In 1993, Rolling Stone described Type O Negative as an “all-male Brooklyn, N.Y., gothic-metal quartet known for very loud live shows and very offensive lyrics”, which pretty much covers it. Bloody Kisses was the platinum selling third studio album from the group, and the last with their original lineup. In places, the record sounds like post-Twitch Ministry (big, slow riffs) fronted by Serge Gainsbourg (grunts, groans, and general lyrical topics) and produced by Trent Reznor. (We all know what he does.) An interesting element of this album are the noisy, sample-heavy soundscapes that work as interludes between various tracks - some gross, some creepy, some humorous. The centerpiece of the album is "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare All)", an 11 minute ode to an ex's choice of hair dye, consisting of wonky electronic organ, chugging riffs, metallic cowbell, and shredding guitar solos. There’s a rugged cover of Lite FM staple “Summer Breeze” by Seals & Croft, swapping the original’s jaunty timbre for Sisters of Mercy-esque guttural drama. I feel the need to note that the back of the LP says "Don't mistake lack of talent for genius", but have no further comment on this matter. This LP is pressed on double neon green & black swirl colored vinyl, and is limited to an edition of 3000 copies.
- double neon green & black swirl colored vinyl pressing
- includes gatefold sleeve, poster, and printed insert
- limited to 3000 copies
- music label: Run Out Groove 2019
reviewed by ADRIAN SURE WOULDN'T 08/2019