Type O Negative - _Life Is Killing Me_
by: Quentin Kalis (
After the disappointment that was _World Coming Down_ and a money-grabbing "greatest hits" compilation, it seemed that Type O Negative were a band that had reached and surpassed its peak. But fears of their impending demise were premature; _LIKM_ proves that they show no signs of descending into creative paralysis anytime soon. Any fan will agree that their unique brand of self-deprecating humour is an integral part of the Type O experience, and _LIKM_ practically overflows with their black humour (just listen to "I Like Goils") -- a welcome antidote to the overblown grandiosity and posturing that characterizes way too many bands across the metal spectrum. Nor are the mournful dirges missing –- Steele still sounds as suicidal as ever. The trademark downtuned, fuzzy guitars are more aggressive than on their last two albums; however the aggression is melded better into the songs and does not feel like the pastiche of hardcore and goth that defined _Bloody Kisses_. A sitar provides an Eastern feel on several songs and is another nod to one of the band's influences: The Beatles. "Angry Inch" is the obligatory cover –- if you have seen "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" you will know what this song is about! Essentially, this is an album that has taken the best aspects of past Type O Negative releases and builds upon them to create Type O's finest moment since _October Rust_.
(article published 8/28/2003)
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