bill and I had the means to do so. The same view could be applied to that of Borgo Pass, a band whose name I had heard kicking around for a few years but was never able to catch until this evening. Their sound had a very Black Sabbath tone to it and to play off that scenario the band even included a rendition of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” in their set.
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Label News: A Pale Horse Named Death Signs To Steamhammer/SPV

Every now and again I’ll be using the blog to share some label news when it comes to a band that we’ve been looking into or are longtime fans of. I figure that by doing these we help keep the buzz about the groups a little louder. This little bit of news comes from one of my fave publicity channels and announces the signing of A Pale Horse Named Death to Steamhammer/SPV Records. Dig in.

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The Press Release:
A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH SIGNS WORLDWIDE DEAL WITH SPV/STEAMHAMMER; DEBUT ALBUM “AND HELL WILL FOLLOW ME” DUE OUT THIS JUNE

SPV is pleased to announce that A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH, the new band lead by Life of Agony’s Sal Abruscato have signed a worldwide recording contract with Steamhammer/SPV. Their debut album entitled “And Hell Will Follow Me” is currently scheduled for release in June 2011.

Sal Abruscato was born in Brooklyn, NY Started playing drums at age 10. He is the co-founder of Type O Negative with Peter Steele and performed on Slow, Deep & Hard, Origin Of The Feces, Bloody Kisses and various best of and soundtracks. Sal is the drummer for Life Of Agony and performed on River Runs Red, Ugly, River Runs Again, Broken Valley. Additional projects include Supermassiv & My Mortality. He is now the singer, songwriter and guitarist for A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH.

Sal Abruscato had the following to say about signing with SPV/Steamhammer:

“I am so stoked about joining SPV, I’m Looking forward to a fruitful and successful relationship with such a reputable label as SPV”

A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH’S live lineup includes Sal Abruscato (Life of Agony) on guitars and vocals, drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void), Bobby Hambel (Biohazard) on guitar, Matt Brown (Supermassiv, Seventh Void) also on guitars and Eric Morgan on bass.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Hey this is cool news for me since I have long enjoyed the label output from Steamhammer/SPV AND I have been digging into the gloomy Metal sounds of APHND as far as the tracks that I have heard go so think this is a great pairing. I haven’t seen the band live yet so if you are someone who has please let us all know what they are like in concert. Folks with topical viewpoints about this new label signing can offer them up in the comments section below.

Official Website: http://www.apalehorsenameddeath.com

“Bloody Kisses” (Limited Edition) by Type O Negative

Artist: Type-O-Negative
Title: “Bloody Kisses” (limited edition)
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 11/22/1994
Genre: Gothic/Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

Type-O-Negative had really delivered a good one with “Bloody Kisses” and when it was originally released in 1993, it showcased the band as a powerhouse of the relatively new Gothic Metal genre. It was an interesting change of pace from the deluge of Seattle bands that were dominating the airwaves at the time. The band re-issued the album in 1994 as a limited edition that came packaged with a VHS tape of two of the bands videos depending on where you found it and would also come now in a digipak cardboard case as opposed to the conventional jewel case. This was rather new at the time and has since become common place. There are a number of differences between this and the original release and the first one would be the removal of the soundscape tracks. Gone are “Machine Screw”, “Fay Wray Come Out And Play” and the other two along with the songs “We Hate Everyone” and “Kill All The White People”. It seemed that not long after the album was released that the band faced a number of criticisms based on the nature implied in these songs even though lyrically they were very tongue in cheek and an obvious inside joke from the band to their fans. I admit not being too crazy about the “KATWP” tune since it was too hard core for me, but I did like “We Hate Everyone” quite a bit. To make up for the subtracted tunes they added a new track called “Suspended In Dusk” which played upon the whole vampire mystique and was a solemn and brooding tune.
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