Type O Negative
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Below is our complete Type O Negative news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
Roadrunner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a retrospective box set:
"On October 1, we'll be releasing 'XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records,' a four-disc box set that chronicles our first thirty years in existence.
"Each disc in the set will reflect a period in our history, with artists such Mercyful Fate, Deicide, Brujeria, Suffocation, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth, Gojira, Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, and Rush being represented.
"Furthermore, the set will feature liner notes written by Decibel contributor Chris Dick in addition to quotes from founder Cees Wessels; legendary A&R guru Monte Conner; and artists such as King Diamond, Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy mastermind Max Cavalera, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, and more."
Well over a year ago, Dan Mitchell (of Autumns Eyes) pitched the idea of putting together a tribute album to Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore) for release on the first anniversary of his passing.
After Dan, Ty (Metalunderground.com Content Manager) and I spent countless hours coordinating and working to make this project happen, and a dozen bands volunteered to record cover songs the tribute on their own dime, "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele" came to fruition and was released last year on April 14, 2011. It's safe to say that we were very pleased with the final result. I was amazed at the quality of all of the songs and pleased with the variety, making it one of my favorite albums of the year.
The only thing we were not pleased with was that we were forced to charge for this album in order to cover licensing fees and "do this the right way" (i.e. legally). We would have much rather released the tribute for free and see it spread as far and wide as possible - for fans everywhere to hear these great renditions of Type O Negative and Carnivore classics as performed by quality underground metal bands. But that was not possible and we settled on the bare minimum price to cover all of the fees: $3 USD per download.
Figuring out the licensing process was an effort unto itself, and in the end we had to pre-purchase a fixed number of licenses. These licenses are only good for a year, and their expiration is rapidly approaching in just days. The last day you will be able to purchase "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele" directly from us will be April 13, 2012.
It would be a shame to see this tribute disappear entirely. We may get the album up on other services such as Amazon.com. (iTunes does not let us set the price, so the album will not be available there). But there are no guarantees on this, or that it will be available in all territories. But one thing is for sure: This is your last chance to buy this full album download for a mere $3.00 (USD), as the fees for other storefronts (who handle the licensing) are higher and will have to be factored in to the price.
If you're a fan of Type O Negative, underground metal or this site (Metalunderground.com), please show us your support by ordering a copy of this tribute so we can fulfill all of the licenses that we purchased and get this compilation out to as many people as possible. If you have friends who may enjoy it, buy them a copy. What's $3 for a full album?
The track listing, which includes interpretations ranging from depressive rock to power metal to death metal and black metal, are as follows:
1. Auvernia – “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”
2. Fairytale Abuse – “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)”
3. Stabbingback – “Halloween in Heaven”
4. Emancer – “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend”
5. Dead Shape Figure – “Dead Again”
6. Enthrope – “Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)”
7. Dark Hound – “Life is Killing Me”
8. A Band of Orcs – “Green Man”
9. In.Verno – “Everything Dies”
10. Blind Greed – “Christian Woman”
11. Revilement – “Sex and Violence”
12. Autumns Eyes – “Love You To Death”
You can find more information and links to buy "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele" here. You'll also find some wallpapers and a PDF of the booklet there for free download.
Thanks for your support.
A tree was planted in the name of late Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele on Monday, November 21st. Steele was an employee/heavy equipment operator for the New York Department of Parks before his career took off with Carnivore. Steele became manager of Brooklyn Heights Promenade Park, and the fans have commemorated it with this tree at Prospect Park.
Said former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly, "[The oak tree planting is] something that's been a long time in the making. A lot of fans took it upon themselves to do something special for Peter. It is something that is in the true spirit of what Peter was about and who he was. This Peter truly would've appreciated." More...
Roadrunner Records has announced it will be issuing a deluxe vinyl box set of Type O Negative on Black Friday, which should fall on November 25th this year. The vinyl box set will be pressed on double green vinyl and contain all the recreated album art, including the original cover of "The Origin of the Feces." The set will also include every album Type O Negative released on Roadrunner with banded liner notes documenting the process of making each album. A sticker sheet with six mini bumper stickers will also come with it. More...
The "Fallen Heroes" video tribute which was played during the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. The video pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot's Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold's The Rev, Type O Negative's Peter Steele and Alice In Chains' Mike Starr. You can view the video in the player below.
