I have to admit I had to Google Peter Steele‘s name when I heard this news. I did not know who he was.
When I realized that he was the almost 7″ tall lead singer of Type ‘O Negative, I thought it was probably a publicity hoax. He has faked his own death before. But this time it seems it’s real. Petrus T. Ratajczyk aka Peter Steele has died of heart related issues at the age of 48.
Peter played in the thrash band Carnivore and the metal band Fallout before he became famous as the deep voice of the gothic metal Type O Negative.
Type O formed in 1990 and their latest album came out just 3 years ago. They peaked with the Bloody Kisses album in 1993. This album is the only reason I know who Peter is.
Combine the two women in erotic embrace on the cover, the blasphemously sexual track Christian Woman and the overall Halloween theme made this a favorite of mine. I was 16 years old and this was ‘awe-some!’
The album still sounds good to this day. Sure, some parts have not aged well…but overall it’s a pretty great goth album.
A few years ago I was going to go see Type O Negative in concert for pure nostalgia sake, now I wish I wouldn’t have missed it. No way the band can go on without him. R.I.P. Peter...
btw, if you do a Google search for Peter Steele images, be careful! He posed for Playgirl and the pictures are disturbing!