Listen: Original Demos for Type O Negative’s Bloody Kisses
Type O Negative’s 1993 album Bloody Kisses is unquestionably one of the most important metal records of the ’90s, and possibly all time. It pushed boundaries, redefined a genre, and broke Type O Negative into the mainstream on the backs of “Christian Woman” and “Black No. 1,” both of which seemed into the burgeoning American metal mainstream and remain metal dive bar jukebox mainstays to this day.
Now, thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can hear the original demo versions of several of the tracks on Bloody Kisses. We aren’t sure where these demos came from or why they’re coming to light right now, but we do know this: they’re a fucking fantastic — and fascinating — listen. These are the songs as they were originally written, mostly the same, sure, but in their penultimate form, with plenty of warts and scrapes. It’s a look into a band at their creative prime, sure of where they wanted to go but still figuring out how to get there. It’s a band on the verge of greatness.
While “demo” versions of some of these tracks appeared on the 1994 bootleg Live, Rare & Hard, we’ve compared them side by side to the versions we’re posting today and they’re clearly different — the lack of of production is noticeable, but so is the vocal phrasing and instrumental performance.
Enough talk. Listen below.