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Type O Negative

Peter describes the Type O Negative sound as "Gothadelic" and usually composes his music in the back of his tour bus or onthe thronewithhiskeyboards. "The world we live in is marked by disorder and chaos. Few things, if any, are certain. Butthen there is Type O Negative,theBrooklynband whose been making a glorious, doom-caked racket for over a decade. Witha sense of humor blacker than the clothing thattheindividual bandmembers wear and a profound distaste and disgust forboth humanity and political correctness, Type O Negative never changeswiththe times thetimes change with them. Markedby ...read more

Peter describes the Type O Negative sound as "Gothadelic" and usually composes his music in the back of his tour bus or onthe thronewithhiskeyboards. "The world we live in is marked by disorder and chaos. Few things, if any, are certain. Butthen there is Type O Negative,theBrooklynband whose been making a glorious, doom-caked racket for over a decade. Witha sense of humor blacker than the clothing thattheindividual bandmembers wear and a profound distaste and disgust forboth humanity and political correctness, Type O Negative never changeswiththe times thetimes change with them. Markedby sharp wit and bouts of gloom 'n depression, Type O Negative continues to reward itslisteners withwhat they havecometo love and what they have to expect from the Brooklyn doom squad: a nihilistic world view, anthems of sexand death, andablinding torch ofwell-placed hate." It is Type O Negative's gothically tinged metal, reared on a steady diet of Bauhaus andSistersOf Mercy, whichnever takes itself tooseriously, that has garnered them critical and commercial success. 1993'sBloody Kisses was the first albumto achieve Gold andPlatinum status in theRoadrunner Records catalog. It's successor,1996's October Rust, also went Gold, thus solidifying TypeO's roots in the sediment ofmetal. Through itall, bassist/frontmanPeter Steele still reminisces about his days as an employee of the NYC ParksDepartment, still lives in thesamebasementapartment in Brooklyn, still drives the same car, and still wolfs down TV dinners. And he and hiscohorts still makebittersweet, headdownhard rock.Life Is Killing Me is Type O's fifth full-length record, and its first batch of new materialsince1999's World Coming Down. In betweenthisopus and World Coming Down, Type O released The Least Worst Of compilation,to tide over fansover! Steele is a towering hulk of a man hisbicepscould crush your skull like a walnut and he is someonewhose fist you would not want to meetthe business end of. But when he speaks inthattrademark, so-deadpan-he-must-sleep-in-a-coffin delivery, through a thick New York accent, it'slike a pearl of wisdom handed down from a manwhohas livedthrough it all, seen the seediest underbelly of the human psyche, and survived.Regarding the new album, the aptly namedSteeleremarks,"When we were writing Life Is Killing Me, I knew I didn't want it to sound like WorldComing Down, because Iwas having quite a fewpersonalproblems at the time that album was being recorded and mixed. Because I haddistancedmyself from the process, too many cooks spoiled thebroth.No one was happy and I am the least happy of all. However,failure is notfailure if you learn from it and I took an active part in this album. I hopeitturns out to be somewhere betweenBloody Kisses and October Rust.Because I was wrapped up in my old bullshit during the execution ofWorldComing Down, Ifeel that I owe, not just the band, but our fans, somesort of an apology. I am working on trying not to be so selfish, and Iamdoingthe best I can." Since Bloody Kisses and October Rust are true fanfavorites, Steele's hope that Life Is Killing Me willredeem him in fan's eyesshouldbecome a reality. Steele admits he did not set out to write outan album that replicated TypeO's past works. "That style of songwriting is still inmeand I like the songs from those albums, whereas I am lessfond ofWorld Coming Down, since it reminds me of things I was involved in at thetime."Steele further reveals that staple Type Oissues of "selfpity," "hatred," "drugs and death," "religion," and "the usual" are all a part of thelyricaltapestry of Life Is KillingMe. He contends that the albumis less depressing than its predecessor, with less dirges and different