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. It was released through Geffen Records in 1995.
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. This album is their last original work, as Supersexy Swingin' Sounds is merely a remix of this album.
Musically, this album is much heavier than La Sexorcisto, taking away much of the old punk/metal stylings of the previous album in turn for a heavier, darker thrash metal based sound, or, as it has been called, "white-trash-on-acid metal." The band also down-tuned the guitars and bass to give it the darker sound 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.
Entertainment Weekly (4/14/95, p.64) - "Zombie pushes its monster metal to giddy new heights. Fiercer grooves, scarier samples, and extra-pulverizing guitar riffs are smacked home with almost industrial precision. As for lyrics, the album title says it all." - Rating: B+
Q magazine (7/95, p.131) - 3 Stars - Good - "...relentless metal grind... peppered with soundbites from B-movie horror flicks, tunefully-manipulated feedback and a healthy interest in musical experimentation that manifests itself in a whirlwind of sound effects...stand out from their hirsute peer group."
|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||*|
|1995||The Billboard 200||6|
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1995||"More Human Than Human"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||10|
|1995||"More Human Than Human"||Modern Rock Tracks||7|
|1995||"Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||27|
|1996||"Super-Charger Heaven"||Mainstream Rock Tracks||39|