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Review: Rob Zombie – The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy…

Album Review

The industrial overlord finds his orgiastic mojo

What is there left to say about Rob Zombie that hasn’t already been said a million times?

If you’re expecting a review of a new Zombie album that references his influence on folk metal or wonders aloud at the beautiful and complex prog time signatures therein, then you’re barking up the wrong tree. In the wrong field. On the wrong planet.

This is yet another album built upon Rob’s usual schlocky mixture of Ramones song structures played through throbbing industrialised metal guitars, providing the backdrop to lyrics about Mars, werewolves, Satan, witches, vampires, ray-guns and stoners. It’s a mix that has proved, for the most part, reliable over the years. Certainly there’s no one else is doing anything even vaguely comparable, especially in the often faceless metal landscape of 2016, and it’s made Mr Zombie one of the biggest stars in our world. Despite all this, though, there’s a sneaking suspicion that he’s never made a solo record to top his 1998 debut, Hellbilly Deluxe. Whether by adding or subtracting from that album’s formula, nothing has quite hit the bullseye in the way Dragula or Living Dead Girl did. So, it’s fair to say, TEWAWSOCD (as it shall be known) is a bit of a triumph.

Because, frankly, if you are going to be a Rob Zombie album then you had better be ridiculous, and the man has never sounded as kitchen-sink bonkers as he does here. From the Mechanical Animals-era Marilyn Manson-style intro stomp of 90-second opening track The Last Of The Demons Defeated, where Rob belches out the album’s title over and over, to the closing horror-piano tinkle of Wurdalak this is a psychedelic, 3D acid trip put to music. And, yes, many of the same tricks are repeated more than a few times throughout, both The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God and In The Bone Pile amounting to little more than one big, half-time riff being played over Rob grunting a massive chorus with some synths and movie quote samples thrown in for good measure. Both are similar, both will have you singing along halfway through the first listen. Job done. If you don’t like the sound of that then you probably just don’t like Rob Zombie. After all, this is what he does.

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