TYPE O NEGATIVE
Everrryday ...is Halloween.
Eclectic, enigmatic, erratic and erotic ...TYPE O NEGATIVE's third album, the almighty one-of-a-kind October Rust is melodramatic-metal at it's best: crystal clear drop-dead perfection !
From back-alley punks to misanthropic gothstars, Brooklyn's four dicks are the summum of rocknroll in the 90s ...and beyond. Their 1993 RIAA-certified Platinum Bloody Kisses CD is an impressive trend-setting offering of eerie melodies and heaviness. But the real posh material lies in 1996's magnum opus musickal tour-de-force: October Rust.
Please review the following chain of key selling-points October Rust offers:
- perfect clean and electric guitar tone
- perfect bass tone
- perfect piano tone and keyboard samples
- perfect drum acoustics (although programmed)
- perfect vocals and matching melodies
- perfect lyric set
- perfect studio production
- perfect mood and album pacing
- perfect artwork and esthetics
- perfect looks and demeanor from the band-members
- did we made ourselves perfectly clear ?
The first track in "Love You To Death" is the perfect orgiastic melodicmetal song. The piano-intro sets the foggy mood and the main riff is all gloomy BLACK SABBATH worship. The aggro-sexy "Be My Druidess" is another lady-killer. On his knees, Peter Steele's baritone vocals never sounded so heavenly, positively one of TYPE O's best track. Wine pours aplenty on "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" ...a dark galactic doom monolith of massive heaviness.
Some pop-rock vibe is majestically delivered on everyone's fantasy in "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend", a tried and true crowd mover. TYPE O NEGATIVE is a unique ensemble ruling in their own league and this track is simply another proof of this undebatable fact.
There is no "Off-Position" on the genius-switch !!!
The organic "Burnt Flowers Fallen" perfectly pictures Autumn. Soil, fire, cold winds and Nature's death, put into heavymetal-music ...an unprecedented romantic audio-nirvana. Magic transpires from their intelligent Neil Young cover in the revamped "Cinnamon Girl". A folk song that receives the full doom-rock treatment ...once again, the mighty TYPE O can do no wrong. Another long-form signature track, the feline "Wolf Moon" is beauty in darkness. A funeral verse followed by an apocalyptic addictive chorus, a 6:38sec epic bloody ride that bleed profusely at the 4:12sec explosive climax.
This is a perfect melodic heavymetal album !!!
As you all may know, all TYPE O NEGATIVE releases are a celebration of love, hate, strength, weakness, faith, fate, passion, apathy, life, death and lust. Deep church-like vocals, pounding drums, heavy catchy guitar riffs and haunting keyboard soundscapes. The universal union of Peter Steele, Johnny Kelly, Kenny Hickey and Josh Silver is forever ...there is no other band like them: the answer is none, none more negative !
Having toured with various crowds with OZZY, NIN, MÖTLEY, PANTERA and LIFE OF AGONY ...the Drab Four may have not supported the entire 90s on their shoulder per say, but you just couldn't look away.
Back in 1996, in the sterile cookie-cutter post-grunge era, melodic rock-metal wasn't the norm, yet TYPE O NEGATIVE was the band that brought it up and kept the rocknroll rolling, blame them ...they are the vandals !
RIP Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk (1962-2010), we miss you Green Man :(
Love You To Death - video
My Girlfriend's Girlfriend - video
Interview in 1996
Live in Montreal in 1997
A retrospective: 23 years later
Everrryday ...is Halloween !
The heaviest record of the nineties. After the RIAA-certified Platinum celebrations of 1993's Bloody Kisses CD, the four dicks came back strong with the 1996 tour-de-force melodramatic October Rust CD. And now, everything crumbles and the world is coming down.
The odd-men in the metal-scene were about to change the face of heavy-rock, once again, just before the end of the millennium. Brooklyn, ground-zero for the American working-class template and nothing says more "get the job done" than the divine union of TYPE O NEGATIVE.
Sinus - snort it
Pride, passion and power a potent mix used in the past and performed on "Everyone I Love is Dead". Massive harmonies and crunchy rhythms, this is up-beat doom-metal. The romantic melody of "Who Will Save The Sane?" is a haunting mountain of majestic might, that will not let you sleep well.
Liver - drink it
The apocalyptic title-track is a benchmark in doom-heaviness. Gasping for air as it is too thick, the multi-layered mix is a maelstrom of monstrous machiavellian metal. Mister Kenny Hickey on lead-guitars introduces us to another WW3-type riff in "Everything Dies", an obituary-like piece where Peter Steele remembers close loved ones and deceased family-members.
Lung - smoke it
Rock the world with one of the decade's stompiest riff. Afire on "Pyretta Blaze" the verse drives you into oblivion, while the chorus bleeds with a hip 70s-vibe. Pure magic. The mish-mash BEATLES-medley is an interesting bonus. This clever mix, once again, proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Drab Four are no shmucks and can make any song theirs.
Released in September 1999, World Coming Down is another brick in the massive TYPE O NEGATIVE monument of work. Thru real-life deaths and personal drama the gentle giant and casket-crew delivered the end of the world as we know it. So pack your bags and get in line at Noah's Ark doorstep, because this is the end.
Everything Dies = video
Live in 1999
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