History & BiographyWho knew that one of the most right wing and anti-romantic NY thrash bands would spawn the goth rock band Type O Negative? In fact, it was Steel's contract with Roadrunner for Carnivore, which forced him to release TON albums on RoadRunner. The band played some very harsh thrash metal with some very bizarre and entertaining lyrics and an equally interesting image, which was probably inspired by Manowar. Keith would claim inspiration from Twisted Sister. It was formed in 1982 as Disciple, changed its name in January 1984 and had a 1984 demo its name. The band called its style Polymetal at this point thinking it was mixing various influences. The act won a Battle Of The Bands at a local venue called L'Amour. The second album didn't match the debut's standards though. The label was supposed to release a third album and repeatedly announced it, but the band had fallen apart before long. There have been several reunion shows though. To celebrate its albums' rerelease Carnivore was getting back together for a NYC show in early 2001. Original guitarist Alexander was killed in a bike accident on July 11th, 2005 in New York.
The band, with sole remaining original member Petrus Steele, reformed in April of 2006. The band was also booked for that year’s Wacken festival. The band, which now featured Peter Steele, Paul Bento (Metal Health Association) - guitar, vocals, Joey Zampela (Life Of Agony) - guitar, vocals and Steve Tobin (Metal Health Association, Ex-Dust To Dust) - drums, vocals has two more reunion shows planned for September in New York and New Jersey. Carnivore subsequently hit the road in the USA. The band hit Europe in the autumn of 2007. Guitarist Paul Bento played with Whiplash in January of 2010 in Virginia at the benefit concert for the missing girl Morgan Harrington. Her remains were later discovered in Virginia. Carnivore played a show on Saturday, May 20th 2017 at Bowery Electric in New York City as part of the Black N’ Blue Bowl 2017. The headliner was Cro-Mags. Carnivore’s guitarist Marc Piovanetti presented 30 Years Of Retaliation and paid tribute to the band’s dead founder Peter Steele. After the show at this year’s Black N Blue Bowl pre-party, guitarist Marc Piovanetti officially reformed the band without main man Peter Steele as Carnivore A.D.. Also back was original member Louie Beato, as well as Joe Branciforte of Merauder on drums and Baron Misuraca of Vasaria on bass and lead vocals. Marc had been in Circus Of Steele. Carnivore AD had a Halloween show booked in New York City.
Type O Negative and Carnivore singer Peter Steele died of reported heart failure on Wednesday, April 14th at 18:00 EST.