Type O Negative - _World Coming Down_
by: Adam Wasylyk (
Where _October Rust_ was overly commercial and left a sour taste in my mouth, _World Coming Down_ is nearly the bipolar opposite of its predecessor. It's vastly uncommercial, crushingly heavy and totally negative. It's almost as if the band have taken on a whole new meaning -- less woman/sex-oriented, more mournful and depression saturated. Tracks like "Everyone I Love Is Dead", "Who Will Save the Sane", "World Coming Down" and "Everything Dies" demonstrate that Type O haven't gone soft on us, providing us with plenty of brooding atmospheres and agonizingly painful moments to behold. Pete Steele's vocals are still among the best I've ever heard -- painful, soulful, depressive. Josh Silver's keyboards give the album nearly all of its emotional impact, whose multi-layered characteristic allows for a listener to take away different sounds from a song with each passing listen. _World Coming Down_ flows effortlessly, moving from track to track like a story that must be told, no matter what the outcome may be. Also included is "Day Tripper", a Beatles medley done in the ol' Type O tradition -- giving it a heavier edge and making it their own. An album that won't be ignored, it's my favourite album of 1999. Hands down.
(article published 9/12/1999)
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