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Jesus Christ Looks Like Me,
This review is from: Bloody Kisses (Audio CD)
Type O Negative- Brooklyn's favourite sons, coke head vampires and generally the only reason I'd listen to `gothic' music. Rather than say Paradise Lost or any other gothic metal band Type O Negative have a sense of humour about the whole thing and still have an incredible knack of delivering hilarious songs about sex and death, sexy deaths and "Hey, I'm walking here!".
Peter Steele does achieve something rather astounding here; metal songs that are repeatedly funny as well as having actual musical quality. Not to say he didn't also achieve this with Carnivore but it goes without saying that Carnivore was a completely different kettle of Cthulhu to the more sombre, self-depreciating tones of Type O Negative. Take `Christian Woman' for example, this is how more bands should do blasphemy, with a sense of fun rather than simply going "aggrh I wee on the cross". But the song writing here is consistently clever and witty, take the `Corpus Christi' bit, marvellous, taking the old Latin and turning it into something amusing. Being genuinely funny in metal is a bit of a rarity in itself...but gothic metal? crikey!
Fourteen tracks and one hour and a quarter seems a bit daunting...well I have a short attention span. Fret not you poor Ritalinless child, four of these are pointless noise tracks and the other ten are either brilliant or rather nice. `Christian Woman' had already endeared it's self to me through it's droll lyrics, but the song itself is Type O's masterpiece- a monument of slow burning ,epic, gothic doom with a difference...the sense of humour. This really is an exemplary example of long songs done well, basically, you need lots of good ideas that fit. The `Jesus Christ looks like me' in addition to being more hilarious blasphemy is a lovely volume piece of `Vol. 4' era Sabbath worship. `Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)' is a wonderful tongue in cheek homage to Goth girls (they eat shadow sandwiches!). It's the band's biggest hit and chock-a-block full of kooky keyboards and some nice overly dramatic vocals from Kenny. Again, the
`Lovin' You...' section is a moment of sing along brilliance. `Kill All the White People' harkens back to the Carnivore days both in terms of lyrical content and musical direction. The mid section reminds me quite a bit of Saint Vitus and the accented vocals are pure comedy gold and strangely reminiscent of Max Cavalera. `We Hate Everyone' is another more hardcore styled track, dealing with the "Type O Negative are Jewish Nazi's" thing that happened in Holland, I do believe...well I don't think so people would take too kindly to `Jesus Hitler', but ferk `em. Type O Negative's blending together of hardcore, doom and kooky gothic pop is both seamless and effective...take note Opeth you can stick styles together and write songs, did I mention I don't like Opeth?
`Blood & Fire' is somewhat of a black sheep here (how appropriately goth!) as it's a more straight ahead rock song for the most part, it's actually one of my favourite songs here and Peter's in typical melancholic romantic mode. The acoustic middle section is also rather superb with some near Gregorian vocal work, which I suppose is pretty much expected of a self styled modern day Rasputin. `Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)' is the most straight-forward doom song here and it's pretty downbeat for a man singing about his dead pet...hardly `Romeo and Juliet' but then again no one said Peter Steele was Billy Shakespeare...hey I'd rather listen to Carnivore than sit through a three hour play with only one intermission in a sweaty room...traumatic memories! `Summer Breeze' and `Set Me On Fire' are the weakest songs here and in all fairness they're still quite good, just the latter in particular is a touch uneventful.
Type O Negative have a fairly unique sound and although unorthodox it works rather nicely here. Peter Steele sings in an incredible baritone- his vocals are both emotional as well as self parody (see `It's too Gay!') and overall it gives a unique melodic quality. The keyboards too are worthy of note, Josh Silver provides interesting textures throughout and gives the album that lush quality. But, as well as this we also get some brilliantly kitsch moments like the solo in `Christian Woman' or the Adam's Family quotes in `Black No. 1...' . Kenny Hickey may not be a great technician or even a great guitarist, but here it's a not really a problem as the riffs are memorable and the lead and acoustic lines provide some interesting qualities. Both he and Peter win bonus points for pick sliding at every given opportunity. The production here is weird, the same type of sound the band go for on every album, yet still I find it unusual, still I suppose that's the point.
So although the band may have had vampiric fangs, their tongues remained firmly in cheek and of course their kisses bloody...not that I'd know, but omg Peter Steele what a dream boat! Er, sorry don't know what happened their things went a bit 1996, anyway, this is the best Type O Negative album and essential for people who wear milky lenses, inhabit Whitby and drink snakebites.