Review by Tomek on April 12, 2007.
Introduction really isn't needed here since Type O Negative is a band that everybody knows, heard their music or their name, and either loves what they do or hates their guts. "Dead Again" is their seventh record and here are some of my thoughts about it.
Musically, album-as a whole - is a pure and unquestioned proof that Type O Negative is a solid band and not just a few excellent musicians playing together. In every single song on the album, there is a place for someone to shine, no one is omitted or moved to the back. Every song sounds different, all are packed with excellent riffs, original and interesting bass lines, dark and monumental synths, remarkable drumming, and what I believe to be the best vocal performance from Steele so far. Despair and complexity, heaviness and melody, love and hate, ugliness and beauty - together become a powerful combination. Whole album is full of revived energy and you can hear all the best musical ideas known from previous albums which Type O Negative has been working from the beginning. All these elements make recommending any song in particular extremely hard because all of them are outstanding in their own way.
Production and mixing are both stellar, as you can expect from giants of American doom/goth Metal. The one and only thing I find unsatisfying is the fact that all of the things mentioned before are something that we've come to expect and recognize Type O Negative by. All previous albums had those elements, and there is not one new thing that could surprise a fan of band.
"Dead Again" is a good album, but I could use some fresh ideas from those guys. I was hoping for something more, but I guess the good ol' Type-O will have to suffice.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 7.6 out of 10