25 years of rust – October Rust

In line with popular trends in the world of music, over a number of years, releases of the album have been made, offering fans some innovations. So on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the release of the album “October Rust“Released deluxe variant on green and black vinyl with improved sound and a poster showing the band members in one comic form (the edition can be ordered and purchased via MASCOMSTORE-a).

For those who may be less knowledgeable, Type O Negative is an American gothic / doom metal band that was active from 1989 to 2010 and released 7 studio albums during that period. Peter Steele (singer, bass) after leaving the band Carnivore joined forces with childhood friends who responded to the names Sal Abruscato (drums), Josh Silver (keyboards) and Kenny Hickey (guitar) and formed a band that eventually became known as Type O Negative. The only change in the band members was recorded on the album “October Rust”, where Johnny Kelly appears for the first time as a drummer. Quite unexpectedly, the death of gang leader Peter Steele led to the premature termination of the gang.

The band also attracted the attention of their record label “Roadrunner Records” and were their first band to receive a gold and platinum record for “Bloody Kisses” (album released before October Rust) and were the first to be released on radio stations (with shortening the duration of songs to a time format for radio performance). Along with Sepultura, Machine Head and Slipknot are the most valuable exhibits of Roadrunner Records in the 1990s.

The band’s trademark is Peter Steele, his appearance of over 2 meters, long hair, accentuated fangs and dramatic baritone. The themes that accompany their lyrics are death, love, depression and addiction as can be expected from a gothic / doom band. As the band’s main creative force, Peter Steele combined 80s gothic rock with a dose of Black Sabbat and The Beatles and added black humor and irony to his lyrics which were often very personal and intense. As a homage to the Beatles and their “The Fab Four”, Type O Negative was nicknamed “The Drab Four”.

The impact Peter Steele had on the band was so great that fans can be sure that there will be no crazy idea of ​​looking for a replacement singer to go on tour with, a blasphemy that some bands know how to do. The only acceptable options are for Peter Steele to be resurrected to be even more like Jesus Christ (“Jesus Christ looks like me”) or to confirm the suspicions of many that Peter Steele is truly a vampire and get the final confirmation that supernatural beings really exist. There is simply no third option!

“October Rust” with “Bloody Kisses” is the biggest success of the band and among the fans there are spears about who is really better. If we look at the commercial success, then “Bloody Kisses” has an advantage because they achieved the already mentioned gold and platinum record, while “October Rust” reached only gold status.

Compared to the previous 3 albums, “October Rust” brought a minor change in the sound of the band because more ballads can be found on it than usual, which reduced the doom influences. After releasing the album, Peter Steele admitted in an interview that he was in a much better mood at the time than on previous albums because he provided a more optimistic view of love and sexuality through the lyrics, which was a shift from previous lyrics inspired by failed relationships and girls. who cheated on him (e.g. “I Know You’re Fucking Someone Else” with “The Origin Of The Feces”).

On this album, they showed for the first time how they like to make jokes with fans because they dedicated the first minute of the album to just that. In the first 38 seconds on “Bad Ground”, you can only hear the buzzing, followed by thanks to the fans for buying the album on “Intro” (they repeated similarly in the future, imitating skipping the CD).

For those of us who listen to music in 2021, this buzz is nothing more than a joke (especially since we know it’s a joke), but people at the time knew the sound very well and many fans believed that their copy was a CD damaged so they demanded a refund. (38 seconds was obviously the upper limit of patience for some).

The band with the third song in a row (or the first that can be called a real song) “Love You to Death” immediately hits the head. It is an anthem of mad love and additionally helped Peter Steele to position himself as a sex icon because he appeared in Playgirl magazine as a “centerfold” a year before the release of this album. The song has a lot of lyrics that the male population can use in various life situations and earn some points on Peter’s account (maybe learn something from him).

Those lips smooth, yeah I can feel what you’re saying, praying,
They say the beast inside of me’s gonna get ya, get ya, get… yeah.

