Peter Steele (vocals, bass, guitar, keyboards)
Kenny Hickey (guitar and vocals)
Josh Silver (keyboards and vocals)
Johnny Kelly (drums and vocals)
|TYPE O NEGATIVE: "Life
is killing me" www.typeonegative.net
Review by dalia "gryphon_spirit" di giacomo____
|Let me think, let me think, which
is that German magazine that proposed a review about SOL of Paradise Lost in which a couple of points
were taken off from rating value, or they would have been so gladly taken off, simply cause
the label proposed to the journalist songs marked with a "beep-sound" inside? Ah whatever
, but me, that among the first ones has the Roadrunner promo cd, where the mixes are works in progress (not final mixes) and
not only, where every track has an audio stamp ( a cool male voice telling "Type of Negative - Life is killing me- the new album-in stores- this june") what
should i do? eh? taking off 5 or 6 points for that? is that a philosophy? No, and while waiting that labels finally understand that all these
expedients are anyway absolutely useless against "piracy", let's examine this
"Life is killing me" without penalizing the band because of extraneous audio stamps!
And from the moment i imagine that the interest around this TON new album is very remarkable, let's at once list the fundamental characteristics i have noticed:
1) "Life is killing me" is imo far better than World coming down
2) It is an album which will rise some discussions but that will be, all in all, loved by the fans
3) One gets the impression that Type o Negative tend to speed up, though slower melodic tracks are anyway presented in good number(for example Anesthesia, Less than Zero, ...a Dish better served coldly)
4) The typical TON style is present 100 % and this means that Type O are always Type O without changing their peculiarities , on the contrary, some characteristics are even better. On the one hand Type o negative remain faithful to the musical schemes of October Rust and of Bloody Kisses, on the other hand they try to present also some innovative touch, which is not however a new experimentation. Anyway the whole album showcases a new freshness and it's not the exact copy of previous stuff.
5) Some tracks could be considered a kind of modern gothic metal but other ones have very doom flavours mixed to a strong rock structure.
6) Peter Steele 's voice is outstanding and fortunately he spares a lot 8though not completely) his usual sighs, breathings in, aspirations and consonants rollings, losing not however his strong erotic and sensual timbre.
7)Distorced sounds and deep atmospheres which spread sometimes suffused, and sometimes vivid and metropolitan, are in general excellent.
8) This album impacts better if you listen to it in the evening or during the night. Though TON are not always considered gothic (I could call their style doom-dark modern gothic with a small touch of industrial and heavy) are one of the few bands that i personally consider deeply nocturnal.
9) Heaviness is not missed absolutely
10) The tracks are less wandering, where, as wandering, i mean to begin in a way and to end in a complete other direction, there is a stronger logical sense and structure in every track.
11) Artwork is a bit poor but the production is brilliant.
Unfortunately, in my opinion, "Life is killing me" presents also false steps and songs candidates to the everlasting failure:
1) (We were) Electrocute is a song more than mediocre, (i could say a track for 13 years old girlies) and since there is a great instrumental work in it in order to save the insipid musical scheme, it may not appear immediately how weak it is, though the sharp contrast with some great tracks before and after it should let it appear in all its emptiness. It has even some passages that remind me of the most stereotypedl expressions of the English pop songs (some how Beatles too, and this is not a compliment).
2) The slow and severe instrumental opener Uncle freddy died? is horrible and, in my opinion, totally meaningless, it has only the advantage to launch even better the formidable I don't wanna be me that is the real opener of this album, so why not to begin immediately with I don't wanna be me? the track 1 , fortunately short, will be skipped anyway.
3)Life is killing me, the title track, is , yes, agreeable , enough catchy, with interesting change of rhythm, beginning slow and heavy like cement: typical TON, with a very atmospheric insert and suffused ethereal, a bit church- like chorus, suddenly speeding up, becoming more aggressive and dynamic in full October Rust style. Unfortunately is not that miracle of song, you will develop anundecided feeling towards this song, sometimes you will find it enjoyable but sometimes even boring. It burns too quickly and it will come the moment you will skip its ashes.
4)the hypnotic and slow ...A dish better served coldly has good starting points and some remarkable passages, but there is no escape: at the end you will find it boring and also a bit too psycho and irregular: skip.
5) I like Goils (or maybe girls!) is one of the uptempo songs. In it, the sexual thematic is treated with a certain humour but the result is just a caricature, catchy yes, too much catchy in the hope to conquer at once the listener, above all if addicted to discos: this is a pathetic goal that must be paid with a mega skipping.
On the whole a good and sensual album that could have been simply exceptional. One of the best
CD's of Type O Negative anyway, with a very good work done by all members
of the bands (cool guitars and keyboard effects). Re-listenings and re-listenings and re-listenings and re-listenings and re-listenings of
the "plus" tracks are a must.
|Niederrohrdorf - Switzerland||Impressum|