The years between 1999’s “World Coming Down” and 2003’s “Life Is Killing Me” held a few significant events for Type O Negative. Among these were several fall tours (always around Halloween), Bassist/Front-man Peter Steele’s worsening addiction to cocaine and alcohol, as well as the failing health of his mother following the death of his father. The release of a “greatest hits” album titled “The Least Worst of Type O Negative”. And last but not least, September 11, 2001. Though they never wrote any songs about the events of 9/11, it certainly affected several members of the Brooklyn band. In this last installment of my three-part article about the band, I will cover the last two studio releases, as well as the events behind them, and finally the untimely death of a one of a kind Front-man/songwriter, Peter Steele.
This album saw a huge overhaul in the sound and approach to Type O Negative’s music, and became the most well-known release to date in the band’s catalog. For every fan they lost they more than likely gained ten. Bloody Kisses was the first release on Roadrunner records to achieve gold and platinum status as well up to that point. The year between this release and 1992’s “Origin of the Feces” found the band (specifically Steele) frequenting the booming gothic club scene in Manhattan’s alphabet city. Besides the main ingredients of Black Sabbath and the Beatles as influences, this album pulled influences from goth groups such as Sisters of Mercy, Lycia, and numerous others. Like most casual fans of Motorhead who only listen to “Ace of Spades”, this album has the 2 songs that most casual fans are all too happy to keep on repeat, “Black Number 1” and “Christian Woman”.
As I previously wrote in my article “Ministry Al Jourgensen The First 15 Years”, I was first introduced to this band via cassette in 1996 (I was blessed with cool uncles) by way of their album “October Rust” which had come out earlier that year. We will get to that album later, because this is the first installment of a multi-part article about this awesome band’s entire catalog. It would be impossible (if not irresponsible) to write an article about Type O Negative without at least a brief mention of bassist/Vocalist Peter Steele’s earlier work with the 80’s Thrash/crossover group Carnivore. Carnivore, quite simply put, is a band that never in a million years would get a record deal in today’s pussy-whipped politically correct musical and social landscape. Carnivore had song titles like “Jesus Hitler”, “God is Dead”, “Race War”, as well as the fun-for-whole-family track “Suck My Dick”.
With sympathy for the dark side of the spoon.
A short article about the first 15 years of Ministry.
I was introduced to the music of ministry in 1996, by way of a cassette copy of their album “Filth pig” which came out earlier that year. From the first seconds of “reload” to the last notes of “brick windows” I was mesmerized. The only thing I had heard that was remotely similar at that point was Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson, but this was a completely different animal. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this was the most “un-industrial” release in the bands catalog before OR since. It wasn’t long before I was gratefully digging through the rest of this band’s releases, finding very little disappointment in the process. In the rest of this article I’m going to touch a little bit on each of those releases, as well as throw in a few fascinating and sometimes ugly facts about the band and their de facto leader Al Jourgensen.