Peter Steele, vocalist, frontman to one of the greatest bands on earth: Type O Negative, and my favourite vocalist of all time, has died. Cause of death, heart failure apparently.
I wasn’t hoping that this would be my very first post here at PinoyMetal.org, to be honest I was hoping to post about Sky Church. But this is big news. Very big news. I haven’t been affected by a death of a person like this in a long time.
Type O Negative’s music is an experience in itself. The first ever song I heard from them was “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend”. Upon hearing the vocals, I was just sold. Then the guitars, the bass, and after the drums, the way the song was conjured up, it was just pure genius.
I was living back in Manila, and thanks to the Philippine’s poor pathetic music industry and government, it was almost impossible to find records that I liked, and you know where this is heading, Type O Negative was one of the bands which had material that was so hard to get hold of.
The most I could do was secure cassette tapes for “Bloody Kisses” and “October Rust”, with the latter going on to become my number one album of all time.
During that time, I was on my second cassette of Sepultura’s “Arise” after over-using the first one. “October Rust” proceeded to make me buy three cassettes. That’s how good it was for me.
Their songs, their sense of humour, Peter’s obsession towards women, and thheir attitude towards death and life: All helped me in dealing with probably the worse times in my life. I could certainly say, that any problems I go through now, I’ve been through worse and without these guys’ music, I most probably wouldn’t be breathing and enjoying the company of my wife and kid today.
This isn’t the last time I’ll be writing about Peter and company, quite far from it. Stay tuned in.
In his own words… “Everything dies…”