TYPE O NEGATIVE’s “Bloody Kisses” Turns 30 & Z2 Celebrates It with Stunning Anthology

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Three decades ago, a musical force emerged from the depths of Brooklyn, forever altering the landscape of heavy metal. Type O Negative, with their unique blend of gothic darkness, doom metal intensity, and wry humor, unleashed their third studio album, “Bloody Kisses,” upon the world. This groundbreaking masterpiece, now enshrined at #53 on Rolling Stone’s “Top 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time,” paved the way for a new era of music, captivating audiences with the haunting vocals of the late Peter Steele, the thunderous drumming of Sal Abruscato, the masterful riffs of Kenny Hickey, and the atmospheric keyboards of Josh Silver.

To commemorate this monumental anniversary, Z2 proudly presents “Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses,” a stunning collection of art and stories capturing the essence of this iconic album. This anthology, slated for release in late spring 2024, features contributions from a diverse array of rock royalty, including Andy Biersack, Carla Harvey, Cristina Scabbia, Burton C. Bell, and many more.

Delve into the haunted depths of “Bloody Kisses” as these renowned artists weave tales inspired by the album’s eleven tracks, including the haunting ‘Suspended In Dusk’ from the 1994 alternative version. Each story comes to life with captivating artwork, further enriching the immersive experience.

The anthology’s cover, a striking creation by Life of Agony bassist and “The Beauty Of Horror” creator Alan Robert, sets the stage for this mesmerizing journey. An introduction penned by Biohazard‘s Billy Graziadei provides a poignant tribute to Type O Negative‘s legacy, while a collector’s card by Anthrax/Pantera drummer Charlie Benante adds an extra touch of authenticity.

Immerse yourself in the dark allure of “Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses” as you encounter stories like ‘Too Late: Frozen’ by Black Veil Brides founder and front-man Andy Biersack, brought to life by the art of Paolo Armitano (Dylan Dog). Relive the angst of ‘Christian Woman’ through the words of author and co-lead vocalist for Butcher Babies Carla Harvey, accompanied by the illustrations of Thomas Tenney (DC, Image).

Journey into the depths of despair with ‘We Hate Everyone,’ penned and illustrated by Alan Robert himself. Let the haunting melodies of ‘Bloody Kisses’ guide you through the story by Lacuna Coil front-woman Cristina Scabbia, enhanced by the artwork of Seth Adams (Disney, Upper Deck). Feel the raw emotion of ‘Blood & Fire’ as Grammy nominee, photographer, producer and Fear Factory co-founder Burton C. Bell weaves his tale, accompanied by the art of Marco Finnegan (Abrams, Image).

And finally, succumb to the allure of ‘Black No. 1,’ the story by New Years Day lead singer, actress, and creator Ashley Costello, brought to life by the art of Steve Kurth (Marvel).

“Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses” is not merely a collection of stories and artwork; it is an homage to a groundbreaking band and their enduring influence. It is a celebration of the dark, the macabre, and the beauty that can be found in the shadows.

Z2 and Type O Negative present “Bloody Kisses” in multiple formats to cater to every collector’s desire: a hardcover edition, a deluxe edition that includes the hardcover and a double picture disc vinyl set of the album featuring artwork of each band member and a collector’s card by Charlie Benante, and a super-limited edition that encompasses the hardcover, vinyl, collector’s card, and a rare Repulsion (pre-Type O Negative) demo cassette, unearthed from a Brooklyn attic.

“Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses” will be available in hardcover via Z2 distributed by Simon & Schuster for a list price of $40 (ISBN: 979-8-88656-064-0) at retailers everywhere in spring 2024.

Embrace the darkness and prepare to be enthralled by “Type O Negative: Bloody Kisses,” a testament to the enduring legacy of a band that dared to be different.


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