Kenny Hickey And Johnny Kelly commemorate the 20 year anniversary of TYPE O NEGATIVE’s “Life Is Killing Me” album
TYPE O NEGATIVE, the iconic gothic metal band known for their unique blend of dark humor and brooding melodies, delivered another dose of their signature sound with their 2003 album, “Life Is Killing Me.” Released on June 17, 2003, this album marked a significant addition to the band’s discography.
“Life Is Killing Me” retained the band’s characteristic mix of doom-laden riffs, Peter Steele‘s deep, haunting vocals, and lyrics that often tread the line between melancholic and macabre. The album explored a wide range of themes, from the struggles of daily life to the band’s notorious wit, all set against a backdrop of heavy, atmospheric music.
One standout track, “I Don’t Wanna Be Me,” encapsulated the band’s ability to infuse dark subject matter with catchy hooks, making it a fan favorite. The album also featured the haunting “Nettie” and the emotionally charged “Anesthesia,” showcasing the band’s versatility in crafting songs that could be simultaneously haunting and beautiful.
“Life Is Killing Me” demonstrated TYPE O NEGATIVE‘s willingness to experiment with their sound, introducing elements of punk, industrial, and even a touch of psychedelia into their already diverse repertoire. This experimentation added depth and variety to an album that still maintained their trademark gothic atmosphere.
While TYPE O NEGATIVE disbanded after the tragic passing of frontman Peter Steele in 2010, “Life Is Killing Me” remains a testament to their enduring legacy. This album continues to be cherished by fans as a dark and diverse soundscape that captures the essence of the band’s uniquely morose yet strangely uplifting music.
This exclusive half hour feature, which can be viewed below, sees Scott Penfold of Loaded Radio sit down with TYPE O NEGATIVE guitarist Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly to discuss the album 20 years after it’s initial release.
Commemorating the LP’s 20th anniversary, Kenny and Johnny discuss the difficult recording sessions, Peter Steele‘s strange writing process, rampant substance abuse within the band, their favorite tracks, hilarious music videos and so much more.
TYPE O NEGATIVE, the kings of goth metal, also known as “The Drab Four“, made such an impact on the metal scene that they have transcended into legendary status. Fronted by the late Peter Steele, the foursome continue to draw new fans at a rapid rate, securing them as the band that simply will not die.