MetalSucks.net writer Anso DF has published Part 1 of a week-long series that looks back at the life of Type O Negative / Carnivore frontman/bassist Peter Steele. MetalSucks reached out to a few of Peter’s family, friends, and Type O Negative bandmates, who generously shared their thoughts, remembrances, and regrets. You can read the entire article and series of interviews by heading over to this location. An excerpt from the article, commenting on Peter's untimely passing, reads as follows:
So we miss the guy. His departure was sudden and, typical of Peter, ironically timed: A long period of turmoil had come to an end, say his friends and family, and a sober, focussed Peter was days away from a return from seclusion in Pennsylvania to his native New York. A late 2009 string of Type O concerts — which turned out to be his final shows — had marked the best Pete performances in years. Further, the band had just signed a new record deal with Napalm Records and booked a Staten Island rehearsal studio to undertake writing a new album. Nearby, an apartment had been found for Peter, also minutes from two of his bandmates’ homes. He was coming back; he was going to write songs to tell us where he’d been. His death seemed so cruel. It was hard to process.
Read the full article at MetalSucks.
A year ago we lost one of heavy metal’s iconic voices with the untimely death of Type O Negative’s Peter Steele. Twelve bands hailing from Europe and both North and South America have lent their talents to pay tribute to the gothic metal giant and ensure his music continues to be played by fans all across the world.
In collaboration with Beneath the Woods studios and a dozen of the finest underground bands, Metalunderground.com is very proud to announce that “All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele” is now officially available. All twelve tracks from the album and a PDF booklet containing words from the bands are available for $3, which covers the costs of the mechanical license and the transaction fees. Metalunderground.com will be donating any leftover profits to charity.
You can buy your copy of the album as an immediate digital download starting today.
We would like to personally thank all of the bands involved for their fantastic contributions, and to all our readers who have stuck by us throughout the years. There's a little something for everyone in this tribute album, and we hope you'll love it just as much as we do.
Dan Mitchell of Beneath The Woods Studios also added, "My original idea was to find bands that were only interested in paying tribute to Peter, and not getting caught up in the politics of it all. No talks of money, labels, suits, or anyone trying to suck the life out of it. Just a straight up tribute. While we had people from Dave Ellefson to Anathema showing interest, their schedules are too busy from prior commitments.
“If you look back at Type O Negative's catalogue, they covered various songs by artists that were much different from the original. There were most definitely fans of Neil Young who hated their rendition of 'Cinnamon Girl,' and Seals and Crofts fans who hated 'Summer Breeze.' There were even fans of Sabbath who hated Type O's rendition of a Sabbath song.
“However, Johnny Kelly put it best when he said ‘These are what those songs would have sounded like if WE wrote them, its our interpretation of the material.’ That was actually his response to me commenting on how ‘different’ the music on this tribute is.”
To hear what the bands have to offer with their cover songs, two teaser trailers are available below. The groups involved in the tribute have also conducted a series of interviews with Metalunderground to talk about Peter Steele’s legacy and the future of metal icons. You can read about how Autumns Eyes, Dark Hound, and Fairytale Abuse approached their cover songs and how Peter Steele influenced them. More...
Update: the tribute album is now available for download!
As April 14th draws near, Metalunderground.com will be paying tribute to the late Peter Steele, whose iconic vocal talents in Type O Negative helped shape the musical landscape for a generation of music lovers. The anniversary of Peter’s passing will see the release of “All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele,” which includes twelve cover tracks graciously donated by underground bands from across the world and from various genres of metal. In memory of Peter’s own various covers, each song provides a unique interpretation on Type O Negative or Carnivore.
A second trailer has now been posted online with clips from each of the songs on the tribute, in order to give past and future Peter Steele fans a chance to get acquainted with the bands honoring his legacy. The teaser trailer can be found below. An interactive version of the album’s digital booklet, created by Dan Mitchell of Beneath the Woods studio, is also available for all to view at this location.
The anniversary of the death of an icon is a bittersweet one. While we may never get to hear what Peter had in store for us next, we can still remember him and retrace the steps he already took on his musical career. Commenting on his passing a year ago, Tennessee’s Dark Hound added “Never bowing to be what anybody else wanted him to be, Peter forged his own way and his own style and sound, something every musician should hope to accomplish. That spirit and his music will continue to inspire us and countless bands to come. R.I.P. Peter Steele, thank you for what you've left us.”
