October Rust, a Must!

Type O Negative: if you do not have the 1996 album October Rust, i give you ’til halloween to get your ears around it and give me a report.

they’ve been living in their own world of melody, goth, metal, norse mythology, wolf and women themes for a long time now. Type O walk to their own march down a dirt path as i witnessed at Northern Lights club just outside of Troy, NY this past weekend. weird venue in an shut down strip mall, but the crowd and show took it to surreal heights of heavy and demented.
born from a brooklyn 80’s thrash metal band, Carnivore, Type O gave birth to their first album Slow, Deep and Hard in 1991. they have not stopped since, despite the controversial legend of type o’s frontman, peter steele.

STEELEMAdM from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

he is pretty much unrivaled. who else is a 6’7” rasputin look alike singer bass player with a voice an octave below bass?! who has graced the cover of playgirl and has done time at rikers island jail – an extreme life, born a true blue freak from out of this world, with a great ear for melody, endowed with fangs and wizard green eyes and embodying a wit that would blow anyone out of the goth ball park. it’s freak flesh and blood that makes the world of rock music what it is. music accepts all humans of any shape, size or type. she has no judgement.
not to mention he is one of my few signer-bass-player role models. he and phil lynott sit neck and neck with lemmy hanging over their shoulders of course… (and who really has shoulders like this guy? not me!!!)

thank you goddess music for inviting everyone into it. no matter how “good or bad” you’ve been, if you commit to her, music rewards you with eternal gifts.

last night was- MASTODON – converge – high on fire and dethklok….. thank you.
report coming your way soon… a whole other universe, MIND BLOWING.
still trying to formulate my ode to the new masters….


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13 Responses to “October Rust, a Must!”

  1. Raine says:

    That’s lovey. I agree with you, music is a great mother embracing everyone under her wings.
    Take care. And show up, Brazil needs you.
    – Raine

  2. Melissa!!!!!

    I could not agree with you more! So thrilled you also are a huge fan of Type O. October Rust never left my CD player when it first came out. My
    girlfriend (now wife of 11 years) often used it as the soundtrack to our “carnal pleasures”…it is just so otherwordly and ethereal while being incredibly dark and heavy. Absolute classic from a band that stays fresh and original. Looking forward to seeing you in NY…missed you two weeks ago since I was out of town.

    Luv ya!

  3. Noir says:

    I love October Rust (Red Water… A masterpiece!). One of my favorite albums of all time. Peter’s voice is to die for!

  4. raequel says:

    I LOVE Type O Negative! October Rust is an awesome album and every october reminds me of Type O, in Philly for several years they used to have a Halloween concert at the Trocadero – it was like a tradition with myself and my friends, but alas those days are over.

    and peter steele’s spread in Playgirl all those years ago, was a milestone in my sexual history…just thought i’d mention that! 😉

    melissa, you are awesome!

  5. Andrew says:

    Hi Melissa,
    Also a big fan of Type O from the October Rust & Bloody Kisses era. Being a huge fan of your music, it’s always interesting to read about your influences.
    I watched I think another of your musical heroes / inspirations last night in London… Morrissey!
    Hope to see you back in the UK soon!

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  7. I never knew this band or this record, but is good to know some news.
    And If MAdM says that this is really good, I have to agreee.

    Keep posting Melissa, your great!

  8. Paulork says:

    Wow, October Rust is together with Roland Orzabal’s Tomcats Screaming Outside my favourity album ever.

  9. Saw Mastodon & Dethklok on Halloween Night. Amazing performances all around. The visuals were as stunning as the music. Cannot wait to see what the next turn brings.

  10. Fernando says:

    Wow, I always thought I was a freak for having October Rust as my all-time favourite album, it’s good to see I’m not the only one. Btw, Melissa has written here one of the best Type O eulogies I’ve ever read.

    I bought my new car in january 2005, and October Rust is the only CD that has been inside my CD changer since then (except a 2 week period time when I lent the CD to a friend; he’s now another Type O fan). I love to listen to it when I drive, especially on snowy winter days…

    Regards from Spain!

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