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“The Least Worst Of” by Type O Negative

Artist: Type-O-Negative
Title: “The Least Worst Of”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 10/31/2000
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 8/10

The 2000 release of “The Least Worst Of” would be an interesting collection for the existing fans of Type-O-Negative. It’s existence defied the conventions of a typical “hits” package as the band was never considered a hit-maker by any standards and they only received a small amount of airplay on stations catering to Heavy Rock or Metal. The legion of followers however was the type of audience that would support the shows and purchase anything that the band released. Based on this demographic it did not seem prudent to be issuing an album full of songs that they already had; the chance was that this would remain unsold on the shelves. The answer to this would be the decision to include alternate versions of the songs they had heard as well as a couple of songs that were unreleased and very simply this allowed the album to work on a number of levels. Given “Misinterpretation” is dead air; the time could have been better used by one of the sound effect lead-ins that the band has been known to do, but otherwise the music truly begins with “Everyone I Love Is Dead”. Joining it would be “Everything Dies” also from the amazing “World Coming Down” album and the better of the two tracks. “Unsuccessfully Coping” is the earliest track representation of the band, and of course the most raw and in your face both sonically and verbally. The song holds a strong resemblance to the sound of Peter’s previous band Carnivore. From there the other albums receive a decent showing with the most popular tracks of “October Rust” appearing (Love You To Death and My Girlfriends Girlfriend) while “Cinnamon Girl” receives an almost industrial makeover. “Hey Pete” is a fun re-do of the Hendrix classic but seems out of place from the faux live album that it originally appeared on.
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“The Origin Of The Feces” by Type O Negative

Artist: Type-O-Negative
Title: “The Origin Of The Feces”
Label: Roadrunner Records
Release Date: 5/17/1994
Genre: Gothic Metal
Rating: 8/10

Type-O-Negative’s second album fooled a lot of people at first by seeming to be a live recording. It started off with the audience chants of “You Suck” to lead singer/bassist Steele berating them as he was apt to do in such a setting. The assorted responses between songs and the delivery really gave the appearance of a very clean live recording. Instead this was a mock live album that featured a large amount of re-worked material from the first album “Slow, Deep & Hard”. The first album had a rushed production to it and some of the tunes were too long and as result will find new life on this album. “IKYFSE” sounds a lot more powerful and heavy here and is a bit more condensed. Other sections of the first album are morphed to some effect in “Gravity”, “Pain” and “Kill You Tonight” and for the context of the recording I felt that worked that much better. New songs such as “Are You Afraid” (with its U2 meets Munster’s feel) and “Hey Pete” (a re-hashed Jimi Hendrix song) are placed between the older material making this a fresh piece of work rather than a cleaner repeat. A cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” is the bonus track on this re-release of the original album which was pulled because of its cover.
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“Slow, Deep & Hard” by Type O Negative

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.
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“Bloody Kisses” 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.
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Type O Negative @ L’Amour (9/19-9/20/2003)

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Artist: Type-O-Negative
Venue: L’Amour – Brooklyn
Opener: Lacuna Coil
Date: 9/19-9/20/2003

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.
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