“All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele” will be available on April 14th, 2011 in digital format with a PDF booklet for $3 (three U.S. dollars), which is solely to cover the cost of mechanical licensing and transaction fees. Any remaining money left over will be given to charity. In addition, free desktop and iPhone wallpapers based on the cover artwork will be made available for anyone to download.
The artwork can be viewed below, and the album’s track listing is as follows:
1. Auvernia - I Don't Wanna Be Me
2. Fairytale Abuse - Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)
3. Stabbingback - Halloween in Heaven
4. Emancer - Girlfriend's Girlfriend
5. Dead Shape Figure - Dead Again
6. Enthrope - Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)
7. Dark Hound - Life is Killing Me
8. A Band of Orcs - Green Man
9. In.Verno - Everything Dies
10. Blind Greed - Christian Woman
11. Revilement - Sex and Violence
12. Autumns Eyes - Love You To Death
Update: the second teaser trailer, which features clips from all twelve songs on the tribute, is now available at this location.
As was previously announced, Metalunderground.com will be releasing an exclusive tribute album to Peter Steele, who passed away last April. A dozen bands from across the world came together to contribute to the album and honor the icon of doom and gloom. The cover artwork for the tribute, which follows the iconic Type O Negative style and was created by Dan Mitchell of Beneath the Woods studio, has now been revealed and can be viewed below.
To whet the fan’s appetites and give a taste of what’s to come, a teaser trailer is also now available that showcases clips from two of the cover songs appearing on “All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele.” Check out the video below to hear segments from the gothic recreation of “Love You To Death” by Autumns Eyes and the power metal rendition of “I Don’t Wanna Be Me” by Auvernia.
Speaking on Peter’s influence in the musical world, Argentina based band Auvernia commented, “Type O Negative - and specially Peter Steele as their front man and composer - has been inspirational for us in terms of diversity in music. They were not afraid to experiment, to melt genres such as thrash and goth for the sake of the compositions, that way creating their own trademark. If we also add musicianship, personality and attitude, then you have an icon. That's the legacy we take from Peter Steele and his band, for their heritage is there, within all their music.”
The track order has now been finalized for the tribute album, which features bands from such diverse locations as Finland, Taiwan, Norway, Denmark, Spain, and even the U.S.
1. Auvernia - "I Don't Wanna Be Me"
2. Fairytale Abuse - "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"
3. Stabbingback - "Halloween in Heaven"
4. Emancer - "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend"
5. Dead Shape Figure - "Dead Again"
6. Enthrope - "Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)"
7. Dark Hound - "Life is Killing Me"
8. A Band of Orcs - "Green Man"
9. In.Verno - "Everything Dies"
10. Blind Greed - "Christian Woman"
11. Revilement - "Sex and Violence"
12. Autumns Eyes - "Love You To Death"
“All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele” will be available in digital format through Metalunderground.com for a small fee, required to cover the mechanical licensing fees and transaction costs. Any leftover profits will be donated to charity. Stay tuned for additional details on the release of this multinational tribute to one of metal’s fallen legends.
Last year the musical world was dealt a serious blow when gothic metal titan Peter Steele tragically passed away at the age of 48. While Peter may be gone, his music and his legacy live on, and they continue to inspire musicians around the world.
To honor Peter’s memory on the anniversary of his passing, and lead a new generation of metalheads to his music, heavy metal news site Metalunderground.com has teamed up with a dozen underground bands from across the globe to release an exclusive tribute album. The tribute, entitled “All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele," was done in collaboration with Dan Mitchell of Beneath The Woods Studio and features twelve stellar cover songs from many stages of Peter’s career in both Type O Negative and Carnivore.
The songs covered, which include interpretations running the gamut from depressive rock to power metal to death metal and many stops in-between, are as follows:
Auvernia - “I Don't Wanna Be Me”
Fairytale Abuse - “Black No. 1”
In.verno - “Everything Dies”
Dead Shape Figure - “Dead Again”
Revilement - “Sex and Violence”
Emancer - “Girlfriend's Girlfriend”
A Band of Orcs - “Green Man”
Enthrope - “Wolf Moon”
Stabbingback - “Halloween in Heaven”
Dark Hound – “Life Is Killing Me”
Autumns Eyes – “Love You To Death”
Blind Greed – “Christian Woman”
A final track listing is still being determined.
