She likes the dark,
On her milk white neck,
The Devil's mark.
Founded in 1989 upon the ashes of Face of the Band (and Bassist) Peter Steele's earlier band Carnivore, Type O Negative's Signature Style was an unlikely mixture of Black Sabbath, Goth Rock, and Punk. They often used a distinct pop / indie sensibility most visible on the October Rust album. Notable for being one of the pioneers of Gothic Metal. They broke up with the passing of Peter Steele in 2010.
- Slow, Deep and Hard (1991)
- The Origin of the Feces (1992) note
- Bloody Kisses (1993) note
- October Rust (1996)note
- World Coming Down (1999)
- Life is Killing Me (2003)
- Dead Again (2007) note
They provide examples of:
- '80s Hair: Keyboard player Josh Silver had this early in their career.
- Anti-Christmas Song: "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..."
- Anti Lovesong: "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.
- Badass Mustache: Towards the end of his life, Peter Steele sported a Frank Zappa like mustache and soul patch.
- Barbarian Longhair: Peter Steele, full stop.
- Basso Profundo: Steele's signature low voice.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: Combined with a The Beatles Shout-Out 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 Records while Type O Negative were on the label.
- Black Comedy: Quite frequent in their lyrics, though not quite to the same extent as Carnivore.
- Blatant Lies: 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."
- Broken Record; 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.
- Call-and-Response Song: The chorus of "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity."
- The Cameo: 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.
- Color Motif: Most of the album covers feature green color prominently. Peter was nicknamed "Green Man", and often wore a green tank top.
- Contemptible Cover: 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.
- Covers Always Lie: 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.
- Cover Version: They liked to do this once per album with the exception of "Dead Again."
- "Hey Pete" (a reworded cover of Jimi Hendrix 's version of "Hey Joe") on "The Origin Of The Feces". The 1994 reissue also includes a cover of Black Sabbath 's "Paranoid" as an extra track, which was recorded that year and rejected from the Nativity In Black Tribute album in favour of the group's version of "Black Sabbath" (which also has an alternate version called "From The Satanic Perspective").
- "Summer Breeze" on Bloody Kisses, a cover of the Isley Brothers arrangement of the Seals & Croft song (although slower).
- "Cinnamon Girl" (originally by Neil Young ) on October Rust.
- A medley of The Beatles songs "Day Tripper", "If I Needed Someone" and "I Want You [She's So Heavy]" on World Coming Down. The group also performed "Back In The USSR", "Dear Prudence" and "Magical Mystery Tour" live.
- "Highway Star" by Deep Purple on Nascar:Crank It Up.
- "Angry Inch" from Hedwig And The Angry Inch on Life Is Killing Me.
- A medley of Santana's arrangements of "Evil Ways", "Oye Como Va" and "Black Magic Woman" (all were, in themselves covers), on the CD included with the Symphony For The Devil DVD.
- Darker and Edgier: 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Peter Steele.
- More accurately, a Stepford Snarker.
- Deal with the Devil: "All Hallows Eve" is about this.
- Also a case of Necromantic.
- Despair Event Horizon: 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 The Beatles medley at the end) deal with depressing subjects.
- Disco Dan: Guitarist Kenny Hickey is a bit of a Real Life example.
- Dolled-Up Installment: Slow, Deep and Hard consists mostly of material Carnivore didn't get around to recording. It wasn't in fact, even intended as an album to start with - it was originally released as a demo tape under the Type O's previous name Repulsion. Roadrunner bought the rights off the group, then released it as their debut whilst what the group thought was the actual album was being recorded (hence why the group repurposed those rerecordings and newer tracks as the fake live album "The Origin Of The Feces").
- Drowning My Sorrows: The title of "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" indicates that the singer is drowning his sorrows with red wine.
- Drugs Are Bad: "White Slavery." Also "Sinus," "Lung," and "Liver."
- Early Installment Weirdness: Slow, Deep and Hard was very 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.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: All of the members ironically had to dye their hair black at Peter's request, to maintain a polished image for the band.
- Epic Rocking: 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.
- Even the Guys Want Him: Thanks to posing in Playgirl in 1995, Peter has quite a bit of attention from males (which eventually became the basis for "I Like Goils.")
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "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.
- Expospeak Gag: Most of the song titles on Slow, Deep and Hard. The 3rd section of "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity" even 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.
- Funetik Aksent: 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 Lesbian Choir."
