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Astro Creep: 2000 -- Songs of Love, Destruction, and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head

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  • You know what I am talking about. It’s one of those albums where every single song kicks ass, and you don’t have to hit the skip button one time.

    This album is why White Zombie will always be my favorite band. La Sexorcisto was really f’in cool in it’s own way. But this album is insane?!!?!?!? HAVE YOU LISTENED TO SUPERCHARGER HEAVEN? Each song is hard, every single one…even Blood Milk and Sky which sounds like a Hippie mixed metal jumablaya.

    This is by far the best weight lifting album out there. Each song gets you pumped up and rearing to kick the crap out of any little emo beitch that gets in your way. It is better than any of Zombie’s other attempts…but the songs are so awesome..that they even sounded good on Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds all techno’d up.

    It’s a shame as someone before me wrote…that this album didn’t get more attention than it did. If it had come out now…it would turn the tide of music from Rap’s favor back into hard rocks. Unfortunately music like this cannot be found these days thanks to whiny bitches like Green Day and Blink 182 and all those other ’singin-about-my-girlfriend-who-cheated-on-me-with-the-cooler-guy’ bands.

    This album is 100% whoopass and NO ONE will be disappointed listening to it. Go out and get it now…and stop accepting the crappy new rock music that has been coming out. We are entitled to much much more…and this album is proof.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • When I first listened to it three years ago, I judged “Astro-Creep 2000″ to be trash. However, after happening upon it one night on my car radio, bass cranked up high, I decided to give the band a second chance. Although it is now defunct and Rob Zombie has gone on his own, I feel that White Zombie is one of the most inspired bands of the decade. While countless other bands incestuously ape each other, singing of trendy, phony angst (for genuine earth-shattering angst, listen to Gustav Mahler), this band’s music satisfies the senses in ways that other bands cannot.I guess I like White Zombie because of the apparent contradictions in its music. On the one hand, there’s the Postmodern self-parody of so-called “Devil” music, with its silly Satanism (Who can help but laugh at the “Devilman runnin’ in my head” bit in “Super-Charger Heaven?”) and Rob Zombie’s deadpan growling of the lyrics. But then, there’s also genuine feeling in the music, which has an almost organic quality, like someone using bowels and intestines as instruments. In other words, White Zombie takes its music-making seriously, without taking itself seriously. Its intention is to entertain, to help us get in touch with our inner “Devilman” (or Devilwoman), and perhaps to help us laugh at the very things that scared the bejeezus out of us as kids (To paraphrase Mark Twain, the best way to get rid of the Devil is to laugh at him.). It also criticizes Christianity, or at least what it has become in the 2000 years since its “founder” died, and campily evokes the Devil and his army of undead ghouls and sensualists as a kind of metaphorical counterpoint. Some of White Zombie’s assaults seem a bit sophomoric, but it’s merely to shock parents and authority figures while getting its intended audience to think (hopefully) independently.The songs are very well-done for the most part. I especially like five of them. “Super-Charger Heaven” has great drive, and the “Devilman” chorus always evokes a chuckle. “Electric Head Part 2″ is funky. “I Zombie” has a (more or less) terrifying sound, its relentless beat reminding me of the “Mars” movement in Holst’s “The Planets” (The monotone singing is particularly effective.). “More Human Than Human” is very well-played, its opening placing me in mind of how Wagner’s “Liebestod” would have sounded if played by Jimi Hendrix alongside porno sound samples.Amidst all the crazy music, the album ends with the enigmatic “Blood, Milk, and Sky.” It sounds like an older, wizened Zombie growling quietly under quasi-Arabic rhythms. The song is almost poignant, like a Zombie who is weary of all that has transpired in the earlier songs of sex, death, and the supernatural.Analysis aside, this is an excellent recording. Not all the songs are great, but you won’t get bored either. I especially recommend it for excellent sound systems and parties where conversation is not a priority.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Recently, while going over some records i havent listened to in quite some time i gave spin to “Astro Creep” again. Not that i expected it to be otherwise but i loved it just as I did almost a decade ago when i first heard it. White Zombie really reached their peak with this album and in doing so they created one of the top-10 metal albums of all time.

