Archives For the fallen

Brooklyn band Type O Negative was emblematic of the gothic/doom metal subgenre and culture, and the face of that band was Peter Steele (real last name Ratajczyk). Standing a menacing 6’8”, Steele was an intense character who, as many musicians do, channeled his personal problems into his music as a means of overcoming–an overcoming that he shared with his fans. Throughout his life, Steele showed up onstage with a smile, a sense of self-deprecating humor, and his glass of red wine despite suffering from depression, suicidal tendencies, and even at one point being involuntarily committed by his own family.

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With Jeff’s back to the camera, he held out his arms in a Christ-like pose, as though trying to embrace this entire crowd into his heart. He was a silhouette in the fading sun that had taken on a new meaning. Surreal.

It couldn’t have been planned…but it does make you want to pause the screen, and wonder.

Dead at 49. RIP.

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“NOOOO!!!!!” I yelled in despair as I saw the website headline: “Ronnie James Dio Passes Away From Stomach Cancer.”

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