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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Pale Horseman.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

I am Andre Almaraz, co-vocalist and lead guitarist of Pale Horseman. We are a sludge metal band located in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. The band got it’s start back in early 2012 when Eric Ondo (co-vocalist/rhythm guitarist), Rich Cygan (bassist), Bill Sargis (original drummer), and myself, started jamming together just for fun in Eric’s basement. We had all known each other for many years and had been in several bands together in the past, but at that point in 2012, the others had been jamming a new project and had already written two complete songs when I joined along. The songs didn’t have vocals yet, but the music was done. I started coming around and drinking beers with them while they jammed, and eventually, they asked me to join them. I was the last man in. Those first two songs would later come to be known as “Aborigine” and “Fork In The Road,” and both of them are on our self titled debut album. Bill Sargis, did not stick around long after I joined the band, but we didn’t even have a name at that point and soon found a replacement on drums anyway.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

Drawing from my personal opinion about the different sub-genres, I would describe our band as a sludge metal band with some heavy doom and death metal influences. I wouldn’t say that we consciously chose to start a doom or sludge band. We just wrote what came naturally and tried to figure out a category that would best describe it from there, just to give people a basic idea of what we sound like in conversation. I feel we have a definite style that is uniquely Pale Horseman, but at the same time, we’re not doing anything new. It’s just our own unique mix of different aspects of bands who have had a major impact on us over the years. To describe our sound and style, I would say you have to start with the root of all metal; that heavy, seductive, Black Sabbath groove. Add to that the energy and crunch of thrash bands like Testament, Metallica, Slayer, and Sepultura. Then mix it with some old school death metal chug like Obituary, Autopsy, Entombed, and Pestilence. Then add the dissonance of some genre defying bands like The Melvins, Godflesh, Swans, and Neurosis. Top it off with the cosmic spirituality of some modern day heavy hitters of the sludge and doom scene like Warhorse (R.I.P.), High On Fire, Hooded Menace, and Neurosis, and that’s Pale Horseman.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

Back in 2013, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu, Napalm Death, etc.) did a remix of one of our songs (Fork In The Road), and it is amazing. Not only is Godflesh our favorite band, but he did an amazing job with remixing the song. Honestly, of all the remixes I’ve heard him do for many different bands over the years, the one he did for us is my favorite. It’s also probably the heaviest one I’ve heard too, which is most likely the reason it’s my favorite.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

Well, I’ve already listed many influences in another question and there are so many more I could list, but if I have to pick a top 3 of all time as being influential on the sound of Pale Horseman’s music today, I will say Black Sabbath, Godflesh, and Obituary.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

We are releasing a new music video at the end of October for our song “Phantasmal Voice” and we are releasing a new album on 11/24/2017. After that, we plan to do some touring in June 2018. We are also currently submitting to several North American summer festivals, so hopefully some of them will have us and we’ll have a lot of cool things going on throughout the summer of 2018.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

I would just like to thank you, from all the members of Pale Horseman, for allowing me to do this interview. Here are some links for people who might want to dig a little deeper into the band:
Justin Broadrick [Remix] 2013
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Interviewed on 2017-12-10 by doom-metal.com.
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