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Metal and Hard Rock Musicians pick their favorite Halloween songs for the season

Metal and horror go hand in hand. Since its inception, heavy metal has invoked themes of horror and the occult, starting with the legends themselves, Black Sabbath. Through the years, we’ve seen many legendary rock, metal and punk bands embrace horror, as well, such as the Misfits, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Helloween, and arguably the most popular Halloween-themed band of all-time, Type O Negative. So we figured why not ask the burning question to a whole bunch of rock and metal bands: “What is your favorite Halloween song of all-time?” What we got in response was a bag of trick and treats so big, including the bands I mentioned above and a lot more. Happy Halloween! View the list inside. (more…)

Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13

By Greg Maki
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During the past decade and change, there may not be a musician—in any genre—more prolific than Wednesday 13. Whether in a band or as a solo artist, he’s seemingly always writing and releasing new music. Since 2002, he has released two Murderdolls albums; five solo albums, three EPs, a live album and an unplugged record; two outlaw country albums under the moniker Bourbon Crow; and an album with the glam-rock-influenced Gunfire 76. On my playlist (which probably is missing something), that’s more than 150 songs. And before all this, there were an EP and album with Maniac Spider Trash, and a five albums and six EPs with Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 (though many of those songs resurfaced on later releases). He’s branched out at times from his horror rock roots, but that always will be what he’s best known for, and there’s no better time to count down our top 13 Wednesday 13 songs than the spooky Halloween season. (more…)

Type O Negative: Kenny Hickey, Johnny Kelly, Peter Steele, Josh Silver

Type O Negative: Kenny Hickey, Johnny Kelly, Peter Steele, Josh Silver

Interview: Johnny Kelly (Danzig, A Pale Horse Named Death, ex-Type O Negative) Part 1: Kill Devil Hill and bands

For gothic metal that focused on death, romance, the occult and a sick, sarcastic humor, Type O Negative became synonymous—there really was “none more negative.” The name says it all. The Brooklyn band—vocalist/bassist Peter Steele, vocalist/guitarist Kenny Hickey, keyboardist Josh Silver and drummer Johnny Kelly—became known as the “drab four,” releasing the smash hit—and Roadrunner Records’ first-ever platinum-selling album—Bloody Kisses in 1993 and the now-classic October Rust in 1996. The band remained active over the next decade, releasing World Coming Down (1999), Life is Killing Me (2003) and Dead Again (2007), becoming one of the most recognized metal bands during its run, providing the Halloween soundtrack for a lifetime.

The band came to a sudden and sad end on April 14, 2010, when Peter Steele died, reportedly from heart failure. Fans like me were devastated. Type O Negative’s music was something we grew up with, and I guess we figured that entity would always be there for us. Well, you know what—it will. That’s the thing about music—it never dies. If kept alive, it can take on a new life of its own and live forever. 

While we interviewed Kill Devil Hill’s new drummer Johnny Kelly about his joining the band, it was inevitable that the conversation would turn to Type O Negative for the band’s former drummer, and that it did. I couldn’t help but act like a gushing fanboy talking to Johnny, remembering the time that was Type O Negative and all that came with it. And Johnny was more than happy to talk about it. Like all of us, he misses it and Peter deeply.

In part two of our interview with Kelly, he tells us how he remembers Type O Negative’s fallen vocalist, the high point of the band’s career and how he plans to incorporate elements of Type O into his reactivated band with Hickey, Seventh Void. (more…)

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Headbanger's Ball Breakthrough Bands

6. King Diamond – “Sleepless Nights”

From 1980 to 1984, vocalist King Diamond fronted Mercyful Fate, the Danish band largely credited as being one of the original black metal pioneers. In 1985, he started a solo career, and when I first saw the video of “Sleepless Nights” (Conspiracy) on a 1989 Halloween edition of Headbanger’s Ball, he already had released four albums under his own moniker. I remember a friend telling me at that time that he thought King sounded a bit like Ozzy Osbourne. Sure, if Ozzy sang in falsetto, played thrash metal and scared the living bejesus out of you.

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Metal and Hard Rock Musicians pick their favorite Halloween songs for the season

Metal and horror go hand in hand. Since its inception, heavy metal has invoked themes of horror and the occult, starting with the legends themselves, Black Sabbath. Through the years, we’ve seen many legendary rock, metal and punk bands embrace horror, as well, such as the Misfits, Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Helloween, and arguably the most popular Halloween-themed band of all-time, Type O Negative. So we figured why not ask the burning question to a whole bunch of rock and metal bands: “What is your favorite Halloween song of all-time?” What we got in response was a bag of trick and treats so big, including the bands I mentioned above and a lot more. Happy Halloween! View the list inside. (more…)

type_o_bloody_kissesThe sky is cloudy and a dreary gray with sprinkles of cold rain. Colored leaves are falling on the damp ground, and the wind has regained that hint of wintry chill. The atmosphere and setting seem more desolate, and there is an ominous aura in the air. There’s a level of unpredictably, mystery, sexuality and barrels of fun waiting to be had by all. And of course, there’s a shitload of candy.

It’s hard to put in words the feelings of thistime of the season, but there’s no better metal record to do that than Type O Negative’s 1993 goth metal classic, Bloody Kisses. (more…)

From Horrorfind Weekend, Hunt Valley, MD.

From Horrorfind Weekend, Hunt Valley, MD.

Danielle Harris, best known as little Jamie Lloyd from Halloweens 4 and 5 and Bruce Willis’s daughter in The Last Boy Scout, is all grown up. At 30 years old, she’s returning to the franchise that launched her career in writer-director Rob Zombie’s remake of the original Halloween as Annie Brackett (in theaters Aug. 31, 2007, via Dimension Films and MGM). She also has added her first music video to her resume, with a starring role in Five Finger Death Punch’s clip for their first single, “The Bleeding.” Live-Metal.net caught up with her during the annual Horrorfind Weekend in Hunt Valley, Md., to discuss the movie, the video and more. (more…)

typeo-deadIn 1994, rock music was formerly introduced to the goth metal doom of Type O Negative by their breakthrough album, Bloody Kisses. The album spawned the single “Christian Woman” and the Halloween vampire anthem, “Black No. 1.” It was like nothing heard before, combining menacing doom metal with goth and pop-rock style—Black Sabbath meets the Beatles, if you will. To date, it has sold nearly a million copies in the United States. The band followed it with 1996’s October Rust, a critically acclaimed goth metal epic, while 1999’s World Coming Down and 2003’s Life Is Killing Me saw the band somewhat going through the motions after their new found success. Though they were strong efforts, both albums lacked fire or new ideas. Rumors circulated about the band’s demise, and in 2005, their official web site depicted a tombstone marked Peter Steele. Now, we finally have the appropriately titled Dead Again on their new record label, SPV. (more…)