Sound — 8
October Rust maintains some of the elements of Bloody Kisses but overall takes the band's sound in a new direction, moving away from the guitar driven, 10 minute tracks of it's predecessor and moving towards shorter songs with a stronger emphasis on keyboards, guitar effects, and atmospherics. Aside from the progression of the band's sound, the CD has a much more consistent pacing than Bloody Kisses. Rather than throw a fast, humorous song like "We Hate Everyone" between a mid-tempo track like "Set Me On Fire" and a dirgeful, depressing ballad like "Bloody Kisses," October Rust slows down the tempo several songs at a time, clumping the slower songs together and only occasionally picking up the pace with songs like "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" and "Cinnamon Girl." Overall the band sounds much tighter this time around and the result is a CD that sounds more focused and keeps the listener more interested in what happens next with each song.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics on October Rust deal with the same themes of love and death as those on Bloody Kisses, but without such a blunt delivery. They are just as somber as ever, but written in such a fashion that they actually sound like lyrics as opposed to sounding like angry love letters with background music. As can be expected, October Rust has it's share of tongue-in-cheek humor ("My Girlfriend's Girlfriend") and Peter Steele's morbid, "almost too serious to be funny" humor, such as in the song "Red Water." Overall, the lyrics seem much more thought-out and are much better written this time around. Lyrically, the band took quite a step forward from their previous work without sacrificing any of the things that made their lyrics enjoyable to begin with.
Overall Impression — 10
If you are a fan of Type O Negative, there really is no reason why you would not like the cd. If you preferred their older sound, you would likely not be as fond of it as you would be of Bloody Kisses, but it is nevertheless a gem to have in your library. There's a little something here for everyone, whether it's the quirky humor of "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend," the faster, more upbeat sound of "Burnt Flowers Fallen," or the dark, haunting sound of "Wolf Moon." If you consider yourself a fan of the band, I suggest that you check out October Rust and see for yourself. It will not disappoint.