Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Drummer shouts out classics including Metallica's Black Album and Type O Negative's 'October Rust'

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Type O Negative, 'October Rust' (1996)

6. Type O Negative, 'October Rust' (1996)

The reason why I picked October Rust is, number one, I'm a huge fan of Type O Negative and have been since I first heard them. But one of my favorite songs on this particular album is one that we play every Christmas on our radio show. It's called "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)," and it's just a fucking brilliant arrangement. It's got everything in there. Kenny [Hickey] and Johnny [Kelly] and Josh [Silver] sound absolutely formidable on this track. The way that they put it all together with the sound effects, you can feel the coldness and the chill when you listen to the song. It's conveyed perfectly. It's just a very well-orchestrated piece of music. Then, Peter [Steele]'s lyrics are, I think, absolutely outstanding. I think he nailed everything in this song. As he did in a number of other songs, too. There's something about it that's really chilling and it has a complete ring of honesty about it. Sometimes, Type O will come out with something completely unbelievable, and this is one of their unbelievable tracks. So that's particularly why I picked October Rust.

The first time I heard them, I was attracted to them immediately. When I first heard them, it was almost like, "Oh, I feel like I've been in this band." Or I feel like this would be a band I could play in, which is no disrespect to Johnny! Johnny and I are pretty good friends to say the least. But when I first heard it, I thought, "Oh, my God, there's something about this band which is really, really cool." At the time, I didn't know that they were huge Sabbath fans. I found out later.

There's something very magnetic; they have something that draws you in. I think it's one of those bands where you either love them 120 percent or you kind of go, "Eh, I'm not sure." Kind of like Sabbath, actually. ... Very loud, extremely powerful. They have all the same things: they leave everything out on the stage and they leave everything out when they record.

They've definitely got a sense of humor throughout the band. There's no question about that. I think it [gets] missed and it's misunderstood. [There was] a lot of humor in Sabbath. We were falling over ourselves sometimes [laughs].

When Peter died [in 2010], that one kind of knocked me about a lot. ... It was unexpected because the path that Peter was on was an upswing and it's like, "Oh, man, what's happened?" Yeah, I built a bonfire for Peter and I said some prayers, basically letting him know that the bonfire was to light his way to a new path. I loved him, very much. I admired him. There's nobody else on Earth like Peter.

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