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MOONSPELL: THE METAL ARMY INTERVIEW

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Long running Goth metal masters MOONSPELL have an ambitious new release which is the double album Alpha Noir/Omega White out on Napalm Records. Drummer Miguel (Mike) Gaspar caught Metal Army up to speed on why it took so long to make the new record, how the band approaches recording, their love of Peter Steele (RIP) and TYPE O NEGATIVE, other influences- metal or not and the state of the metal scene in the bands’ native home of Portugal.

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MAA: Please tell us about the writing and recording of Alpha Noir/Omega White?

MG: Many thanks for the interview let’s do it brother ! This album was very different from all albums in the past due to the time, four years apart from the Night Eternal. We never took so long to put out an album. The success of the previous album also kept us on the road quite a bit. So we did not want to rush things and just let things flow naturally. In the begging process we had no idea we would release a double album. In reality this was more of a concept that would enrich our composing skills dividing them in half. We would write heavy songs on some days an others would go more into the Gothic style more melodic elements. Benny Ritcher came from Germany three times during the four years to help us out with all arrangements. Never had worked with him and found a new understanding. He really felt like a member of the band with a lot of enthusiasm to work until late hours just to get the songs right. It was strange to work with someone younger than us never happened before. He was like a little brother full of talent and skills that impressed us and contributed a lot to this magnum album.

 

 

 

MAA: What is the concept behind each part of Alpha Noir/Omega White?

MG: Alpha is more like a battle until the end in an arena full of blood, passion and determination. In the arena there is no time to play around our       you’ll be killed. You fight for your honor and family paying respect to all those that have fallen before you. This was inspirational for a heavy dark album we wanted no compromises, just the best metal that we could accomplish. With Omega it’s a different story it is the time for the warrior to recover his mind and body. To bathe cleaning the wounds and the soul. To eat and drink celebrating the victories. A time to think and remember one’s family and loved ones, to salute all good things and pleasures so that one day we shall fight again.

 

MAA: Was the wealth of material the reason of the four year break between albums?

MG: Many reasons took us to have this decision. For one the Night Eternal tours were crazy we travelled all over the word making new fans everywhere and also welcoming back the old. We just had to do all the shows it is for us the main reason bands should exist! You have to do the best shows possible, it is the ultimate experience like no other. There was also the question of which label we would end up on but that became something that we did not want to worry about and just did the albums freely until the end before signing to anyone. We were confident and just wanted to release our best work to date. The acoustic project we did in Portugal called SOMBRA also took a bit of our time. We were 13 people on stage with Cellos, female vocalists and percussionists. It ended up even giving us a push for the Omega White album. One other reason that come to mind is just the fact that we make twenty years of MOONSPELL this year and it would be our ninth full length album. There was no reason to rush things the music could not be compromised so we said the hell with it just take our time.


 

MAA: It’s been said that the Omega White album was in part inspired by TYPE O NEGATIVE. What about them is particularly inspiring for the band?

MG: Everything we were huge fans from the begging of our career. They were the few bands that incorporated different styles in their music. Going from Hardcore, to Gothic sounds. The deep vocals would make your knees tremble and the lyrics were so intense and dark. They were everything from the street attitude with violence to romantic and sensual atmospheres to emotions that would comfort you on those terrible days that you, yourself wanted to slash your wrists. The identification with this band was brutal in the early years and to our luck did one of their biggest tours in Europe in `96. We became good friends and especially Pete was always on our side, helping us out in everything we needed. He left a deep mark in us. The tribute to him and TYPE O will always feel weak compared to the reality of what a divine band they where and the many that followed them. They will never be forgotten in hearts and in our music. Salute Pete, he was a true gentleman, we miss him a lot and having a song dedicated to him and the past just helps us cope with this tragedy. Hope he´s smiling somewhere and we will jam one day!

 

 

MAA: The band worked once again with Tue Madson producing and mixing. What does he bring to the process that appeals to the band more than another producer or producing yourselves?

MG: The pure calmness of his persona is so important to band that is from south Europe and can get a bit edgy and confusing at time. We have no real tradition of metal in Portugal so we had to learn for our selves and many times the hard way. Tue understands us very well and always gives 200% to make sure we are comfortable and satisfied with the results. He has no big ego and really just wants to get the bands idea and sound to the fans. He himself is a huge Heavy Metal fan and played guitar in his own projects. Also, a little bit older making him more like a big brother. Family is the key word when we feel that kind of environment I think we do our best stuff at least at this time in life. We have enough chaos and excitement all year round on the road. Can´t wait to see what we do next together. He just is a wizard with the sound and mixes all our elements without it getting confusing, he can make everything just sound spot on!

