Friday, April 16, 2010

Type O Negative Singer Peter Steele Dies At 48

Bassist and lead vocalist Peter Steele of doom metal outfit Type O Negative died of an apparent heart attack yesterday, he was 48. The burly 6'7" frontman was known for his deep, sonorous voice and macabre lyrics. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Steele was a founding member and the principal songwriter during the band's 20-year career.

Type O Negative found great success in the '90s on the strength of their unique sound and Steele's knack for picking the most unlikely cover songs, including Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" and Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze." Steele had spent the earlier part of this decade dealing with drug and legal problems, but a new album in 2007 and well-received tours put the band on an upswing, and a new album had been planned. His bandmates report he "had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health."

I had the pleasure of seeing Peter and the band perform on two occasions, and his unique and original presence in the world of music will be sorely missed.

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