His name always comes up. Back home near Dallas, where he moved several years ago, Kelly is remembering Peter Steele -- his friend and bandmate in Brooklyn-bred goth metal quartet Type O Negative -- who died April 14, , from an aortic aneurysm at the age of By the early s, Steele had pieced together the politically incorrect Carnivore, which ran its thrash metal course through Kelly replaced Abruscato in
Peter Steele was a giant in the metal world, both physically and metaphorically. The Type O Negative frontman stood at 6 feet 8 inches tall, and delivered epic gothic metal anthems that made him seem twice that height. Sadly, he left this world on April 14th, , at the young age of A few years later, Fallout broke up, and Steele formed the thrash metal band Carnivore, who released two albums in the s. Following the breakup of Carnivore, Steele formed Type O Negative, a gothic metal band that combined the power of Black Sabbath with the haunting overtones of Bauhaus. While Steele may have appeared as an intimidating and dark figure, longtime Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly recalled a different side of the frontman in the book Survival of the Fittest: Heavy Metal in the s by author and Heavy Consequence writer Greg Prato. In remembering his bandmate, Kelly shared his thoughts on Steele as follows:.
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Petrus Thomas Ratajczyk January 4, — April 14, ,  known professionally as Peter Steele , was an American musician and songwriter. He was best known as the lead singer, bassist and composer of the gothic metal band Type O Negative. Murrow High School located in the Midwood neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was raised in the Bensonhurst and Brighton Beach neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Though Steele was naturally left-handed, he played right-handed bass guitars throughout his career. This came about when one of his earliest bands, Aggression also featuring Josh Silver , for which Steele played left-handed rhythm guitar, threatened to kick him out unless he switched to bass guitar. As a left-handed bass guitar proved to be too expensive at the time, Steele purchased a right-handed bass and taught himself to play it. In , Steele formed the heavy metal band Fallout. In , after the split of Fallout, Steele formed the thrash metal band Carnivore.
At first it seemed like a bad joke. It was impossible to believe, and not just for the normal reasons. Steele had a legendary morbid streak and was no novice at defying death. He seemed like a gothic metal Keith Richards, a guy who would tempt fate over and over and live to tell the tale. But on April 14, , Steele, who had been sick in bed with the flu for a couple days, died from an aortic aneurysm at age