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A Dirty Dozen with SAL ABRUSCATO of A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH – December 2018

| 20 December 2018 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Beauty often blossoms at the root of darkness. A Pale Horse Named Death siphon strangely blissful melodies from apocalyptic heavy metal awash in swells of cavernous gothic keys and grunge song-craft.  The band continue to excavate vulnerability from venom on their anxiously awaited third full-length album, When The World Becomes Undone.” We get Sal Abruscato to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

I would say the soundscapes on the album will take a few listens there are a lot of things going on in the tracks “As it begins”, “The Woods” and “Closure”. There are clues to what’s gone on in the last 5 years for me personally as well.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was 10 years old and at sleep away camp, the older kids played Black Sabbath and New Ozzy at the time with Blizzard Of Ozz along with Foreigner, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin. I instantly fell in love with the sound and knew I wanted to play heavy rock music. I begged for a year till my parents got me a drum set at age 11 and it was all down hill from there.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album was a big influence along with Led Zeppelin IV, Rush Moving Pictures and Ozzy’s Blizzard Of Ozz. Later on I got into Carnivore because I took lessons from Louie Beataux and he took me to there rehearsals and that’s when I met Peter Steele at a young age. Watching those guys rehearse and play live blew me away and I knew I wanted to play just like that.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Geezer Butler, John Lennon, Peter Steele, Trent Reznor, and Tony Iommi

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Trent Reznor, I love his vocals and style of writing, I always admired and analyzed his arrangements, how he switched tempos on the dime. I would be curious to see what that sounds like if we worked on a tune.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Dark, Depressing and Beautiful at the same time. Recently people said “Love The Ones You Hate” sounds like “Blue Monday” by New Order, to me it sounds nothing like it but I can see how the late 80’s early 90’s influence can make someone think that for a second.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Nothing, just joking lol. Creating music and getting feedback from the fans is what excites me. I also enjoy live shows when everything is just right.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I would have to say I would cook, Johnny Kelly would definitely arrange the drinks and Eddie Heedles would bust the guitar out,  he only has around 35 to choose from.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

I was in the artist lounge of a festival in Germany I believe in 2005 called Hurricane Festival and I was watching a soccer game on tv and noticed someone standing next to me watching the game, it was David Bowie I couldn’t believe it and I was frozen couldn’t say a word lol. I have been into Bowie from long ago and I was just thrilled quietly in my mind to see him in person.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Either a Proctologist or Classic Mopar Restorer Builder & Mechanic.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Biggest misstep I made was coming out of my mothers womb and growing up, had I known the world would be so insane as it is today I would have never come out.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would have liked to have been part of Black Sabbath’s first self titled debut album, That album to me was the darkest album to ever come out during its release. The heaviest blues groove with such a darkness surrounding it all. This album made me enamored with the thought of writing and playing dark heavy music from the heart. The groove that the song “The Wizard” had was so inspiring for my drumming and the song “Black Sabbath” had such a dark ominous feel nothing sounded like it.





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