Type O Negative - _October Rust_
by: Adrian Bromley (
Light the candles, burn incense and pull the drapes down as New York's dark, blood lusting gothic quartet Type O Negative are back with _October Rust_, a follow up to the hugely successful 1993 LP, _Bloody Kisses_. From "Love You to Death" onward, the mood is set for _October Rust_ - a very sinister, yet ethereal dose of gothic mayhem bounded by overwhelming guitar riffs, haunting vocals, and atmospheric keyboards. Much in the vein of gothic forefathers The Sisters of Mercy, singer/bassist/Playgirl model Peter Steele leads his band through a much more commercial sounding record with soft melodies and vocals that in some way seems more justifying to their sound. I personally liked the rather abrasive, cutthroat mentality that called their first two releases (_Slow, Deep And Hard_ and _Origin of the Feces_) home, but I can live with this. But the question is, what about the music buying public? Would seem so as the album debuted in the #42 position in the Billboard Top 200 chart. Call it sellout material, but I think _October Rust_ is a great record that captures Type O's ability to mix mood and melody - moreso than they have done in the past, though captured somewhat with _BK_. Other choice cuts; first single "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend", "Die With Me", a cool gothic sounding cover of Neil Young's classic "Cinnamon Girl", and "Green Man". A great follow-up record to _Bloody Kisses_.
(article published 11/10/1996)
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