Friday, July 1, 2011

One Great Song - "The Profit of Doom" - Type O Negative - 2007

Dead Again
Type O's untimely final album, Dead Again, is arguably the high point in their generally solid discography and is chock full of some of their finest work with absolutely zero filler. The best of the best, then, is the eleven-minute epic, "The Profit of Doom." "Profit of Doom" works so well for me as it serves as a Type O Negative sampler, incorporating all of their signature style elements into one great package. We start with a dirge and a spectacular Peter Steele vocal addressing an impending apocalypse straight out of Revelations.
of this shape a star of five
also applies to the one with six sides
against the sun and against the moon
I warn you that these two combined
will bring man's doom
of ten horns and seven heads
count your fingers and the continents
on your forehead or in your right hand
this new moral code that the media commands

Three and a half minutes in a proper "single-worthy" song emerges with a great riff and some spectacular vocal interplay between Peter and Kenny Hickey. SPV used an edit of this segment for the album's promotion:

Following this we head straight back into drone mode again and ride some lower tempo guitars and keyboards out. While it certainly wasn't planned, "Profit of Doom" really brings the Type O story full circle, recalling in many ways some of the multi-tiered, massive suites from Slow, Deep and Hard, such as "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity." While the central section is certainly marvelous, the power of the full version is undeniable:

my soul's on fire
R.I.P. Peter Steele

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