God of Thunder (EP)

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God of Thunder
White Zombie God of Thunder 1.jpg
EP by White Zombie
Released 1989 (1989)
Recorded October 1989 (1989-10)
Studio Chung King House of Metal
(New York City, NY)
Genre Groove metal
Length 14:07
Label Caroline
Producer Daniel Rey
White Zombie chronology
Make Them Die Slowly
(1989)
God of Thunder
(1989)
La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One
(1992)

God of Thunder is an EP by White Zombie, released in 1989 by Caroline Records. It was the band's first release with Jay Yuenger on guitar. The album contains "God of Thunder", a Kiss song originally from their 1976 album Destroyer, and "Disaster Blaster II", a reworked version of "Disaster Blaster" from their 1989 album Make Them Die Slowly.[1]

Music[edit]

The release was a shift from the traditional heavy metal style of Make Them Die Slowly to the more groove-oriented sound of their next release La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1.

"Star Slammer", which was originally cut from the Make Them Die Slowly recording sessions, was also re-recorded around the time of this EP's release. However, it was left off the EP.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[3]

In an interview on Loudwire, Rob Zombie denied making the album cover to provoke Gene Simmons to gain press coverage. Simmons never filed any sort of lawsuit or complaint against the band for the cover art of the album.[4] On May 31, 2006, Zombie fronted a supergroup which performed "God of Thunder" at the VH1 Rock Honors.

Everett True of Melody Maker magazine gave the EP an enthusiastic and unconventional review, stating, "THIS one kicks some serious ass. I think that's all you need to know."[5] The record has remained popular with fans of the band's later work due to it being stylistically similar to La Sexorcisto.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Rob Zombie, except "God of Thunder" by Paul Stanley; all music composed by White Zombie, except "God of Thunder" by Paul Stanley.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "God of Thunder" (Kiss cover) 3:52
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Love Razor" 5:19
2. "Disaster Blaster II" 4:56

Sample overview[edit]

# Title Samples[6]
1 "God of Thunder"
  • "You wanted the best and you got the best...the hottest band in the world" is from "Detroit Rock City" on Kiss' live album Alive II (1977).
  • "Hey now wait a minute" is from the film Head (1968) featuring the voice of Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. The sample is also featured on the soundtrack to the film.
  • "Suck on this!" is from the film Taxi Driver (1976).
  • "They kill for one reason: they kill for food. They eat their victims, you understand that, Mr. Berman? That's what keeps them going" is from the film Dawn of the Dead (1978).
2 "Love Razor" --
3 "Disaster Blaster II"

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the God of Thunder liner notes.[7]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States 1989 Caroline LP CAROL 1457

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fasolino, Greg; Sprague, David (2007). "White Zombie". Trouser Press. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ "White Zombie: God of Thunder > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Minsker, Evan (June 6, 2016). "White Zombie: God of Thunder". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  4. ^ Moses, Michael. "All Hail The Zombie King!!!". Foundations. April, 1995. cited October 30, 2008
  5. ^ True, Everett. "White Zombie: God of Thunder". Melody Maker. January 27, 1990. cited June 11, 2010
  6. ^ "White Zombie's Sample-Based Music". WhoSampled. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  7. ^ God of Thunder (sleeve). White Zombie. New York City, New York: Caroline Records. 1989. 

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