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  • This is TON’s most depressing album, not to be confused with its most negative (Slow, Deep, and Hard). I rarely EVER listen to this album, but NOT because it’s bad. I’m not THIS depressed anymore, that’s all. I read that Peter Steele was having A LOT of difficulties during this period, and it obviously shows. Except for ‘Skip It’ and ‘Pyretta Blaze’, there is no humor or ‘positivity’ on this album, it’s pure gloom and wallowing in self pity and (self) hatred. Gone are the tongue-in-cheek asides and dark sarcasm, ‘White Slavery’ not withstanding. In some ways TON never change. Negativity, frustration, and depression are looked at through different ‘eyes’ with each album. If Bloody Kisses was a big sigh and an acceptance of a fate unwanted, and October Rust was an attempt to ‘make the best of things despite feeling that things won’t work out anyway’, WCD is a complete giving up and blaming oneself for everything. No punches are pulled. This is Peter Steele’s “Mea Culpa”. How ironic that he’s apologized for WCD. For those who’ve said this album is too slow and/or too boring, that’s what you get when you mainline pure depression/self pity–boredom, unless you’re right there each step of the way. Whenever I fall into a black hole, this is my prozac. Be warned, this is TON without the added comfort of humor. Before I forget, the medley of Beatles’ covers is the least interesting of all their cover tunes. ‘Paranoid’, ‘Summer Breeze’, and ‘Black Sabbath’ (from the Satanic perspective) make me unable to listen to the original versions anymore (yes, even Sabbath’s version. Think about the lyrics for a moment. Which music best goes with the vibe of those lyrics? This is TON’s absolute strongest attribute–taking songs that have been around a while and giving the song a power and a point of view that even the author didn’t know existed.)

    Posted on March 1, 2010