Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Goth Metal titans Type O Negative released their signature album, Bloody Kisses, in 1993. I first heard them via the video for Black No. 1, and immediately fell in love with the deep dark tones of Peter Steele’s voice. I saw them live opening for PanterA and found that Mr. Steele was a very intimidating figure on stage, also. He told us that if it were up to him, he would have let us all in to the show for free. This met with a huge roar of approval from the crowd…until he added, with just the perfectly timed pause, “but I would charge you $50 apiece to leeeeeaaaave!” It was a great example of his ghoulish sense of humor. That humor played a key role in the lyrics and cover song choices the band made throughout their career. Bloody Kisses featured a cover of Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts (about as un-metal as a song can get). Steele and Co. turned it into a goth classic with ease. Other standouts for me were the dark and foreboding Christian Woman, the punk masterpiece We Hate Everyone, and Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family). Kill All The White People was pretty hilarious, too. A great band cut short by the untimely death of Peter Steele in 2010. Thankfully, the music lives on, because there aren’t many other bands like this, and that is a shame.

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