Exclusive Premiere: A Pale Horse Named Death’s New Song, “Pillhead”
On June 14, Brooklyn’s A Pale Horse Named Death drop their debut album, And Hell Will Follow Me (SPV/Steamhammer), a dark, crushing melodic effort that suggests Alice in Chains and Type O Negative. The latter reference makes particular sense considering that the band is the brainchild of Sal Abruscato, the founding drummer of Type O, as well as the current skinsman for Life of Agony. Previously, we premiered A Pale Horse Names Death’s song, “To Die in Your Arms”; now we’re proud to unveil another track, “Pillhead.” Abruscato, who sings, plays every instrument, and wrote all the songs on the record, fills us in on the tune below.
REVOLVER What’s this song about?
SAL ABRUSCATO “Pill Head” is about a person who is addicted to pills, and taking pills is the only way they can deal with life. A manic depressant that won’t leave their bed and just pops pills over and over to just get by.
Which part of it did you come up with first? And what was the inspiration?
I came up with the main chorus music first, then the verse and bridge music. I had a rough melody but it all came together as I wrote the lyrics and fine-tuned it.
Was this an easy song to record?
Yes, it was easy to record… I had everything done and all we had to do was re-record it. Vocals were a bit harder, especially in the bridge.
What sort of feedback have you gotten on this song so far?
So far its been great. It’s one of our favorite songs to perform, and I am pleased on the positive feedback so far.