Type O Negative
Dead Again


4.5
superb

Review

by CognitiveVertigo USER (2 Reviews)
April 8th, 2007 | 84 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Type O Negative's most experimental up-to-date. Full of elusive guitar riffs and solos, haunting lyrics, psychedelic sounds and a dark dirty bass foundation.

“Dead Again”, Type O Negative’s sixth studio album, looms large; similar to the band’s ominous front-man, Peter Steele. This album may perhaps be analogous to the band favorite “October Rust” (which debuted in ’96) with its poetic lyrics, forcefully dark vocals, and original musicianship. Unlike other Type O albums, the band’s influence of the psychedelic era and the Beatles in particular, is prominent in “Dead Again.” Peter and his cohorts pursue new territory when it comes to time and key changes, the allocation of instruments and subject matter.

Most people familiarize the band with its signature sound: Peter’s bass tuned to an almost baritone-like depth, with his deep voice penetrating at low octaves. In “Dead Again” Peter lets Kenny Hickey take the reigns on a lot of songs via guitar solos, allowing his bass to drone in the background. Peter’s humble step back from the spotlight and the new found voices of the other band-mates, could be why this album is one of their best yet.

Each song on “Dead Again” is worthy of the album:

1. Dead Again – 4:15 – The quick pace gives the song massive energy. The key change just before the chorus is beautiful and perfectly timed. The lyrics are typical Type O as they reflect the drug addiction cycle. Peter's vocals are powerful and open the album in a way that Type O fans would be proud. The bass makes the whole track thick and dense and some riffs from Hickey throw in flavor. This song is single material, and has somewhat of a pop-ish vibe; although not original a song as others on the album, still worth the listen. 3.5/5

2. Tripping a Blind Man – 7:05 – The darkness in the bass makes a listener feel blind and the squealing of the guitar provides some bearing. Peter’s vocal diversity is very effective, it moves from deep- grunting to high-howling as the song makes its transitions. The progressiveness and the vocals “riding the guitar strings” give this song a psychedelic feel. The lyrics are a little disappointing, yet entertaining nonetheless. 4.5/5

3. The Profit of Doom –10:47- A long anticipated song, and finally released.
This song is slow, progressive, and dark. Peter’s growling and “evil speaking” makes this the darkest song on the album. The bass feels dirty, washed-out and grungy. The lyrics are worth the whole song: there’s irony, puns, and political slander! Eastern sounds bring nostalgia of George Harrison’s sitar. The Profit of Doom sticks to the ablum's genre exploration theme as it creats a diverse collection of sounds, tones and vibes. 5/5

4. September Sun –9:48 -- Silver takes the lead on this song with beautiful piano medleys. This is a sad song about lost love, by far the most emotional piece on the album. Peter’s voice provides a haunting lament, and an elegy of his broken heart. Cliché at points due to some melodrama in the lyrics, but still an amazing song. 4.5/5

5. Halloween in Heaven – 4:50 -- One of the more “fun” songs on the album. This song is single material, and brings out the more mainstream, accessible side of Type O. The lyrics are surreal, which adheres to the psychedelic elements of this album. Peter mentions famous musicians who've passed, which brings another nostalgic element. His allusion to Lennon is also very nice to see. The guitar riff gets repetitive despite its catchiness, but the bass recovers for this. 4/5

6. These Three Things – 14:21 – The most progressive song on the album. The bass and guitars move all over the place, the drums have odd timings that shift often. Somehow it is all tied together by the vocals. The lyrics are mystical and constantly allude to spirituality. Peter's true poetic side comes out on this track. The image complex in the lyrics is inconsistent, yet intriguing nonetheless. These Three Things is definitely a musical journey for the ears, and the mind. Musicians and philosophers alike would dig this song. 4/5

7. She Burned Me Down – 7:54 -- The chorus is catchy, dark, and full of intense emotion. The guitarist’s skills really come out in this song. This is a stomach-twister due to the heart-crushing lyrics, and a head-banger due to the anger apparent in the song. Vocally it is the strongest on the album, Peter reaches crescendos which a lot of trained vocalists wouldn't dare. The bridge and the slowing near the end gives a nice conclusion to the song after it rips your heart out and plays with it for awhile. This is my personal favorite. 5/5

8. Some Stupid Tomorrow – 4:21 – This is a song that would be created if metal and punk birthed a gothic bass-oriented sound. The lyrics are repetitive, yet have that Type O angst distinct to the band. Peter’s vocals are fun, even if they don’t reach their fullest potential. (Backup vocals are new and exciting also!) The guitar ascendances are really awesome. Kelly comes through and brings a storm of angry punk beats. 4/5

9. An Ode Locksmiths –5:16 – An Ode Locksmiths can be reminiscent of “October Rust” vocal-wise. The guitar riffs are exciting energized and original in style. There’s a lot of power drumming from Johnny Kelly. Peter’s bass is not as dominant as in other songs. Lyrically I find this to be fullfilling, it's moving and honest. The deliverance of this song is amazing. 5/5

10. Hail and Farwell to Britain –8:56-- One of the darker songs of the album. The bass and guitar collaborate wonderfully. Lyrically, this song is ridden with self-loathing and life-struggle that any Type O fan would appreciate. There is a very cool keyboard solo by Silver which I keep spinning over and over. This song is an exceptional ending to the album. 4.5/5

“Dead Again” really demonstrates Type O’s genre versatility to encompass not only goth-rock, but also metal, progressive and psychedelic. A few common themes that are distinct to Type O’s lyrics are seen in this album, such as drug use, death, lost love, heartbreak, and self-loathing. The theme of mysticism is dominant also, and Rasputin’s image on the album cover helps to set the tone.

