Browsing through the line-up of A Pale Horse Named Death one can’t help but notice the presence of Sal Abruscato, who played drums in at least three masterpieces released in the first half of the nineties in the context of a New York scene in great ferment; I’m talking about Type 0 Negative’s first two albums, the fierce and desecrating Slow, Deep And Hard and the insidiously commercial Bloody Kisses, as well as Life Of Agony’s debut, River Runs Red, a magnificent work that the band of the restless Keith (now Mina) Caputo was never able to repeat. After having been on the fringes of the scene for a long time, Sal returned at the beginning of last decade with his new project, accompanied on the first two albums by guitarist and bassist Matt Brown, before moving into a full band configuration from the third full length released two years ago. The new Infernum In Terra is therefore the fourth of the series, as always under the banner of a doom that straddles classical drives, inevitable references to the band of the great and never enough regretted Peter Steele and some grunge reminiscences referable to Alice In Chains. It must be said that the Abruscato’s band has never enjoyed unanimous acclaim from critics, an attitude in my opinion too strict since the sound offered, at least in this specific case, is really enjoyable and not boring, although without reaching epochal heights. Maybe the fact that Sal doesn’t have a particularly incisive vocal timbre can contribute to the evaluation parameter, even if he plays the role in a more than decent way, but it’s more likely that from a founding member of Type 0 Negative you always want to listen again to those unforgettable and peculiar sounds now lost in time; cleared the field from this basic misunderstanding, Infernum In Terra allows you to enjoy an hour of doom played with good property and as much integrity.

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