- Gentle Giant: Peter Steele stood at 6'8, but despite this and his rather intimidating voice, he actually came across as a very laid back guy in interviews. When he appeared on The Jerry Springer Show, he said he'd have to watch what he said because "his mother was watching"
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Wolf Moon" isn't about romantic trysts between vampires and werewolves. Peter has stated It's actually about the narrator turning into a werewolf whenever hegoes down on his girlfriend while she's on her period.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" is this turned Up to Eleven 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,
- God-Is-Love Songs: Parodied by "Christian Woman," by bringing out the mentioned-on-the-trope-page Unfortunate Implications in the open: The song is about a woman harbouring Perverse Sexual Lust for 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!"
- Gothic Metal: Trope Makers and Trope Codifier.
- Greatest Hits Album: 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 Self-Deprecation, the former was called The Least Worst of Type O Negative, and started with a completely silent filler track from one of their albums (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 Deep Purple) that had been done for a 2002 NASCAR compilation, which many fans were unaware of.
- Grief Song: Quite a few, mostly off World Coming Down and 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)".
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: "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.
- Huge Schoolgirl: Peter Steele is a rare male example.
- I Am the Band: Averted. Though Peter Steele was without question the Face of the Band 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.)
- Idiosyncratic Album Theming: 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 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.)
- I Love the Dead: 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.
- In the Style of...: Their cover of "Cinnamon Girl" is probably the best example.
- Intercourse with You: "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."
- Large and in Charge: Peter Steele towered over the rest of the band.
- Large Ham: Peter Steele's singing has elements of this.
- Lead Bassist: Peter Steele was Type B and C.
- List Song: "How Could She?" from Life is Killing Me is a list of Steele's favorite female TV characters.
- Long Title: "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.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "We Hate Everyone," "Dead Again," and many others.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: 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.
- Mood Whiplash: 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.
- Most Writers Are Male
- Murder Ballad: "Xero Tolerance" and "Prelude to Agony."
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Pigeonholed as gothic metal, the genres that they mixed included crossover thrash, gothic rock, industrial, stoner metal, Doom Metal, '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 Nu Metal period, which led a lot of people to assume they were part of that movement, when they weren't.
- New Sound Album: 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
- "Dead Again" is a mix of all the group's styles, as it returns to the thrash-punk of Slow Deep And Hard whilst using a lot of progginess of ''Bloody Kisses" and the melodicism of "October Rust" and some of the guitar tone from "World Coming Down". It also has the longest song in their discography in the over 14-minute long "These Three Things".
- No Ending: Many of their songs end with a sudden digital cut-off, rather than a proper ending.
- Which makes sense when one considers they were influenced by The Beatles. Furthermore, their "Day Tripper" 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.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Suspended In Dusk.
- Perverse Sexual Lust: "How Could She?" humorously discusses this.
- Polyamory: "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend", presented with a heavy dose of Girl-on-Girl Is Hot. 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. 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.""SUCKER!!!"
- Pun-Based Title: The Origin of the Feces, "We Were Electrocute" and "The Profits of Doom".
- Rated G for Gangsta: The Bloody Kisses album shamelessly mocks this phenomenon by way of Mood Whiplash, October Rust is a seemingly straighter example, and World Coming Down an inversion. When they apparently tried this genuinely with Life is Killing Me... another Creator Breakdown happened and they made the dark, aggressive Dead Again.
- Refuge in Audacity: 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.
- Self-Deprecation: Their favorite source of amusement.
- Sensual Slavs: Peter was allegedly 1/4 Polish, 1/4 Russian and 100% sex appeal.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: 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.
- Soprano and Gravel: 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.
- Spoken Word in Music: 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."
- Stage Names: Peter Steele's real name was Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk, although he was known as Peter well before he had a career in music.
- Stealth Parody: The band's Signature Song, "Black No. 1," is an indictment of the entire Goth subculture. Which, of course, didn't stop goth kids everywhere from adopting it as their anthem.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: At 6'6", Peter Steele was the epitome of this trope.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Peter was known for sarcastic, self deprecating humor as well.
- Title-Only Chorus: "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!"
- Troubled, but Cute: Peter Steele. That is all.
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Peter gives Till Lindemann a rrrrrun for his money in that department.
- Updated Re-release: The group put a digipak version out of Bloody Kisses which was intentionally worse than the original.It removed the tracks "Kill All The White People", "We Hate Everyone" due to people taking the lyrics too literally, as well as the interludes, changed to an almost completely different track order (closing with the single Black No 1), and changed the cover to make it look like a bootleg. The only plus was that it added the previously omitted track "Suspended In Dusk", although this also appeared on the "Christian Woman" single.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: Peter mostly sings normally, and in the Spoken Word in Music 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 Uberwaldian."
- Your Cheating Heart: "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity", a.k.a "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else".