Dead Again is Type O Negative's seventh studio album, and after a four year lapse between releases, a much-anticipated return to the sonic bombast that the Brooklyn-based band is famous for. Clocking in at over 77 minutes, Dead Again is a 10-song musical journey through the darkest depths of the human condition. Love, loss, insanity, morality, mayhem, your secret dreams and worst nightmares are all included in the Type O Negative formula created by the self-taught professor of emotional chemistry, Peter Steele. Recorded and Produced by Steele and keyboardist Josh Silver, the sound of darkness is prophetic, the rock is hard and the screams are real. In the words of Grigori "The Mad Monk" Rasputin, whom the Russian nobility unsuccessfully attempted to kill on numerous occasions for his influence on the last family of Czars, When the bell tolls three times, it will announce that I have been killed Pray Czar of Russia. Pray."With past gold and platinum albums under their belts, the bells have definitely not tolled for Type O Negative. Reaffirmed and resolute, they bring you news from a darker place, a place of infinitely organized chaos where the living cannot be swayed from their infinite circle of creation and destruction. We are born, we live, we fuck it all up, we strive to forgive and be forgiven, and we are reborn. Type O Negative are on the brink of a rebirth. But first they are Dead Again!
Gothfather Peter Steele returns with a new batch of familiar-sounding tracks that satisfy the ache metal fans have long felt for a new Type O Negative record. While Steele and Co. don't reinvent the genre here, the opening breakneck rocker "Dead Again," its Black Sabbath-on-Diamond Head successor "Tripping a Blind Man," and the epically epic "The Profits of Doom" create the metallic trinity of 2007's first quarter. Elsewhere, Steele gives us another gothic, Alice Cooper-esque ballad ("September Sun"), tears up our speakers with a little bit of humor ("Halloween in Heaven"), and comes around once more to slam down the almighty doom hammer ("She Burned Me Down"). Yes, the production's a little murkier than it probably has to be and no there's nothing that strikes as an immediate classic, but as Type O records go, Dead Again
is admirable for its strong convictions and solidity. Jedd Beaudoin