Endless Loop: Love You to Death

typeonegativeHave you ever had one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days…weeks…years?  Sure you have.  These are the songs that always make the cut.  The songs on repeat.  We all have them.  I have a ton.  Welcome back to Endless Loop.

“Love You to Death” by Type O Negative

There’s really nothing quite like the perennial autumnal tones of Type O Negative, heavy metal’s answer to goth, where everyday is seemingly Halloween.  Things got a little bit colder with the release of the band’s 1996 album October Rust, a record full of stark and haunting moments that feel as if they should accompany scenes of dark, dirty, foreboding men in the snow, their breath visible in the gray light.  But don’t let that coldness belie the album’s lush and gorgeous production, the sounds and tones and themes coming together right at the start to craft a highlight of Type O Negative’s entire discography, the BDSM-alluding “Love You to Death.”

I think I was in the tenth grade the first time I heard Type O Negative, a friend of mine playing the song “Christian Woman” for me from the album Bloody Kisses, and I was instantly enthralled by the pairing of the slow and low heaviness of the guitars with the dark lyrical imagery akin to some of the best stuff you’d hear by Depeche Mode.  Combined with the proto-industrial-metal tones, Peter Steele’s deep, guttural moan, and all the gothic themes and moods, the band’s music became a pretty integral part of my teenage years.

While I loved (and still love) Bloody Kisses, Type O Negative really jumped to the next level sonically and creatively when they released October Rust.  Taking the moodiness from their prior album, the band upped the melancholia and bleeding hearts, making the record a kind of yearning open letter for the black dye set.  Finally, someone was expressing a whole legion of horror nerds’ untapped feelings, and doing it with heavy, chugging guitars, cathedral level keyboards, and dark, beautiful melodies.  “Love You to Death” encapsulates all of that, a gloomy, gothic masterpiece that ends on an almost romantic note.

“Am I good enough for you?”

This is probably as close to a love song as Type O Negative ever got.


Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

2 Responses to Endless Loop: Love You to Death
  1. Shawn C Baker

    Shawn C Baker Reply

    Talk about on the same wavelength – one of my all-time favorite bands. I don’t listen to them all the time, but I go through deep, endless-loop jags for weeks at a time about two or three times a year (usually spring and autumn for sure). Just so happens as you post this and I read it I’ve been hitting the 0- hard the last week or so, this album and this song especially. Yeah, that coda.
    Chester- I’m jealous of your previous goth girlfriend. I was always too intimidated by them to not act like Jack Tripper in a gothette’s presence. And although I’m VERY goth on the inside quite often, I just can’t visually prescribe myself to any one look, no matter how much I dig or identify with it.

  2. Chester Whelks

    Chester Whelks Reply

    Wow. Haven’t heard this since the year of it’s release when the Goth girl I used to go out with would play it incessantly in her teenage bedroom. That coda…

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