Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head
|Studio album by White Zombie|
|Released||April 11, 1995|
|Recorded||1994 at NRG Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Alternative metal, heavy metal, industrial metal, groove metal|
|White Zombie chronology|
Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head (or simply Astro-Creep: 2000) is the fourth and final studio album by White Zombie, released on April 11, 1995 through Geffen Records. The album proved to be their most commercially successful recording, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200 with the aid of the popular hit singles "More Human than Human" and "Super-Charger Heaven". It was the band's only album to feature John Tempesta on drums.
The album was highly anticipated due to the surprise success of the band's previous release La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One. Ivan DePrume, the drummer on La Sexorcisto, had left the band to start Burningsound studios during their touring sessions for that album. The band later recruited former Exodus and Testament drummer John Tempesta for the recording of this album. Also they had hired Terry Date (Deftones, Pantera, Soundgarden) to produce Astro-Creep: 2000 for them. According to J., the album is 72 track recording, 48 analog and 24 digital. The entire album took three months to write and another three to record. For the album, the band had a much bigger recording budget and more freedom in time.
Music and lyrics
The album is much heavier than La Sexorcisto, having much more of an industrial metal style rather than the groove metal of the previous album. It has been called "white-trash-on-acid metal". The band also down-tuned the guitars and bass to give it the darker sound that the songs required, going from standard E tuning to dropped C# (1.5 steps below standard E).
Much of the lyrics are also darker and more disturbing than on the previous album, and are arranged more like twisted poetry than La Sexorcisto's pseudo-rap scores, dealing with murder, the undead, blasphemy, satanic elements and other such topics.
Also, as with the previous two albums, many of the songs feature snippets of dialogue from horror and cult films including The Omega Man, Shaft, The Haunting, The Curse of Frankenstein and To the Devil a Daughter. The title "More Human Than Human" is the motto of the Tyrell Corp. from the film Blade Runner and "I am the nexus one, I want more life fucker, I ain't done, yeah" is an artistic rephrasing of lines from Blade Runner.
Rob has said he favors this album to the previous one, stating, "I was never that happy with it [La Sexorcisto]. In some respects, it was probably the best thing we could do at the time under the circumstances; and that this record was exactly what we wanted it to sound like."
Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)
"Perhaps you had better start from the beginning." - The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
"Look, I know the supernatural is something that isn't supposed to happen, but it does happen." - The Haunting (1963)
"Insipientia corde suo, non es deus. Non est vita qui adorem, non es usque ad unum. Es excommunicatus, ex unione fidelium." (dramatization of a Catholic heresy trial), translated as: "Foolish of heart, thou art not a god. There is no life for those who do not adore, and to a man thou hast not. Thou art excommunicated from the union of the faithful." and "It is not heresy, I will not recant!" - To the Devil a Daughter a.k.a Child of Satan (1976 - starring Christopher Lee and Nastassia Kinski).
Real Solution #9
"Are you hurt in any way? Do you feel like hurting yourself?" - COPS (TV Series)
"Yeah, I remember her saying, 'I'm already dead.' " and "Well today I have the courage to stand up and hold your hands in some stupid symbol... You're gonna get up and scream...You're gonna get up and burn an X in your head." - Taken from the 1994 Prime Time Live with Diane Sawyer interviewing one of the Manson family women. "I'm already dead." was said when describing Sharon Tate's last words. The quote "burn an X in your head" was said when discussing the actions Charles Manson had his group commit.
Creature of the Wheel
"Creature of the Wheel, lord of the infernal engines" and "'And oh brothers and sisters...I ask you to look at him...does he have the marks? Do you see them?' 'No.'" - The Omega Man (1971)
Electric Head Pt. 2 (the Ecstasy)
"I just said up yours, baby." and "Watch your mouth man. I'll say any damn thing I want." and "I'll kill the motherfucker and come looking for you!" - Shaft (1971)
Grease Paint And Monkey Brains
"There's a lot of people who are running now. I could run. Man, there's a lot of people who are running now. You think it's right to run?" - Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Blur the Technicolor
"This is the end of your rotten life you motherfucking dope [pusher]" and "and you're gonna get it." - Coffy (1973)
The album is White Zombie's best-selling album, being certified Double Platinum by the RIAA and selling over 2,600,000 copies in America since its release. There was also a limited 50,000 pressings of this album on see-through blue vinyl. The album has been certified by CAN platinum. The album was nominated the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album and the band's biggest hit, "More Human than Human", nominated the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 1996.
To promote the album, music videos for "More Human than Human", "Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)", and a live video for "Super-Charger Heaven" were released. In 1995, "More Human than Human" won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rock Video and was considered by Rob to be his favorite White Zombie video.
There were also plans to start filming a video for "Blood, Milk and Sky" after Christmas as well as eventually filming a video for every song on the album. However, these plans were scrapped when the band dissolved.
|Kerrang!||United Kingdom||"Albums of the Year"||1995||2|
|Rocksound||France||"Albums of the Year"||1995||20|
|OOR||Netherlands||"Albums of the Year"||1995||23|
|RAW||United Kingdom||"90 essential albums for the 90s"||1995||*|
|Kerrang!||United Kingdom||"100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die"||1998||20|
|Pause & Play||United States||"The 90s Top 100 Essential Albums"||1999||11|
|Visions||Germany||"The Most Important Albums of the 90s"||2005||91|
|Classic Rock & Metal Hammer||United Kingdom||"The 200 Greatest Albums of the 90s"||2006||*|
All lyrics written by Rob Zombie.
|1.||"Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||4:54|
|2.||"Super-Charger Heaven"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||3:37|
|3.||"Real Solution #9"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||4:44|
|4.||"Creature of the Wheel"||Yseult, Yuenger||3:25|
|5.||"Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||3:53|
|6.||"Grease Paint and Monkey Brains"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||3:49|
|7.||"I, Zombie"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||3:31|
|8.||"More Human than Human"||Yseult, Yuenger||4:28|
|9.||"El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||4:13|
|10.||"Blur the Technicolor"||Yseult, Yuenger||4:09|
|11.||"Blood, Milk and Sky[I]"||Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta||11:21|
- John Tempesta – drums
- J. – guitar
- Sean Yseult – bass, art direction
- Rob Zombie – vocals, art direction, illustrations
- Charlie Clouser – programming, keyboards
- Terry Date – producer, mixing
- Lamont Hyde – recording and mixing assistant
- Ted Jensen – mastering
- Wade Norton – recording and mixing assistant
- Ulrich Wild – Recording
|New Zealand Chart||16|||
|Australian Album Chart||26|||
|Swedish Album Chart||30|||
|Swiss Album Chart||40|||
|French Album Chart||46|||
|Year||Title||Peak Chart positions|
|1995||"Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)"||27||—||—||31|
|"More Human than Human"||10||7||11||51|
|"—" denotes singles that were released but did not chart.|
Use in Popular Culture
The Song "Electric Head Part 1" was referenced in the manga series "Black Lagoon" and used in the Japanese dub of the anime series (a different, instrumental track was used in the English dub).
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