songwritingstyles.Heelaborates, "There are three types of songwriting: oneis hardcore/punk, almost like party punk. The other is the older styleof goth-metal thatwehave always done. The third is a combo of '60s and'80s type of songwriting." He concludes, withtongue planted firmly in cheek, that "Life Is KillingMeis a sonic legacy of past mistakes." Self-deprecation aside, Steele isforthright and open when discussing his latest creations (or mistakes,dependingon who you ask in the band!)Regardingspecific songs on the album, Type O chose to cover a song from Hedwig And The Angry Inch musical,toillustrate itsinfamous sense ofhumor. "It's about a transvestite who goes in for sex change and the doctors fuck it up. I thought it wouldbe fun toplayit live, because we spedit up a little to make more punky." The song "I Like Girls" is Steele's response tohomosexuals who try to pick himup."Whether a man or womanfinds me attractive, I take it as a compliment, although I ammore flattered when it's a woman. Thanks for the invite, butIlike girls.' The song ispunky and I am sure that it's going to bemisconstrued, so we're going to be prepared." It's apparent that Type O likes to stirupa little shit, andis always ready forthe backlash, and equipped with more ammunition than its opponents. Remember, this is the band who, backintheday,answered a crowd's taunts of "You suck!" with "You paid 15 American dollars to get in. Who's the real asshole here?" Indeed,it's wit isTypeO'sstrongest suit of armor. "Nettie" centers around Steele's mother, while "Above All Things" is about hisfather. "How Could She?' findsSteele askingall ofhis favorite female TV characters, cartoon or human, a question. "I mentionevery single one from Edith Bunker to Judy Jetson,all who Iencounteredwhen sitting in front of the TV, eating a TV dinner."'A Dish Best Served Cold' is self-described revenge anthem.Type Ocontinues the timehonoredtradition of producing its ownalbums at Systems Two in its homestead of Brooklyn, in the interest of avoiding "outsidetentacles." BothSteeleandkeyboardist Josh Silver helmed Life Is Killing Me.. "I want to hear what is going on in my ears, what I hear in myhead," saysSteele. "I amnottalking about the 'voices' I hear. I am talking about getting as close to my goal as possible. Within thisband, the fourguys are married to eachotherand the cap is always left off the toothpaste. We don't need a fifth clowncoming in. At 41 years old, having been inbands for 30 years right now,Iknow how to get what I want, musically. Lastly andleastly, there is financial incentive for producing my fleshourselves, and not just because wecanwalk away with chumpchange, but because anyone we'd like to hire would cost half a million dollars.There goes all my drug money for theyear.Thatcan't happen." Steele doesn't cite any new influences on Life Is Killing Me. Other than callinghimself an audio plagiarist,Steele admits he stilllistensto the same music that he always has, such as "early '70s metal, psychadelic '60s, '90strans-dance shoegazer stuff. It's the basic inspirationcomesfrom my feelings. I'm on a constant search for new and interestingideas, which I amnot usually successful at." When you've got the word"negative"in your band name, it's not surprising thatsuch an attitude pervades Type O. LifeIs Killing Me is more grist for the Type O Negative mill,furtherchampioning the band'slifelong subscription to the attitude that the glass is notonly half empty, but broken and laced with cyanide. Life IsKillingMe'salchemy of sludge metal and chilling gothic imagery and conventions is justwhat fans and critics have come to expectand to rely on in thischaotic,undefined world. Life may be killing Type O slowly, but the band is aliveand kicking with newmaterial for the time being.Thankfully.~typeonegative.net « hide

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LPs
Dead Again
2007

3.8
267 Votes
Life Is Killing Me
2003

3.6
279 Votes
World Coming Down
1999

3.9
323 Votes
October Rust
1996

4.2
508 Votes
Bloody Kisses
1993

4.2
528 Votes
The Origin of the Feces
1992

3.3
136 Votes
Slow, Deep, and Hard
1991

3.8
230 Votes
Live Albums
Symphony for the Devil (DVD)
2006

4.1
29 Votes
Bizarre Types
1999

4
2 Votes
Compilations
The Best of Type O Negative
2006

3.6
8 Votes
Least Worst of
2000

3.9
28 Votes

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