Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rob Zombie - The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser (2016)

Okay Rob Zombie, I understand that you like to be different, to come up with crazy stuff that no one would ever think of, but this is getting ridiculous. I thought that his last album, "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", had a long ass title, and it was fun as a little gimmick, but Rob has taken it to a whole new level. I mean, how in the hell are you gonna remember the name of this album? I can be okay with long title, as long as they are memorable, but this title is not. And like that was not enough, almost all of the songs in the album also have long ass titles. Dear god, tongue twister literally everywhere.

"The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser", or as I am gonna call it in the future, "TEWAWSOCD", goes in the same style as "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor", in other words, groovy shock rock with quirky subject matters. It is really obvious that Rob has given all of the titles and lyrics a lot of love and thought, almost more so than to the music itself. Seriously, how the hell does one come up with titles such as "In The Age of The Consecrated Vampire We All Get High" and "Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O."? It is completely bonkers.

And when you get deeper into the music, you will quickly realize that it is not only the titles that are crazy. Rob is singing about getting some ass, how all the freaks worship him, honey pies, and all sort of crazy shit. The fun never seems to stop with this man, and that is essentially necessary because the music is nothing to write home about. "TEWAWSOCD" tries to capture the groove and magic that "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" had, but it ends up sounding like a cheap copy. For example, the main riff of "Medication For The Melancholy" is a straight rip off from "Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures!". It is absolutely a great and groovy riff, but that does not mean that you just can recycle it for the new album, that's just lazy man.

Another negative thing about this album is the length of both the songs and the album itself. All but one of the twelve  songs are under 3 minutes (three of those being just 1 and a half minute useless instrumentals), giving the album a mere play time of 33 minutes. So when you reach one of the great songs, like "Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O.", and get into a good mood, the song is over before you had a chance to truly enjoy it. Short ass songs are for punk and hardcore bands, not for groovy shock rockers. On the other hand though, if you dislike the album, it could be kind of a good thing that the album is so short, minimizing the torture, but as a guy who likes Rob Zombie, I want more music for my money.

One thing I do like about the album is that it is Rob Zombie to the bone. It is his signature style, and he knows how to get the most out of it. The production is spot on, Rob's performance is scary and cool, so it is mostly good there. I still cannot get over the fact that the song writing is fairly weak, that very little is sticking after the album is done.

I get the feeling like Rob Zombie is focusing more on his movies this time around than on his music, because unlike its title, "TEWOWSOCD" is a really short, sloppy album. It tries to be groovy and fun, but it ends up being a complete mess that just does not cut it. I am really disappointed over this effort, especially since the predecessor was such an awesome album that just spitted out great song after great song. Oh well, I do at least know that Rob will do a hell of a show with these songs, because these particular songs desperately need it.

Songs worthy of recognition: "Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O.", Medication For The Melancholy, Get Your Boots On! That's The End of Rock And Roll

Rating: 5/10 Wurdalaks

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