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EXPLICIT LYRICS - HELL YEAH!
Typically I do not just stumble onto the new CDs and artist that end up being my favorites. The ones I pick out on my own tend to suck! Same case here, a co-worker recommended ROB ZOMBIE to me. I was reluctant - I had listened to WHITE ZOMBIE before and was not impressed.
I quickly learned that WHITE ZOMBIE and ROB ZOMBIE are two different beasts (despite having the same front man). In one listening ROB ZOMBIE went from my "Sucks" list to my "Hell Yeah!" list
The Sinister Urge - a kick-ass CD, but where to start?
Demon Speeding, a hard, slick tune as close to listening perfection as I've heard, a perfect opener for this CD. For what it is - a stomp on your balls heavy metal tune - it has such an easy rhythm.
In his review of Hellbilly Deluxe Feo Amante calls Zombie's music "Danceable." I don't dance. I've tried to dance in the past and I always end up looking like someone in the grip of a horrible seizure. White men can't jump and Brian Knight can't dance! My daughters dance though, and watching them go from "Walk" to "Boogey" as they passed through a room where I was playing this song proved Feo's words. They didn't even realize they were dancing until I started laughing.
Never Gonna Stop (the red, red kroovy) is a fun song that calls up images and phrases from an old favorite of mine, a classic cult movie called A Clockwork Orange. It's one of the lighter songs on this CD; again a heavy metal song with lots of rhythm. The WWF wrestler named Edge uses this song for his intro-music.
Iron Head. This is one of the hardest songs on the CD, and my personal favorite. When I heard Zombie and Ozzy singing together on this song I actually got chills. Many of Zombies lyrics are hard to make out in this song, so keep that CD jacket handy. Just hearing Zombie and Ozzy together in this song was worth the price of the CD.
Bring Her Down (to cripple town). The use of classical instruments in this song was very interesting, and unexpected. When done right the use of classical music in heavy metal adds depth and resonance that would otherwise not exist, but when done wrong it just sounds like shit. Zombie did it right on this song.
House Of 1000 Corpses is a reference to his still unreleased movie of the same name. Darker by far than anything else on this CD, it's full of sex, death, and ghoulish fetish. This song is almost a synopsis for the movie (or so it seems to me) and is chock full of sound bites that I can only assume come from the movie. The lyrics in this song felt uninspired to me, just put there to keep it from being an instrumental. The music itself is excellent. Be aware when listening to this song, it ends with a long stretch of ambient background noise, but that is not the end of the CD. There is a nifty little bonus song at the end. It is actually a part of the same track, but feels like a different song. The bonus song is very short, and gives cause to my biggest gripe about The Sinister Urge - I wish they would have made it a full length song and given the damn thing a title.
Even with that last gripe in mind The Sinister Urge deserves a 5 Perplexed Skull rating.
Sex, death, and zombies - what more could a guy like me ask for?
This review originally copyright 2002 by E.C.McMullen Jr.
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