    Sure, a lot of water has flown in the river since then, loads of crossover bands released their music and even more metal bands tried, most unsuccessfully, to copy Zombie’s music. Even when Rob Zombie went solo he didn’t come close to reaching the stunning metal assault of this album.

    White Zombie were incredibly daft when they released Astro Creep. Incorporating electronic beats and effects, some of which were downright techno was not exactly what the average metalhead was willing to swallow. But the blending of all the elements in a masterful way produced a mix that was instantaneously addictive. It got you banging along without a second thought. Actually, if this album wont get you moving i hardly see what will.

    The reason i consider this to be among the very best metal releases of all time is because of its boldness, its ferocity and its surreal grooviness. It’s no accident that ten years later it sounds as fresh as ever and were it to be released today it would still make for a massive and a very influential rock album.

    Sometimes i think that White Zombie’s masterpiece was in a way “lost” in the wave of grunge releases back then, especially when i consider that yes it didnt sell bad, but at the same time it still remains undiscovered -mysteriously so- by quite some music buffs even among the metal scene itself.

    A friend of mine claims about this album that it is the definitive album to listen to while driving. She’s probably right, allthough i could think many instances where Astro CReep would be a perfect fit.
    An adrenaline charge of the highest order if i ever heard one.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • This CD is great. White Zombie was (is?) in my opinion one of the 90s best rock / metal groups, along with the likes of Tool. This CD is full of songs that are monstrously heavy yet infectiously catchy. All the songs are good, my favorite is either Super Charger Heaven or El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-o-Rama. A great rock CD, buy it. Rob Zombie as a solo artist is okay, but White Zombie was much better.

    Posted on December 13, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now
  • Anyone in the 19-24 age group will definitely remember a time when you couldn’t walk down the Middle School/High school without at least seeing someone wearing an Asto Creep 2000 t-shirt with one of Rob Zombie’s twisted artwork on it…It almost brings a tear to my eye remembering the days of memories past.

    White Zombie had everything going for them. They were a band that pretty much threw the whole Horror Movie/50’s Dragster magazine/tattoo-parlor-come-to-life image in everyone’s face, and guess what? Everyone loved it! “More Human than Human” did not help drive “Astro Creep:2000″ to double platinum status (I’m pretty sure it’s gone at least triple since then) all on its own. White Zombie was just a kooky camp of kids that lived for cheap thrills, horror movies(you’re going to hear a lot of this in the review), and whatnots. Their music was a genius combo of Sludge Metal, Doom, some semi-Thrash influences with a flavor of Disco’s up-beat Pop sensibilities. Add into the factor of the most brilliant(and sometimes heavy) usage of Sci-Fi and Horror movie audio samples and you definitely have a new Frankenstein-like monster brings a new definition to the saying ‘WHAM! BAM! Thank-you mam!’

    Rob Zombie was at the top of his game as far as writing lyrics and arranging the music to fit his voice(he lost this with his sub-par solo material, which disappointed me as a long-time WZ fan). He knows his limits and doesn’t see the usage to over-step those boundaries. Next to Rob’s genius is bassist Sean Yseult. Any male fan of White Zombie knows how much of a mythical goddess Sean Yseult, golden curly locks and all, was in our early days of puberty, but none the less a rather excellent bassist and laying down a thick wall of extra ‘crunch’ to WZ’s sound. Drummer John Tempesta(of ex-Testament fame for us Metal heads) and guitarist Jay Noel Yuenger also in turn throw in their bit of the help in helping “Astro Creep:2000″ become one helluva album. Must I not forget the Horror/Sci-Fi movie samples? If I did I would be missing-out on a huge part of “AC2K”. The samples were just brilliant in giving is that fun edges to it, in that you can easily take this as a good party album and nobody would notice the difference.

    “Astro Creep:2000″’s track list is like a Halloween mixed bag of treats for us. Few of them the average music fan knows, or has heard on the radio, the instant classic that is adored by everyone. Some are our personal favorites, and then there are the couples that stick-out but later grow on us over time.

