Rating:
8.2
Type O Negative - World Coming Down
21 September 1999


01. Skip It
02. White Slavery
03. Sinus
04. Everyone I Love Is Dead
05. Who Will Save The Sane?
06. Liver
07. World Coming Down
08. Creepy Green Light
09. Everything Dies
10. Lung
11. Pyretta Blaze
12. All Hallows Eve
13. Day Tripper (Medley) [The Beatles cover]


Peter Steele... what a guy, eh? I must admit, I'm a tad envious of this fellow. Who wouldn't want to be tall as a lamp post, while singing in a cult Alternative/Gothic band and doing extraordinary amounts of hot chicks and cocaine at the same time? There are a few downsides, true. One might argue that posing naked for Playgirl, only to find out that the majority of its subscribers are actually gay men is a real downer, but you'd have to be a real homophobe to say that... ugh, right? Still, our prematurely deceased friend was either quite a miserable person, or he presented himself as such. And that's what Type O Negative is about: a way for a depressed, negative, cynical and possibly bi-polar person who doesn't exactly know if he fits in this world to express himself via music. And what interesting music it is.

World Coming Down, perhaps this band's darkest album, is named most appropriately. I don't know exactly what Pete has been going through when he was writing these songs, but the album indeed captures and successfully portrays what goes on inside a person's mind when his entire world comes crashing down around him, when he is unable to pull himself out of the debris that the crash caused. Ever felt like many gothic metal bands attempt to paint depression as something abstract, as some vague concept of beauty achievable only through art? World Coming Down has a big "FUCK THAT" written all over it when it comes to this subject. Depression is not something abstract, it is abundantly present every day and it is most certainly not something even remotely beautiful. It is a tormenting, agonizing feeling that just won't go away and makes everything you do seem completely meaningless and pointless. This is the point that World Coming Down is trying to make.

Musically speaking, we're looking at slightly more than a hour worth of a heavy, buzzing musical concoction, with doom and gothic metal at its core, noticeably bluesy melodies wrapped up in a somewhat industrial guitar tone. There is no significant variety to speak of: guitars drag painfully slowly, drums pound in an equally doom-ish fashion, fixing the stage for Steele's mournful baritone and occasional organ-sounding synths. More stripped down and basic-sounding than its predecessors, this seemingly monotonous approach works wonders to create the desired oppressive, lonely mood. Some tracks feature more dynamic choruses, but there is very little here that you could call catchy or fun.

While people generally prefer the more acclaimed Bloody Kisses or October Rust, to me, this album will remain Type O Negative's crowning achievement and an epitome of what they have been: not the Victorian, romanticized gothic metal, but the dirty, forlorn, drug-addled one. It's not a classic, due to too many weaker tracks, but the better ones will indeed take you to the depths of Steele's emotional abyss.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 9
Production: 8


Band profile: Type O Negative
Album: World Coming Down


 


written by Slayer666 | 27.07.2011


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Milena - 28.07.2011 at 13:09  
Nice review dude.
Mr. Doctor - 28.07.2011 at 13:19  
Yeah. I have to say I really like your review man and agree with most of it.
I didn't know you were into this guys either ahahahah.
Also, how's 14 minutes "slightly" over an hour? It's a friggin long cd for the music it contains but it works for me.

I love how you comment about the classic gothic mental image most bands have compared to this take on the genre: It's indeed a dirty variant and I admire this band because of that.
Oh: The "ambient" tracks are fucking brilliant. Sinus is a fucking disturbing intermission.

EDIT: Right after the release of October Rust, Peter Steele experienced a lot of deaths in his close family and drank a lot to ease the pain causing a load of self-loathing too... That's quite a reason for such an album like this one. Specially with lyrics from songs like "Everyone I Love Is Dead" and "Everything Dies".
Slayer666 - 29.07.2011 at 16:58  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 28.07.2011 at 13:19

Also, how's 14 minutes "slightly" over an hour? It's a friggin long cd for the music it contains but it works for me.


Because I didn't count the "ambient" tracks or The Beatles cover. Seemed kind of pointless to include that into the CD length, specially because that cover is the weakest song on the album and sounds like complete filler.
Mr. Doctor - 30.07.2011 at 00:50  
Written by Slayer666 on 29.07.2011 at 16:58

Because I didn't count the "ambient" tracks or The Beatles cover. Seemed kind of pointless to include that into the CD length, specially because that cover is the weakest song on the album and sounds like complete filler.



Ooooh I see. I would have done the same with the Beatles cover but NOT in the ambient tracks. I'm very picky on this since those are part of the album and experience.

That's just a minor thing, the review is still very good tbh´.
Thrash del Sur - 02.08.2011 at 18:19  
Cool review, cool album...
Atheism - 03.08.2011 at 11:22  
Great review. Great album.

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