-> ''For information about blood types, see ABNegative.''

->''She's in love with herself,\\
She likes the dark,\\
On her milk white neck,\\
The Devil's mark.''
-->"Black No. 1"

Founded in 1989 upon the ashes of FaceOfTheBand [[LeadBassist (and Bassist)]] Peter Steele's earlier band Carnivore, Type O Negative's SignatureStyle was [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly an unlikely mixture]] of Music/BlackSabbath, GothRock, and UsefulNotes/{{Punk}}. They often used a distinct pop / [[AlternativeIndie indie]] sensibility most visible on the ''October Rust'' album. Notable for being one of the [[TropeMakers pioneers]] of GothicMetal. They broke up with the passing of Peter Steele in 2010.


* ''Slow, Deep and Hard'' (1991)
* ''The Origin of the Feces'' (1992) [[note]]An album of studio recordings made to sound like a LiveAlbum documenting a terrible show against a hostile crowd.[[/note]]
* ''Bloody Kisses'' (1993) [[note]]Their last album with their first drummer, Sal Abruscato.[[/note]]
* ''October Rust'' (1996)[[note]]Despite Abruscato being replaced with Johnny Kelly, this and the next two albums use programmed drums instead.[[/note]]
* ''World Coming Down'' (1999)
* ''Life is Killing Me'' (2003)
* ''Dead Again'' (2007) [[note]] The only album with Johnny Kelly's actual drum playing. [[/note]]

!!They provide examples of:

* EightiesHair: Keyboard player Josh Silver had this early in their career.
* AntiChristmasSong: "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)," which may just be the single most depressing Christmas song ever.
-->"''The table's been set for but seven; just last year I dined with eleven...''"
* AntiLovesong: "Black No. 1."
* {{Backmasking}}: "Creepy Green Light" features Steele reciting the prayer "Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep" in the intro, reversed. This is an ironic use of the trope as any Christian Fundamentalists looking for satanic backwards messages would find this one instead. It is quite low in the mix, so often missed by those without good headphones.
* BassoProfundo: Steele's signature low voice.
* BitingTheHandHumor: Combined with a Music/TheBeatles ShoutOut in "Can't Lose You" - The ending of the song includes a deliberately hard-to-understand chant that sounds similar to one heard near the end of "I Am The Walrus", which turns out to be "Everybody smokes pot / Monte Conner sucks cock". "Everybody smokes pot" is a common {{mondegreen}} for that section of "I Am The Walrus" (it's officially "everybody, up, up"), while Monte Conner was the vice president of Roadrunner while Type O Negative were on the label.
* BlackComedy: Quite frequent in their lyrics, though not quite to the same extent as Carnivore.
* BlatantLies: Johnny Kelly being credited as drummer on ''October Rust'', ''World Coming Down'', and ''Life is Killing Me'' despite the fact that those albums use drum machines.
** Lampshaded with ''The Origin of the Feces'', a studio performance edited to sound like a terrible concert, which had a sticker on the front reading "NOT Live at Brighton Beach."
* BrokenRecord; From "Christian Woman:" "''Jesus Christ looks like me.''"
** In "Black No. 1," the chorus and "''Loving you was like... loving the dead.''"
** From "Love You to Death": "Am I good enough for you?"
** From "Be My Druidess": "I'll do anything to make you come."
*** Deliberately evoked on the joke intro track "Skip It" from ''World Coming Down'', which is designed to sound like a CD skipping. The US cassette version has a version with tape chewing noises instead.
* CallAndResponseSong: The chorus of "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity."
* TheCameo: You can hear Peter's voice on ''Biohazard'''s 2001 song "Cross the Line."
** He also wrote the lyrics to Agnostic Front's "Public Assistance", however he didn't sing on the track.
* ColorMotif: Most of the album covers feature green color prominently. Peter was nicknamed "Green Man", and often wore a green tank top.
* ContemptibleCover: The original version of ''Origin of the Feces'' is a close-up of Peter Steele's anus.
** And the cover of ''Slow, Deep and Hard'' is a picture of vaginal insertion, just put through a filter that makes it not noticeable until you are looking for it. And after that, you can't stop seeing it. The remastered version removes the filter.