 

 

 

MAA: Who are some of the heavier bands inspiring you these days?

MG: For me personally I’m just a huge fan of the 80s. As a kid VAN HALEN and MOTLEY CRUE were bands I loved but as a teenager I got into bands like MORBID ANGEL, BATHORY, KING DIAMOND, SLAYER, METALLICA, DARKTHRONE, EMPEROR, ROOT, CANDLEMASS, but also Gothic stuff like SISTERS OF MERCY, FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM and of course, TYPE O NEGATIVE. So really from Hard Rock to Death and black metal to avant-garde, the name before Goth. I just absorbed so many dark styles of music it just showed with our era in the 1990s were bands like us mixed the styles. TIAMAT, SAMAEL, MOONSPELL, AMORPHIS, PARADISE LOST, LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING we were all fans and at the same time influencing each other. The use of keyboards and female vocals or just poetic song writing was all a bit new for us and that what excited us the most. It was new and part of our generation. DEAD CAN DANCE was also a band that had so much world music involved it just touched us in a special way, incorporating something so distant in a new form of metal. So I still listen to all this these days, it´s our core inspiration and I think always will be! I have a hard time listening to new stuff, I think this is normal. I will always give a listen to new material from friends or even fans, but it never really sticks like the bands you heard when you were young!

 

MAA: At twenty years-old, is their a moment in time that stands out to you as the biggest highlight for the band so far?

MG: I would have to say the release of Irreligious in 96. It was our first taste of mainstream success . That album opened many doors in our career and to think that only three years before we released our first demo called Anno Satanae! It was all to quick to even understand and still takes us a bit to recall the reason for so much attention from a band that played very underground black metal from the south of europe. The odds of us being on tour with major bands our album in the German charts, winning new comer of the year in Finland the massive record sails, promotion fans going crazy at shows for us was just unbelievable! It really feels like your living a dream. It all took a lot of work, sweat, pain tears and blood to get there but when we were on the Dynamo main stage back in 97 , before there were Wacken’s, Hellfest etc. playing for 80.000 people, we new that we came a long way and it was all worth it! We even did shows with KISS during there reunion tour with the make up in the 90′s. Their production was insane and we got along really well, they gave us all the conditions to do a good show! But KISS fans are tough so are SLAYER’s’ to that matter, but for some reason we always win them over!

MG: Many thanks, hope to see you soon on the road! Keep it Metal!

 

(Thanks to Mike Gaspar, MOONSPELL and Napalm Records)

by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BOOK REVIEW: TONY IOMMI

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Iron Man by Tony Iommi with T.J. Lammers (Da Capo Press)

 

Few other names in all of metal have the same importance as the name IOMMI. As the architect and soul of the sounds of BLACK SABBATH Tony Iommi practically invented the sound of metal music. This fact isn’t really up for debate. Iommi has seen it all, done it all and managed to still be standing tall after more than forty years in a career that is the stuff of legend. The toll of the journey and the mostly positive outcome is reflected in the books title Iron Man: My Journey Through HEAVEN AND HELL with BLACK SABBATH. As the book recounts, often in deep detail the back story of some of the most crucial times in not just metal history, but music history too.

Told in the laid-back manner you would expect, Iommi recounts the history of his early life in Birmingham UK, the formation of BLACK SABBATH and other tales. In spite of his (and everybody’s) copious drug use he has some surprising recall about events that have happened. Some of the stories are famous and well known and others not so much. Iommi does not look at the world through his purple-lensed glasses or another other color for that matter. He often paints himself in an unflattering light when he feels he deserves it and reflects back in time with brutal honesty. The 1970′s are definitely recalled as more wild than you have ever heard or dreamed. Perhaps like no one has yet to do in a book, Iommi recounts the entire history of BLACK SABBATH: all of the ups, the down and the in-betweens. He takes you to the low points of OZZY leaving SABBATH, coming back and what led to his eventual firing. Then he goes into great depth and insight about RONNIE JAMES DIO and his importance of reinvigorating the band and the brand. I learned things about DIO I never knew, which was great. All in all IOMMI recounts his friendships through stories involving LED ZEPPELIN, EMERSON LAKE AND PALMER, DEEP PURPLE, RICK WAKEMAN of YES, EDDIE VAN HALEN (whom is still a personal friend of his) JUDAS PRIEST, FRANK ZAPPA, GLENN HUGHES and many other classic bands. Covering the more recent years he discusses his IOMMI record, charity work and all of the current rank and file of metal stars who have befriended him and he appreciates them as well. Besides revealing his feelings about things like OZZFEST and the 1990′s SABBATH reunions with Ozzy he goes especially deep about the reformation of the DIO lineup, HEAVEN AND HELL; the highs of making new music and tours and the eventual illness and death of DIO which was heart breaking. He also talks about other fallen friends of his like COZY POWELL, DIMEBAG DARRELL and PETER STEELE as well.

