Thursday, 12 May 2016

Review: Rob Zombie – 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser'

'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser'

For thirty years Rob Zombie has been presenting his nightmarish vision of a sci-fi, horror, b-movie Americana nightmare set to industrial electronics and metal guitars for thirty years. First as part of alt metal darlings, and then as a celebrated solo artist. Classic albums such as 'Astro-Creep 2000', 'Hellbilly Deluxe', 'The Sinister Urge', and 'Hellbilly Deluxe 2' have assured his place in the canon of modern metal heroes. He's also a pretty good horror film director on the side.

His latest album, 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser' picks up where 2013's 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' left off with it's White Zombie manic psychedelia and acid rock influences intermingling nicely with his mass appealing industrial metal side.

Songs such as 'Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!', 'The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God', 'Well, Everybody's Fucking In A UFO' (where the band do their bast Primus impersonation), 'Medication For The Melancholy', 'I
n The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High', and 'Wurdalak' fit into the Rob Zombie discography with ease with their big beats, hard riffs, crazy use of samples and sing-a-long vocals and addictive grooves courtesy of easily the strongest musical line-up Mr Zombie has ever had in tow.

In terms of production it is top-shelf standard as you'd expect from a major label artist. It has it's gritty crazy bits that hark back to the early days but overall it's pretty crisp and modern in its execution.

This is what Rob Zombie albums should be. Long-time fans will have plenty to get their teeth into and new fans will have a pretty good starting point from which to explore his earlier solo efforts or dive back further into the White Zombie years. There may not be the out and out classic cuts here that could compete with 'Dragula', 'Superbeast', or 'Living Dead Girl' but as an album it holds it's own against the strongest offerings in his back catalogue and what is on offer here will certainly find spots in his live set for a while to come. 

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