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.