Wednesday, October 15, 2008
White Zombie - Gods on Voodoo Moon/Pig Heaven/Soul Crusher/Make Them Die Slowly/God of Thunder/Children of the Grave
To say that Rob Zombie and Halloween have a rather close relationship is to say peanut butter and jelly are close bedfellows. Most recognize Rob Zombie as the director of such films as The Devil's Rejects and the disaster of a remake, Halloween. Some recognize him as a successful solo artist and boisterous front man for the industrial-metal band, White Zombie; but few know that White Zombie started out as a noise rock/punk band in New York City, whose fan base has included the likes of Thurston Moore and Kurt Cobain. Since Halloween is upon us, what could be more fitting than a pack of delicious noise rock treats?
In 1985 White Zombie recorded their first EP, Gods on Voodoo Moon. 300 copies were pressed and only 100 of those copies were sold. Clocking in at a little over fourteen minutes, this is my favorite release from the noise rock era of White Zombie.
1. King of Souls
2. Gentleman Junkie
3. Tales From the Scarecrow Man
4. Cat's Eye Resurrection
5. Black Friday
6. Dead or Alive
Download: White Zombie-Gods on Voodoo Moon
Download Size: 12.23 MB
In May of 1986, White Zombie released the Pig Heaven EP. It was limited to 500 copies and only contained the two tracks, "Pig Heaven" and "Slaughter the Grey." It's worth the time to check out for "Pig Heaven" alone, which I consider their best track from their pure noise rock era.
1. Pig Heaven
2. Slaughter the Grey
Download: White Zombie-Pig Heaven
Download Size: 8.01 MB
After releasing a slew of EPs, White Zombie released their first LP, Soul Crusher, to somewhat mixed opinions. It has been regarded as one of their best works and a great piece of noise rock amongst noise rock enthusiasts, yet considered their worst LP amongst the fans of the metal White Zombie.
2. Shack of Hate
3. Drowning the Colossus
4. Crow III
5. Die Zombie Die
7. Truck on Fire
8. Future Shock
9. Scum Kill
10. Diamond Ass
Download: White Zombie-Soul Crusher
Download Size: 44.15 MB
White Zombie's second LP effort would see them take a turn towards a more heavy metal sound. 1989's Make Them Die Slowly, is an interesting listen and a must have for White Zombie collectors but to me comes off as a band stuck in transition from noise rock to metal. In my opinion it is their worst LP and only the album finale track, "Godslayer," saves the album.
1. Demon Speed
2. Disaster Blaster
5. Acid Flesh
6. Power Hungry
Download: White Zombie-Make Them Die Slowly
Download Size: 46.31 MB
Before White Zombie released their signature album, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, they released a three track EP entitled, God of Thunder. The EP showcases White Zombie honing in their craft from the generic heavy metal style to the groove/industrial style of metal that most people expect from them. The highlight of the EP is the cover of Kiss' "God of Thunder."
1. God of Thunder
2. Love Razor
3. Disaster Blaster II
Download: White Zombie-God of Thunder
Download Size: 17.23 MB
Finally, I'm adding a track from the Nativity in Black: Black Sabbath tribute album. White Zombie does a fine job covering the Black Sabbath classic, "Children of the Grave."
1. Children of the Grave
Download: White Zombie- Children of the Grave
Download Size: 7.64 MB
Conspicuous by its absence is White Zombie's 1987 EP, Psycho-Head Blowout. I only have this release in cassette form and when I broke up the tracks for upload I left some tracks joined together; thus it is broken up into three tracks instead of seven. If you are still interested, leave a comment and I will upload it anyways. Enjoy!