Metal journalists and BLABBERMOUTH.NET staffers Keith Bergman and Ryan Ogle have released the following comments eulogizing TYPE O NEGATIVE frontman Peter Steele, who passed away yesterday of suspected heart failure:
"My first exposure to Peter Steele was as a college radio DJ, playing edited tracks from 'Slow, Deep and Hard' in 1991 and 1992. TYPE O NEGATIVE were one of a small handful of bands to completely unscrew my head and rearrange the brain matter within, taking a musical path I didn't even know existed and making it the most important thing ever. Their songwriting, their unconventional production choices (you can identify a recorded squeal of TYPE O feedback in 0.5 seconds, tops), even Peter's is-he-kidding-or-not caveman-offensive lyrical stances at the time — twisted genius. In a fit of adolescent pique, I played the unedited 'Unsuccessfully Coping With the Natural Beauty of Infidelity' (a/k/a 'I Know You're Fucking Someone Else') as my last song before my metal show was booted from the station's lineup.
"I first heard Peter's voice in '93 when 'Bloody Kisses' came out. Being one of 'those kids' (hair in my face, always dressed in black, etc.) in high school, TYPE O's brooding sound made them an instant favorite of mine. I had never heard anything that managed to blend darkness, beauty and comedy so well you couldn't tell one from the other. 'We Hate Everyone' and 'Kill All The White People' became tongue-in-cheek anthems of my teenage angst, while 'Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family)' struck an entirely different nerve altogether (you can only imagine how the album's cover and the 40-second long female orgasm at the beginning affected me at that age…). A budding guitar player at the time, my focus naturally gravitated towards said instrument when diving into an album, but TYPE O NEGATIVE had an irresistible force that demanded your attention. That force was the 6'8'', vampirish baritone, Peter Steele. The dude had a voice like no other. His croon could scare small children and moisten crotches from miles away. Read his lyrics. Peter Steele was a poet, a comedian, a historian and one goddamned gifted lyricist. He was truly one of a kind.
"I never got the chance to meet Peter, but did know a few people who were close to him. "During an interview for his band SEVENTH VOID, TYPE O guitarist Kenny Hickey was hardly at a loss for stories about his front man. Though not the focal point of the conversation, I remember the laughter that would follow any anecdote Kenny shared about Peter. The same rang true for many other people I've talked to that have encountered Mr. Steele. Be it fan, friend, musician or industry type, anyone that ever came across him seemed to take something from the experience. Whether his behavior erratic, comedic or anything in between, I got a laugh from every tale told. "Like I said, I may not have known the man, but I loved his music and his passing will weigh on my heart; a sentiment which is surely echoed by the rest of fans. "To Kenny, Johnny and Josh — I'm sorry for the loss of your friend and bandmate. May the music you created together live on as a tribute to him. We can only wonder what was coming next. To Peter's friends and family — I've lost enough people to know how annoying long, drawn out condolences can get, so I'll simply extend my deepest sympathies. And to Peter — thank you for sharing your music with us. You were a great songwriter and one hell of an entertaining performer. Wherever you are now, I hope it's a hell of a lot better then the place you left. Come back and see us sometime. You will be missed. You truly were one of a kind."