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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 Lamb of God's Randy Blythe. Below, the singer shares his favorite Type O Negative song.
"Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" is not the first Type O song I ever heard, but I believe it is my favorite. It's got all the right elements: funeral dirge doom-ridden guitars, spooky keyboards that sound like the pipe organ in Dracula's castle, sexy female background noises, and of course the deep death's-chill voice of Peter Steele. When I first heard Type O I thought, This sounds like Black Sabbath had an undead baby with the Sisters of Mercy, both bands I enjoyed immensely and still do to this day. I am a sucker for goth and doom, and Type O was a perfect combination of both.