Type O Negative – Bloody Kisses (1993)

Third in line, but actually the truly second album by Brooklyn’s finest Dark/Gothic Metalers, released 18 years ago, on 17th August 1993. I love this one. From the gloomy grooves of the mysterious “Christian Woman” to the magic vibe of the Seals and Crofts cover “Summer Breeze” through the organ-driven “Set Me On Fire” with its vintage charm to the shifts of tone and moods in “Too Late: Frozen”, Peter Steele, Josh Silver, Kenny Hickey and Sal Abruscato delivered a masterpiece.
“Bloody Kisses” was the first record for Roadrunner to reach certified Gold and later Platinum status in the US and the unexpected success of Type O Negative only raised the pressure from the record label on the band to deliver more radio-friendly materials further. Former member and drummer Sal Abruscato left the band and joined Life Of Agony and later was replaced by the band’s drum technician, Johnny Kelly.
And well, after “Bloody Kisses”, Peter quit his day job at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation…

The video of “Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” appeared on Beavis and Butt-Head at MTV and received a positive reaction from the duo, which back than worth more than a million likes on Facebook and contribute substantially to their success.
On the other hand, the band faced accusations of being misogynists and Nazi sympathizers. They sort things out in two songs from the album: “Kill All the White People” and “We Hate Everyone”. These songs were later omitted from the digipak release of the album, the record label consider it they were differ stylistically from the rest of the tracks. 😀

“Right wing commies.
Leftist Nazis.
Point their fingers.
Rumours linger.

We don’t care what you think.

Branded sexist.
Labelled racist.
Want it clearer?
Check the mirror.

We don’t care what you think.

Lies and slander in vain try to shame us.
Riots, protests, violence just makes us famous.
TV interviews, free publicity.
Increase record sales dramatically

The left they say I’m a facist.
The right calling me a communist.
Hate hate hate hatred for all – one and all.
No matter what you believe.
Don’t believe in you – and that’s true.

Some would say that we’re biased.
Accusations that we are racist.
Well, shit comes in all hues.
Now this means you.
Cause things ain’t always like they seem.
Like they seem.

We hate everyone.
We don’t care what you think.”

Humor and Gothic/Dark Metal? Yes, Type O Negative managed to merge this two in their own spirit. Romance, depression and death, the favorite themes of Steele came through and through from all their records, but somehow none of their later works were quite perfect as “Bloody Kisses”. But still, I love them all.

Original track list:

“Machine Screw” – 0:40
“Christian Woman” – 8:58
“Black No.1 (Little Miss Scare-All)” – 11:15
“Fay Wray Come Out and Play” – 1:04
“Kill All the White People” – 3:23
“Summer Breeze” – 4:47
“Set Me on Fire” – 3:29
“Dark Side of the Womb” – 0:26
“We Hate Everyone” – 6:50
“Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)” – 10:52
“3.0.I.F.” – 2:06
“Too Late: Frozen” – 7:49
“Blood & Fire” – 5:30
“Can’t Lose You” – 6:05

On April 14, 2010, lead vocalist, bassist, and principal songwriter Peter Steele died, reportedly from heart failure. Although no official statement has been released, the band have no intent to go on further without Steele.
The band’s official website continues to have periodic updates.

Type O Negative – Official Site

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