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Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

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Posted: 08/15/2016 | Comments: 5 | Rate:

I guess at this point it’s become tradition for me to review a Rob Zombie record. I think I’m up to 5 records of his (including a White Zombie compilation release) and with each outing, I’ve put up the disclaimer that I’ve followed Zombie blindly throughout the course of his career dating back to my introduction in 1992. While I tend to let a lot of things slide on a Zombie related project, both in music and in film, I can safely admit that there are plenty of flaws in both. In Zombie’s 6th solo record (not counting the remix albums), the oddly titled The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, the trend continues.

After contemplating why someone would name their record as such, I feel like it’s the perfect description for it. This is an insane mess of inspiration, lyrical content, and song structure. It’s arguably Zombie’s most chaotic record to date and this is coming from a guy that is known for breaking up his records with a ton of instrumentals and horror themed techno interludes. The album starts off with a 90 second chug heavy intro with Zombie chanting “Electric Warlock, Acid Witch” and then cuts into a slower rock fueled opener in Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On! The Life And Times Of The Teenage Rock God is a fist pumper that is equal parts 60’s rock anthem mixed with some Love Gun era Kiss. This is probably the best representation of the direction that Zombie has been heading his career into as he’s been getting older in years. Departing from the early punk/noise influence that White Zombie dripped with to the disco heavy early solo material to a more modern spin on classic rock styling. After Rock God we get into the album’s first single, Well Everybody Is Fucking In A UFO. This is filled to the gills with Primus influence as the verses are spoken like a circus side show pitch man much like Les Claypool does over the vast majority of Primus’ material. The vocals delivery over a bass heavy, minimal guitar riff with simplistic drumming and cuts right into a heavy chug focused bridge to another fast talking chorus. The album maintains the throwback rock n roll sound over the next two tracks and then gets thrown for a loop again with the albums 2nd single in In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire We All Get High, which is a very similar song structure to the White Zombie hit, More Human Than Human. A near rap like vocal delivery that culminates in a heavy chorus repeating the song title (well in this case, only part of it). The next two tracks sound like traditional Rob Zombie songs and then onto the album’s closer in Wurdulak. It’s a slow plodding track that is double the length of pretty much every other track on the album. It reminds me of closing a record like Blood, Milk, and Sky on Astro Creep.

I’ve been sitting on this review for a while because I haven’t been quite sure how I feel about it and I guess I still don’t know how I really feel about it. Overall, I can definitely say I like it but it’s lack of theme and chaotic delivery leaves me feeling like this is a compilation record of unreleased songs rather than a new album that was written within a single session. There is also the fact that all the songs seem oddly short. I found myself a few times waiting for another verse, chorus, bridge or whatever but in many cases songs just kind of end. There are more than a few songs that sound like they are a bit incomplete. On more than one occasion Rob stated in interviews that this was “the heaviest record” he’s record in his solo career. I’m thinking that statement was more hype because he clearly has heavier records. Heck, you only have to go back to his last release for something significantly heavier. What it lacks in heaviness and focus, it does make up for with being a lot of fun. It’s bizarre and full of nonsense and makes it appear that Zombie is simply just enjoying the ride at this point. After 30 years of making music, I’d think he’s earned some time to just be silly about things.

As with most Rob Zombie releases, I expect to hear mostly negative responses to the review on this site. However, if you happen to be a fan of Zombie’s solo material, you will still be pleased with the record even if comes from a weird place. It’s not the total record you are hoping for, especially after how good Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor was, but this experimentation in absurdity is a fun ride to take.

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