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

Release Date: April 29th 2016
Label: T-Boy Records
Website: www.robzombie.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/robzombie
Twitter: https://twitter.com/robzombie

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What can be expected from Rob Zombie; a horror based frontman whose work is legendary within metal? The guy has headlined festivals such as Bloodstock, and both supported the main stage and headlined the second stage at Download on many occasion. What can he do that will re-create his original formula?

Making the songs half the length and twice the speed would be the answer to that question. Focusing on a more punk edge, only one of the songs on this track listing is longer than 4 minutes, with the majority not even reaching 3. This works to the band’s advantage, as the speed and intensity can allow for a more dangerous feel to Zombie. This works extremely well on tracks such as ‘Medications For The Melancholy’; the way the riffs work from John 5 within the context of this track make you want to put down the album run off and pit somewhere, and thankfully for an act that wants to be as involved as Rob Zombie, this can only be a good thing.

The horror imagery is still present and strong here. With all of the samples that the majority of the songs have, this is something that’s extremely noticeable. A main example that stands out is ‘The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Goat Whore’, with an introduction using the lines “Wow. You fucking whore. What you in for?”, which gives the impression of a lot of his more popular material.

Bassist Piggy D and drummer Ginger Fish also have their moments on the album. This can also be heard on ‘…Goat Whore’, as the group play with the efficiency of an old school rock ‘n’ roll band.

Main single ‘Well Everybody’s Fucking In A UFO’ doesn’t even feel like the best track off of the album. ‘In The Age Of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High’ takes this honour, combining some great electronics within the rock ‘n’ roll core. However, unfortunately that’s also what highlights the negatives of the album that much more. The album seemingly loses pace after a minute of electronics is played on the track ‘Super-Doom-Hex-Gloom; Part One’, and, after this point, the record never really retains what it once had. Give up the electronic stuff, as this feels like it’s just trying to appeal to the White Zombie fans.

Again, on ‘Wurdalak’, the track seemingly drags on for 5 minutes, and, whilst it does have a brilliant piano section to close out the album, this one moment should have been given its own track. ‘The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’ isn’t a bad album by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s an album which shows where Rob Zombie can be killer and at other points miss the mark completely.

Written by Bradley Cassidy (@bradcassidy170)

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