October Rust

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October Rust
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 20, 1996
GenreGothic metal, doom metal, gothic rock
ProducerJosh Silver, Peter Steele
Type O Negative chronology
Bloody Kisses
October Rust
World Coming Down
Singles from October Rust
  1. "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Love You to Death"
    Released: 1996
  3. "In Praise of Bacchus"
    Released: 1997
  4. "Cinnamon Girl"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Chicago Tribune[2]
Chronicles of Chaos8/10[3]
Metal Storm7.5/10[4]

October Rust is the fourth studio album by Type O Negative. It was released in 1996.[5] This is the first album with Johnny Kelly credited as the band's drummer, although programmed drums are used on the album. October Rust has more ballads and less of the doom metal sound of previous or subsequent albums. It also features a very heavy cover of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl".

It is the first of the band's albums with a "joke intro"; in this case, "Bad Ground", which is 38 seconds of low-level buzzing, meant to sound as if one or more audio leads is incorrectly plugged into the input jacks of an amplifier. Tracks 2 and 15 are humorous untitled spoken word intros and outros to the album, respectively, with the band downplaying the recording of the album. Another production technique employed on the album is the use of very abrupt endings and segues to a few of the songs, heard on the tracks "Green Man", "Red Water", and "Haunted".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Peter Steele, except where noted.

1."Bad Ground"0:38
3."Love You to Death"7:08
4."Be My Druidess"5:25
5."Green Man"5:47
6."Red Water (Christmas Mourning)"6:48
7."My Girlfriend's Girlfriend"3:46
8."Die With Me"7:12
9."Burnt Flowers Fallen"6:09
10."In Praise of Bacchus"7:36
11."Cinnamon Girl" (Neil Young cover)4:00
12."The Glorious Liberation of the People's Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa"1:07
13."Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)"6:37
Total length:72:49


Type O Negative[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Val Ium – backing vocals (on "In Praise of Bacchus")


  • Mike Marciano - recording engineer
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Sagmeister Inc. - cover art
  • Tim Fitzharris - photography
  • Joseph Cultice - photography
  • Tobias Frere Jones - typography
  • Laura Michaels - design


October Rust was well received by critics. In 2017, former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward ranked October Rust as one of his favorite Metal albums of all time.[6]


Chart (1996–21) Peak
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[7] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 33
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[9] 21
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 7
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[12] 13
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[13] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 3
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[16] 26
US Billboard 200[17] 42


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ Golemis, Dean. "Type O NegativeOctober Rust (Roadrunner) (star) (star)..." chicagotribune.com.
  3. ^ "CoC : Type O Negative - October Rust : Review". www.chroniclesofchaos.com.
  4. ^ "Type O Negative - October Rust review". Metal Storm. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Jenkins, Mark (October 25, 1996). "TYPE O: GETTING LESS NEGATIVE". The Washington Post. p. 17. Retrieved October 2, 2015. The new York quartet's sound [on their new album October Rust] now owes as much to the lush goth-rock of the Sister of Mercy as the harsh grind of bands like Carcass.
  6. ^ Shteamer, Hank. "Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Type O Negative – October Rust" (in German). Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Type O Negative – October Rust" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Type O Negative – October Rust" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  10. ^ "Type O Negative: October Rust" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  11. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  12. ^ "Album Top 40 slágerlista – 2021. 44. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Type O Negative – October Rust". Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Type O Negative – October Rust". Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Type O Negative – October Rust". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Type O Negative | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.
  17. ^ "Type O Negative Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Type O Negative – October Rust". Recording Industry Association of America.