According to Road Runner Records, “Steele was born Petrus T. Ratajczyk on January 4, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. He stood 6′ 7″ (201 cm) tall, and had a low, bass-heavy voice, which was one of the most recognizable features in TYPE O NEGATIVE’s music.”
Back in 2005, a vicious and uncalled for prank surfaced on the band’s website; an image of a gravestone with Peter Steele’s name, birth and death date listed, and the words “Free at Last” were written upon it. Fans were devastated and eventually happy to hear that their lord of rock was indeed still kicking … until now.
I had just gotten into Type O Negative relatively recently thanks to a close friend of mine. Days were spent where all I would listen to was “I Like Goils,” and “Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)” on repeat on my iTunes. I would also check all of my Type O songs on my playlist, and prepare to write Darkness.com articles until my head was filled with thoughts of vampires, goblins, and death.
As I sit here contemplating the meaning of life and thinking how lucky I am that I am still in fact pumping blood through my veins, I can’t help but feel slightly depressed. Depressed for the world of Gothic Metal and depressed for the family that lost such a great person.
With that being said, I now shall open up my iTunes window and have a Peter Steele / Type O Negative memorial of my own in my room, blasting the sound of a great and mysterious Gothic Metal singer.
Rest in Peace, Peter Steele.