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

No matter what you think of Rob Zombie. When someone calls their album The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser you have to give it a listen. Although if you are expecting it to be written out again in this article, then you are expecting far too much.

In fact, there are a hell of a lot of song titles on this album which I am never going to remember. From ‘Satanic Cyanide! The Killer Rocks On!’ to ‘The Hideous Exhibitions of a Dedicated Gore Whore’ Rob Zombie isn’t going for subtlety. He’s trying to catch your eye and is willing to throw as many words at you as he can in order to do so.

Except you don’t actually care what the songs are called, do you? You want to know how they sound. Rob Zombie’s recent recorded output is at best okay and in most places incredibly unmemorable. Compared to Hellbilly Deluxe and his time in White Zombie he has mellowed in his older age and you would be forgiven for thinking as a creative force he is over and done with.

You might, however, be mistaken. Because The Electric Warlock… is one of the better Rob Zombie albums in recent years. There is a stomp and exuberance to this album that has maybe been missing from his work but which here comes back in abundance. On tracks like ‘The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God’ you think of strippers and dive bars and sweaty people crowded into rooms bouncing along to the groove. And that’s what you want from a Rob Zombie album.

There’s also the slower creepy vibe of ‘Satanic Cyanide…’ which features samples of people railing against rock and roll. Zombie knows his audience, and it’s the guy and girls who are crammed into rock clubs jacked up on booze and god knows what else while looking for a good time. It’s those who like seeing people ripped apart in horror movies and aren’t afraid to get a bit dirty.

It’s also an album which is barely half an hour-long. There is only one track on it which passes the three-minute mark, and that’s the more atmospheric closer ‘Wurdalok’. The rest of this album has a surprisingly punk feel to it. While it is clear that Zombie hasn’t turned up in his garage to bang this out it still feels a lot more organic than most of his work and on ‘…Gore Whore’ this sounds like a band enjoying what they are doing.

This is not a classic album or something you are going to be listening to devoutly for the next twelve months but it is a solid piece of music and if you are a Rob Zombie fan a blessed relief. It suggests the old man still has something in him.

 

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