The Hobo Review
Intense and heavy, yet light-hearted and
melodic, Type-O Negative’s latest release Life Is Killing Me has
managed to encapsulate a perfect balance between nihilism and black humour.
The album features eleven anthems of sex, hate and impending doom on a
Since the beginning Type O Negative has
been injecting its fans with its gothic-tinged metal, and still, over a
decade later they have managed to maintain their sense of humour and particular
distaste for political correctness despite their success. The hooks are
catchy, the guitaring confronting and engulfing and the vocals deep and
The album is dominated by a dark, almost
pop-metal feel, from the ear-catching single I Don’t Wanna Be to
the slower cry of Life Is Killing Me to the smooth, deep groove
of Anesthesia. The obligatory ballad can be founded in the sarcastic
cries of The Dream is Dead, and the as for the progressive epic,
look no further than A Dish Better Served Coldly.
Type O Negative use keyboards in much the
same way Fear Factory did in its height, creating an atmosphere for which
to enhance the deep melody of the vocalist. However, more unconventional
song structures, a light hearted attitude and (god yes!) refreshing guitar
solos separates Type O Negative from the rest of the horde.
From the rather eerie introduction Uncle
Freddy Died, to the final high-energy track How Could She, Type
O Negative successfully creates a half-serious tasteful album for the likes
of which we have not heard for many years. The evolution of the band has
brought it to its highpoint, where it stands to remain for quiet some time.
A breath of fresh air into the dark, musty and rotting crowded den we call
the popular music industry.
Negative – Life is Killing Me
Uncle Freddy Died
I Don’t Wanna Be
Life Is Killing Me
The Dream Is Dead
Todd Ship Gods (Above all things)
Less Than Zero
A Dish Better Served Coldly
Load And Queer
I Like Goils
How Could She
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