TYPE O NEGATIVE - World Coming Down
Three full years after their last album, Type O Negative finally returned with 'World Coming Down.' Many of the songs most closely resemble the dirgier parts of 'Bloody Kisses' — still melodic, but not as immediately accessible, and taken at crawling tempos that would give Black Sabbath on downers a run for their money. 'World Coming Down' features most of the Type O Negative staples: sly goth sendups in "Creepy Green Light" and "All Hallows Eve," which happily wallow in their vampire-movie imagery; another catchy, darkly erotic goth-girl fantasy, "Pyretta Blaze," about the blurry lines between sexual submission and self-obliterating obsession; and, of course, a continuation of the odd-cover-choice gimmick with what's actually a pretty appropriate Beatles medley ("Day Tripper," "If I Needed Someone," and "I Want You [She's So Heavy]"). But there are some real surprises on the record, songs when Steele drops his usual knowing wink and expresses real pain and suffering — still veiled in sarcasm and melodrama, to be sure, but it's obvious that "Everyone I Love Is Dead," "World Coming Down," and "Everything Dies" were written with firsthand knowledge of their subjects, not as ironic goofs.