Tuesday

Type O Negative - October Rust

October Rust is the quintessential Halloween album. It’s cheap to dismiss all gothic/horror/dark whatever rock and metal as some kind of seasonal novelty, but Type O Negative are (or at least were, before frontman Peter Steele’s death in 2010) in on the fun. Jokes and gags and overall amusement was always their shtick anyway…

Opener ‘Bad Ground’ is literally just vibrating feedback intended to make the listener believe their copy of the record is broken. Of course, they couldn’t do it subtly; the following track has the New York boys laughing, “We hope you enjoyed our little joke there,” and introducing themselves before the album begins. It’s charming when a band doesn’t take themselves too seriously and Type O Negative remain perhaps the most shining example of a balance; one of making a hell of a gorgeous racket with tongues firmly in cheeks all the while.

October Rust is no departure from their signature sound. It has the epic ballads and the lyrics drenched in sex and debauchery. Where their previous effort, Bloody Kisses, has ‘Christian Woman’ and ‘Black No.1’, they reply with ‘In Praise Of Bacchus’ and ‘Haunted’. And, just like their other releases, there’s an endearing, almost humorous cover of a usually prim-and-proper track, in this case, Neil Young’s ‘Cinnamon Girl’, which follows the same trend set by versions of Seals & Croft’s ‘Summer Breeze’ and ‘Hey Pete’, a spin on legendary blues number ‘Hey Joe’.

Despite the abundance of fantastic material the Brooklynites put out, this is the record that gives them their identity. Under spine-shattering riffs, Type O Negative’s heavy persona is hoisted into view, a take-it-or-leave it notion not matched by any other of their ‘gothic’ contemporaries. It’s ballsy and audacious and utterly brilliant.

October Rust evokes imagery like no other album. Think Sid’s bedroom in Toy Story, with its dark-panelled walls and its neon shades complemented by lava lamps and all sorts of neo-psychedelic 90s posters and memorabilia. Now imagine a drunken stupor fuelled on Buckfast and delinquency taking place entirely in that room, where everything outside of the four walls (except the thunderous rain outside) ceases to exist. And on the wall is the sleeve of October Rust, beneath it the record spinning. And there are no sounds except its intoxicating, atmospheric tones.

Even through all that, it’s difficult to pinpoint Type O Negative and even harder to put a finger on their sound. Futile as it may seem, somewhere between The Sisters Of Mercy and Pantera appears a safe bet. But, regarding October Rust, it’s really Nosferatu's angsty, horny teenage son's favourite record.

Ripped from the 1996 CD release to MP3 @ 320

1.      Bad Ground 0:38

2.      Intro 0:21

3.      Love You To Death 7:08

4.      Be My Druidess 5:25

5.      Green Man 5:48

6.      Red Water (Christmas Mourning) 6:48

7.      My Girlfriend's Girlfriend 3:46

8.      Die With Me 7:12

9.      Burnt Flowers Fallen 6:09

10.   In Praise Of Bacchus 7:36

11.   Cinnamon Girl 4:00

12.   The Glorious Liberation Of The People's Technocratic Republic Of Vinnland By The Combined Forces Of The United Territories Of Europa 1:07

13.   Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia) 6:37

14.   Haunted 10:07

15.   Bye From Band 0:09

 


 

 

12 comments:

  1. INICIATIVA SÍGUEME EN EL BLUES

    Hola amigo del Blues, estoy intentando que los amantes de la música sobre todo del genero Blues y Rock seamos conocidos y así tengamos mas seguidores. Para ello he hecho la iniciativa 'Sígueme en el Blues'

    Solo tienes que leer las instruccione. https://bit.ly/2YeKwji

    Y no olvidarte, de darla a conocer, cuantos mas la conozcan, mejor.

    El comentario que puedes dejar; te dejo ejemplo:
    ¡Hola! Yo también formo parte de esta iniciativa. Gracias por pasarte por mi blog y seguirlo; estoy aquí de vuelta y para quedarme. Espero que te guste el contenido.
    ¡Mucho Blues! :)


    Impresionante tu blog!! Tienes excelente contenido. Un saludo.

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  2. This record stands the test of time and is well ahead of most music I've heard recently.
    Thanks for keeping TON's flame burning.
    Hope you're ok.

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    1. Sure! This album stands the test of time very well.. but I have listened million times along with The Sisters, bunnymen, The Sound... Contrary to these I hardly re-listen these days.

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  3. Good Stoner/Psych
    Bandcamp:
    https://snowydunesofficial.bandcamp.com/album/sastrugi?fbclid=IwAR3pgpqE7_QGlA95MlDMZS_MjtWTh_4tBj7s3N-PdGTH3cPNiivP9tWWCtM
    Link:
    https://mega.nz/folder/DZhUBIpT#_lNoZRw_Qzq7f03DVGqPbA

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  4. Replies
    1. yep, 'fraid so, life took a nose dive

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    2. AJ, sorry to hear it, bud. Hope things get back on the rails, regardless of blog status.

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    3. Take care AJ. Hope things sort themselves soon. Stay safe.

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  5. Hey Man hope you're ok and see you back soon. Cheers

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  6. See you back here soon.
    Virtual hug.

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  7. AJ, take care and all the best.

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  8. Keep on keeping on AJ. Thanks for all your recent shares. Stay well.

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