white zombieYou can’t have Halloween without one of the most classic albums from one of the masters of horror metal in Rob Zombie as I present the last album he recorded with his former band White Zombie. The full album title is Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head, but for time purposes we just simply call it Asto-Creep: 2000. It was the first album to feature John Tempesta on drums while this was the second album to feature Rob Zombie (Vocals), Sean Yseult (Bass), and J. (Guitars) together. The album was a big step in a different direction for the band as they changed to a more industrial metal sound than the groove metal sounds of the first Geffen record. They also tuned down their guitars from the standard E tuning to a dropped C to give it a chugging and darker sound. When asked which of the two albums he prefers, Rob chose this one saying, “I was never that happy with it [La Sexorcisto]. In some respects, it was probably the best thing we could do at the time under the circumstances; and that this record was exactly what we wanted it to sound like.”

white zombie 2The first song on the record is Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony) which starts with the famous line of “Perhaps you had better start from the beginning” which is from The Curse Of Frankenstein. The before you know the chaos begins like a scene in a horror film where the music builds up when the killer is on the loose and then the song comes charging like a hot rod going 200 MPH. Super Charger Heaven is the next track and it begins with a line from The Haunting before the deep chugging sound kicks in that you feel deep in your gut while singing devil man along with Rob. Real Solution #9 has the famous lines of I’m Already Dead (which is the last words Sharon Tate said to her killers) and burn an X in your head which all came from one of the Manson girls during an interview from Primetime with Diane Sawyer. Then the industrial styled beats start to kick in before the guitars take over as J. slides his hand up and down the fretboard like he does in another track. Rob throughout the song sound slike he is singing through a megaphone or he could be sticking his hand in front of the mic. I love the palm muting style of Creature Of The Wheel that sounds like total sludge metal with the drums coming in like a machinegun. Electric Head Pt 2 (The Ecstasy) starts with a quote from Shaft and it’s one of the most badass harder than hell tracks on the record that’ll make you headbang till your head falls off. Grease Paint And Monkey Brains starts with a carnival like sounds before the rhythm section comes in harmony like thunder in the sky and then it gets calm before it starts right up again. I, Zombie is next in line and it’s just complete madness from beginning to end as it has that chaos feel to it like you were running away from zombies.

white zombieMore Human Than Human which just might be the most famous track on the album with it’s techno like beats before J. does that sliding the hand on the fretboard action again then the track for the most part is bass driven.  El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama is a complete metal driven juggernaut with an awesome funky riff through most of the track. Blur The Technicolor starts off with a very primal jungle beat before the guitars come in reminding a little of Black Sunshine where Rob’s punk influence is evident. Blood, Milk, And Sky is one of my favorite tracks on the record for how trippy it is and in the way that Rob sings it as well as the ominous sounds you hear during the song. The chugs of the guitar is what attracted me to the song because it’s so heavy. I feel that the hidden track Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Bug Parade Begins is just a reprise of the last track as it’s just an instrumental. I love this album and subsequently it’s the best selling White Zombie album to date. Unfortunately, it’s the last studio album we would get from them as Rob would go on to have a very successful solo career also including the film career. I am giving this album 4.5 stars out of five cause it kicks that much ass.

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  1. Brillant run down! Such an awesome album! It seriously does kick ass, you’ve encouraged me to rediscover this on my iPod!

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