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Rob Zombie – Electric Warlock (review)

Posted May 17, 2016 by Alexa Linger in CD Reviews

zombieacidRob Zombie – Electric Warlock

By Alexa Linger

Rob Zombie began his music career in the heavy metal band White Zombie in 1985, for which he was the lead vocalist. In 1998, his first solo studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe, was released, the same year White Zombie disbanded. Since then, he has released five studio records (including his newest The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser) and he has directed and produced several films.

Electric Warlock was released on April 29th and it delivered on… well, everything you’d expect from a Rob Zombie album. It’s trippy, loud, heavy, and fun; you can’t take it too seriously. And the sound? Rob describes it as an Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser – and it fits. (If you ever wondered what that sounds like… this is it). It’s a fast-paced, balls-to-the-wall compilation that, I believe, is made for fans. Because, when you make music the way Rob does, where do you go from there? So, maybe it’s a bit of what’s expected from him, but it’s catchy. I found myself singing along to Well, Everybody’s Fucking on a UFO. All day. (I think releasing that as a single was a super smart move). It’s a bit psychobilly – a mix of rock, punk, rockabilly, and rhythm and blues (think the Nekromantix).

Another favorite was Get Your Boots On! That’s the End of Rock and Roll, which I believe speaks to the ever-changing climate of the music industry. Is music dying? If it is, Rob Zombie’s music is alive and well. In fact, Electric Warlock debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 – not too shabby.

What’s nice about Rob Zombie is he doesn’t deviate from his campy horror lyrical imagery. This album is true to his trashy, Halloween-esque roots, but with a bit of funk. Whether it’s his “most fucked up musical monster to date” or not is debatable, but one thing is not: Rob Zombie can put out one hell of an album.

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