“World Coming Down” was supposedly a disappointing record in TYPE O NEGATIVE’s career, but I say that’s nonsense. “World Coming Down” may be my favourite TYPE O NEGATIVE album.
I’m a bit of a Doom-head myself, so it may be due to the fact the band took a considerably heavier approach on this one. “White Slavery” for example is everything but your standard opener. The song is dominated by a very slow verse with an organ. Not catchy in the least, but it sets up the mood for things to come. TYPE O NEGATIVE has seemingly perfected their branch of Gothic Rock on “World Coming Down” and I hate to use the word but they’ve “matured” quite a bit since “Bloody Kisses” and “October Rust”. It’s hard for me to pick out favourite songs, but among others: “Everyone I Love Is Dead”, “World Coming Down” and “Everything Dies”. The latter pretty much sums up the purveying emotions on this album. There is a distinct feeling of loss and decay on “World Coming Down”.
That doesn’t mean they’ve lost all sense of humour though. Peter Steele’s lyrics are some of the best he has written so far. His topics range from addiction and loneliness to insanity, but at least he can joke about it. He’s not pessimistic or bitter, and that’s part of TYPE O NEGATIVE’s appeal.
Other than singing (in that wonderful deep voice) and writing lyrics, Peter Steele plays the bass too of course. There are a lot of memorable lines on “World Coming Down” but “Creepy Green Light” and “Hallows Eve” are of particular notice. I’d have a difficult time deciding between the two. The musicianship on this record in general is outstanding actually, be it John Kelly’s tasteful, often slow drumming, or guitarist Kenny Hickey’s great riffing, with that strange, noisy guitar sound, rooted somewhere in 80’s melancholia.
I talked about Doom but it’s really nothing drastic. The main focus lies on rhythm and melody, only they’ve grown a bit rougher. I might also point out the three instrumentals on this album. Well, “instrumentals” is a broad term; it’s just some noise for all you care, but they each represent drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse respectively. You’ll put down that cigarette in no time I guarantee you.
Well, enough of this. “World Coming Down” is a great album! (Online March 24, 2004)
Guest reviewer Ben Meuleman