Perhaps most surprising is IOMMI’s frankness when discussing his personal life. Ever the epitome of the buttoned up, classy and restrained British gentleman, he is not shy about talking about very intimate events of his life. He discussed his excessive drug use (although he claims he always felt responsible not to do more than the other in SABBATH), his workaholic nature that cost him his early marriages and his relationships with his children. Great detail was given about the extent of his recent hand injury that could have ended his career. He calls his current wife Maria (formerly Sjöholm, of DRAIN S.T.H.), the love of his life. It’s good to see Tony in a happy place in life as he looks back and he considers the future, including the possibility of anther BLACK SABBATH reunion to be wide open. A must have for fans and a great read for others interested in the history of rock and metal.

 

GRADE: A

by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes

 

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: JAMEY JASTA

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Jasta (eOne Metal)

 

 

Jamey Jasta is one of the hardest working guys in the business of metal. Carving a path obscurity to prominence he has clawed his way to the top through hard work with his band HATEBREED, side projects like KINGDOM OF SORROW, underground label head with STILLBORN, hosting Headbangers Ball and his many other guest appearances. He has always embodied the old American spirit of hard work and integrity leads to self-made success as much as anyone I know of. That fresh faced kid I first saw fronting HATEBREED in the late 1990s is now a veteran of the scene and has finally put out his long talked about solo record where he wrote all of the songs and played most of the instruments. Comprised of material he has written away from his main projects over the last few years, he is finally getting this music out that he normally wouldn’t try in his main bands.

Although the album features several departures for Jamey musically and vocally, but he starts off going with what he knows on “Walk That Path Alone”. The song has a hardcore punk cum thrash sound similar to his work in HATEBREED and lyrically it is more of the furious positivity he is widely known for. “Mourn the Illusion” starts off in a similar fashion to the first track, but then uncovers a twist. Revealing vocal style he has only delved into sparingly in his other work, the chorus finds Jasta singing a full on, all –melodic chorus with no grit in his voice. It works well and you wonder if he should do more of it in his main band, although I doubt he will. “Screams from the Sanctuary” is back to the tough guy act sonically. Once again we get to hear Jamey’s full singing voice and it is one of the more impressive parts of the album. Despite being synonymous with modern metal and hardcore Jamey has long stated that his favorite band ever is SLAYER. Hints of his jones for the band can be heard in the very intro to “Nothing to Say” with its Kerry King-esque main riff. When the verse kicks in we have more of an active rock song than anything else. I do detect a distinct Peter Steele/James Hetfield nod in the vocal lines. The song doesn’t do much for me beyond a pretty cool guitar solo. Back to the brutality in “Anthem of the Freedom Fighter” and return to familiar, safe ground with his built for the sing-a-long sloganeering lyrics and head nodding riffs. The second half of the album features a ton of guest appearances from a who’s who of the metal. The catchy “Something You Should Know” features Phil Labonte of ALL THAT REMAINS and sounds like that bands recent radio friendly output. Unsurprisingly both front men are known for their gruff, harsh singing trade melodic lines and blend harmonies well. Ten years ago you would never have predicted hearing a song like this with these two guys on it. “Enslaved, Dead or Depraved” features Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GOD and is the best song on the record. This is the song that sounds most like a typical HATEBREED song: angry, intense and straight to the point. The next best track here is “With a Resounding Voice”. Tim Lambesis (AS I LAY DYING) makes an appearance here and adds to the track with his own brand of growling metal vocals. Upbeat rocker “The Fearless Must Endure” sounds like a BLACK LABEL SOCIETY song somewhat which is good since Zakk Wylde shows up to play a solo. The last two tracks in “Heart of a Warrior” and “Death Bestowed” are more in line with his traditional stuff. Basically Jasta gets all of his stylistic ya-yas out on this record and gets to do things musically otherwise unexpected of him. He doesn’t hold back while having a lot of fun.

