(By Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Lead Journalist/Writer, RiffRelevant.com)
Drummer Sal Abruscato, who has had an on-and-off-again relationship with Life Of Agony, is allegedly off again. Off, as in having exited or left the band, although there has been no official word from the band itself.
These assumptions are based on social media statements from Sal, along with other indicators. In a December 19th post on his personal Facebook page (where the screen shot also below is on view) he wrote:
“Sometimes you just have to let go and say goodbye to old friends, the past and its ghosts. Move forward, grow up, grab that life preserver and jump off the ship. I have three beautiful daughters and a beautiful wife that love me and that’s what is important.“
Abruscato joined Life Of Agony in 1992, left in 1996, and then was there for both the 2002 and 2014 reunions of LOA. He played on the band’s “River Runs Red“ (1993), “Ugly“ (1995), “River Runs Again“ (2003), “Broken Valley“ (2005), and this year’s own triumphant comeback, “A Place Where There’s No More Pain“ (2017) albums.
Sal also co-formed Type O Negative with Peter Steele and performed on the albums “Slow, Deep And Hard“ (1991), “Origin Of The Feces” (1992), “Bloody Kisses“ (1993) and various best-of compilations and soundtracks.
There have been other endeavors, as well, such as Supermassiv and My Mortality, but the most prominent of them would be his own formed band, A Pale Horse Named Death. In APHND, Sal is the singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the band.
It would seem that A Pale Horse Named Death is being reactivated, the band has been rehearsing lately and are planning a new album for 2018, their first new album in five years. APHND has previously released two records, Lay My Soul To Waste (2013) as well as And Hell Will Follow With Me (2011).