September Sun

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"September Sun"
Single by Type O Negative
from the album Dead Again
Released January 14, 2008
Format CD single, MP3 download
Recorded 2006
Genre Gothic metal
Length 4:35 (single version)
9:47 (album version)
Label Steamhammer Records[1]/SPV
Songwriter(s) Peter Steele
Producer(s) Peter Steele, Kenny Hickey, Josh Silver, Johnny Kelly
Type O Negative singles chronology
"The Profit of Doom"
"September Sun"

"The Profit of Doom"
"September Sun"

"September Sun" is a single by gothic metal band Type O Negative from the 2007 album Dead Again. The nearly ten minute song was edited to just 4½ minutes for the single release. The single was released on January 14, 2008, ten months after the album's release on March 13, 2007. "September Sun" was the band's final single released before the passing of frontman Peter Steele.

Writing and inspiration[edit]

Peter Steele dreamt about what would happen if he was haunted in bright sunshine, so he proposed the song titled "September Sun."[citation needed] He began writing this song featuring melancholy lyrics about the dead, doom, and sadness, beginning the first line of lyrics with the song title.[2][3] The song and the lyrics give inspiration about being depressed without being dark, which gives way to hope and reminisce, like experiencing the first sunset after sorrow or bereavement. [3]

Composition and peripherals[edit]

Josh Silver plays the piano to begin the song while Peter Steele sings. The piano section sounds similar to songs featured on another Type O Negative album October Rust, hence the third line of lyrics beginning with the words 'October's Rust.'[2][3] Kenny Hickey sings the heavier part while he plays the guitar. After that, the song repeats the first two parts again, but with different lyrics during the piano part.[2] Then the song goes to the next section featuring slow, powerful and repeated riffs,[3] sung by Steele. Then during the last quarter of this song, it plays a military-like symphonic tune of emotional riffs that gives an extremely airy feeling to listeners.[3] Hickey sings the last section. On the album version, the final section has an airy ending, followed by a constant line of repeated notes from a synthesizer while alternating between high and low notes in the downward trend, signifying the end of the song with a backmasked message by Steele. The message is from a voicemail left on a friend's answering machine in 1998. However, on the single version, the symphonic section simply fades to end it.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Type O Negative - September Sun". Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives.
  2. ^ a b c "Type O Negative - September Sun lyrics". MetroLyrics.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Type O Negative - Dead Again - Reviews". Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives.

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