GRADE: B

by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: THE RESURRECTION SORROW

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Scorpion Savior Sessions (Self-Released)

Another band coming out of the scene in New York City is THE RESURRECTION SORROW. While they are busy preparing their full length due out later this year, they have just out an EP to prepare fans for what is to come. As a hybrid of classic proto-metal, doom  and  thrash the band is both heavy and catchy all at once with cool melodic elements at play. The first song “Pale Kiss (Endless Storm) sounds like a lost out take from an early  DANZIG record both musically and vocally. Singer Alex Dementia (AFTER DARK) is one part Glenn and two parts Peter Steele with his wailing, mournful delivery. The songs urgent tone and rocking beat will definitely have heads banging away. The guitar tone has a very swampy doom metal quality to it that I really like too. Bassist Alex Coelho (ex-MALESTROM) does some very fine melodic walking lines that really give the track it’s soulfulness. “Scorpion Savior” is next and has a really sinister riff and has a lot in common with EXHORDER, DOWN or even CROWBAR. The band has a knack for low-down, dirty southern metal at its finest. This track has a hypnotic groove that captures the imagination and makes you think evil thoughts, man. Dementia uses his more growling voice on this track and it works to full effect. With its excellent chorus I would imagine this song would go over great in a live setting.  Closing out the short-player is the raucous “Burning Halo”. More great riffs, nods to the blues and devilish guitar licks punctuate the grinding track. This release has whetted my appetite for TRS and I’m anxious to see how they build off of this when the full album drops.

 

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GRADE: B+

by Keith (Keefy) Chachkes

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REVOLVER Pays Tribute To Metal’s Fallen Heroes

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Our friends over at REVOLVER MAGAZINE have just unveiled their new issue and the cover is incredible. I think we should all take a second to remember the brilliant musicians that we lost over the course of 2010. These are some of the guys that made music exciting again or, in DIO’s case, one of the guys who is responsible for creating good music as we all know it.

So, raise your Blacktooth Grin high and toast the icons who are now in the sky! Your music will live on forever!

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Sal Abruscato talks about Peter Steele, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and LIFE OF AGONY.

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Sal Abruscato talks about Peter Steele, TYPE O NEGATIVE, and LIFE OF AGONY.

Metalgeek recently conducted an interview with former TYPE O NEGATIVE and current LIFE OF AGONY drummer Sal Abruscato. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metalgeek: How did you eventually get to know Peter Steele?

Sal: I was hanging out with Louie Beato from CARNIVORE, because when I was a kid I took drum lessons from Louie, he lived up the block from me. He was my idol when I was 14 and he used to take me to the CARNIVORE rehearsals and that’s where I first met Peter — in his basement, because that’s where they were rehearsing. I was like the little brother for them, they took me with them — it was cool. So I used to hang out with CARNIVORE, going to the shows, helping out … I was exposed to these guys from a very young age.

Metalgeek: And how did you end up in TYPE O NEGATIVE after CARNIVORE disbanded?

Sal: When CARNIVORE broke up I asked Peter if he wanted to hang out and jam — and then it became this whole fucking craziness! We had like four different band names and then finally it was TYPE O NEGATIVE. The other options were NEW MINORITY, SUBZERO and REPULSION.

Metalgeek: You left TYPE O NEGATIVE after the release of Bloody Kisses. How did that come along?

Sal: From the time we started TYPE O NEGATIVE until the release of Bloody Kisses — that’s about four years — we did two little stupid tours. Slow, Deep And Hard didn’t sell well and it just looked like it wasn’t gonna go anywhere maybe. At the time of the release of Bloody Kisses nobody knew what was gonna happen. And as I told you before, Peter didn’t want to give up his day job and we had many fights … What I regret about it is that we were immature, me and Peter. Both too proud to give in. Peter was very bossy and very demanding — he would want to dictate every little fucking thing and I had to fight it. On Bloody Kisses I did all the drums on my own, I was doing what I felt. I was like, “You are writing the music but I wanna do the beats that I feel complemented the music best.” We used to fight about lots of stupid stuff. When you’re young, in your twenties, and you’re doing an album, you don’t know what you’re doing. You got a big mouth, you fucking talk a lot of shit…

Metalgeek: Did you ever regret leaving TYPE O NEGATIVE?

