Type O Negative
Bloody Kisses


4.5
superb

Review

by JohnnyBiggs USER (24 Reviews)
April 23rd, 2010 | 395 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unquestionably TON's best album.

Ahh, Type O Negative. Certainly one of the premier goth metal bands of our time. Lead Singer Peter Steele’s death, however sad it is, does bring sort of an appropriate end to the notoriously depressed and at times troubled singer, and as such, listening to certain songs (or the entire World Coming Down album) from the band’s discography adds an ever deeper and morbid meaning to them. One thing I’m sure most fans can agree on, is that Peter Steele has certainly left his mark in metal history. His death prompted me to dig back to my old Type O cds, and have another listen to the band famously known as "The Drab Four", a nickname they certainly earned through this album, "Bloody Kisses".

When you look at the band’s discography, there’s obviously no stronger album that they’ve created than 1993’s Bloody Kisses, a near masterpiece for the band. This I’m sure is debatable between metal fans, but for this listener, having listened to each Type O album meticulously over time, Bloody Kisses stands tall as the band's best album by far. It also proved to be a real success at the time it was released, as the album went gold on the strength of singles and videos like “Christian Woman” and “Black No. 1”.

Type O Negative has always been known to write depressing, droning heavy metal songs, with a lot of them sprinkled with extremely dry and self-deprecating humor. The band’s debut album, “Slow, Deep, and Hard” from way back in 1991 featured a lot of thrash and punk influences, along with more obvious lyrics designed to offend (Peter sure was an angry guy).

The reason why Bloody Kisses works so well is because the band decided to incorporate pop melodies into their droning, gothic sound, without sacrificing everything that makes Type O Negative what they are. Despite the fact that some of the songs are over 7 minutes long, just about ever track (songs, not the sound bites between songs- more on this later) on this album is instantly and compulsively listenable, and this is all without sacrificing the integrity of the band.

Bloody Kisses is primarily a heavy metal album with gothic overtones, and with a very strong sense of melody spread throughout the album. The songs are very slow-tempoed and the guitars fuzzed out, and they feature deep and scary vocals. The lyrics primarily center around love, sex, death, religion, and setting Peter Steele on fire.

Just about everything about this album is top notch, from a technical standpoint right down to the little touches to the songs (like the rain at the beginning of “Black No. 1”). Peter Steele’s extremely deep, vampire like vocals are perfect and quite brr-inducing. I’m sure certain types of females just swoon at the sound of his voice, and to mainstream listeners it sounds absolutely terrifying. A devilish mix indeed- think Barry White, but if he loved to drink blood, longed for his loved one, and listened to a lot of Black Sabbath. Oh, and did I mention the songs are ridiculously catchy"

The band’s sense of humor is also thankfully intact from Slow, Deep, and Hard, but doesn’t completely overwhelm the record like that album did. The majority of these songs are meant to be tongue in cheek, yet stay simultaneously dark and brooding. “Black No. 1”, which was a hit for the band, features absolutely hilarious lyrics about goth girls (“You can’t go out because your roots are showing/Dye em’ black!/Black No. 1/Loving you was like loving the dead!”).

The album also has a hilariously depressing cover of “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Croft. It’s a legitimately strong effort from the band, and shows their ability to take a soft pop/rock tune and make it sound like a funeral, or the background music of a murder scene.

That’s what’s great about the album- you can laugh both at and with it, take solace in it, swoon with it, appreciate the effort that went into it, and bang your head to it.

The reason why I won’t give this album a perfect score is simple- the interludes. Peppered throughout the album is sound clips/interludes that distract and cheapen the album’s overall power. For example, track 1, “Machine Screw”, is 30 seconds of what sounds like a woman having sex with a machine (I know). “Fay Wray Come Out And Play” has tribal chanting and a screaming woman, an obvious reference to King Kong. I never saw the point to these interludes, and it proves more distracting than anything.

Aside from that misstep, it’s hard for me to have anything bad to say about this album. I’m sure most fans of gothic metal already own or have at least listened to this CD. But if you’re interested in this genre or this particular band, I can’t recommend Bloody Kisses enough.



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KILL
April 23rd 2010


81233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

such a gd album

BigHans
April 23rd 2010


29531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album, but its no October Rust. The slow melodic part at the second half of Christian Woman brings me to my knees.

ThePalestMexican
April 23rd 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^

Yes.....

JohnnyBiggs
April 23rd 2010


107 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think October Rust is a good album and it contains some of the band's finest material, but as a whole I don't think it's as consistent as Bloody Kisses, and there are some real bad songs on it. That's just my opinion though. TON is simply a fantastic band.

BigHans
April 23rd 2010


29531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SHE'D LIKE TO KNOW.....LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE. RIP Peter Steele.

IRAI
April 23rd 2010


1567 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i love Type O.



and i love this and October Rust equally.



Peter would more than likely be pissed that his death has caused a tiny stir in the community of fans. :S

LepreCon
April 23rd 2010


5453 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Unquestionably Type O Negative's best album [2]

Good review.



RIP Peter Steele

PearlDrummer20
April 23rd 2010


1089 Comments


RIP Steele, he was an amazing musician.

Buccaneer
April 23rd 2010


742 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this album's pretty sweet. But October Rust destroys it imo

EyesWideShut
April 24th 2010


4887 Comments


love this album, but sometime it feels so damn long..

Tweekers237
June 16th 2010


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the album that had me hooked. It is a good transitional album from the punk/goth background to the orchestrated masterpiece 'Bloody Kisses'. It is a great blend of thrash punk tunes, covers, and their experimentation into more long romantic style songs.



I'm basically a Peter Steele fan at heart. To me the guy never did anything bad other than die too soon. He is missed and I listed to a least one of his tunes on a daily basis.



RIP Pete and thanks for the Music.

okcomputer1016
August 22nd 2010


73 Comments


i agree with the dude who said the album is great but long. october rust too. the thing is sometimes you are in the perfect mood for that stuff, and other times (like if you just had one of the riffs stuck in your head or something) then the album can seem excruciatingly long. nowhere near as long as Harvey Milk tho haha.

Acanthus
April 13th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Somehow I'd forgotten to rate this... weird. Love hearing "Black No. 1" and "Christian Woman" on the dance floor, everyone gets into it.

Nrap
August 25th 2011


417 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

5 is the only way i know how to rate this; to me this is the definition of a classic.

Parallels
September 29th 2011


8858 Comments


LOVING YOU WAS LIKE LOVING THE DEAD X200

DYE EM BLACK
DYE EM BLLAAACCK

why does this not have more comments. we need more metal on sputnik, seriously guys we are losing our spot closest to the 'home' button.

Acanthus
September 29th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

BLACK BLACK BLACK BLACK No. ONE!

Parallels
September 29th 2011


8858 Comments


SHE DYES THEM BLACK

Acanthus
September 29th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Have a friend, a real sweet rockabilly/goth chick who begs and begs the DJ to play this; it always is a hit with the entire room.

Parallels
September 29th 2011


8858 Comments


thats awesome dude. I wish I could've gone to a place that would actually play this

Acanthus
September 29th 2011


9812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The DJ is always reluctant but damn it's great to hear all of this played through a good PA system.



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