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Slow, Deep And Hard

Type O Negative - Slow, Deep And Hard ©1991 Roadrunner
1. Unsuccessfully Coping With The Natural Beauty of Infidelity (I Know You're Fucking Someone Else)
2. Der Untermensch
3. Xero Tolerance
4. Prelude To Agony
5. Glass Walls Of Limbo (dance Mix)
6. The Misinterpretation Of Silence And Its Disastrous Consequences
7. Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 X 10^-8 Cm^3 Gm^-1 Sec^-2

Following the dissolution of Carnivore, the New York hardcore thrash metal band that went out of its way to offend every living person on the face of the planet, vocalist/bassist Peter Steele began a new project that was originally called Repulsion. Ultimately they were forced to change their name since another band had already laid claim to that particular moniker. Along the way, Steel transformed himself from the savage stoopidity [sic] of Carnivore into the heart throb of swooning teenage goth girls clad in black. But before the transformation into Mr. Teary-Eyed Sensitive Crooning Guy could be completed, Type O Negative had to exorcise a bit more of that hardcore rage and lyrically offensive material on their 1991 debut Slow, Deep and Hard.

The one thing about Type O Negative that may prevent many listeners from quite grasping their music is their sense of humor. Dark, morbid humor has always been the underlying basis for their lyrics and often it has been missed. I didn't really get this about Type O Negative for years and harbored quite a loathing towards them. Eventually I realized it was just a poor soundman at a Denver, Colorado, show who should be blamed for all that. With any luck, he's now doing sound at a crappy cowboy bar in Greeley. But I digress. Slow, Deep and Hard stirred up quite a bit of controversy by those who didn't get the abrasive East Coast humor, particularly in "Unsuccessfully Coping With The Natural Beauty of Infidelity" and "Der Untermensch". In the first track (subtitled "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else"), Steele got accused of being a misogynist, but it's pretty obvious the song was written from the viewpoint of a distraught boyfriend who just discovered his beloved lady has been laying pipe with another plumber (or two). The song, which happens to be exceptionally well arranged and easily the best track on the album, simply illustrates the normal emotional rage a man might express. Later, he may feel sheepish about all the juvenile name calling, but Steele didn't happen to write a song about that. "Der Untermensch" wasn't very nice to immigrants and seems like a holdover from the Carnivore days. Elsewhere, "The Misinterpretation Of Silence And Its Disastrous Consequences" is precisely that, silence. Your response to this track should sum things up. "Glass Walls of Limbo (dance mix)" features monk-ish chanting and the sound of chains rattling away. Oddly, this track seems like it could be a Controlled Bleeding outtake.

This album straddled the fence between the lush, more gothic overtones of 1993's Bloody Kisses and Steele's earlier days in Carnivore. It is somewhat uneven and the band generally seems more listenable the further away they got from the Carnivore sound. Only the first song really knocks it out of the park, but the album generally serves as a good introduction to what Type O Negative would be offering up in the future.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 01/2010

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Bloody Kisses

Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses ©1993 Roadrunner
1. Machine Screw
2. Christian Woman
3. Black No. 1
4. Fay Wray Come Out And Play
5. Kill All The White People
6. Summer Breeze
7. Set Me On Fire
8. Dark Side Of The Womb
9. We Hate Everyone
10. Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family)
11. 3.0.I.F.
12. Too Late: Frozen
13. Blood And Fire
14. Can't Lose You

Considering where the band originated, Bloody Kisses was certainly a departure for Type O Negative's primal, ugly origins. The band that appears on this CD is a far cry from the ugly rumblings of Peter Steele's previous outfit Carnivore and a football field's length away from the antagonized hardcore-ish stylings of their debut, Slow Deep and Hard. Apparently Steele had gotten much of his nihilistic anger out and could focus more on causing nubile young girls to entirely lose their senses at his deep mournful, proto-gothy voice. Rather than display a barrage of focused anger, Type O Negative explored the realms of painful meetings with vampire girls who broke his heart, regular girls who broke his heart, girls into God who broke his heart (but only after a serious lay) and other girls who simply set him on fire (but reportedly broke his heart later on).

To be honest, there's actually much more depth than a flippant paragraph such as the previous one suggests. Bloody Kisses reflects the maturation of the band as well as some reminders of their roots. There are plenty of between song sound collages as well as old school rants such as "Kill All the White People" or the outstanding "We Hate Everyone". But these scant reminders of the band's origin are overshadowed by the band's take on goth rock mixed with a much more metallic influence. Rather than shouting and yelling, Steele finds his deep goth voice that has been known to ignite the loins of women worldwide. One could nearly suggest that Steele is metal's equivalent to Barry White. Despite the band's grainy, morose image, careful listens suggest that a considerable amount of the music here has a tongue-in-cheek element that both sensualizes as well as caricaturizes certain stereotypes of subculture types. "Black No. 1" can definitely be experienced on both levels.

On the whole, Bloody Kisses is a masterpiece that carefully laid down the blueprint for many goth-metal acts to come but avoids wallowing in the excesses that pollute the subgenre. The strong songwriting throughout helps Type O Negative veer away from pandering to the mere elements of goth music. Rather, the music is much more vital and alive. There also happens to be a digipack version of this album that eliminates quite a bit of the between song pieces and a couple of the harder numbers. Unfortunately this completely ruins the broad picture that the original issue of the CD offered. So avoid that and look for the full version. Even for those who despise the feigned despondency of goth metal, Bloody Kisses is a great album which may very well provide all your blackclad, vampires'n'candles needs.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2002

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October Rust

Type O Negative - October Rust ©1996 Roadrunner
1. Bad Ground
3. Love You To Death
4. Be My Druidess
5. Green Man
6. Red Water (Christmas Mourning)
7. My Girlfriend's Girlfriend
8. Die With Me
9. Burnt Flowers Fallen
10. In Praise Of Bacchus
11. Cinnamon Girl
12. The Glorious Liberation Of The People's Technocratic Republic Of Vinnland B
13. Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropicn Paranoia)
14. Haunted

The release that proves Steele's Mr. Sensitivity schtick was getting old and repetitive (remember, this sensitive man had a picture of his rectum grace an album cover). As a joke, they start out the album with a track of pure harsh noise, then a spoken statement from the band, before actually playing a real song. Yeah, real funny. It just forces the listener to skip to track 3 before hearing anything worthwhile. Sadly, it's the only song on the album you'll need to hear again. Lacking serious quality, the entire album merely rehashes their goth-metal-sob-sexual-fantasy trip from the previous album with much lesser results. Who really wants to hear about Steele's fantasies of "His Girlfriend's Girlfriend"? (Wherein he tells us "Wow"...deep, man, deep.) Soon after this album came out, I had the misfortune of seeing them live where they were terrible. They are very much a mediocre studio band with just enough technical skill to pretend their music is worth the sticker price. There's much better stuff out there...do yourself a favor and find it.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 08/1997

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