Few careers have been as polarizing and divisive as Rob Zombie's career. Starting his musical career as White Zombie, then changing to Rob Zombie, then dabbling in a film career, Rob Zombie has one of the most fascinating careers to follow. He fully embraces the weird (which is evident simply by looking at the title of his most recent album) and loves all things occult. This record, coupled with some of his most recent work in film, solidifies his love for the strange.
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser *deep breath* is classic Rob Zombie. It's filled with heavy guitar riffs, strange samples and Zombie's distinctive vocals. Clocking in at just 31 minutes (including three instrumental "interlude" type tracks), it won't take long to spin. It's Zombie's most streamlined record he's ever released. It's also and odd combination of heavy and catchy; some of the tracks would fit right in on the radio. Tracks like "Everybody's F****** In A U.F.O." is a groovy track that, with a better title, would be a hit (but maybe that was the intention).
The second single from the record, "In The Age of the Consecrated Vampire, We All Get High" is heavier, but still has that catchy hook that this entire record is filled with. It's the type of song that will get your head moving without you ever realizing what's happening. Much of the album has voice over from various mediums, mostly older films that capture the essence Zombie is trying to achieve.
The record is short, but it doesn't feel short, which is exactly what Rob Zombie wanted. "I'm always in fear of becoming boring. That's why I like short records." he told Rolling Stones. And it worked, the record feels like a journey. Which goes back to the title of the record. Zombie titled the record based on how he felt the record sounded.
This may be Rob Zombie's best record since Hellbilly Deluxe, and according to the man himself, this is his favorite record that he's made. "I can easily say this is my favorite album yet... no joke. Yeah, I know every f****** a**hole says that. But it is seriously our heaviest, most f***** up musical monster to date." He's not wrong.