Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head

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Astro-Creep: 2000
WhiteZombie-AstroCreep2000.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 11, 1995 (1995-04-11)
Recorded1994 (1994)
StudioNRG Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length52:01
LabelGeffen
ProducerTerry Date
White Zombie chronology
La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One
(1992)
Astro-Creep: 2000
(1995)
Supersexy Swingin' Sounds
(1996)
Singles from Astro-Creep: 2000
  1. "More Human than Human"
    Released: May 7, 1995 (1995-05-07)
  2. "Electric Head, Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)"
    Released: October 1995 (1995-10)
  3. "Super-Charger Heaven"
    Released: 1996
Audio
"Album" playlist on YouTube

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 American heavy metal band White Zombie, released on April 11, 1995, by 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.

Production[edit]

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. The album had help from significant industrial musicians, such as the keyboard work from Charlie Clouser, who had worked with artists like Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke, and more. They had also hired Terry Date (Deftones, Pantera, Soundgarden) to produce Astro-Creep: 2000 for them. According to J., the album comprises seventy-two track recordings, forty-eight of which are analog and twenty-four being digital recordings.[4] 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[edit]

The album is much heavier than La Sexorcisto and has been called "white-trash-on-acid metal" by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic.[5] 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).[citation needed]

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, and satanic elements.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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."[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[5]
Chicago Tribune[7]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[8]
Los Angeles Times[9]
The Philadelphia Inquirer[10]
Q[11]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[12]

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 for a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album and the band's biggest hit, "More Human than Human", nominated for a 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 Zombie 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.[13] However, these plans were scrapped when the band dissolved.

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "Albums of the Year"[14] 1995 2
Rocksound France "Albums of the Year"[15] 1995 20
OOR Netherlands "Albums of the Year"[16] 1995 23
RAW United Kingdom "90 essential albums for the 90s"[17] 1995 *
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die"[18] 1998 20
Pause & Play United States "The 90s Top 100 Essential Albums"[19] 1999 11
Visions Germany "The Most Important Albums of the 90s"[20] 2005 91
Classic Rock & Metal Hammer United Kingdom "The 200 Greatest Albums of the 90s"[21] 2006 *

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Rob Zombie.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta4:54
2."Super-Charger Heaven"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta3:37
3."Real Solution #9"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta4:44
4."Creature of the Wheel"Yseult, Yuenger3:25
5."Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta3:53
6."Grease Paint and Monkey Brains"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta3:49
7."I, Zombie"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta3:31
8."More Human than Human"Yseult, Yuenger4:28
9."El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta4:13
10."Blur the Technicolor"Yseult, Yuenger4:09
11."Blood, Milk and Sky[I]"Yseult, Yuenger, Tempesta11:21
Total length:52:01

^ I "Blood, Milk and Sky" contains the hidden track "Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Bug Parade Begins" at 8:45, after 3 minutes of silence. On the digital version, however, the hidden track is its own 2:33 track.[22]

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head liner notes.[23]

Chart positions[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1995 Geffen CD, CS, LP GEF 24806
Europe 2012 Music on Vinyl LP MOVLP547

References[edit]

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