“All of Ace Frehley’s leads are memorable. Even though he’s not a shredder, he’s catchy, filled with melody, and exactly what a lead guitarist should be”: Type O Negative’s Kenny Hickey on how Kiss inspired his gothic metal masterpieces

Kenny Hickey of Type O Negative during Type O Negative Performs On Their "Dead Again" Tour - March 30, 2007 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, United States.
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As far as gothic metal goes, the buck stops at Type O Negative’s lawless, atmospheric imagery that haunts the nightmares of the group's devotees.

Typo O Negative was a breath of fresh air filled with new, exciting, and darkly alternative sounds. And it was driven by the brooding figure of Kenny Hickey, a guitarist more concerned with tuning down than posturing in front of big-ass amps.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.