Dead Again is the seventh and final album by Type O Negative, released on March 13, 2007. It is the last album to be released before the band's frontman and singer Peter Steele died officially of a heart failure on April 14, 2010 when he was 48 and the resultant permanent breakup of the band.
Dead Again contains ten tracks and it is the longest Type O Negative album, lasting 77 minutes and 28 seconds. The average duration of a track on this album is 7 minutes and 45 seconds. Two singles were released from the album—"The Profit of Doom" and "September Sun".
Background and release
The working title for this album was The Profit of Doom, same as the title of the third track. The album was released in the USA and the majority of the world on March 13, 2007, March 16 in Germany, and March 19 in other parts of Europe. Dead Again is the first and only Type O Negative album to be released through SPV / Steamhammer Records and is the only album to be released through a label other than Roadrunner.
The album reached #27 on the US Billboard 200 chart, which is the highest peak of any Type O album.
Title and album cover
The meaning of Dead Again as the album title refers to Pete's claim that parts of his body are dying from years of heavy alcohol and cocaine use after they had been temporarily reinvigorated.
The front cover shows the Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin. The lettering on the cover is in faux-Cyrillic font. The back cover shows Grand Duchesses of the Tsarist family taken back in 1906. From left to right they are Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia Nikolaevna.
Lyrics and music
The album has lyrics about drug use, death, lost love, heartbreak, and self-loathing. There are occasional times on this album where Peter's voice sounds like young Glenn Danzig. The album contains the musical elements of all of the previous Type O Negative albums molded together, as well as sounds resembling Carnivore (Pete's previous band), Black Sabbath, Bauhaus, and The Beatles. The dominant genres for this album are gothic metal and doom metal, and it has lesser amounts of thrash metal, crossover, punk, progressive metal, and psychedelic metal. The elements on this album (both lyrically and musically) are described as dirgy, gloomy, sad, depressing, uplifting and energetic.
- "Dead Again" – 4:14
- "Tripping a Blind Man" – 7:04
- I: Tripping a Blind Man (0:00–4:47)
- II: Cried Then Died (4:47–6:30)
- III: Tripping a Blind Man (revisited) (6:30–7:04)
- "The Profit of Doom" – 10:46
- I: Beast from the Sky (0:00–3:15)
- II: The Profit of Doom (3:15–5:29)
- III: My Soul's on Fire (5:29–10:46)
- "September Sun" – 9:47
- I: September Sun (0:00–3:07)
- II: Leave Her Alone (3:07–7:04)
- III: Relief from Grief (7:04–9:47)
- "Halloween in Heaven" (feat. Tara Vanflower of Lycia) – 4:49
- "These Three Things" – 14:20
- I: Perdition (0:00–1:33)
- II: Infanticide (1:33–4:20)
- III: Perdition (revisited) (4:20–5:49)
- IV: Salvation (5:49–14:20)
- "She Burned Me Down" – 7:53
- I: She Burned Me Down (0:00–2:23)
- II: Start a Fire (2:23–7:53)
- "Some Stupid Tomorrow" – 4:20
- I: IOI (0:00–2:12)
- II: Some Stupid Tomorrow (2:12–4:20)
- "An Ode to Locksmiths" – 5:15
- I: Tree of Knowledge (0:00–3:17)
- II: Ain't Goin' Home (3:17–5:15)
- "Hail and Farewell to Britain" – 8:55
- I: Pity (0:00–3:07)
- II: Misfortune (3:07–5:21)
- III: Hail and Farewell to Britain (5:21–8:55)
- Best Buy exclusive bonus disc
Taken from Symphony for the Devil live DVD.
