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  • Dark, Moody, Happy, Uplifting, Rock, Goth, Industrial, Catchy, Kitschy, Playful, Poetic, Silly; all this and more rolled up into one CD. Though I don’t skate directly into the hardcore Goth music culture, I enjoy flitting about the edges of the genre and sampling what looks to be tasty offerings.I thought that Type O Negative was strictly for heavy Goth aficionados, but I was wrong. If you like rock or industrial or both, you will probably like this CD also. Type O Negative’s Peter Steele manages to blend all these different variations and inflections into a mix that doesn’t deny any of its origins.The first song, “Thi13teen” is a short instrumental, only one minute and not worth much mention as it is mostly an introductory piece. Following it is “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”, which is so darn catchy it’s addictive. Fast and fun, I find myself singing this ditty in the halls at work.”Less than Zero” uses a sitar in its hypnotic melody, with dark and gross lyrics that talk about snot and poop, pus and blood; all combine to form another of my favorites from this CD. I love the grinding of the guitars in combination with the relaxed sounds of the sitar and a bit of added conga drums to spice up the exotic flavor of the music.”Todd’s Ship Gods” is more about remembering what Father told you, bringing to mind how big adults were when we were little, and how whatever they said was taken for granted. I’m sure this is just my interpretation, but I like the song nonetheless and found that despite rather moody lyrics, the tune has an uplifting quality that is subtle but undeniable.”I like Goils” is very catchy, kind of like “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”, and has some absolutely hilarious lyrics involving vocalist/songwriter Peter Steele letting the world know which way he swings, a special message to the high heeled boys that “he likes Goils”.”A Dish Best Served Coldly” is a dreary and sullen seven minute ride through a stupor of vengeful thoughts, not one of my favorites.”How Could She?” takes a silly lyrical tribute to the past babes of TV, both real and cartoon, and places it to ballad versus and thumping choruses, and wraps up with a little thrashing before falling back into the ballad. Not a favorite, but certainly a fun piece.”Life Is Killing Me”, the title song for this CD, is a showcase for Steele’s Goth influenced vocals, with the melody practically stopping while he intones his dissatisfaction with the medical institutions and professionals; then speeding up to a fast and catchy chorus. This is one of my favorites, another one of the tracks I find myself humming in the hallways at work. Though “Nettie” starts out with heavy Gothic vocals, it quickly turns into a pure rock chorus compete with a driving “railroad” beat. This would be the “love song” of LIKM, with Steele actually penning some affection into the words.”(We Were) Electrocute” is a playful, nostalgic glance back at our wasted youth, with an amusing “Na na na” chorus and some excellent drum and guitar work at the ending.”Iydkmigthtky (Gimme That)” is one of the more “Gothic” tunes on the CD, Steele using his deep guttural voice especially on the third verse, and the tune is dark and rather monotonous, following the morose humor of the genre.Now “Angry Inch”, this song is Punk all the way, with a heavy “Murderdolls” influence to the music and side-splittingly funny lyrics about a sex change operation gone wrong. One of my favorites! :o )”Anesthesia” is a haunting song, beautiful and poetic and moving. It’s a love song, but its about lost love and the numbness that follows that loss. There are also some interesting synthesizers in this tune, sometimes piano and sometimes organ, and you can practically hear the tears in Steele’s voice. Beautiful song. “Drunk In Paris” is a short, one and a half minute instrumental that has the mood of one of the old-time scary movies; Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee and Vincent Price, masters of the B&W horror flicks.”The Dream Is Dead” is also a song of lost love, but moodier and more desolate than “Anesthesia”, with some excellent guitar work and a pulsating beat, there is more angst and less hurt in this version of painful reminiscing. What an awesome CD, quite flexible to all my moods, with sound vocals and talented instrumentals. If you are a fan of either rock, industrial, or goth, you will be able to find what you like in this excellent recording. Enjoy!

    Posted on December 5, 2009