Sal: Yeah, sure! There were some times after I left that I thought, “Ah, man, now they decide to do all these big tours…” The TYPE O albums after Bloody Kisses started to sound a little bit the same, but that’s just how Peter wrote. He did what he did as an artist. But for me, Bloody Kisses was the pinnacle. It had a lot to do with the chemistry at the moment, it became what it became.

Metalgeek: Did you at any point notice that Peter had a drug problem?

Sal: Pete wasn’t doing drugs when I was in the band. That shit didn’t start until after I was gone. And I think if I was in the band, I wouldn’t have allowed it to get to him like it did. He used to be straight! All the time! He just used to drink a little bit. He used to criticise the rest of the band for smoking weed! He used to call us “hippie drug addicts!” When I heard about all that kind of crap (Peter’s drug problem) I couldn’t believe it!

Metalgeek: When did you last see Peter?

Sal: I saw him in person in october when he did a show with TYPE O NEGATIVE. In February we were talking on the phone, because he wanted to do another version of CARNIVORE. And he had asked me to play the drums in that version of CARNIVORE. He wanted to play some shows in Europe now, in the summertime … so we were talking about that. Then I had to go to Europe for a couple of weeks with LIFE OF AGONY. When I came home I got this phone call … that he passed away. I was at the wake every day and I went to the ceremony because I knew his sisters for a very long time. The funeral procession … being at the grave, everything. The last time I actually saw him was when I touched his shoulder when he was laying there in the funeral home.

Metalgeek: Did you think that Peter knew he could be facing death due to his previous drug abuse?

Sal: I don’t think he did expect to die. There was things going on with him but I think death did surprise him at that very moment. He was nine months sober and he was clean and he wasn’t drinking and he was really working hard to get back on his feet and back on top with TYPE O, CARNIVORE and everything … nine months really working hard and that’s when he died. That’s from all the years of abuse, things that went wrong. He had some things going on inside his head which people didn’t know. His mind was restless.

Read the entire interview at the Metalgeek web site.

(via blabbermouth)

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Thirsty and Credible: At Summer’s Sweaty Crotch!

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

At The Sweaty Crotch of Summer

Ok folks. We are at the sweaty Summer crotch of 2010. It’s August and correct me if I’m wrong but it seems like it’s been a pretty mixed and somewhat tragic year for metal in general. First and foremost, we tip our hats to Dio, SLIPKNOT’s Paul Gray, Peter Steele and a few others including EARLY GRAVES vocalist Makh Daniels who tragically died in a van wreck this week. They’ve all met up with the Grim Reaper (and not the 80′s metal legends) over the past seven months. They are sure to not be forgotten.

So what have we got? AVENGED SEVENFOLD debuting at #1 on Billboard, unseating Slim Shady himself is pretty notable. Interesting that 30% of its sales are digital which shows a big shift in how the not-so-diehard fans are buying their music. Sadly, it’s another success with tragedy written all over it: the death of drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Certainly, that’s one factor that made the A7x faithful (and there are plenty of them) quick to get to Best Buy to hear Avenged’s true confessession of an album. Truthfully, it’s not a bad record either.

What makes it stupendous is that it’s the first time DREAM THEATER’s Mike Portnoy (now filling in for Avenged) has ever seen single digits on the charts!

There have been some solid comebacks: FEAR FACTORY, OVERKILL, EXODUS have all come with great records – something for the over 30 set to get excited about. WATAIN, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and a handful of others have kept the faithful, errrr, faithful.  On that note, I’ve heard the new DIMMU BORGIR and it’s “the tits”.  I’m also looking forward to a new one from the good blokes in IRON MAIDEN. And Zakk Wylde is promising a solid new album as well. Can’t say I’m a big fan of the last one — and yes, I did A&R the thing! Can’t win ‘em all!

OK, here’s a couple of cool things: Anybody catch MEGADETH with Dave Ellefson back in tow? Well, Dave “Junior” re-joining was fairly unexpected and it was great! Fucking amazing actually. There’s a DVD being released of the Megs’ last LA show entitled Live At The Palladium. Do yourself a favor and check that one out!

The three-piece Animosity era incarnation of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY is back.  With frontmen Pepper Keenan and Karl Agell they made some great records but this was always my favorite incarnation of the band.  C.O.C. are  playing “The Power of the Riff” fest in LA this Sunday. Details and full assesment then.