Each band member brings this album to life, despite its deadly vibe. Type O has become bolder in exploring other areas of music than simply their own comfort zone. “Dead Again” exemplifies this musical audaciousness. All in all a great versatile album, and very accessible to non-Type O fans. Overall rating: 4.5/5 .

Recommended Tracks: The Profit of Doom, She Burned me Down, An Ode Locksmiths.


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Brain Dead
April 8th 2007


1150 Comments


Never gave Type O Negative a try, although I would like to. Good review.

CognitiveVertigo
April 8th 2007


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks man. Yeah definitely try them out. I was really not into them at first and then I listened to October Rust and started to dig them.



I suppose Peter's voice is hard to get into and since most bands rely on guitar to "carry the song" so-to-speak, Type O may be a bit difficult to get into.



This Message Edited On 04.08.07

CognitiveVertigo
April 8th 2007


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thank you for the advice, I will work on that. I always fear that I'll make it too long, and that's never fun to read.

trustxdialect
April 8th 2007


1502 Comments


I'd stay away from track-by-tracks in general. They may look easier, but it's so much easier to get an overall look on an album just because you don't have to bring up every single song. You just point out key elements in a song and how it might pertain to an album as a whole. It's easier to back up your rating as well, 'cause a lot of albums work better as a whole instead of individual tracks. You could rate every track a 3/5 and 4/5 respectively and it could still be a 4.5, just because that's how well it works all together. As a track-by-track, people can't see that logic because all they see is all the songs getting mild ratings.

IlledAutumn
April 8th 2007


37 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Profits of Doom is the worst song on the album and These Three Things is easily the best. Other than that, great use of band members, but you need a lot more description on these songs. Especially since they're Type O Negative, where each song is worth two of every other artist's songs.

Inflames
April 16th 2007


635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Prophet is the best song, but not by far. I was going to do a revier on this, I didnt figure anybody else would.

Inflames
April 18th 2007


635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Some stupid tommorrow" sounds like a modern carnivore song.

CognitiveVertigo
April 19th 2007


32 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for all of your advice guys, I appreciate it. Constructive criticism always welcome.



I like to read track by tracks on other reviews and see how the album's broken down. You're right about these being too brief and short though, I tried to keep it simple so it would be easier to read, guess i'll work on making them more in-depth.



Still really digging this album, too.

Inflames
April 20th 2007


635 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Its totally worth digging. The best songs are Prophet of Doom, September Sun, Some Stupid Tomorrow, and Hail and farewell to Britain....nevermind they are all good.This Message Edited On 04.20.07

samthebassman
June 4th 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I expected nothing but I was surprised to find that this is a good album.

Meatplow
June 21st 2007


5524 Comments


I'm gonna take a dive and give this a go.

Meatplow
June 21st 2007


5524 Comments


Just listened to it.

Well i'll be sure to give this a bit more a chance to sink in, so far i don't know how i feel about it. The production is slick, everything sounds great musically (if not a little repetitive at times).
His voice is certainly an acquired taste, many times i found it difficult to take the music seriously because of this.

She Burned Me Down was the one song out of the lot that really did something for me, everything else just needs some time to sink in i think. Halloween in Heaven is a horrible song though, it really did not show a good side to this band i feel

kalkal50
June 21st 2007


2386 Comments


this album is soo weird

Confessed2005
July 10th 2007


4531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys were incredibly strange to witness as a live act.



They seemed to dislike the crowd too...

heart_shaped_box
August 23rd 2007


10 Comments


Haha... I love how Rasputin is on the cover and their album is called "Dead Again"... I don't even know who these guys are but yeah... awesome.

hybridstigmata
June 22nd 2008


170 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

To meatplow and confessed 2005, type o negative has a certain side of strange humor. A lot of the songs are based off sarcasm and if you knew what the songs were about you'd realize that they don't always match the sounds. For instance, the song bloody kisses off the album bloody kisses is about a family cat that died. If you listened to the song you'd think that it was about an important family member that had died, its very depressing but the lyrics would make you laugh if you listened to it in the context it was actually written in. Anyways, you have to know the humor of the band, and yes they even take it on stage. I saw them a year and a half ago and it was the best show I've ever been to, and I've been to a whole lot of shows.

goneshootin22
July 31st 2008


142 Comments


Good review, good album. September Sun and Halloween and Heaven are the best ones. But adding to what hybridstigmata said: another song with ridiculousley funny lyrics once you understand the message is Wolf Moon off of October Rust. It is quite arguably the funniest song I have ever heard.

rasputin
August 1st 2008


14968 Comments


Good pic of me tbh

taylormemer
August 1st 2008


4962 Comments


^^
No way.

Wow just noticed Meatplow's av. Nice stuff.

rasputin
August 1st 2008


14968 Comments


Wow just noticed Meatplow's av. Nice stuff.

That's me too



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