* CoversAlwaysLie: ''Bloody Kisses'' and ''Dead Again'' have no songs about what their covers depict, ''The Origin of the Feces'' isn't a live album, and the pseudo-runic font in the ''October Rust'' booklet only means the album has not a single song about vikings.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Though the band has always had '''very''' dark lyrics, the albums ''Slow, Deep, and Hard'' and ''The Origin Of The Feces'' lightened it up with healthy amounts of (dark) humor. ''Bloody Kisses'' still had quite a bit of it, but included a significant amount of dark, self-loathing songs. They went full bore into this trope with ''October Rust'', which, apart from a couple joke skits, is mostly entirely VERY dark, serious ballads about break-ups, betrayal, self-loathing, and death. This trope culminated with ''World Coming Down'', an album which Steele couldn't even listen to due to it's personal content. ''Life Is Killing Me'' was a brief return to their earlier sound, (Though with much more vulgar humor) but ''Dead Again'' would return to the depression.
* DeadpanSnarker: Peter Steele.
** More accurately, a StepfordSnarker.
* DealWithTheDevil: "All Hallows Eve" is about this.
** Also a case of {{Necromantic}}.
* DespairEventHorizon: ''World Coming Down'' is the epitome of this. Three of the four interludes are extremely realistic portrayals of death brought upon by cocaine, alcohol, and cigarettes, while all of the actual songs (save for Music/TheBeatles medley at the end) deal with depressing subjects.
* DiscoDan: Guitarist Kenny Hickey is a bit of a RealLife example.
* DolledUpInstallment: ''Slow, Deep and Hard'' consists mostly of material Carnivore didn't get around to recording.
* DrowningMySorrows: The title of "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" indicates that the singer is drowning his sorrows with red wine.
* DrugsAreBad: "White Slavery." Also "Sinus," "Lung," and "Liver."
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Slow, Deep and Hard'' was very [[ThrashMetal thrashy]] and, while possessing rudimentary examples of elements that would later become a big part of their sound, didn't have much in common with the rest of their discography. This is because the material on that album was largely comprised of Carnivore leftovers that Peter had sitting around and wanted to use anyways.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: All of the members.
* EpicRocking: The rule rather than the exception, as the group was very progressive. 7 or 8 minutes is a typical length for one of their songs, but they have several songs over 10 minutes long. Their longest song is 'These Three Things' from Dead Again which clocks in at 14 minutes and 21 seconds.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Thanks to posing in ''Playgirl'' in 1995, Peter has quite a bit of attention from males (which eventually became the basis for "[[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday I Like Goils]].")
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Bad Ground" is 30 seconds of 60Hz mains hum from equipment with a ground fault.
** "Machine Screw" combined the sound of a woman having sex with machine noises.
* ExpospeakGag: Most of the song titles on ''Slow, Deep and Hard''. The 3rd section of "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity" even [[DontExplainTheJoke spells it out]] with its title of "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else."
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Peter's stint in ''Carnivore,'' he performed part of "Male Supremacy" with clean vocals, which struck fans as odd, since not too many people knew Peter could actually sing. A few years later, and his baritone vocals became... Let's just say fairly well known with Type O Negative.
* FunetikAksent: There are some humorous references to the band members' New York accents, such as the title of "I Like Goils" and the backing vocals being credited to "The Bensonhoist [[note]]Bensonhurst[[/note]] Lesbian Choir."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: "Wolf Moon" isn't about werewolves. It uses werewolves as a metaphor. It's about the narrator [[IntercourseWithYou going down on his girlfriend]] while she's [[NoPeriodsPeriod on her period]].
* GirlOnGirlIsHot: "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" is this turned UpToEleven as the singer goes into detail that not only do they have sex together, they both have sex with him too.
-->''"They keep me warm on cold nights,\\
We must be quite a sight,\\
In our meat triangle,\\
All tangled,\\
* GodIsLoveSongs: Parodied by "Christian Woman," by bringing out the mentioned-on-the-trope-page UnfortunateImplications in the open: The song is about a woman harbouring PerverseSexualLust for UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.
* {{Goth}}: "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare All)" is a song mocking this subculture, which didn't stop the song from becoming a goth anthem.
--> ''"Ya wanna go out cuz it's rainin' and blowin'''\\
''Ya can't go out cuz your roots are showing''\\
''So dye em black! So dye em black!''\\
''Black number one!"''
