Archive | January, 2012

A Pale Horse Named Death

24 Jan

Don’t be fooled. Next to all the rock and nostalgic grunge enthusiasm, the massive, rainbow-colorful shoe collection and the readiness to travel around the globe grinning from ear to ear, I love a good gloom session just as much as the next goth/emo/generally depressed person. Therefore, attending the A Pale Horse Named Death show in Wiesbaden’s Schlachthof this week was a must for me.

A Pale Horse Named Death @ Schlachthof WiesbadenThe show confirmed what I suspected from seeing them in August 2011: this moody sounding five-piece is always worth the ticket. Frontman Sal Abruscato (formerly of Type O Negative and Life of Agony) once again proved that he is the exception to the rule “Drummers should stick to drumming” as the NY band performed the entire track list of the acclaimed, many-a-list-topping album “And Hell Will Follow Me”. His vocals brings to mind a whole number of opposing adjectives. Sometimes raw and rocky, sometimes smooth and gloomy, it always, however, shares the stage perfectly with the music. With apocalytic-feeling rhythms and riffs reminiscent of Type O Negative in some ways, but also of Life of Agony and Alice in Chains in others, drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void), bassist Eric Morgan and guitarists Matt Brown (Seventh Void) and Eddie Heedles deliver a set that is musically on the highest level.

To my surprise, as I looked around what I had thought to be Gloomsville, I noticed that the crowd was smiling. A second glance confirmed: so was the band. There’s no doubt about it: fun was being had during the set as well as afterwards, when the fan-friendly, low-attitude band came out to spend some time. This let me conclude two things as I made my way home. 1. Supported by Swiss doom-metal band Blood Runs Deep, A Pale Horse Named Death managed to inspire somewhat of a rock catharsis in the room and bring out the beauty in a set that one would have assumed bleak and depressing. 2. Apparently, it’s totally ok to be happy about that – even if you’re a dark n gloomy girl like me. My advice: Go to the next show. It’ll certainly put a smile on your pale face.

More info on Schlachthof Wiesbaden here
More info on Blood Runs Deep here
More info on A Pale Horse Named Death – including tour dates for Hell Across Europe – here
Flickr the show here

Neon Legion

13 Jan

This New Year’s Eve, I was lucky enough to be in Buenos Aires. It’s a wonderful city with lots going on, especially at night (as it is really too hot during the day to do anything). In the week following New Year’s Eve, I got to see Neon Legion perform at La Cigale, a wonderful location in one of those “old-world-charm” buildings in downtown BA.

In case you don’t know Neon Legion, I will just give you a quick overview. Founded by Frankfurt’s own Philip Kressin, the band is made up of different musicians depending on where they are performing. And Kressin – as the frontman – is the only constant in this innovative game of musical chairs. Before forming Neon Legion, Kressin released one album under the name of Kirt. Based out of New York, Toronto, Buenos Aires and sometimes home sweet home Frankfurt, the different cultures Kressin experiences have found their way onto Neon Legion’s first album “La Revolucion” and make for some very versatile listening.

Seeing this live was a real treat. It brought out some new facets within the Neon Legion tracks. Not, that the music didn’t display a whole number of them already. An eclectic mix of electronic, rock and even classical sounds, the songs on “La Revolucion” are certainly uniquely layered, whether you listen to it live or recorded.

My favorite moment of the night’s performance was definitely the last song – the title track “La Revolucion”. Wonderfully varied electronic sounds paired with chunky guitars and almost eerie vocals, it feels like Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir on an industrial merry-go-round. If your synapses don’t sizzle trying to imagine that, I don’t know what will get your imagination going.

“La Revolucion” comes out February 2012.

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