This year marks the 30th anniversary of Type O Negative‘s third album Bloody Kisses and as such, we reported yesterday that the band had collaborated with a number of musicians for a special graphic novel to commemorate the milestone. Everything seemed pretty innocuous, as this wouldn’t be the first time such a project had been done for similar events, but at least one person from Type O Negative’s history is fuming over the whole thing.
In an huge 36-minute tirade (transcribed by Lambgoat), founding drummer Sal Abruscato went off on his former bandmates Kenny Hickey and John Silver, as well as his replacement Johnny Kelly for putting together an inauthentic “cash grab” that he believes fails to respect Type O’s legacy. Oh and he’s pissed his name apparently isn’t mentioned at all in the project.
“Well, interesting 24 hours.
“Let me explain something. I’ve got really big fish to fry right now, so the last thing I need is to have people send me messages: ‘Hey man, I saw this, I read this, I saw this on Blabbermouth.’ You know? I’m literally here minding my own business, right? I don’t live, I really try to post about my endeavors of selling merch, or something artistically, or whatever, right?
“I’m busy here because we’re doing stuff and I hear about this f*ckin’ stupid cash grab, and my name is left off of it. So, I know a lot of bands after a band member passes away especially, they’ll try to continue, right? You know, Static X or — bands will try to replace a lead frontman and try to continue business, or this and that. But, this thing where like, and I’m reading it, it’s like such an obvious cash grab.
“I’ll tell you right, now speaking based on personal experience, I don’t think this would have ever flown artistically with Peter. Never mind the fact that there was a press release, it wasn’t just on Blabbermouth, it was on various music news sites, leaving my name out of this press release in regards to this 30th Anniversary overpriced cash grab effort by a bunch of hacks that didn’t write the fckin’ music, didn’t have the visual concept. Peter would have never went for that stupid artwork. That’s a fckin’ joke.”
Throughout his comments, Abruscato lays into Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert, who he says has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to have the drummer “shadowbanned” from the music industry.
Really, his whole argument can best be described as a curse-filled tirade. In it, he says the late Peter Steele is “fuckin’ rolling in his fuckin’ grave” over the 30th anniversary project and its artistic direction.
Throughout the video, Abruscato also shares details on his daughter’s disability and how it’s changed him as a person. He also says he feels betrayed by music, warning that he might consider filing some legal action against the band and this project.
“This is bullsh*t I don’t give a f*ck. Come and get me if you want to. Come and get me, because I’m looking to come and get you one way or another, legally. And sooner or later there’s going to be an attorney that’s going to find an angle with all this sh*t. Because had we had a band agreement and that we dissolved a band agreement based on what was what that’s a different story. But all there was was just the business paperwork that just removed me from the bank account, you know?
“So, there’s still intellectual physical copyrights that can be exploited and they may even been aware of this for a long time and worried that if I ever f*ckin figure sh*t out and find all my rights out that I could come out at the woodwork and cause hell years later for everybody. So, you know, your little nice house in Jersey over there, and your little nice house in Long Island, and your house in f*ckin’ everywhere, Brooklyn, here and there.
“I don’t want it, but if I can give a little headache just to say, “Retribution.” You very well know you f*cked me out of some numbers regardless and just handed them to other people, you very well know that. And you know everyone believes this bubble idea. You know, I feel bad for the fans because they think “Oh, he’s so great! Oh, he’s such a nice guy! Oh!” This is all acting people it’s no different than Robert De Niro acting. When you see a fan you’re going to act polite, you’re going to act nice, you’re going to be cordial, you’re going to be sweet, you’re going to play the game. So of course I couldn’t see him doing that to you, but you don’t know the true character of people, you’re just seeing some kind of person in the picture.
“So any anyway have a nice day folks. Stay safe, let the war continue.”
So yeah, this is a pretty wild situation. You can watch the full video below, but we’ll definitely keep an eye on this situation as it develops.
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