The 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time

The most headbangable records ever, from Metallica's Black Album to Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid'

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Type O Negative, 'Bloody Kisses' (1993)
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53. Type O Negative, 'Bloody Kisses' (1993)

When Type O Negative emerged from the ashes of the New York thrash band Carnivore, their sound, as manifested by the pummeling drums and reflexive sexism that riddled 1991's Slow, Deep and Hard, wasn't much different from its predecessor. Three years later, the band followed its debut with a radically different sound, one that wrapped the guitar crunch in gauzy synths and recast frontman Peter Steele as a deep-voiced crooner. "After Slow, Deep and Hard I realized anybody can scream their head off," he later told Grimoire. "It takes not so much more talent, but at least more effort to attempt to sing on key and try to work out a melody that people might remember." Some listeners took its nods to religiosity (the pipe organ on "Bloody Kisses," the monkish vocals on "Christian Woman") as evidence of a goth sensibility, while others pointed to the deadpan cover of Seals & Crofts' "Summer Breeze" and "Black No. 1" – an anthemic ode to a hair-dye-obsessed girlfriend – as proof that Steele and company were simply taking the piss. Either way, pop culture hadn't seen anything this devilishly droll since the days of the original Dark Shadows. J.D.C.

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