World Coming Down

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World Coming Down
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 21, 1999
GenreGothic metal, doom metal
LabelRoadrunner Records
ProducerPeter Steele and Josh Silver
Type O Negative chronology
October Rust
World Coming Down
The Least Worst Of
Singles from World Coming Down
  1. "Creepy Green Light"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Everyone I Love Is Dead"
    Released: 1999
  3. "Everything Dies"
    Released: 1999

World Coming Down is the fifth studio album by the Brooklyn band Type O Negative. It is considered to be the darkest of the band's releases,[1] having been written after a series of deaths in frontman Peter Steele's family. It was also the band's first album to reach the Top 40 on the Billboard 200.

Music and lyrics[edit]

As with the band's previous album, October Rust, this album also has a 'joke intro': in this case, "Skip It", 11 seconds of staccato band noise, meant to sound as if the listener's CD player is skipping. Cassette versions had the noise of a tape being 'eaten' by the tape player, whilst the vinyl version begins as if the record is damaged and stuck in a locked groove during the intro of "White Slavery". The track ends with the band's guitarist, Kenny Hickey, shouting "Sucker!"

The first song, "White Slavery", deals with cocaine addiction. Two other songs, "Everyone I Love Is Dead" and "Everything Dies", touch on the difficulties of watching family members and loved ones die. Another track, "Who Will Save the Sane?", which deals with mental illness and psychiatry, incorporates, among other oddities, Peter Steele reciting the number pi to 9 decimal places (3.141592653).

The album contains three "soundscape" tracks, which are named after internal organs, as segues between songs. Each of these songs is intended to suggest the possibilities of the deaths the members of the band may have suffered at the time: "Sinus" as death from cocaine use, "Liver" as death through alcohol abuse and "Lung" as death from smoking. In an ironic foreboding, Steele once told a close friend that he could not bear to listen to "Sinus" after it was mixed and completed, because the sound of the heartbeat escalating to its furious pace after the cocaine-snorting sound effect actually drove him to the point of an anxiety attack because of its realism.[citation needed]

Also included at the end of the album is a cover song, a medley of three Beatles songs. An additional song recorded during the album sessions, "12 Black Rainbows," was issued as the B-side for the "Everything Dies" single;[2] later, it was included on the compilation album The Least Worst Of with two other unreleased tracks from the same sessions ("It's Never Enough" and "Stay Out of My Dreams").[3]

The reversed vocal technique of backmasking is used in several places on the album; some segments are more audibly apparent than others. In particular, backmasking during the intro section of "Creepy Green Light", which was originally titled "Spooky Green Light", refers to a third-person "spell" of a friend's intention to be reunited with a dead spouse.

Following its release the members of Type O Negative had mixed opinions about the music on World Coming Down. Keyboardist and producer Josh Silver felt that the music was strong, while vocalist, bass guitarist and principal songwriter Peter Steele said the songs were too strongly connected to an uncomfortable period in his life.[citation needed] Live shows performed since the initial tour to support World Coming Down usually had very few, if any, selections from the album in the set list. However, the band often played the song "World Coming Down" in its entirety during the Dead Again tour.

The album cover features a photo of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Chronicles of Chaos(10/10) [5]
The Daily VaultB[6]
Robert Christgau(choice cut) [7]

World Coming Down received mostly positive reviews. AllMusic critic Steve Huey gave the album a 4-out-of-5 star rating.[4] Adam Wasylyk of Chronicles of Chaos gave World Coming Down a very positive review: "An album that won't be ignored, it's my favourite album of 1999. Hands down."[5] Christopher Thelen of The Daily Vault called the album "a great listen" and wrote that "for the most part", World Coming Down "suggests that" Type O Negative "is doing things right".[6] The Washington Post's Mark Jenkins wrote that Type O Negative "...shows some unexpected warmth" on the album, adding that "Much of the album thuds and growls, but the refrain of "Pyretta Blaze" is genuinely catchy."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Peter Steele, except where noted.

1."Skip It"0:11
2."White Slavery"8:22
4."Everyone I Love Is Dead"6:11
5."Who Will Save the Sane?"6:41
7."World Coming Down"11:10
8."Creepy Green Light"6:56
9."Everything Dies"7:44
11."Pyretta Blaze"6:57
12."All Hallows Eve"8:36
13."Day Tripper (Medley)" (The Beatles cover) 7:02


Additional Musicians[edit]

  • Paul Bento – sitar, tamboura (on "World Coming Down" and "Day Tripper (Medley)")
  • Richard Termini - additional keyboards (on "Pyretta Blaze")


  • Michael Marciano - recording engineer
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Vincent Soyez - photography
  • Mike Curry - design
  • Noel Wiggins - design


Year Chart Position
1999 The Billboard 200 39
The German Album Top 100 3
Norwegian Record Charts 16
Finland's Official List 3[9]


  1. ^ Matt, Metal (September 22, 2015). "Remembering World Coming Down: The Fall of Type O Negative". MetalSucks.
  2. ^ ""Type O Negative - Everything Dies at Discogs"". Discogs. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  3. ^ ""Type O Negative - The Least Worst Of (CD) at Discogs"". Discogs. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b AllMusic review
  5. ^ a b Wasylyk, Adam (December 9, 1999). "CoC : Type O Negative - World Coming Down : Review". Chronicles of Chaos.
  6. ^ a b Thelen, Christopher (September 29, 1999). "Type O Negative: World Coming Down - Daily Vault". The Daily Vault.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: type o negative".
  8. ^ Jenkins, Mark (October 22, 1999). "Type O Negative "World Coming Down" Roadrunner". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Finnish TOP40 chart: Type O Negative - Word Coming Down" (in Finnish).