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  ROB ZOMBIE
'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration'
(Universal)
Out now


Ian Sutherland

ian sutherland



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Since the demise of White Zombie in 1998 Rob Zombie doesn't seem to be sure whether he is a musician that makes movies or a movie maker who also dabbles in music. The initial reaction to his 'Hellbilly Deluxe' solo album suggested that he was set for similar stature to White Zombie in the metal world with his patented sub movie samples and techno beats dirty metal hybrid sound.

His lifelong love for horror films got in the way though and with his successful film director career the albums have been sporadic and inconsistent in the intervening years. 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration' is only his sixth album in his eighteen years as a solo musician.

Style wise there have been a few detours along the way, notably with some acoustic and glam rock influences through 2006s 'Educated Horses' but recent times have seen him returning to doing what he does best which seems like imagining he is writing Alice Cooper songs for dance radio or strip clubs. All those elements are present here.

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'The Life And Times Of A Teenage Rock God' has a conscious nod to Alice's 'I'm Eighteen' but is a supercharged stomping modern metal anthem at the same time. 'The Hideous Exhibitions Of A Dedicated Gore Whore' goes down the sleazy riff route with a nice sixties sounding keyboard hook to lighten the mood against RZ's gritty vocal. 'Medication For The Melancholy' has that gritty guitar/vocals rhyming rhythmic thing which he is famous for plus lots of sampled spoken sections, another well known Zombie trademark.

When he does vary the pace a little as on closing number 'Wurdalak' the slower groove sounds ponderous yet still interesting suggesting some more depth that it would be interesting to explore. However there is no room for that as this album clocks in at only around thirty two minutes. You could say that the album and song titles are longer than the music within them.

If the old showbiz adage is true that you should leave your audience wanting more then this album achieves that as for me it just seems to be getting going by the time it's done. Musically and lyrically if you like what Rob Zombie has done before you will like this album, it's a pretty strong example of what he does. On the other hand he doesn't seem to have had time to come up with much material for it so maybe that dual career path takes its' toll over time.

It's a shame because I still think he has a really good album in him, I just hope it's longer than this one.




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