On the next song “Be My Druidess“The band continues in a similar tone and sings in a good rhythm about a sexual act somewhere in the middle of the woods during an unidentified pagan ritual. The text itself is very suggestive, but in case someone doesn’t understand what the song is about, slow down, pause for a moment and repeat a few times that Peter set himself the task:

I’ll do anything
To make you cum
I’ll do anything
To make you cum

Below we have “Green Man“Which is basically a cheerful composition that talks about nature and the seasons. The title is also a nickname that Peter Steele earned while working in a utility company where he wore a green jumpsuit and drove a green waste truck. Quite coincidentally, green was his favorite color and is therefore used as the primary color on all Type O Negative releases.

Life is coming to an end
So says me, me wiccan friend,
Nature coming full circle.

Red Water (Christmas Mourning)“Is a beautiful song that has a very dark background. She was inspired by the death of Peter’s father on Christmas morning as well as with the deaths of 3 more members of his family a year apart. As many times before, with their characteristic style they managed to turn something negative into something actually beautiful.

My tables been set for but seven,
just last year I dined with eleven.

My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend“It breaks the atmosphere evoked by the previous thing and speeds up the pulse a bit with its psychedelic rock. The text itself should not be explained too much because it is quite clear that it speaks of one of the greatest male fetishes, so maybe that is enough see the cover of the single.

My girlfriend’s girlfriend
She looks like you
My girlfriend’s girlfriend
She’s my girl too

Die with Me“Brings us back to the gothic / doom atmosphere with a story about lovers who are separated by a great distance and a desire to die together. Everything is packed in a nice way. “Burnt Flowers Fallen“She has a good idea, but it’s as if the band didn’t know what to do with her. For that reason, the song seems to me unjustifiably too long with a couple of verses that are repeated indefinitely according to a tried and tested recipe by Huljić. Only in the second part of the song is the main thought heard, for which one has to wait almost 4 minutes:

All of the flowers
All of the flowers I gave her
She burned them
Burned them

In Praise of Bacchus“There are a lot of similarities with their predecessor, but here the band already knew what they were doing and they did a very good job. Incomparably better than “Burnt Flowers Fallen”. We are still in a gothic / doom mood, but with a smile on our face.

There was room on the album for one cover, “Cinnamon Girl“Neil Young. Considering that Hole, Mudhoney, Replicants, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters and Radiohead also covered this song in the nineties, it is important to emphasize that this is the fiercest version of all mentioned and after a few gloomier songs it still keeps us awake.

After a song that is well known outside of Type O Negative fans, it’s time for “The Glorious Liberation of the People’s Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa“Which brings a lot of questions. In his 1:07 minutes we can hear Eins, zwei, drei, vier ‘repeated four times. Each album from “October Rust” onwards has the inscription “Product of Vinland” on the back. Vinland represents an imaginary country that should represent the United States and Canada merged into one country. The song title itself is the longest in the history of Type O Negative.

Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)“Is a pearl that hides at the very end. The performance of the song is dominated by keyboards and very strange lyrics. Namely, the story of a person who believes he will turn into a werewolf after doing a fellatio to a woman who is menstruating (Ok!). The band has not released an official video but fans have made an unofficial version that is accompanied by scenes from the movie Underworld which goes great with the song.

Haunted“Is the last song on the album and brings us back to a completely slow rhythm that haunts the listener as the title suggests. The text tells the story of a mystical love affair that Peter has with the ghost of his girlfriend. Fun fact, the instrumental version of the song appeared in the video game “Descent II”.

In the sweat of my bed
The eastern sky hints of dawning
Alone and awake but exhausted I lie
Oh how I hate the morning

On the last recorded part of the album “Outro” we can hear Peter Steele concluding the album and saying that he hopes it was not disappointing for the listeners.

As the test of time has confirmed, the album is certainly not disappointing. The songs on the album are perfectly arranged and do not allow the listener to be carried away by the monotony because every now and then a song appears that lifts the atmosphere. The album is ideal for listening to during the fall days as the band also envisioned during its recording.

The album is a classic of the gothic / doom metal genre and anyone who has a little affinity for such music should definitely listen to it. After the first listen, he won’t be able to stop and will keep coming back to him all the time. If the writer of these lines had it on vinyl, by now the record would be totally worn out from constant use, so let that be a recommendation for the end.

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