Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My Favorite Type O Negative Song | Revolver

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My Favorite Type O Negative Song

Drummer hails track that evokes "melancholy memories of winter and impoverishment"
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photograph by Axel Koester/Corbis/Getty (Ward) and George De Sota/Redferns (Steele)

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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 swan song 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 — including Black Sabbath's Bill Ward. Below, the drummer sounds off on his favorite Type O Negative song.

"Red Water (Christmas Mourning)"

"Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" is so close to my heart because its saddening elements and brilliant writing in unison of mind and spirit echo, in part, my melancholy memories of winter and impoverishment. There's a lone wolf call attached and continually arriving on this soundscape of enlightenment: Be careful, it can seduce you. No finer detail could have been created about the dining accommodations, flawless. The band are all brilliant on this track ... their performances are everlasting, elevating. Peter Steele's rich voice is utterly suited and complementary to the subject matter. Josh [Silver's] keyboard creativity is alluring, haunting ... [Drummer] Johnny [Kelly] and [guitarist] Kenny [Hickey] are embraced in pure metal coordination, holding and supporting and balancing this extraordinary insightful, provocative and heartfelt masterpiece.