Coal Chamber may have been the band to introduce me to a whole new kind of music, culture and aesthetic, but with Everything Dies, Type O Negative were the band who confirmed that all of this was for me.
Just like Coal Chamber, I had discovered this song watching Tommy Vance’s Friday Night Rock Show on VH1. Just like Coal Chamber, the image of that video would stay with me forever.
Also just like Coal Chamber, this was a song that made me realise that this, all of this, was what my life was meant for.
With every sorrowful croon from singer Peter Steele and every distorted rush of guitar from Kenny Hickey, it was as though the band were throwing on some sort of welcome home party, as if Steele were not singing about the death of those he loved, but subtly whispering “you’ve found what you’re looking for, Chris.”
But despite having the same impact on me, Type O Negative’s Everything Dies could not have been more different from the bat-shit crazy calamity that was Loco.
This one was dramatic and yet full of heartbreak, grand and alive in its in mourning of things that no longer were, beautiful and powerful and majestic and yet at the same time raw, dark, and terribly haunting.
I loved it.
Today, I still love it. In fact, I’d easily be able to make a case for them among my top ten favourite bands.
This is a group that I still listen to today, and whenever I do, I’m reminded of two things:
- The terrible tragedy that Peter Steele was taken away from us
- The fact that long before he did, he and his band confirmed in me that this -all of this- was what I was looking for in my life.
Everything Dies by Type O Negative is the ninth song in my list of 52 songs that changed my life. Other entries in this list are below: