Now that’s a mouth full of a title, although Rob Zombie certainly isn’t one for short titles I mean just take a butchers at the song titles on this one. Rob Zombie for those of you who are reading this from a non-metal or film background was a founding member of White Zombie, a solo artist, a film director with a slew of horror films under his belt, he’s certainly done a shit tonne over the past 3 decades.
His unique blend of shock rock, metal, horror visuals, samples and electronic elements have certainly helped Rob fashion his eminence to one of the top echelons of our business and if you’ve seen on his shows then you’ll know he doesn't do things on a whim.
So to Rob’s new album let’s called it `Electric Warlock’ is 12 tracks and rocks in at a very short 31 minutes, which certainly if you’re looking at more bang for your buck then you might feel a little cheated but more doesn’t always mean better, right? Quality over quantity is surely more important and something missing in today’s age.
The first track opens with a sample from what sounds like Winston Churchill and it’s not really a long track but Rob repeats the title just to make sure you’re paying attention.
The 2nd track seems like Rob has either been on helium or took to watching Alvin and Chipmunks for the opening dialogue slew, it then launches with Zombies customary barking vocals over a heavy riff played brilliantly by John 5.
The album proceeds in a similar way, take the track U.F.O. (again much shortened title) it has that great Rob Zombie bounce, a real dancing track and one that very much showcases Rob Zombies brand of electronic samples with metal with his love of B Sci-Fi movies. Take a watch of the video of this track and you’ll gain some insight to Rob’s say we say `unique’ conscious mind.
`We All Get High’ is going to be another one of the tracks on the album to slot straight into place in the live set. It combines Rob’s love of sci-fi style soundscape and heavy riffs it will be a definite mosh ready tune for the Zombie maniacs.
`Electric Warlock’ is most definitely a Rob Zombie trademark album with his unique stamp smashed all over the album like a trigger happy librarian. Songs like `Fucking In A U.F.O.’ and `Get High’ (ok this is massive shorted) are great staples that will definitely jump over to his adventurous and ghoulish live show, with both tracks incorporating ridiculously heavy guitar riffs with samples thrown in for good measure.
The biggest issue with the album that I found is that it doesn’t seem to flow all too well is the stop/start between songs with a shorter track that highlights Rob’s curiosity of obscure references. Yet each song that you do hear is rather memorable and unique to the Zombie cannon so perhaps now you’re more likely to remember each individual track.
Stand out tracks:
`Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.’, `In the Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High’ and `Wurdalek’
7.5/10- Not enough flow for the whole album, still the songs are definitely worth a stab.
The Last of The Demons Defeated
Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!
The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God
Well, Everybody’s Fucking In A U.F.O.
A Hearse Overturns With The Coffin Bursting Open
The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Gore Whore
Medication For The Melancholy
In the Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High
Super-Doom-Hex-Gloom Part One
In The Bone Pile
Get Your Boots On! That’s The End Of Rock And Roll
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