Timmy’s Review: New Rob Zombie!
I promised I'd give my review of this album, and it's finally here. I'm sorry about the delay, but if anyone actually waited for me to give you an opinion of this album before they picked it up... WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? It Is amazing! It really brought me back to my happiness of high school days of rock! Does that mean this album is a blast from the past... not necessarily.
Like many people during this past year and the pandemic, I've been looking for a distraction. Something to keep my mind and life occupied from all of the crap that's been going on. Like most of us, music was a big help when escaping. The problem, because of the pandemic, not much new stuff was released. Many bands held onto their new stuff till just recently, hoping to be about to tour behind the release of their latest effort. I don't blame them. With new albums from Sevendust, Weezer, The Pretty Reckless, & Foo Fighters all dropping in the past couple months, I've picked up all of them. They were all good in their own ways, but none of them made me head bang and smile and laugh quite like Rob Zombie's "The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy".
Now before you think I'm biased and I would have given this album two thumbs up anyway. I'm not, ask any of my friends, and I owned Zombie's "Educated Horses" for exactly one day before I gave it away. I did not care for that one, and I was let down by Rob's "Zombie Live". This album, I do have a tiny issue with, but it's so little, it has not taken away from my love for "the Kool Aid"!
The album comes in at just over 44 minutes long & rocks 17 tracks. My issue is 6 of the tracks are musical interludes. Nothing wrong with that, and it does help keep the flow of the album going, but some of these interludes, I would have loved to become full blown songs. Track number 9, "The Much Talked Of Metamorphosis", has a beautiful guitar part, that weirdly reminded me of something from Enrique Iglesias, now I know that's not what you want to hear on a Rob Zombie album, but after hearing his take on old fashion country western music with track 7's "18Th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks and a One-Way Ticket on the Ghost Train", I was prepared and eager for anything! (Yeah, Rob doing country is freakin' amazing and bad-ass). Not to mention the interlude titled "What You Gonna Do with That Gun Mama", I was digging the beat and wacky vocals, I wanted more.
The songs that we got more of, are amazing. It really did in a way, take me back to the days of White Zombie, when "The Triumph of King Freak..." kicked off, followed by "The Ballad of Sleazy Rider" and hearing the lyrics "an outer space mother fucking boogie man". I was hooked! There's a tune that has a very Ramones vibe, and an amazing dark ballad that sounds like something from Maynard James Keenan's Puscifer albums. It's been quite a while (especially since the start of COVID) that I've been excited for an album. Thank you Rob Zombie for bringing me this musical joy! It is well worth all the accolades it has received!
To sum up Timmy's review of Rob Zombie's "The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy"... GO GET IT! (Side note: No one paid me to do this review, I bought the CD with my own money! I just love the album and think we all could use a little more awesome rock in our lives).