Discussing his own exposure to Type O Negative, Fairytale Abuse vocalist Simon Pederson explained, “I remember very clearly when one of my friends introduced me to Type O Negative back in the early 90´s. I was quite impressed by the ambiance and melancholia of the music but even more by the depth and character of Peter Steele´s vocals. Since then their albums still regularly find their way to my CD player.” Simon then went on to add, “Peter Steele is for us without doubt one of the most significant forefathers within the entire melodic metal genre. So when being asked to deliver a song for his tribute we were doubtless that we had to participate and are honored to do so.” More...
Black Label Society, the band led by former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde, has announced that Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly has joined the band for the remainder of the Black Label Society European tour. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"Today's Paris BLS gig is going to look slightly different. Drummer Will Hunt is no longer with Black Label Society, and replacing him is Johnny Kelly, best known for his work with Type O Negative. This move is set for the remainder of the Europe 2011 tour and additional information will be announced soon!"
February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.
No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.
Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.
For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.
Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.
Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:
Finnish dark metal act Enthrope has issued the following update about entering the studio to record two new cover tracks:
"Enthrope is preparing to enter D-studio in Klaukkala late December to record two new cover tracks. The selected songs is Wolf Moon by Type O Negative which will be participating on a tribute release to the memory of Peter Steele. The second track will be Presence of the Dead by Pestilence."
Dead Shape Figure has posted video clips online from a recent acoustic performance. The clips for "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" by Type O Negative and "Dirty Black Summer" by Danzig can be viewed below.
Its no secret that heavy metal and Halloween go together like a hockey mask and a machete. While there are numerous songs you can list under the hallowed category, here are ten terrifying tracks to bleed your ears dry.
10. Moonspell - "I'll See You In My Dreams"
Who knew such a soft jazz song from 1924 could be recreated over 80 years later as a wickedly heavy and haunting track from Portugal's biggest metal export. It was recorded for a film of the same title, and the video features clips from the movie along with an amazing array of starving Zombies who seem to have a craving for Portuguese flesh.
Kingdom Of Sorrow has announced that founding member Kirk Windstein, who is also a founding member of Crowbar and Down, will not be taking part in the band's upcoming tour dates due to health issues. In his place will be Type O Negative guitarist Kenny Kickey.
Kirk Windstein states: "Hey all, Kirk here. Just wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a much needed break and will not be joining my bros in KOS for Ozzfest. I have entered the AA program and am turning over a new leaf. 25 years of gigging and touring has taken its toll and my drinking is now preventing me from being the healthiest, best player that I can be. It’s been a fun ride, but I’m ready to tackle this sober and look forward to being at the top of my game with all of my projects! I am happy to say that Kenny Hickey will once again be filling my spot for these 8 shows. Thanks Kenny, I love you bro!!! Thanks to everyone for their support. All my best, Kirk Windstein."
Jamey Jasta adds: "The road is no place for Kirk right now. He has begun to address his problems so he can lead a happy and healthy life and continue to rock with Down, CROWBAR and Kingdom Of Sorrow. I only want the best for him and I feel like sitting this tour out is a step in the right path."
Los Angeles rockers My Ruin have issued the following comments about the recent death of Type O Negative front man Peter Steele:
"When I heard the sad news that Peter Steele had passed away I really didn’t want to believe it was true because 48 is so young and when someone you know dies it really makes you think about your own mortality and how life can be cut short in a moment. It makes you think of a lot of things. I met Peter back in 1996 when my previous band ‘Manhole’ was asked to join Type O Negative on their October Rust tour along with Life of Agony. We spent 2 months rockin the USA together and a cold and grey skied month in Europe which ironically seemed to be the perfect backdrop for the tour at the time.
"From the first day I met Peter I thought he was so funny but not in the typical funny guy way. He had this self-deprecating sense of humor that was kind of unusual for a front man in rock and he was definitely not your usual lead singer. He never seemed to take himself too seriously for a majestic man whose 6’7 commanding presence could come off very intimidating to those who didn’t know him. I always found him to be nice and even a bit insecure on occasion even and I used to joke that he reminded me of the Wolfman, Frankenstein and Dracula all rolled up into one sinisterly handsome rockstar. I remember being on the road together and after shows people would to ask me to introduce them to him because they were afraid to approach him which I always found funny and so did he when I told him.
