The Origin of the Feces

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The Origin of the Feces
The Origin of the Feces original.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 12, 1992
RecordedOctober 31, 1991
StudioSystems Two, Brooklyn, New York
GenreGothic metal, doom metal, thrash metal
Length43:28
LabelRoadrunner
ProducerP. T. Barnum, Peter Steele, Josh Silver
Type O Negative chronology
Slow, Deep and Hard
(1991)
The Origin of the Feces
(1992)
Bloody Kisses
(1993)
Reissue cover
Type O Negative - The Origin of the Feces.jpg
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Q3/5 stars[2]

The Origin of the Feces is the second studio album by the Brooklyn band Type O Negative, which was released in 1992.

Recording and production[edit]

The album was recorded in a studio but produced to sound "live" by adding crowd noises, banter with the fictitious audience, and even a song stopping because the venue supposedly had received a bomb threat. This was done to simulate some controversy the band had on tour in Europe for the Slow, Deep and Hard tour. The band is well-known among fans for weaving this type of dry humor into their often gloomy music.

Album content[edit]

Some of the songs are fresh arrangements of tracks that had appeared already on Slow, Deep and Hard. Four of the song's titles have been deliberately re-named:

- "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity" = "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else"
- "Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 x 10-8 cm-3 gm-1 sec-2" = "Gravity"
- "Prelude to Agony" = "Pain"
- "Xero Tolerance" = "Kill You Tonight"

One song, "Are You Afraid?", is an original composition that the band played live but had never recorded in the studio. It points towards the gothic sound they developed on their next album, Bloody Kisses.

This album also started the tradition of Type O Negative including cover songs stylized in their distinct gothic metal sound. The album includes covers of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" (which halfway through contains the main riff of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man"), and Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe", which has been re-titled "Hey Pete" for frontman Peter Steele. The reprise of "Kill You Tonight" has a sample of the closing piano strike from The Beatles' "A Day in the Life".

P. T. Barnum is credited as a producer for the record.

Packaging[edit]

The original cover of the album has a closeup of Steele's anal sphincter.[3] This was changed for the re-issue two years later, to a green and black version of the 1493 painting by Michael Wolgemut, The Dance of Death. The album's title is an obvious pun and a reference to Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species.

In addition to the re-issue's cover, other artwork included in the album's sleeve/liner notes is the famous 1498 woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics and music by Peter Steele, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."I Know You're Fucking Someone Else"15:02
2."Are You Afraid?"2:13
3."Gravity"7:13
4."Pain"4:41
5."Kill You Tonight"2:17
6."Hey Pete" (Billy Roberts, new lyrics by Peter Steele)5:10
7."Kill You Tonight (Reprise)"7:08
Bonus track (album repressing)
No.TitleLength
8."Paranoid" (Black Sabbath cover)7:20

Credits[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Type O Negative - The Origin of the Feces". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  2. ^ "Type O Negative - The Origin of the Feces". Q: 128. April 2001.
  3. ^ "The Greatest Album Covers in Roadrunner History. #1 - Type O Negative Bloody Kisses". Roadrunner Records. YouTube. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 2016-01-03.