Type O Negative full album samples
30-second audio samples of all 10 tracks that are set to appear on the new TYPE O NEGATIVE album, entitled “Dead Again”, are available at BarnesAndNoble.com.
The album’s title “Dead Again” implies a spiritual and physical void, but TYPE O is anything but finished. Although all of the sonics that have defined them for the past 17 years are still there, the quartet has significantly ratcheted up everything from atmospheres to musicianship. “The Profits Of Doom” features an opiate-laden psychedelic breakdown, while songs like “Tripping A Blind Man” and “Some Stupid Tomorrow” are powered by breakneck hardcore beats, which then downshift into medium-tempo grooves conjuring a ’70s underground vibe. “September Sun” reconfigures the “power ballad,” where the quieter melancholic parts are given greater resonance by the density of the riffs. “She Burned Me Down” is a destroyed-by-love song that inexplicably fuses guitarist Kenny Hickey’s arena-rock sensibilities with LAIBACH-ian martial cadences. The closing “Hail And Farewell To Britain” — frontman Peter Steele’s scathing farewell to a duplicitous ex-friend — stirs solid riffing, lyrical invective, incredibly deft playing along with field recordings of combat (think SONIC YOUTH covering THE ANIMALS’ 1968 hit “Sky Pilot”) for a jarring conclusion.
TYPE O NEGATIVE have raised the bar. “Dead Again” is arguably TYPE O’s most ambitious record yet, teeming with fury, sorrow and darkness and delivered with a broader sound palette that’s neither contrived nor cloying. “Spacing the records far apart is how you achieve diverse results,” says keyboardist Josh Silver. “When you’re forced to write an album every year or eight months, you haven’t changed — you’re still the same asshole you were eight months ago. We’ve been different assholes every record. We’ve retained our identity through all the changes.”
“All of my music is based on what is going on in my life at the time and exaggerating it,” reveals Steele. “If I didn’t exaggerate it, I’d be writing about what I had for dinner last night.” Though early on, he and Silver used to define the band’s oeuvre as “gothadelic industrimetal,” these days he prefers “Confused dirge-core — the songs go from 40 BPM to 140 within a tenth of a second.”