* GothicMetal: TropeMakers and TropeCodifier.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Two of them, one compiled by the band themselves, and another put together by their by-then-former record label, both largely covering the same material. In line with the band's occasional use of SelfDeprecation, the former was called ''The Least Worst of Type O Negative'', and started with a completely silent filler track from one of their albums ([[DontExplainTheJoke the implication being that]] they considered ''39 seconds of silence'' to be among their best work.) The Least Worst Of was a handy release for fans because it was almost half full of rarities. It was complemented by a bonus disc that appeared with the special edition of ''Life is Killing Me'', which collected up the period rarities that hadn't appeared on ''The Least Worst'', and added the newly recorded "Out of the Fire (Kane's Theme)." ''The Best of Type O Negative'' was not endorsed by the band, but it was chronological (unlike ''The Least Worst'') and it included the band's rare cover of "Highway Star" (originally by Music/DeepPurple) that had been done for a 2002 UsefulNotes/{{Nascar}} compilation, which many fans were unaware of.
* GriefSong: Quite a few, mostly off ''[[CreatorBreakdown World Coming Down]]'' and ''[[CreatorBreakdown Dead Again]]''. "Everyone I Love Is Dead" is only the most straightforward example.
** Others include "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" and "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)".
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: "I Like Goils" is this distilled into one song. As mentioned above, it was written after Peter Steele discovered (after posing in ''Playgirl'') that an estimated 50% or more of ''Playgirl'' readers and subscribers were men, and that he had unintentionally become a minor gay icon.
* HugeSchoolgirl: Peter Steele is a rare male example.
* IAmTheBand: Averted. Though Peter Steele was without question the FaceOfTheBand and main songwriter, many decisions were made by other members (such as using programmed drums on the three albums recorded after Johnny Kelly replaced their previous drummer Sal Abruscato: ''October Rust'', ''World Coming Down'' and ''Life is Killing Me''; only their last album features Johnny Kelly playing actual drums.)
* IdiosyncraticAlbumTheming: Several of the band's albums start with sound effect-laden or humorous intros, such as: "Machine Screw" on ''Bloody Kisses'' (a combination of machine sounds and a woman having sex,) "Bad Ground" and the untitled intro and outro of the band [[SelfDeprecation jokingly playing down the album]] on ''October Rust'', and "Skip It" on ''World Coming Down'', 10 seconds of sounds edited to sound like the CD is skipping followed by Kenny Hickey shouting "Sucker!" (the cassette version replaced that with editing to make it sound like the tape was being eaten.)
* ILoveTheDead: While not as explicit as one would expect from a songwriter with Steele's sense of humour (or decency,) some songs ("Haunted" comes to mind) have shades of this.
* InTheStyleOf: Their cover of "Cinnamon Girl" is probably the best example.
* IntercourseWithYou: "Wolf Moon." Seriously. Go back and re-read the lyrics.
** Many of their songs on their ''October Rust'' album qualify. Perhaps most blatantly, "Be My Druidess."
* LargeHam: Peter Steele's singing has elements of this.
* LeadBassist: Peter Steele was Type B and C.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun I thought he was Type O.]]
* ListSong: "How Could She?" from ''Life is Killing Me'' is a list of Steele's favorite female TV characters.
* LongTitle: "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity", "The Misinterpretation of Silence and its Disastrous Consequences" and "The Glorious Liberation of the People's Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa" are the biggest offenders in their discography.
* LyricalDissonance: "We Hate Everyone," "Dead Again," and many others.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Generally 7, veering into 8 territory on their debut and ''Dead Again'', and some of their more playful or slow songs at 5 or 6. The band almost go into full piano ballad territory with "September Sun," but it gets heavier in the chorus.
* MoodWhiplash: Sometimes within a song, but sometimes over the course of an album, and usually deliberate. A popular trope of theirs is to have a track cut off before it was finished to deliberately create this effect when it moves onto the next song.
* MostWritersAreMale
* MurderBallad: "Xero Tolerance" and "Prelude to Agony."
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Pigeonholed as gothic metal, the genres that they mixed included crossover thrash, gothic rock, {{industrial}}, stoner metal, DoomMetal, '60s proto punk, and no small amount of pop (albeit in a very snide, mocking manner). The results spoke for themselves.