"Writers were always curious during interviews as to how he was treating me while on the tour because he had such a strange reputation when it came to women. Once when we were doing an on the road feature for Metal Hammer Magazine he came backstage and saw I was doing a photo shoot and decided he wanted to be in a few shots with me so we hammed it up together for the camera. Before meeting Peter, I remember thinking he was probably going to be a complete asshole to me but he was actually the total opposite and I was pleasantly surprised. He was very sweet and treated me with respect while on the road which meant a great deal to me at the time. He went out of his way to make me feel comfortable and would always let me use the kettle, mirror and bathroom in his dressing room before we went on stage if ours happened to be a shithole which it was on many nights. It may sound silly but it was little things like that which meant a lot to me as a woman on tour with a bunch of dudes. More...
West Australian prog metallers VOYAGER has posted an update on their new music video, reactions to Peter Steele's death and more:
Voyager has announced that Singapore actor KEAGAN KANG will star in the band’s new music video for the song “LOST.” Working together with cinematographer Ben Berkhout, this video promises to be a dark journey through the information age and will be launched on June 18, 2010 at the Amplifier Bar in Perth, WA.
Keyboard and lead vocalist, Danny has posted a step by step tutorial on Youtube showing off how to shred on a keyboard.
Danny has also paid his respects to Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore) who passed away last week.
Finally, the band has a few shows coming up:
Friday 30th, April 2010 - Voyager @ The Enigma Bar, Adelaide w/ LORD, Truth Corroded and Universum
Saturday 1st, May 2010 - Voyager @ The Central Club, Melbourne w/Toehider, Iotah and 79 Revisited
Greek melodic death metal outfit Nightrage has posted the following message on the band's website:
"Peter Steele/Type O Negative have always been a huge influence on me. Not really musically as more as they were emotionally.
"I remember buying Bloody Kisses on a vacation in America in 1992. It was like a new world opened up to me. I realized then that music was to show no limits. No compromise and no trends exist. Only what you really feel inside. I think Peter Steele was one of the only musicians I ever heard truly do this.
"To the rest of the band: We all feel for you. And we drink to all of you and the Wolf Moon.
Given the tragic news posted earlier this week, it seemed not just fitting, but mandatory that this week we dedicate Sunday Old School to the memory of Petrus T. Ratajczyk, better known as Peter Steele, who passed away last Wednesday. Steele was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and was the founder of the infamous crossover thrash band Carnivore, before going to achieve massive success with Type O Negative. Before that however, he was in a band named Fallout which also featured Agnostic Front drummer Louie Beateaux and future Type O Negative keyboardist Josh Silver. Fallout only lasted three years and in such time only released one record, a single named "Rock Hard" which was limited to 500 copies.
Beateaux would go with Steele after the demise of Fallout to form the band Carnivore in 1982, with a self-titled debut album being released in January 1986. The album was exceptionally well received and praised for its unrelenting speed and tongue in cheek humour, along with spawning such great songs as "World Wars III & IV," "Male Supremacy" and the title track. A second album named "Retaliation" would be released the following year through Roadrunner Records, which was once again critically praised. "Retaliation" would prove to be the bands last album however, as they split up soon after.
From here, Steele formed the band he is perhaps best known for, Type O Negative, which although labelled as a gothic metal outfit, mixed in many aspects of doom and thrash metal. The group released their first album, "Slow, Deep and Hard" in 1991, using alot of material which was originally meant for Carnivore. The album received mixed reviews, though music historian Piero Scaruffi would go on to call it "the greatest heavy metal album of all time." Type O Negative followed this release with "The Origin Of The Feces" which was designed to sound like a live album, dubbing in audience noises, banter and even stopping a song because the "venue" had a bomb threat called in. The album was less well received than "Slow, Deep and Hard" but the band would achieve massive success with their next album, "Bloody Kisses," which eventually reached Platinum status, becoming the first album from Roadrunner Records to do so. The album featured the popular singles "Black No. 1" and "Christian Woman" along with the controversial "Kill All The White People" and "We Hate Everyone." The band released two more acclaimed albums in the form of "October Rust" in 1996 and "World Coming Down" in 1999 before releasing a compilation album entitled, "The Least Worst Of." The group released their last album for Roadrunner, "Life Is Killing Me" which featured much shorter songs than previous albums, with the exception of the 7 and a half minute, "How Could She?" which is essentially a list of female television characters. More...