on December 6, 2004
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.
on December 6, 2004
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.
on November 25, 1999
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.
on November 5, 2005
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.
on March 31, 1999
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.
on January 30, 2006
Boy, if the only "metal" you kiddies have been exposed to is that whiny HIM junk, I pity you.
THIS is a REAL industrial-metal album. If that's what you want, this is one you're gonna want.
The pounding, heart-pumping drive of "Supercharger Heaven". (DEVILMAN, DEVILMAN!)
The riff-driven "Creature Of The Wheel".
The ominous-sounding opener, "Electric Head: The Agony (Pt. 1)".
The hit, "More Human Than Human".
And so many more.
Also, the fun, B-movie horror theme (artwork, samples, lyrics) that has come to be associated with Rob Zombie's work is clearly present, and it's campy and really adds to the album.
This is a loud, proud 90's staple. Check it out if you wanna scare all the Yellowcard fans.
on July 20, 2005
When I first heard White Zombie I think the first words that came to my lips were "what the f*** is this?" because honestly I was scared, and kinda creeped out by the first track on this album, "Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)." At first you think "OK, I'm getting some kinda weird-ass, nonsensical band. But what you will discover is that White Zombie is kinda like metal's "The Jesus Lizard," in a strange, slightly more normal way. But whatever you think, White Zombie's "Astro Creep: 2000" is an extremely refreshing and wonderfully disturbing trip into insanity...
The title of the album is actually alot more obtuse (as you probably know), but that kinda reflects White Zombie's attitude towards excess and material wealth in modern society. Basically, they don't agree with it at all. Of course it goes further than that, even to absurd lengths with song names like "Grease Paint and Monkey Brains," which is well, a pretty odd, creepy song that'll have you wondering if you're OK in the head. Despite White Zombie's over-the-top and weird-ass covering, they are a really interesting band capable of diverse, original material, which is revealed through this unique, incredible album.
If this is your first White Zombie album, you are guaranteed to be creeped out and confused after track 1. But then "Super-Charger Heaven," kicks in, which is one amazingly killer song! It starts off with a brief, weird voiceover, and then kicks into some awesome rocking metal riffs! It's undoubtedly the best song on the album: the guitars crunch and whine and the drums smash through the blazing riffs. And Rob sounds great, almost "sing-mumbling" his words during the verses and going into all out Metal shouting during the choruses. But that isn't all. "Creature Of The Wheel," is the heaviest song with a pounding riff and is basically the Zombie doing all out Metal. And Rob comes through very strongly on this song, giving it a heavy/creepy sound. "El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-o-Rama," while having the weirdest title, is a pretty heavy, well constructed song that has nothing to do with chicken blasting whatsoever (sorry for those of you who expected it). Possibly the most dynamic vocal arrangements are on this song, where Rob's voice are both the vocals as well as a backing instrument in certain areas.
The philosophy behind White Zombie seems to be this: to create mixed emotions and keeping the listener intrigued with its creepy songs and interpolating them with funky/metal/techno songs. A really clever system if you think about it 'cos you'll NEVER get bored or fail to be surprised. The album is an emotional cauldron really and by the end of it you'll feel like you've been to, well, hell and back I guess. It's creepy, freaky, heavy, disturbing, complex, insane, interesting - no doubt about that!
So all in all if you're looking for an album that's WAY out there but still stays safely within the confines of Metal, White Zombie's "Astro Creep: 2000" will definitely be your slice of cake. Or maybe monkey brains?
on October 20, 1999
AstroCreep 2000 is by far the best White Zombie album and even for that matter one of the best cds of all time. It is great for guys (and girls for that matter) who like bands such as the new Rob Zombie (break off from White Zombie), HED PE, KoRn, Metallica, and anything else that is on the edge of hardcore. With a sense of heavy music and lyrics yet a touch quiet in recording, this cd provides for a worthy album. It contains some of White Zombies best songs including More Human Than Human and more. 5 stars is a definate!
on October 21, 2005
On "Astro Creep 2000," the follow up to White Zombie's breakthrough album (1992's "La Sexorcisto") the group doesn't stray to far from the formula of their previous albums. In fact many of the elements (i.e. tongue-in-cheek thrash on top of industrial metal with growly vocals, ominous horror movie samples, and overtones/themes which are cartoonish yet equally dark) just seem resurrected. Nonetheless, this is probably WZ's best effort. With a "beefed up" sound (which comes as a result of an "everything but the kitchen sink" production job), you'll probably not even notice that the musicianship is good, but not top notch (and it can even be a bit simplistic at times).
