List: 10 Morbid AF Type O Negative Songs
When news first broke that Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele died seven years ago, fans were skeptical as the well-known jokester had previously sparked rumors of his own death just five years earlier. Alas, on April 14, 2010, it became painfully evident that the news was true. Once reality set in, the collective devastation and heartbreak among fans was palpable. The legend had become the incarnation of one of his repeated lyrical themes: death.
But Steele wasn’t all death and darkness. He was sardonic and quick-witted, a vampiric Pagliacci masking his pain with sharp-tongued humor. He was a romantic who wore his perversions on his sleeve. Indeed, Peter Steele was a multi-faceted man with many layers wrapped around the depths of his tortured core, which was not only reflected in his musical prowess, but also reiterated in interviews from those who had known him.
Today, we’re remembering the gothic legend by examining his lyrics and sharing his most morbid musings. It might appear to be dark and twisted to write a death-centric list about the deceased, but Peter Steele was dark and twisted, so it only seems like what he would want. Check it out and tell us how you’re remembering the green man today.
“How would I like to die? I don't know. It wouldn't really matter so long as I thought I'd made a difference in the world.” —Peter Steele, 1962-2010.
1. “Bloody Kisses”
The title track from Type O Negative’s 1993 break-out album tells the tale of the narrator’s lover who tragically and unexpectedly committed suicide, with the narrator following suit. Lyrical excerpt: “Divided by this wall of death/ I soon will join you yet/ With my blood I'll find your love/ You found the strength to end your life/ As you did, so shall I.”
2. “Suspended in Dusk”
It only make’s sense that Brooklyn’s own Dracula would pen a tune from the perspective of a vampire. This particular song addresses the torment that the undead face from day to day. Lyrical excerpt: “With every victim I pray for my own death/ And as much as I love the night/ I curse the moon's eerie glow/ Tis bloodlust that drags me to forever.”
3. “Red Water (Christmas Mourning)”
This ‘October Rust’ track portrays the pain felt during the holidays by a family mourning the many loved ones who've died over the years. Lyrical excerpt: “The stocking are hung but who cares/ Preserved for those no longer there.”
4. “Die with Me”
In this 1996 track, the green man makes it clear that he would rather die with his lover than be apart from her. Lyrical excerpt: “Girl I want to die with you/ In each other’s arms/ We'll drown in flame.”
5. “White Slavery”
Steele truly depicts the woes of his cocaine addiction and relentless despair on this depressing song from ‘World Coming Down.’ Lyrical excerpt: “The break of day/ I rot away/ With every breath/ I pray for death.”
6. “Everyone I Love Is Dead”
Much like “Red Water (Christmas Mourning),” Steele expresses his dismay from losing loved ones in this aptly titled song. Lyrical excerpt: “At times I'm truly terrified/ Cause dope and booze don't help to hide/ They're used to mask a weakling's hurt/ It's just like painting over dirt.”
7. “Everything Dies”
Steele shares his revelations about how his surviving loved ones will eventually join his deceased family members in this nihilistic ‘World Coming Down’ song. Lyrical excerpt: “My ma's so sick she might die/ Though my girl's quite fit she will die.”
8. “Life Is Killing Me”
Told from the perspective of someone with a terminal illness who would rather be euthanized than treated, Steele really invokes the spirit of Dr. Jack Kevorkian. Lyrical excerpt: “Just let me die with dignity/ It's not suicide, simply mercy.”
9. “Dead Again”
Call it an eerie premonition or a drug addict’s death instincts, for this chilling song written just three years before Steele’s demise is about dying from an overdose. Lyrical excerpt: “The first to admit, I'm a doomed drug addict/ And I always will be/ hey man, don't follow me/ No excuse for drug abuse/ Said these lines a thousand times.”
10. “Halloween in Heaven”
If there really is a grand afterlife party with the likes of Jason Bonham, Randy Rhoads and all of the other dead music icons like Steele interprets in this 'Dead Again' track, then surely, he has since joined them. Lyrical excerpt: “Bonham on drums, Entwistle on bass as guest morticians/ Bon Scott on vox, Rhoads just for kicks, on guitar Hendrix/ Lennon sits in with his friend George but where is Morrison?”