Type O Negative
The Least Worst of

Brooklyn’s governors of gloom check in with the inevitable rarities comp that spans their entire career of misanthropic melancholy.

Kicking off the grim festivities with yet another track of digital silence-this one is a “remix” of “The Misinterpretation Of Silence And Its Disastrous Consequences” from their 1991 Slow, Deep And Hard debut – the usual suspects are included: the hits (“Black No. 1,” “Christian Woman”); the covers (Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl,” Black Sabbath’s “Black Sabbath”); and the remixes (the aptly titled “cheese organ mix” of “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend”).

More interesting, though, are two previously unreleased, 8-minute epic tracks from the recording sessions of last year’s World Coming Down: “It’s Never Enough,” despite its gratuitous swearing; and the “local” favorite “Stay Out Of My Dreams.” The more upbeat “12 Black Rainbows” is from the same sessions but taken from a European single. A studio version (a live version was released on ’92’s The Origin Of The Feces) of “Hey Pete,” frontman Peter Steele’s take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Joe,” is spectacular, as is “Black Sabbath” with different lyrics written from Lucifer’s perspective.

The only old song is from their debut, the 12-minute “Unsuccessfully Coping With The Natural Beauty Of Infidelity,” left untouched in all its primitive glory. A definite must-have for Type O heads, The Least Worst Of should be ignored by casual fans, who’d be much better served in concentrating on the band’s back catalog.

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Written by Dan Woolley
October 31st, 2000


  1. Commented by: Old Pick Axe

    My biggest regret is that I never saw TON live for a third time before Peter Steel died. RIP metal brother.

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