“On this fourth day of the 30 Days of Halloween my true love gave to me: four gothy metal men, three zombie men (band leader, solo artist, horror director), two hours of repeated viewings of horror-themed Honest Trailers, and one really good Ryan Murphy-produced horror show!”
The A Nightmare On Elm Street retrospective post got pushed back by a day due to time constraints. In the meantime, who doesn’t love more groovy spooky music to dance in a graveyard at night to? You also can’t really have Halloween without the sexy doomy-goth sounds of Type O Negative. One of my all-time favorite bands, a huge influence in my creative life, and a permanent fixture on Halloween party soundtracks, Type O Negative has also influenced a generation or two of metal bands who love dwelling in the shadows of the night, barking at the moon while have a wine glass (or two) of fresh human blood. Or whatever they’re into. But in all seriousness, well-established acts and up-and-comers have praised TON’s musical efforts throughout the years, and Peter Steele is as legendary as Dimebag Darrell in the modern hard rock/metal scene.
Type O Negative had a most-excellent frontman in the towering behemoth known as Peter Steele, an imposing figure in the metal world. He and his bandmates took the piss out of super-serious goth metal bands and the music while offering some of the best doom-goth metal songs to have ever been heard. I first got into TON in high school thanks to a friend who was a huge fan, and I’m forever grateful to her. I still listen to them frequently, and October is TON Month, where al I do is jam out to TON music. Sadly, while Peter Steele is no longer with us (he passed away five years ago – R.I.P.), the music that he created with his band is definitely timeless and will live on for generations.
If you walked through the hallways of my high school in the mid & late-1990’s, there were always several students wearing a TON t-shirt. There was one that I really wanted to get at a local rock t-shirt store, but I’m pretty sure I would’ve been suspended from work ‘cause it was a bit…well…racy. I’m gonna present it below, but heed the disclaimer first.
ADULT CONTENT WARNING!!!: The t-shirt below depicts a sexual act between two consenting women. It’s not very graphic, but if you’re easily offended you can skip straight to the videos. 20 years later and I still want this t-shirt. Obviously can’t wear it at work.
Semi-scandalous moment aside, throw on some candles, get on your finest gothwear, and turn down the lights as Peter Steele serenades you with his deep baritone. The music has aged quite nicely and is better than 90% of the “music” that out nowadays. One of my personal highlights is the video for the song “Love You To Death.” My favorite TON song and easily in my Top 10 of all-time favorite tunes, it’s one of the most epically badass goth metal tunes. It’s also a fine love ballad – if you’re into Music to Jam Out in My Coffin To.
The first five videos are full albums from the band. The videos after are official or commercial-use music videos. The final video is of an appearance by Peter Steele in that classic of all television shows: The Jerry Springer Show, if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic. So enjoy and until next time, ghoulie kiddos!
Type O Negative – October Rust (Full Album)
Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (Top Shelf Edition 2009)
Type O Negative – Life is Killing Me (Full Album Extended Edition)
Type O Negative – World Coming Down (Full Album)
Type O Negative – Dead Again (Full Album)
Type O Negative – “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)”
Type O Negative – “Christian Woman”
Type O Negative – “Love You To Death”
Type O Negative – “Cinammon Girl”
Type O Negative – “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend”
Type O Negative – “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”
Type O Negative – “Everything Dies”
Type O Negative – “Wolf Moon” (Underworld Fan Video)
Type O Negative – “September Sun”
Type O Negative – “Profit Of Doom”
BONUS! Peter Steele on the Jerry Springer Show