Type O Negative
Dead Again


Release date: March 19th 2007
Label: Steamhammer
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Style: Positively negative...
Artwork rating: 65/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: February 24th 2007
Website: www.typeonegative.net

Thinking back, there’s one thing I could always be sure of when listening to a Type O album for the first time. I’d have to go: ‘What the fuck?!?’ at some point. Usually during the first track, in fact. I mean, a band who’d start off their debut album with a long splash of silence and give it one of the history of heavy metal’s longest titles is just bound to cause a lifted eyebrow or two throughout an existence that has now lasted more the 15 years.


Or how about the follow-up to that debut? A cover adorned with an anus (allegedly Peter Steele’s own – but who really wants to know?), the contents a fake live session loaded with bang-on sarcasm and negativity and, needless to say, an absolutely brilliant piece of raw goth/metal crossover.


And then you have ‘Bloody Kisses’ and ‘October Rust’, the definite heyday of this band. Released in 1993 and 1996 respectively, these two albums set the standards for many of us fans who liked our metal as well as a tinge of goth and a wall-thick sarcasm, ambiguity and sense of humour that could ONLY be misunderstood (and was by several political organisations, by the way).  


‘World Coming Down’ (1999) and ‘Life is Killing Me’ (2003), on the other hand, weren’t exactly fantastic in my view. The former featured at least a couple of memorable songs (Everyone I Love is Dead and Everything Dies) and the latter contained one or two at best (I Don’t Wanna Be Me). But, naturally, they both had those weird moments that are so inherently Type O Negative.


Now, what of Type O Negative anno 2007?

There’s still a bunch of what-the-fuck’s, that’s for sure. First and foremost there’s the what the fuck caused by the re-found vitality and musical diversity displayed by the Brooklyn four-piece. It’s a very pleasant what the fuck indeed.


Admittedly, not all songs here are top notch at first listen, but then again, once you think about it, when you start feeling that a song gets a bit boring, there’s all of a sudden a bombastic interlude that reminds of a Russian male choir or something odd (and cool) like that.


Or there’s the blatantly obvious references to early 70s rock music - especially the fab four from Liverpool – listen for example to These Three Things where, some twelve and a half minutes (!) into this magna opus, a riff that clearly resembles the chorus of Hey Jude all of a sudden appears in the sound tapestry.


And no matter if Mr. Silver has denied that Peter Steele’s recent touring with Carnivore has influenced the new Type O recording, I beg to differ. I’d wager any time that e.g. Tripping A Blind Man has a lot of Carnivore to it. The attentive reader will of course note that this also tells you something about the bouts of aggression and speed that you can find on this release…


The real beauty of ‘Dead Again’ is that it grows on you with every spin. There’s something new to be found every time, and you soon come to realise that this release contains both the heaviest and the fastest bits played by the Lords of Flatbush. And despite the title of the album, it is in many ways the most cheerful and optimistic we’ve heard from them so far.


Go figure and, well, stay negative!