Before Rob Zombie there was White Zombie - a fusion of dirty rock, industrial, and groove metal, with early signs of the schlocky horror touches that would become mainstays of RZ’s solo career. To a degree, White Zombie’s earliest work is unrecognisable. It’s spacey, tripped out noise rock, with a young Rob Zombie sounding completely … Continue reading 181: WHITE ZOMBIE
There are many amazing and talented heavier bands in Europe that will never see true international success because the songs are in their native tongue and, unfortunately, that can be a roadblock that is both unfair and frustrating. So for a band to not only find success, but reach the very peak of it for … Continue reading 160: RAMMSTEIN
With Puscifer you might get droning, contemplative beauty with Grand Canyon, or a rollicking rock song with Conditions of My Parole, or perhaps a gentle, empowering psalm like The Humbling River, or even an electronic alt rocker like Dozo. As I said, the variety is inspiring, and all of it is worth your time.
This is the first band to show me the world outside my genre-bound nascent love of music. Eye-opening, mind-expanding, and those opening vocals in Stitches still give me goosebumps 23 years later, now with added nostalgia and emotion.
While the band has continued to adapt and alter their sound in various ways over the last thirty years, that mixture of dirty punk and polished industrial elements has always remained and is undeniably Powerman 5000.
Apparently the genres that best describe Mindless Self Indulgence are 'electropunk' and 'industrial rock', but I think 'batshit' is just as apt a label.