So yeah, one day I decided 'what the hell, I'll just listen to Type O Negative
.' After all, the late Peter Steele was a baritone - one of the few baritone singers in metal and from all appearances, World Coming Down
's darkest material.
Needless to say, I was quite disappointed in what I heard. The only thing that really interested me was the track "Skip It." This was their "joke" intro track, where, at least on the CD, you hear the sound of your disc getting scratched up as a way to "punk" new-listeners. Its clever and all, and I thought that it was a rather fun way to start the album.
But as for the real tracks themselves, World Coming Down
is depressing, and not in the way the band meant it to be. I can find more depressing music in Ulver
's electronic albums, or, dare I say it, in the lyrics of Slipknot and/or Metallica
. The atmosphere is not depressing, just really really noisy. I found myself getting bored of the album after having listened to only half of the tracks.
I would hardly say that this album is doom metal. I did not feel depressed or gloomy while listening to this, just bored out of my wits. If their intention was to bore me into depression, then they did win at that.
The really depressing part is Peter Steele. His talent as a baritone singer was wasted on this crappy un-doom band: wasted indeed because he died in 2010. But even more disconcerting is the type-casting we see with this band. Does this mean that baritones are "doomed" to sing only crappy, wanna-be doom metal that isn't even depressing? I hope that Rammstein
is proof that they are not so doomed.
In the end, this album is just very unappealing - not because of the subject matter, or that its supposed to be "doom" metal. I've heard much darker things and am still alive to tell about it. It's just terrible altogether, and Peter Steele has too many moments of croaking like Boris
Karloff than actual singing to make this salvageable.