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

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.

Album information

The album was highly anticipated due to the surprise success of the band's previous release La Sexorcisto. The entire album took three months to write and another three to record.

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.

Reception and accolades

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 a limited 50,000 pressings of this album on see-through blue vinyl.

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."

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
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 *

Track listing

  1. "Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)" – 4:54
  2. "Super-Charger Heaven" – 3:37
  3. "Real Solution #9" – 4:44
  4. "Creature of the Wheel" – 3:25
  5. "Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)" – 3:53
  6. "Grease Paint and Monkey Brains" – 3:49
  7. "I, Zombie" – 3:31
  8. "More Human Than Human" – 4:28
  9. "El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama" – 4:13
  10. "Blur the Technicolor" – 4:09
  11. "Blood, Milk and Sky" – 11:18

Credits

Chart positions

Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 6

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
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

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