Artist: Type-O-Negative Title: “Slow, Deep & Hard” Label: Roadrunner Records Release Date: 6/14/1991 Genre: Gothic Metal Rating: 7/10
Originally called “Repulsion” and “Sub-Zero”, the mighty Type-O-Negative was a spawn of the brutal Metal entity known as Carnivore. Founder Peter Steele took an interesting turn with this group by adding the keyboardist Josh Silver. The resultant mix of Metal riffs and moody, dramatic keyboard compositions made this either a band you would love or hate right off the bat. As their debut release “Slow, Deep & Hard” would have a rough production value, and find Peter screaming more than singing. It’s gloomy and vengeful subject matter would make this a difficult listen at first yet one needs to know how a band begins to find where they will go. This is probably the heaviest release in the bands collection. “Unsuccessfully Coping” is an anthem for those whose hearts have been torn out by deceit and betrayal while “Xero Tolerance” is where the earlier victim finds his retribution and proves truly that revenge is a dish best served cold. Social standings are touched upon with “Der Untermensch” and this begins the bands lack of political correctness or apology for offending the world. Their sense of humor begins here with the lengthy titled “Misinterpretation Of Silence & It’s Disastrous Consequences” which in reality is mere silence and no music at all. Continue reading “Slow, Deep & Hard” by Type O Negative→
Artist: Type-O-Negative Title: “Bloody Kisses” Label: Roadrunner Records Release Date: 8/17/1993 Genre: Gothic Metal Rating: 9/10
“Bloody Kisses” would break a lot of ground for Type-O-Negative as it would not only bring fans a hefty amount of great songs but it would also find the band receiving radio play for the first time. A wide mix of Sabbath inspired Metal with a very deep use of keyboards made this a sure fire hit. Featuring a little bit of everything Steele and Company provide mood and intensity with songs like the three part “Christian Woman” & “Bloody Kisses: A Death In The Family”. These two songs truly showcase the imposing Steele at his best while “Black #1” became the anthem for Gothic Girls everywhere. There is a tongue-in-cheek TON sense of humor displayed in both “Kill All The White People” and “We Hate Everyone”. The band’s level of sarcasm touches upon people’s misconceptions about them perfectly during these tracks. “Bloody Kisses” is still cited as the fan favorite because it is a constant body of quality Gothic Metal from top to bottom. Silver and his compositions tie the songs together and are an added treat that bring more to the atmospheric level that the band is building. Continue reading “Bloody Kisses” by Type O Negative→
This weekend (Sept 19 & 20th) saw the band Type-O-Negative returning to home ground at Brooklyn’s L’Amour. They hit the stage with the band Lacuna Coil opening for them. Sad to inform that I missed Lacuna Coil at theL’Amour show, but did see them at the T.O.N. Show at Irving Plaza a few weeks ago. They are quite good.
After about 30 minutes of Circus music, the crowd chants of “you suck”, “you suck” began until the band came out. Now, those that have never been to see them play before should please be aware that the audience really does not think they suck, this is just part of the fun. Usually Peter has a comment to them , but this weekend he did not. Continue reading Type O Negative @ L’Amour (9/19-9/20/2003)→