** It doesn't help that they were on a lot of soundtracks during the NuMetal period, which led a lot of people to assume they were part of that movement, when they weren't.
* NewSoundAlbum: ''Bloody Kisses'', which was where they found their signature gothic/doom sound while for the most part moving away from the Carnivore-styled thrash of ''Slow, Deep and Hard''.
* NoEnding: Their "Day Tripper" [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles medley]] ends with the riff from "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," and the band can't resist abruptly cutting the recording off the same way the original does.
* PerverseSexualLust: "How Could She?" humorously discusses this.
* {{Polyamory}}: "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend", presented with a heavy dose of GirlOnGirlIsHot. Especially the video, where Peter spends most of his time either being fawned over by two beautiful women, or watching them fawn over each other. [[SarcasmMode He obviously hated this, and said so on the ''After Dark'' DVD commentary]].
* {{Postmodernism}}: Tracks like "Bad Ground" and "Skip It" have no other purpose than to be "meta."
* PunBasedTitle: ''The Origin of the Feces'', "We Were Electrocute" and "The Profits of Doom".
* RatedGForGangsta: The ''Bloody Kisses'' album shamelessly mocks this phenomenon by way of MoodWhiplash, ''October Rust'' is a [[StealthParody seemingly]] straighter example, and ''World Coming Down'' an [[InvertedTrope inversion]]. When they apparently tried this genuinely with ''Life is Killing Me''... another {{Creator Breakdown}} happened and they made the dark, aggressive ''Dead Again''.
* RefugeInAudacity: Peter's lyrics/themes introduced to the band definitely count. Fans familiar with his earlier stint with Carnivore weren't surprised and knew his remarks were tongue-in-cheek, since that band openly wrote songs with titles like "Jesus Hitler," "Male Supremacy," and "Race War," while people who only knew Type O Negative thought the band was sexist/fascist in nature due to the aforementioned offensive lyrics and themes. As a result, the band wrote "Kill All the White People" and "We Hate Everyone" to dispute these claims.
* SelfDeprecation: Their favorite source of amusement.
* SensualSlavs: Peter was allegedly 1/4 Polish, 1/4 Russian and 100% sex appeal.
* SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness: They have songs all over this, from "Christian Woman" at the extreme silly end to "White Slavery" at the far extreme of the serious end.
* SopranoAndGravel: Peter Steele's smooth, resonant bass contrasts quite well with guitarist Kenny Hickey's more aggressive style of singing.
** Steele himself comes strikingly close to filling both roles on certain tracks. See "Nettie," in which he sings the chorus melody in three different octaves over the course of the song.
* SpokenWordInMusic: A couple of examples, the most notable probably being the opening of "Christian Woman" and untitled intros and outros of ''October Rust''.
** Also tends to show up in the middle of a song and act as a vital part of it, like in "Haunted" or "Blood and Fire."
* StageNames: Peter Steele's real name was Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, although he was known as Peter well before he had a career in music.
* StealthParody: The band's SignatureSong, "Black No. 1," is an indictment of the entire {{Goth}} subculture. Which, of course, didn't stop goth kids everywhere from [[MisaimedFandom adopting it as their anthem]].
* TallDarkAndHandsome: At 6'6", Peter Steele was the epitome of this trope.
** TallDarkAndSnarky: Peter was known for sarcastic, self deprecating humor as well.
* TitleOnlyChorus: "Black No. 1."
* {{Troll}}: The band were known for doing this very frequently, and not just by having deliberately offensive lyrics. "Skip It", for example, was intended to make the listener think their CD player was broken, just before Kenny Hickey loudly shouts "SUCKER!"
* TroubledButCute: Peter Steele. That is all.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Peter gives [[Music/{{Rammstein}} Till Lindemann]] a rrrrrun for his money in that department.
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Peter mostly sings normally, and in the SpokenWordInMusic bits, shows an obvious Brooklyn accent, but in some songs ("Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things),") especially when performing in the ridiculously deep voice, it sounds like he's singing in an accent stuck between "Noo Yawker" and "Vaguely {{Uberwald}}ian."
* YourCheatingHeart: "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity", a.k.a "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else".