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

 

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When you consider how long he’s been in the business of creating music, thirty-one years since his debut with the now legendary groove metal band White Zombie, the fact that Rob Zombie still brings the amount of raw energy and creativity to his work that is on display with The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is nothing short of impressive. The album title itself should tell you everything you need to know about what is contained within these twelve tracks. It’s going to be strange, dark, and over-the-top. Which, for the most part, it delivers on from start to finish.

 

The guitars crunch, the samples are numerous, the beats are infectious, and it’s all bundled up with just a twist of electronica that should be familiar to anyone who has followed Rob Zombie’s career. In many ways, this album has the feel of his earlier efforts, but dialed up to the next level. The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God feels a lot like Living Dead Girl. In the Age of the Consecrated Vampire we All Get High has a lot of the same trappings as More Human Than Human. There just more guttural. Rougher around the edges. And shorter.

 

In fact, this entire album is incredibly short. None of the songs, save for the final track, have a runtime longer than three minutes. The entire album’s runtime is only thirty-one minutes and some change. Usually, twelve tracks crammed into a thirty minute album would feel rushed and incomplete. In this case, though, brevity works in favor of the piece. Most of these songs would most likely grow tiresome if they stretched out into four or five minutes. As they are, the songs get in, smack you around just enough to be enjoyable, then move on to the next track and do it all over again.

 

In short, if you are a fan of Rob Zombie or groove metal in general, then you should be pleased with what you’re going to find here. It doesn’t push boundaries, it doesn’t seek to be anything other than what it is. Thirty minutes of twisted, dark lyrics growled over power chords and infectious drum beats. If that sort of thing isn’t your bag, then this probably isn’t going to be your bag.

 

Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

 

Favorite Track: The Life and Times of a Teenage Rock God

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