I have eight favorite bands and these have been my favorite bands for several years. I will summarise them for you before I get to the main topic of this post.
Dream Theater is my main favorite band. They were formed in 1985 in New York, USA and their genre is mainly progressive metal and progressive rock. I have all their albums and DVDs and I have seen them live on stage twice (in Bonn and Stuttgart, Germany). It is probably one of the only bands in musical history (espacially in the rock and netal scene) where all bandmembers are married to their first wives and have a bunch of kids each.
Symphony X is another progressive metal band and also one of my favorites. They were founded in New Jersey in 1994 and their guitarist Michael Romeo is also known as one of the best and fastest ever. I saw them live on stage in Stuttgart in 2007.
Dredg was formed in 1993 in California, USA in the genres of indie, progressive rock and alternative rock. They have only released four albums so far, but each of them so different to the previous, you would think it was a different band playing. Unfortunately I haven’t seen them live yet.
Live was a alternative rock/post-grunge band from Pennsylvania, USA. They published seven albums between their forming in 1988 and the split-up in 2009. Especially the live-DVD from the Paradiso in Amsterdam I can highly recommend. I have never seen Live live.
Pink Floyd is also one of my favorite bands, needless to say much about them. I think I have all their what feels like hundreds of albums. It is hard to believe that they were founded in London about 45 years ago, and yet their music is still so popular even amongst my generation. I have never seen them on stage, but I have their P.U.L.S.E.-DVD which is pretty awesome.
Rammstein is a controversial topic. Outside Germany they are really popular and for most Australians and New Zealanders it is one of the first things that comes to mind when you ask them what they now about Germany. Other things might be the Oktoberfest, BMW, Hitler, an incredible culture around tasty sausages and the best beer in the world. Anyway I am a big fan and this “Neue Deutsche Härte”-Band, which I would describe as a mix of electro pop and hard rock, was founded in Berlin in 1994 and has released six albums and a very interesting live DVD called “Völkerball”. I have never seen them live but I can’t wait to attend one of their amazing pyrotechnically enhanced stage shows.
Muse is also one of my favorites. They are well known in Australia, New Zealand and, obviously, the UK because that’s where they’re from. They were also founded in 1994, just like Symphony X and Rammstein – what a great year! Their genre is a mix of alternative rock, art rock and new prog. On each album all the songs cover most main genres and sound totally different to other songs on the same album. I saw Muse live in Auckland on the Big Day Out in January 2010, to see pictures of the Big Day Out simply click here.
And then, at last, there is Type O Negative, founded in 1989 in New York. Their music is, like their name suggests, quite depressive, the genres are Doom Metal or Gothic Metal and, as wikipedia tells us, also Alternative Rock. And this is what I actually wanted to write about in this post. Petrus T. Ratajczyk, or better known as Peter Steele (stage name) the unique singer of the band, died of heart failure last wednesday, the 14th of April, at the age of 48.
I saw Type O Negative at the Wacken Open Air Festival in 2007, and Steele was drinking bottles of red wine during the concert (which he threw into the crowd when they were empty) and as far as I remember got extremely drunk towards the end of the show. Since his deep bass voice really made up for most of the dark, depressive atmosphere and character of Type O Negatives music, I believe they will never publish any music or play at any concerts or festivals again.
One of my favorite songs is “Love you to death”, which you can watch on YouTube.
If you’re a true metal fan and all this got you quit upset, I also have something to cheer you up. It’s just a little taste of what sort of people you can find on Australian TV, click here 🙂
This is it for today. I hope you’re not planning to fly anywhere while this nasty volcanic cloud sits over central Europe. Take the bus and enjoy the weekend!