Even still, there is plenty to like on "Astro Creep 2000." "Super-Charger Heaven" is probably the catchiest and most well known song on here, but the sexy, R-rated "More Human Than Human" is a close contender. And "Electric Head, Pt. 1" (which has bobbing riffs) and "Pt. 2" are very catchy, as well. Also, "Creature Of The Wheel" and "I, Zombie" have strong, churning riffs, track nine has more powerful, driving guitar work, and "Blur The Technicolor" has catchy, chug and churn riffs, and the album ends with a pounding rhythm and eerily calm vocals.
The bottom line is this album sounds great, and is mighty catchy! I don't recommend it to fans of Nine Inch Nails-esque industrial metal, but definitely check it out if trashy/raunchy, riff heavy, tongue-in-cheek industrial metal is your cup of tea. And, like all of Rob or White Zombie's releases, try not to think too hard on it.
on June 14, 2003
Three years after the groundbreaking success of "La Sexorcisto Devil Music Volume 1." (A legendarily poor effort in my opinion), White Zombie recorded "Astro Creep". Many of the fans that had enjoyed "La Sexorcisto Devil Music Volume 1" expected "La Sexorcisto Devil Music Volume 2". Many were turned off by the much darker sound of the lead single "More Human Than Human" in comparison to "Thunderkiss 65'". The whole album was different than anything they had done since they began in the 1980's.
"Astro Creep 2000" is White Zombie's masterpiece. Whereas "La Sexorcisto" sounded like backround music and failed to hold my attention, "Astro Creep" sounds powerful, heavy, and clear. The production on this disc by Terry Date is superb. J's guitar-riffs are loud and clear, and his guitar-lines are memorable and catchy. Sean Yselt gives a good bassy sound throughout. John Temptesta (who debuts here) gives appropriate rhythms. Rob Zombie's vocals are brilliant as he growls his bizarre lyrics.
Lyrics are provocative and ridiculous at the same time. They don't deal with anything important. The booklet with the lyrics is odd pornographic stuff, as there are pictures of monsters and naked women. To say that it is weird is an understatement.
Standouts: Every song is great. This is too consistent for words, so I will describe each track. "Electric Head Part 1" starts with sampling for a minute, then explodes into a three minute edge-of-your-seat-intense barrage of guitar riffs. The chorus is catchy if you can understand it. A brilliant opener. "Supercharger Heaven" has a feel-good vibe and is definitely a fast-driving song. Although the song is structured in a near cliché fashion, it's lyrics are the main point-of-interest here. Lines like, "Jesus lived his life in a cheap hotel on the edge of route 66," are just plain silly. Others are rather provocative depending on your point of view. The samples are genius. "Real Solution #9" starts with a repeating sample of a young woman saying, "I'm already dead". Then the amazing, ominous main guitar-riff breaks through the speaker. Rob Zombie's vocals will not be understood by someone who is listening for the first time, as they sound robotic. Reading the lyrics will help though. This is an utterly brilliant song, that is a required listen for any White Zombie fan. "Creature Of The Wheel" has an even more ominous main guitar-riff, and is probably the heaviest song here. Rob Zombie's practically-screaming vocals are a great addition. The samples are genius. "Electric Head Part 2" is nowhere near as good as part 1, and is the worst song here. But some excellent lyrics and a bouncy guitar-line keep it from being a complete loss. However, this does not take away from the rest of the album. "Grease Paint and Monkey Brains" takes a little while to get used to. It has a slower backdrop, and sounds a bit like Marilyn Manson. But the rhythm is catchy, and they are very creepy. "I, Zombie" lulls you in with calm samples. As soon as you hear a woman scream, the guitars crack your skull along with Sean Yselt's bass. It's a similar speed is similar to "Electric Head Part 1". A definite classic. "More Human Than Human" has catchy riffs and strange lyrics. It allows Sean Yselt to stand-out, as her work is clearly heard here. "El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama" has a similar vibe to that of "Supercharger Heaven", and has a forceful guitar-line and screeched vocals from Rob. Although the middle of the song is overlong, and detracts a bit from the actually song, it comes back furious. "Blur The Technicolor" opens with a suspenseful 20 seconds of drums. The guitar riff begins to interplay with real drums from Temptesta, and then we hear a very strange sounding guitar. I can't quite describe it. The song has a rather complex structure, and intense vocals. To top this off, "Blood, Milk, And Sky" is a melodic but extremely heavy semi-closer, with some haunting Arabian samples that literally blew my mind the first time I heard it. It's the longest song, clocking at 5:40, but there is a secret track. At 8:40 of the track, you hear an guitar/bass/drumming instrumental that screams "applause!" It has a very strange and loud piece with Alien sounds, and the final seconds of the song will leave you stunned, as the album comes to a close.
Overall, "Astro Creep 2000" is probably one of the best albums I have ever heard, and is well as a vast improvement over "La Sexorcisto". Highly recommended.
Overall: 5 stars