Formed in 1991 from the ashes of Brooklyn-based shock-metal band Carnivore
--a band that used to hurl animal entrails over their gleeful audience--this retrospective proves that even the darkest of goth metallers can develop a sense of humour. Type O Negative are to Goth metal what U2 are to epic rock--pompous ironic, and quite fond of songs a few minutes too long--and as this greatest hits and remixes collection would suggest, The Least Worst Of Type O Negative
seems eager to highlight Type O's sepulchral dark sense of humour. It's there on the opening "The Misinterpretation Of Silence And Its Disastrous Consequences", which consists of 39 seconds of complete silence; it's pretty evident on the tongue-in-cheek B-movie perversions of "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend (Cheese Organ Mix)"; and it positively permeates "Hey Pete"--a horrifically butchered take on Jimi Hendrix
favourite "Hey Joe" that goes "Hey Pete/ Where you going with that axe in your hand?" And elsewhere, there are pretty enjoyable covers of Black Sabbath ("Black Sabbath") and Neil Young ("Cinnamon Girl"). Although sensitive listeners should be wary of Type O's 12-minute speed-metal-cum-orgasmic-prog-anthem "Unsuccessfully Coping With The Natural Beauty Of Infidelity", which--laugh-wise--might just outstay its welcome. --Louis Pattison.