- "Everything Dies/My Girlfriend's Girlfriend"
- "Are You Afraid/Gravitational Constant"
- "Christian Woman" (labeled as "Christian Women" on the case, contains intro part of "Black Sabbath")
- "Love You to Death"
- "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"
- Special edition bonus DVD
- "Anesthesia (live At Wacken Open Air 2007)"
- "Christian Woman (live At Wacken Open Air 2007)"
- "Love You to Death (live At Wacken Open Air 2007)"
- "Kill You Tonight (live At Wacken Open Air 2007)"
- "The Profit of Doom (music video)"
- "September Sun (music video)"
- This is the earliest calendar date of studio album release by Type O Negative.
- This is the first album since Peter Steele became a Roman Catholic, therefore this is the most religious TON album.
- This is one of two TON albums to show faces on the album cover; the other is Bloody Kisses.
- This is the only album where none of its tracks last less than four minutes.
- It has the fewest tracks of any TON album since Bloody Kisses.
- It has the most songs split into cantos (8) and the most cantos (22) of any album.
- Nearly ten years after this release, the antonymic title Live Again was released, hencely featuring all live tracks.
- Greg Prato of AllMusic (3.5/5) – "With Dead Again, Type O Negative delivers another album of dark tales and even darker riffs, and will reassure morose metalheads that they can still count on Steele to spread the misery."
- Draven99 of Blogcritics – "Type O Negative is a true original. They pull from a variety of influences and mold into something that is wholly their own."
- Chris Ayers of Exclaim! – "Goth-prog suites and standout guitar solos put Type O at the metal forefront once again."
- Jon Eardley of Last Rites – "A top-notch production, first-class songwriting, and competent musicianship all play an integral part in making this one of 2007’s early shining moments."
- Jeff Maki of Live-Metal.net (7.5/10) – "Welcome back Type O Negative—it's been a long time coming. Dead Again prompts the most black hair dye no.1 and vampire wannabes since their early ‘90s albums."
- Thomas of metal.de (8/10) – "Dead Again presents itself at least as diverse as its predecessor and combines the quintessence of almost 20 years of Type O Negative."
- Lord of the Wasteland of METAL RULES (4.5/5) – "Dead Again is among Type O Negative’s finest moments and with the riffs coming a mile-a-minute, the Gothic leanings have really been pushed to the backburner in favor of a more straight-forward, stripped-down approach."
- Jeff Brinn of Schwegweb.com – "Dead Again proves that there are still a few acts out there that keep it real and stay very true to the roots of what put them on the map as a true metal band in the damn first place."
- Reini of Stormbringer (4.5/5) – "Dead Again is on a par with Bloody Kisses and that was finally the commercially most successful work in the Type O Negative history!"
- Peter Steele – lead vocals, bass
- Kenny Hickey – guitar, additional vocals, co-lead vocals on "The Profit of Doom", "September Sun", "Halloween in Heaven", "These Three Things" and "An Ode to Locksmiths"
- Josh Silver – keyboards, piano, synth, backing vocals
- Johnny Kelly – drums
- Tara Vanflower – additional vocals on "Halloween in Heaven"
- The Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir – backing vocals
- Paul Bento – sitar and tambura on "The Profit of Doom"
- Peter Steele – writing, production
- Josh Silver – engineering, recording, effects, mixing, mastering, production
- Mike Marciano – engineering, recording, mixing, mastering
- Paul Bento – additional recording engineering
- Type O Negative – arrangement
Links to other albums
|Type O Negative albums|
|Studio albums||Slow, Deep and Hard • The Origin of the Feces • Bloody Kisses • October Rust • World Coming Down • Life Is Killing Me • Dead Again|
|Compilation albums||The Least Worst Of • The Best of Type O Negative • None More Negative • The Complete Roadrunner Collection 1991-2003 • Blood Moon: A Collection of Covers and Rarities (Part 1) • Harvest Moon: A Collection of Covers and Rarities (Part 2)|
|Live albums||Steel O Dick • Bizarre Types • Live Again|
|Video albums||For When It Rains • After Dark • Symphony for the Devil|
|Split albums||Live, Rare and Hard • Iced Earth - Type O Negative - Engel|
|Cancelled album||Double Crossed|
|Imaginary album||Christmas Is Dead|