August 23, 2021 Rob Zombie – The Lunar Injection Kool-Aid Eclipse Conspiracy (Album Review)
Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences and pushed boundaries beyond comprehension in both the world of Horror film and in music. From his gruesomely terrifying filmography to his Horror-infused Rock career that has spawned success over the decades, he is nothing if not consistent. In fact, even his live performances are dripping with the blood-curdling uniqueness that is simply – Rob Zombie.
Jolting forward to more recent time, Zombie crash-landed back onto the scene after what was five years since 2016’s The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser, when he released the single “The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)” in October of 2020. Proving he is still always going to deliver an interesting title, on Friday, March 12, 2021 Rob Zombie released his latest full-length album The Lunar Injection Kool-Aid Eclipse Conspiracy via Nuclear Blast Records.
Keeping true to that delivery of interesting titles, you would think Fall Out Boy were ghostwriters for these titles with how long they are, but they are entertaining nonetheless. That said, the new album rings true to his roots, playing out like a classic Zombie album with bursts of high-energy rages like “The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man” and “Get Loose,” plus to heavy-groove thumpers such as “Shadow of the Cemetery Man” or “Shake Your Ass/Smoke Your Grass.” And believe us when we say, the general consensus of the last aforementioned track is that you are guaranteed to indeed – shake your ass.
Anyone who has stayed devoted to Zombie are aware the vibe of his last couple of releases hold the energy of Universal Monsters coupled with Grindhouse horror, two themes he does well with. That in mind, The Lunar Injection Kool-Aid Eclipse Conspiracy follows suit. Additionally, the Blue Grass influences fused with Zombie’s traditional stylings helps make the album what it is. There will never been an argument on whether or not you can dance to a Zombie track or not. However, this album is chock-full of bluesy grooves and delirious beats which make it extra enjoyable.
So how does he make the formula work yet again? Well, the method to the madness comes from Zombie and his extremely solid band (John 5, Piggy D., and Ginger Fish) building songs as they go and working through each layer to add something different to create something new.
Simply put, Rob Zombie has cracked the code. He knows his audience and how to deliver a banging album that goes beyond whatever expectations you may have had. Creating magic all while shredding it to pieces in the best way possible, Cryptic Rock gives The Lunar Injection Kool-Aid Eclipse Conspiracy 4 out of 5 stars.