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All Hail the Yeti Guitarist Picks Favorite Type O Negative Song

Dave Vanderlinde hails track that delivers "pop-rock bliss mixed into metal"
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There was no one quite like Type O Negative. They were four Brooklyn dudes who sprung up out of the city's extreme hardcore scene and evolved into legit (if tongue-and-cheek) goth metal icons. From their 1991 debut, Slow, Deep and Hard to 1993 breakout Bloody Kisses to their 2007 swansong Dead Again, frontman Peter Steele and the band cast a long shadow with their haunting music and inimitable, imposing presence.

Sadly, their influential career was cut short by the untimely death of Steele in 2010 — but the Drab Four's legacy carries on. Type O left the world with so many great songs that continue to inspire generations of gloom-loving, heavy-music fans. Among those is Dave Vanderlinde, guitarist of L.A. heavy metal crew All Hail the Yeti. Below, Vanderlinde sounds off on his favorite Type O Negative song.

"Life Is Killing Me"

"Life Is Killing Me" [from 2003's Life Is Killing Me] spoke to me instantly. Peter's disdain for doctors and his salty demeanor in general seemed so honest … and it still does. I never got to tour with them or see a Type O show, but I hear from my bandmates who did that Peter was incredibly giving of himself, his time and his creativity. Oftentimes, I find myself enjoying music that I assume I could never create, either because it's too personal or too outside the box. But this band gives me courage to push the envelope. Many of the chord progressions used on new Yeti songs come from my Type O obsession. I never get sick of their use of simple, classic changes. The three chords from the chorus of "Life Is Killing Me" appear in countless classic hits that I love, like [Black Sabbath's] "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" and "Heaven and Hell," and [Electric Light Orchestra's] "Turn to Stone." If you don't mind a bit of pop-rock bliss mixed into your metal, this is the best song to have on repeat.