Title - 'The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy...'
Artist - Rob Zombie
For those not in the know, here's what you should know about this amazing singer/songwriter legend: Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings) is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. Zombie rose to fame as a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band.
Zombie's first solo effort was a song titled "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)" (1996) with Alice Cooper, which went on to receive a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. He released his debut solo studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe in 1998. The album went on to sell over three million copies worldwide, and spawned three singles.
He released a remix album the following year that contained songs from Hellbilly Deluxe. Zombie also directed the horror film 'House of 1000 Corpses' in 2000, though the controversial project failed to see a release until 2003. His second studio album, The Sinister Urge (2001), became his second platinum album in the United States. In 2003, Zombie released the compilation album Past, Present, & Future.
Zombie then directed 'The Devil's Rejects' (2005), a direct sequel to his prior film 'House of 1000 Corpses'. The project received a more positive reception than its predecessor. His third studio album, Educated Horses (2006), was a departure from his earlier recordings. The album became his third to enter the top ten of the Billboard 200, though saw a decrease in sales when compared to his previous releases.
Deciding to focus on his directing career, Zombie directed the horror film 'Halloween' (2007), a remake of the 1978 horror classic of the same name. The film became Zombie's highest grossing film to date, though was met with a lukewarm critical reception. He later directed 'Halloween II' (2009), though it failed to match the success of the first film. He released the animated film 'The Haunted World of El Superbeasto' that same year. Zombie returned to music with the release of his fourth studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010), and album that peaked at number eight in the United States, and sold over 200,000 copies in the country.
In 2012, Zombie released a second remix album and directed the horror film 'The Lords of Salem', which was released the following year. He released his fifth studio album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendorthe following year (2013). He directed the upcoming horror film '31', and has purchased the rights to a film about the NHL team Philadelphia Flyers, titled 'The Broad Street Bullies' (no release date for the film has been announced).
Since the beginning of his music career, Zombie's music and lyrics have featured notable horror and sci-fi themes. His live shows have been praised for their elaborate shock rock theatricality. Since beginning his solo career, Zombie has sold an estimated fifteen million albums worldwide.
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser is Zombie's sixth solo studio album. Produced by Zeuss, it was recorded and mixed at Goathouse Studios. A full return to form by the rock icon, The Electric Warlock… features John 5 (Guitar), Piggy D (Bass) and Ginger Fish (Drums), and the album marks Rob Zombie's first solo studio album since 2013's aforementioned Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.
The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser lives up to its ridiculous title and represents a great call back to the noise metal origins of his original band, White Zombie, while still remaining a unique record by itself. The new line up of John 5, Ginger Fish, and Piggy D is the best lineup since White Zombie, and I hope they continue to make music together for years.
The album is a compilation of twelve hard, fast, and catchy tracks that leave you wanting more, with an ending that is straight out of classic haunted house horror. Electric Warlock (...) also represents his most cohesive album to date, with an overall musical and lyrical tone that holds consistent through the entire listen, and could even be quite beautiful at moments.
Rob's lyrics have never been better. Sometimes his lyrics are very literal, but they can also be metaphorical, and this is the first album where I really started to understand, as much as one can understand, what the hell he was singing about. I've already listened to the album more than ten times and I'm going to keep listening to it. If you're looking for hard/funky guitar riffs, mixed with spooky synths, and constant sampling of old D Horror movies, then this is the album for you.