If Type O’ Negative fans think the band’s usual dry wit is absent from their fifth full length album, think again. The humor and sex, so prominantly featured on their last albums, is obviously toned down on “World Coming Down” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. The first track entitled “Skip It” is made to sound like a CD skipping so that the buyer thinks there is something wrong with his/her CD (the title of the track is also a suggestion). Even if this isn’t your idea of a good joke, the noise only lasts eleven seconds ending with someone yelling “sucker!” It’s almost a warning to the uninitiated to take the following 74 plus minutes of sound with a huge grain of salt. I won’t say any more concerning the band’s intent or whether they’re genuinely solemn and gloomy, but “sucker” is right, because this band sounds like they want to punish their listeners for buying their album.The songs on WCD may tend to start out slow but the payoff is in the soaring choruses carried by Peter Steele’s majestic voice. They bring you into their world of pain and loss with their hard edged monolithic ballads dealing with topics such as drug addiction (White Slavery), losing loved ones (Everyone I Love Is Dead, and Everything Dies) and necromancy (Creepy Green Light and All Hallows Eve) just to name a few. The lineup includes the usual suspects found on their last album with Josh Silver adding that creepy green atmosphere (keyboard and sampling), Kenny Hickey crunching hard on guitar, Johnny Kelly pounding the hell out of the skins, and of course Peter Steele, singing lead and thumping that big thick bass of his. Musically the album has a sublimely dark (favorite industry adjective) sound. For the usuall TON fan it’s a welcome return after waiting for a new release from the band ever since 1997’s “October Rust.” In conclusion: On this album sex takes a back seat, the lush romantic sound is less but the songwriting is tighter, the scary is scarier, and more people die. For all you visual learners out there, if “October Rust” was like being in a shadowy medieval forest set against a blood red autumn sunset, then “World Coming Down” is after the sun has faded from the sky and you are plunged into complete darkness.