It's still pretty chilly inside the crypt inhabited by Type O Negative, but the Brooklyn goth-metal band shows some unexpected warmth on "World Coming Down," its fourth studio album. Perhaps that's because singer-bassist Peter Steele's celebrations of murder and suicide have been trumped by real-life mortality. When he announces that "Everyone I Love Is Dead," he's singing about actual members of his family, not the make-believe ghouls and victims that usually populate the genre.
Almost as unexpected is the band's growing interest in melody. Much of the album thuds and growls, but the refrain of "Pyretta Blaze" is genuinely catchy. Keyboardist Josh Silver and Steele -- who take credit, respectively, for producing and re-producing the album -- pull many of their ideas from goth's frayed bag of tricks: "White Slavery" opens with funereal organ, and the title song features some Gregorian-like chant. Still, any band that ends its album with a medley of the Beatles' "Day Tripper," "If I Needed Someone" and "I Want You (She's So Heavy") is bucking to get evicted from goth-metal's mausoleum.
Appearing Tuesday at the 9:30 Club with Puya and Spirit Caravan. To hear a free Sound Bite from Type O Negative, call Post-Haste at 202/334-9000 and press 8122. (Prince William residents, call 690-4110.)