    1. Electric Head Prt.1 (The Agony) – Starts out with a warped old movie sample, going into some reverse organ piano playing and then some doomy-sounds before hitting that main sludge-like verse riff that just gets you into the head banging spirit.

    2. Super-Charger Heaven – OH YES! This is definitely a Hot Rod racing anthem. I can just imagine racing a rust-covered, Army olive green 69′ GTO with 450 HP engine, pumping-out green flames from the exhaust. Definitely faster in the sense of adding a dash of 50’s Rockabilly tones to it. The little Latin rite of excommunication-sample before the last verse is a little tweak that will have you screaming “Devil Man running in my head!” all day long.

    3. Real Solution #9 – “And I remember her saying I’m already dead!” Ooooooo! How creepy! Definitely laying-down the mood for this track in a slowed down mid-tempo song. It’s almost on automatic and the lyric “Who will survive and what will be left of them?” taken from the infamous Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie poster.

    4. Creature of the Wheel – Ugh! Sludge, and more sludge! More or less a continuation of “Real Solution #9″ but even ten times more heavily. Adding even more weirdness is another scary Hellfire & Brimstone preaching sample that has ‘And oh brothers and sisters, I ask you to look at him.’ There’s also some weird orchestration noise in the background, but that may be due to guitar feedback.

    5. Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy) – “I just said ‘Up yours baby”. With an intro like that, it brings up into the stomp-heavy riff fest of the second part of the ‘Electric Head’ duo. Not as fast as the first, but still does the job in making one want to head bang.

    6. Grease Paint And Monkey Brains – Oh man. I don’t care what was creepier before this song, but that twisted Circus carnival noise just does it for me. Nothing is as scary sounding as Carnival noise. This one is a snoozer with Rob’s whispering

    7. I Zombie – Starts off with a church choir quickly turned into horrifying female screaming then BAM! Downward-spiraling chainsaw guitars and Rob’s voice even more downward descending. A great wake-up after the snooze-fest of ‘Grease Paint and Monkey Brains’

    8. More Human Than Human – As I said previously “Astro Creep:2000″ did not exactly go double-platinum on its own. The infamous MTV Buzz Clip(god I’m really showing my age now) helped make this song probably the most recognizable singles from the 90’s, amidst the rest of the mainstream crud (remember, this was released a year after Kurt Cobain bit the bullet) that was going on. A funky-little bass line by Sean Yseult, some techno influence and Rob’s rap-like Disco edge made this song a fun anthem for the Replicants from the movie ‘Blade Runner’(Watch the movie and you’ll find out what I mean)…A lot better than most of the

    9. El Phantasmo & the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama – What a killer song title! I must admit whenever I bought my first copy back in ‘95, I just remember looking at that particular song title and thinking “Now that’s the key to selling albums…great songs titles”. This song while having a good riff at the beginning quickly turns into one of the more groove-style down tuning (probably a drop-C)…the song continues with really creepy Horror Movie samples that sound like they came from the ‘Night of The Living Dead’ or a really obscure 70’s Grind house flick.

    10. Blur the Technicolor – Oh yes! Definitely my favorite. The intro has some interesting tribal samples(could have easily came from ‘Cannibal Holocaust’…Rob has expressed quite a love that that movie). The groove riffs really exceed where they sounded limited in the previous song, plus with a more warped sound to them and not to forget Rob’s excellent showcase of quasi-hard rhyming.

    11. Blood Milk and Sky – Back into the sludge we are! Starts off with an Indian chant played backwards, this song is given a dream-like atmosphere. Rob just gargles, mutters, and deeply moans the lyrics…really brooding and drone-like. There are some really nice female sing-along vocals during the chorus that just make it even more mysterious.

    And there you have it. For those who missed out on it whenever it was first released…shame on you. Shame, shame, FOR SHAME on you poor pitiful souls. You have not lived, until you have experienced ‘Astro Creep:2000′. By far one of the most entertaining and original Mainstream Metal albums of the 90’s. This album deserves to be in every music collection.

    Posted on December 12, 2009 - Permalink - Buy Now