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Spirit Adrift's Nate Garrett: My Favorite Type O Negative Song

Trad-metal leader on track that helped him survive "the worst period of my life"
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Spirit Adrift's Nate Garrett
photograph by Valerie Littlejohn

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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 Nate Garrett, the frontman for trad-metal leaders Spirit Adrift. Below, Garrett sounds off on his favorite Type O Negative song.

"White Slavery"

Life Is Killing Me is the first Type O album I heard, October Rust has become the most nostalgic — my left leg is tattooed in tribute to the song Green Man. But World Coming Down is my favorite. I could pick pretty much any song from the album, but "White Slavery" holds a special place in my heart. When I was going through the worst period of my life, so far, this song and this album helped me immensely. Most Type O Negative albums contain some lackluster and even goofy material, but not this one. There's humor, but it's pitch-black. There is genuine, real-life pain in all these songs, and it's documented with such brutal honesty and transparency. "White Slavery" deals with addiction, which hits close to home. For some reason, when I've dealt with death, loss and the struggles of addiction in my own life, this song and this album bring me a great deal of comfort. It helps to know we're not alone in our suffering, and I'm always inspired by Pete's honesty. It takes a lot of guts to put songs out into the world that are so deeply personal, but it's worth it. Spirit Adrift actually just finished recording a track from World Coming Down, and we can't wait for everyone to hear it.