Type O Negative is a type of music that isn’t necessarily heavy or metal. They are a gothic doom band hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Penetrating the masses ears since the early 90’s for all to enjoy. With that said, they have plenty of tunes to listen to. Here are my favorite 10 songs by them.
10. Black No. 1 from Bloody Kisses
9. Nettie from Life Is Killing Me
8. Love You To Death from October Rust
7. Red Water (Christmas Mourning) from October Rust
6. White Slavery from World Coming Down
5. Everyone I Love Is Dead from World Coming Down
4. IYDKMIGTHTKY (Gimme That) from Life Is Killing Me
3. Christian Woman from Bloody Kisses
2. …A Dish Best Served Coldly from Life Is Killing Me
1. Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family) from Bloody Kisses
Now, most of their music is pretty much the same in terms of….well….if you listen to Type O then you understand what I mean….it’s all basically the same music wise. Slow, dark, some piano or ambient sounds and doom drumming that is to die for. What separates these and makes these 10 special is their hooks and how well the song is performed. I mean, it’s the little things like a perfectly timed keyboard performance or Peter Steele using his ultra low vocal style. A kick ass riff with some slow drum beat behind it and an ambient presence in the background. Type O is pretty atmospheric in terms of doom metal, not just trying to be creepy, scary or goth. But setting a tone musically and then giving you lyrics to sing back that just works so well together. If you’ve noticed, all of my top 10 come from these 4 albums:
Earlier and later albums are good but nothing compared to these 4 gems right here. This era of Type O Negative is with out a doubt their best musical offering. Starting at number ten we have Black No. 1. A very iconic Type O Negative song and even if you aren’t the biggest fan of this band, I’m sure you’ve heard of this song. It is a great song and the only reason why it didn’t get higher on my list is because the song gets slightly repetitive. However, this song is great when inebriated out of your mind. Number nine is a song that’s always stuck with me. Starting with Steele’s baritone voice then kicking up a notch singing “Nettie, no need to cry. Let me wipe those tear drops from your eyes”. The verse riff is good and honestly what makes the song so good for me is that chorus. That line he sings and the guitar riff in the background is great. At the 2:43 mark the song switches up a little bit and it’s the defining point in the song that makes it extraordinary. “Love You To Death” is number eight and musically it’s terrific. This song is great to sing along to. At Seven, we have “Red Water (Christmas Mourning)” and I think the opening is just so damn cool sounding. The entire song is written so well, one of the coolest sounding doom songs ever. Number six is the opener for World Coming Down and it has the best drum sound and guitar tone Type O Negative has ever used. “White Slavery” is a phenomenal track and it never loses it’s power. Epic riff after epic riff for over 8 minutes.
At number five is the track right after “White Slavery” on World Coming Down, “Everyone I Love Is Dead”. Love the lyrics and the guitar solo towards the end of the track is great. Number four is “IYDKMIGHTKY (Gimme That)” and that opening riff is so fucking GOOD. The magic is the chorus with the creepy keyboard piece in the background with the bad ass riff over it and Steele saying “If you don’t kill me, I’m gonna have to kill you.” There are many elements on this track, ranging from just a bass riff, keyboard ambiance and a flute. Even the “Gimme that, gimme that, gimme that” whispered in the background adds something good to the song. It’s all fitting and done so well. The ending is repetitive but I love the vocals and the music a lot. Ah, the song just gives me chills. “Christian Woman” comes in next and is one of Type O’s songs that defines who they are and what they do as a band. At second place we have “…A Dish Best Served Coldly”, one of my favorite songs by them. Fantastically written music and lyrics. With a section that I thoroughly enjoy singing along to:
How many times must I say I’m not sorry?
And how many ways can I show I don’t care?
At number one we have the epic song from their 1993 album with the same name “Bloody Kisses”. The organ starts the song, followed by the coolest riff in any Type O Negative song, then followed by a doom drum beat that is fucking brutal for being so slow. I love the lyrics of this particular song.
Not long ago but far away.
A rainy winter’s day.
All her pain she kept inside.
Could no longer hide.
No cry for help.
She killed herself.
Both life and love could not be saved.
She took them both to the grave.
This song is the best song by Type O Negative. I honestly wish I would have been a fan of them back in 93 so I could have enjoyed it more than I have. Could you imagine a little 8 year old running around listening to Type O? Hah. Anyways, Bloody Kisses is not only a great album, it’s their best song in my opinion. I love singing along and it’s one of those songs that just gives me chills everytime I listen to it. The chorus fucking rules.
It’s sad that Peter Steele is gone. Type O Negative was one of my favorite groups. On April 14, 2010 he died of heart failure, he was only 48. I had the privilege to see Type O once in concert. It was an incredible sight to behold. Their stage presence and performance was out of this world and they sounded great. Peter Steele will always live on through his music and he is definitely an inspiration to my own creative song writing.