From Bill Ward, Black Sabbath.
Peter Steele / Type O Negative
Posted on Apr.16, 2010, under Misc Items
The flamboyant ambassador of Metal’s substratum is dead. I am diverted from my next indicated thing to do. I am compelled to pause and digress and re-listen to one of my all-time favorite bands, Type O Negative. I fall into memorable moments, to enhance my first discoveries of Peter Steele.
I don’t want to believe he’s died. I’ve felt in shock since the early morning sad news of today arrived. Peter Steele – a brilliant musician, songwriter, singer has died. His death is a tragedy and heartbreaking. His passing is an enormous loss to the Metal community and to music period.
In music, he challenged life itself in a poetic, prophetic, charismatic and extraordinarily insightful way. A world observer, a teller of tales, a renaissance man, a man from the future, a powerful force in today’s maladies and life challenges.
This man will not be forgotten. I raise my goblet of water and praise him. I thank him, and I burn candles and desire incense aromas to fill our house, now illuminated in his honour. Candles burning outside flicker, and the sea crashes onto the shore. We are still. We are in memory.
Peter, you will be celebrated forever.
PS: A profound statement.
He was unique, those kind of people that are so messed up but at the same time so brilliant are very few and far between. He had a weird way of looking at things that was so brutally honest and refreshing you couldn't help but agree, no matter how depreciating it was. Life was messed up, so messed up all you could do about it was make fun of it to take the sting off.
Peter has been more than a musical inspiration over the years for me. Type O were one of my first favourite bands when I was younger and I still listen to their music and enjoy it to this day.
I have more respect for him then almost anyone else I have never met and many that I have. His music will always continue to be a huge influence on my life.