Black Sabbath original drummer Bill Ward recently joined an interview with Revolver and revealed that his favorite Type O Negative song is ‘Red Water (Christmas Mourning)’ from the band’s 1996 album, ‘October Rust.’
Formed in 1989, Type O Negative quickly became goth-metal icons and paved the way for future generations. Throughout their career spanning over 20 years, the band has released seven studio albums, and they were always described as a unique band. Especially their third studio album, ‘Bloody Kisses,’ helped them increase their popularity.
Their lyrics revolved around the themes of depression, nihilism, romance, and death. They defined the Gothic subculture during the ’90s and built a dedicated fanbase. However, the band went through tough times when their frontman Peter Steele died from sepsis caused by diverticulitis in 2010. Following his death, the remaining band members announced that they had parted ways.
Type O Negative’s great songs are still appreciated by many and continue inspiring younger generations. Apparently, Black Sabbath’s Bill Ward is also a long-time fan of the band, and thus, he was asked about his favorite Type O Negative song during a recent interview.
He revealed that the song ‘Red Water (Christmas Mourning)’ has a special place in his heart and described it as a ‘heartfelt masterpiece.’ Ward praised the impressive lyrics of the song and said that it can easily seduce the listeners. He enjoys every element of the song and it reminds him of his winter memories.
Here are Bill Ward’s words on his favorite Type O Negative song:
“‘Red Water (Christmas Mourning)’ is so close to my heart because its saddening elements and brilliant writing in unison of mind and spirit echo, in part, my melancholy memories of winter and impoverishment. There’s a lone wolf call attached and continually arriving on this soundscape of enlightenment: Be careful, it can seduce you. No finer detail could have been created about the dining accommodations, flawless.
The band is all brilliant on this track. Their performances are everlasting, elevating. Peter Steele’s rich voice is utterly suited and complementary to the subject matter. Josh’s keyboard creativity is alluring, haunting. Johnny and Kenny are embraced in pure metal coordination, holding and supporting and balancing this extraordinary insightful, provocative and heartfelt masterpiece.”
You can listen to the song below.