While the “Big Four” tour didn’t hit US shores, it seemed like a successful endeavor as METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and ANTHRAX traversed Europe dominating festival after festival. OK, so Joey Belladonna singing John Bush era ‘Thrax hit “Only” was a little (and this is putting it nicely.) awkward, there was one huge moment that put chills up and down your spine. At the climax of these shows, all the members of all four bands would get onstage to play DIAMOND HEAD’s call to arms, “Am I Evil”.

Check it out here..

The sight of Hetfield and Mustaine standing next to each other is simply electric. No other way to put it.

Back to a lil’ gloom: It seems like no particular “scene” has come busting through the door to save us. Folk Metal, Black Metal and the ever reliable Industrial scenes  didn’t have much to say so far. . I think the only new emerging sect I can think of is what  I’d like to call “The Anti-Bieber Movement”: populated by BLACK VEIL BRIDES and VAMPIRES EVERYWHERE! and hordes of screaming 13 year olds with disposable income! While the backpatch-wearing metal purists may shudder,  anything to get a youngster to part with his parent’s hard-earned cash is OK by me!

But has there been that big breakthrough album? That one new band that we’re all freaking out about?

So now for our sins we get ATTACK ATTACK.

And that rubbish BURZUM album.

Where’s metal’s big breakthrough for 2010? We started this year with plenty of tragedy. Even Emperor Magus Caligula bailed out of DARK FUNERAL! What’ve got to look forward to? To be continued….

Here’s My Top 20 albums so far

1-DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN-Option Paralysis
2-FEAR FACTORY-Mechanize
3-WATAIN-Lawless Darkness
4-OVERKILL-Ironbound
5-TRIPTYKON-Eparistera Daimones
6-ALCEST-Ecailles De Lune
7-DANZIG-Deth Red Sabaoth
8-IMPENDING DOOM-There Will Be Violence
9-AS I LAY DYING-The Powerless Rise
10-HOWL-Full of Hell
11-IMPENDING DOOM-There Will Be Violence
12-NEGURA BUNGET-Maiestrit
13-CYNIC-Re-Traced In The Air
14-OV HELL-The Underworld Regime
15-PERIPHERY-Periphery
16-EXODUS-Exhibit B: The Human Condition
17-WHITECHAPEL-New Era of Corruption
18-INTEGRITY-The Blackest Curse
19-1349-Demonoir
20-ENFORCER-Diamonds

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RIP PETER STEELE (1962-2010)

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

Damn, that guy had a big dick. You remember from the Playgirl issue where Pete Steele showed us what he got? And damn, do you remember when the guy faked his own death back in 2005? Nobody ever claimed that Peter Steele didn’t have an amazing sense of humor. Here was a guy that could turn a phrase like no one else hey, he even made the line: I know you’ve been fucking someone else (Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity) sound like sweet poetry back in the days when Type O Negative went by the moniker: Repulsion.

Today at work, I’ll listen to a lot of Type O and remember just how great that band really was. Mingling Black Sabbath, The Beatles, 80’s Pop music they wielded it all and never released a bum album in the process. Take a listen to “September Sun” from the Dead Again album Type O released a couple years back. It’s a great bit of songwriting topped with Pete’s deep baritone.

I was lucky enough to work at Type O Negative’s (and before that, his prior band, Carnivore) label Roadrunner in the wake of the bands gold & platinum level success there and shot the shit with Pete in the office many times. Great guy. Type O was very clearly a New York band: a working class, Brooklyn band.

Hey, Pete often said that his job for the Brooklyn’s Parks Department was a lot more stable and more profitable than being in a band! That says a lot about the character of the guy!

At the same time, Peter was a man whose world was wracked by pain and depression. Type O Negative not merely showed us that one side of his character but also the humor and lighter side of a hurting soul. I think he’s in a better place now.

I got the news while watching Death Angel at The Roxy in LA last night. Yes, I did pour a little of my Bud Light out for my fallen homie. The world is a little more empty today without Peter Steele in our lives. Ladies, I do urge you to find that infamous issue of Playgirl!

Truth be told, Peter (born Petrus T. Ratajczyk 1962) and his band mates will never be forgotten. Whether he was flashing fangs looooong before Generation: Twilight on their classic Black No. 1 or flexing his deadpan sense of humor on any of the interviews you can find with him on You Tube, you can’t deny that the man was brilliant…

In death as in life Peter would have wanted to keep the ladies gasping! All jokes aside Metal Army extends its deepest condolences to Peter Steele’s family, band mates and closest friends.

-Mike Gitter

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