is the first album by band Type O Negative, released in June 16 .
Former Carnivore frontman Peter Steele, along with childhood friends Sal Abruscato (later replaced by Johnny Kelly), Josh Silver and Kenny Hickey, formed Type O Negative. Back in 1989, Peter Steele was a very angry man. That much was evident - to his past in Carnivore, a band who seemed to make it their life’s purpose to aggravate absolutely EVERYBODY, to dealing with a relationship in which the woman had been unfaithful and finally, a failed suicide attempt. This led to the creation of a new band, Type O Negative (previously known as Repulsion and Sub-Zero) and the debut album Slow, Deep and Hard.
Steele came up with the name “Type O Negative” after hearing a radio advertisement requesting donations of type O negative blood.
The album, originally titled None More Negative, launched the band’s career. The album has a rawness that was prominent in Peter Steele’s previous band, Carnivore, but it incorporates elements that became standard for Type O Negative, merging styles including doom metal, gothic rock, new wave and industrial music. Slow, Deep and Hard is a semi-autobiographical album with heavy amounts of black humor, based on a relationship in which the vocalist/bass guitarist Peter Steele was involved. In keeping with the band’s notable humor, the cover of Slow, Deep and Hard is of a blurred out picture of sexual penetration.
Slow, Deep and Hard is not just the debut record of a great band attempting to find their sound. Although this does sound worlds away from their later work, the sound here is fully realized and is much more than mere hinting at future greatness. While undeniably catchy and fun in parts, this album is grittier, more visceral and often more intense than much of their later work. Type O Negative have always been a theatrical outfit, and here it is more true than ever. Pete’s dark humour is at its best here. Although not their absolute best, this remains one of their most accomplished and memorable works.
Peter Steele Kenny Hickey Josh Silver Sal Abruscato