The Origin of the Feces

The Origin of the Feces
Studio album by Type O Negative
Released May 12, 1992
Recorded October 31, 1991
Studio Systems Two, Brooklyn, New York
Genre Gothic metal, doom metal, thrash metal
Length 43:28
Label Roadrunner
Producer Peter Steele, Josh Silver
Type O Negative chronology
Slow, Deep and Hard
The Origin of the Feces
Bloody Kisses
Reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores

The Origin of the Feces is the second album by the Brooklyn band Type O Negative, which was released in 1992.

Recording and production

The album was recorded in a studio, but produced to sound as if it had been recorded at a live show by adding crowd noises, banter with the fictitious audience, and even a song stopping because the venue supposedly had received a bomb threat. This was done to simulate some controversy the band had on tour in Europe for the Slow, Deep and Hard tour. The band is well-known among fans for weaving this type of dry humor into their often gloomy music.

Album content

Some of the songs are fresh arrangements of tracks that had appeared already on Slow, Deep and Hard. Many of the song titles have been deliberately miswritten:

- "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity" is renamed "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else"
- "Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 x 10-8 cm-3 gm-1 sec-2" is renamed "Gravity"
- "Prelude to Agony" is renamed "Pain"
- "Xero Tolerance" is renamed "Kill You Tonight"

One song, "Are You Afraid", is an original that the band played live but had never recorded in studio. It points towards the gothic sound they developed on their next album, Bloody Kisses.

This album also started the tradition of Type O Negative including cover songs stylized in their distinct gothic metal sound. The album includes covers of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" (which halfway through contains the main riff of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man"), and Billy Roberts' "Hey Joe", which has been adapted into "Hey Pete" for frontman Peter Steele. The reprise of "Kill You Tonight" has a sample of the closing piano strike from The Beatles' "A Day in the Life".

P.T. Barnum was credited as a producer for the record.


The original cover of the album has a closeup of Steele's anal sphincter.[3] This was changed for the re-issue two years later, to a green and black version of the 1493 painting by Michael Wolgemut, The Dance of Death. The album's title is an obvious pun and a reference to Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The album's original cover art may also refer to Gustave Courbet's The Origin of the World.

In addition to the re-issue's cover, other artwork included in the album's sleeve/liner notes is the famous 1498 woodcut by Albrecht Dürer, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

Track listing

All lyrics and music by Peter Steele, except where noted.

1."I Know You're Fucking Someone Else"  15:02
2."Are You Afraid"  2:13
3."Gravity"  7:13
4."Pain"  4:41
5."Kill You Tonight"  2:17
6."Hey Pete" (Billy Roberts, new lyrics by Peter Steele)5:10
7."Kill You Tonight (reprise)"  7:08
Bonus track (album repressing)
8."Paranoid" (Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward)7:20



  1. Huey, Steve. "Type O Negative - The Origin of the Feces". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  2. "Type O Negative - The Origin of the Feces". Q: 128. April 2001.
  3. "The Greatest Album Covers in Roadrunner History. #1 - Type O Negative Bloody Kisses". Roadrunner Records. YouTube. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
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