Sector 2814

Carnivore – “Retaliation”

Posted in Uncategorized by Mogo on November 8, 2008


it’d be pretty easy to start shit-talkin’ Pete Steele if one wanted to take an “i’m so underground, dude’s a sellout” approach… but the fact of the matter is, at least in the earlier part of his career, there were few musicians better than him at making fun of their audience – or record label – so blatantly and still managing to make them enjoy it. there were likewise few others with an equally brilliant sense of humor. take “Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity” on Type O Negative‘s “Slow, Deep and Hard”, with it’s Beatlesque sing-along chorus “i know you’re fucking someone else… HE KNOWS YOU’RE FUCKING SOMEONE ELSE” etc… or how about the follow-up “live” album (live only in the sense that it was recorded in one live studio take, with fake audience sounds mixed in afterward) “Origin of the Feces” – made to appease their label between “proper” releases and featuring, as per its title, a close-up green-tinted shot of Steele spreading his hairy ass cheeks as the cover “art”. even the “Bloody Kisses” track “Black No. 1”, somewhat of a hit for the band, poked fun at the audience they would gain in spades with subsequent releases.

but before all that, there was Carnivore. not really much different sound-wise from early Type O Negative… except with Carnivore, you had 4 of the most scuzzy-lookin’ long-haired metal dudes ever playing what was essentially New Yawk Hawdcore with lyrics appealing – however sarcastically – to the white supremacists and/or skinheads of the day. it still makes me laugh to picture moron nazi skins showing up at a Carnivore gig and being bewildered by the amount of hair on stage. if you have no sense of humor, a thin skin, think it’s still 1986 and consider Tipper Gore your hero, this stuff might piss you off. if you’re anything like me, it’s at the very least good for a nostalgic chuckle or two.


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