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Cherry Bombs' Alicia Taylor: My Favorite Type O Negative Song

Rock & roll dance artist hails perfect song for "modern-day vampires"
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Cherry Bombs director Alicia Taylor
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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. Among those is Alicia Taylor, founder and director of rock & roll dance troupe Cherry Bombs (who also happens to be married to Slipknot's Corey Taylor). Below, Taylor sounds off on her favorite Type O Negative song.

"Everyone I Love Is Dead"

It's difficult to pinpoint the exact time I first heard Type O Negative. To me, the band was always there, like a longtime friend one grows up with, organically interwoven into my life. Driving around my hometown as a teenager in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by dense, dark woods and gray skies, a rush of imagery would flood my brain when a song like "Everyone I Love Is Dead" [from 1999's World Coming Down] would come on. Cloudy visions of bright lime green, black hair, gothic style, rage and romance: you know, all the things synonymous with Type O Negative. Eventually, there comes a deep and powerful voice — that voiceType O Negative is for the ones on the fringe with a taste for the darker and dare I say taboo things in life. If you're reading this, chances are you are one of us — and you know exactly what I'm talking about.

Type O created the perfect music for what I imagine modern day vampires and creatures of the night to enjoy. By combining mysterious and macabre themed lyrics with catchy grooves, gritty guitar tones sometimes with the juxtaposition of beautiful piano or string instruments, they concocted a variety of well-rounded tracks that feel different from one another, and yet still in line with their distinctive sound. Songs such as "Blood & Fire," "Life Is Killing Me," "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend"  — there are simply too many favorites to list — are all inarguably considered timeless and iconic; something that still stands strong today, will forever inspire, and will always take me back to those endless forests kissing the muted skies … my home.