Ahead of the release of their new album, Lay My Soul to Waste, on May 21 via Steamhammer/SPV, I had the fortune of asking Sal Abruscato of A Pale Horse Named Death a few questions about the record, the summer touring season and what it’s like to be a front man as opposed to being behind the kit. Check out the interview here.
You’ve been a part of the metal scene, as a part of Type O Negative and Life of Agony since the ’90s, are you optimistic about where metal is, and where it’s going?
Sal Abruscato: It all seems bleak to me with the exception of older bands returning with new albums like Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath & Soundgarden
You’re the front man for A Pale Horse Named Death, how is that different than being behind a drum kit?
Sal: It is very different from playing the kit. You are totally exposed and vulnerable. Using your voice utilizes different muscles and puts extreme pressure on you. But I enjoy the challenge and it is good to do something different.
With a new album about to drop and the summer tour season upon us, does APHND have any tour plans in the works?
Sal: We are working on stuff, just a bit tough with all the bands that have flooded the touring market this year. We plan to do what we can if opportunities arise.
Are their any bands, festivals or tours you’d like to see this summer?
Sal: Yeah I would like to see APHND lol. Otherwise unless I am performing I have no real time to see anything, but I would love to see Black Sabbath and AIC (Alice In Chains).
What was the hardest part of making this album?
Sal: Nothing really, this album flowed and fell together very easily. It’s very natural for us to create and record, a total enjoyment during the recording process. The best part was Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound turning around and saying to me and Matt this sounds great.
Are their any underground bands, or bands from home you’d like to give a shoutout/promo to?
Sal: No, not really, I don’t know any underground bands like back in the day anymore.
What is your favorite thing about this album and the creative process of making and recording music?
Sal: Ambiance and atmospheric tones that just put you in an altered state is what catches my ear on this record. I love the artwork along with the production Matt and I have done. When we actually recorded real thunder storm for the song “Day Of The Storm” at my house. To me it’s the best sequel to the first album.
Lay My Soul to Waste comes out May 21 via Steamhammer/SPV.
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