Rob Zombie never does anything half-assed especially when it comes to his song titles and album titles. ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy’ is a perfect example of this. The album is Rob’s seventh studio album as a solo artist and might be his opus, his masterpiece, his piece de resistance. The most badass album he has ever made and the fans might agree as it is his first album to reach #1 on the Billboard Top Album Sales Chart after its release on March 12, 2021. I think it is definitely his strongest and most accessible because his past albums usually have some strange shit, but this takes the strangest stuff and packages in a way that has more hooks, more melodies and more of everything that is great about him including more John 5 who is one of my favorite guitarist.
But before we get in to the music, let’s talk about this packaging of the album as it is nothing short of amazing. The back cover is hand-drawn space monster’s in the vein of Planet of the Apes I guess. And check out the names of the songs, nothing simple and straight forward here. The album is also a gatefold with what my one of the coolest pictures of Rob just relaxing with his arms behind his head and probably saying, “Yeah, I’m a cool mother-f’er”…okay he probably would have said the full word.
And if that wasn’t cool enough, check out the red, black and white splatter vinyl. Now, tell me that isn’t pretty f’n beautiful. C’mon! This might be the prettiest vinyl I have in the collection as it is simply stellar. And it plays as good as it looks!
If that isn’t enough coolness, Rob steps it up a notch for you. You don’t get a double sided album sleeve with pictures and lyrics nor a single insert with that, nope. You get a 24 page booklet filled with pictures, drawings and lyrics and it is so creepy, disturbing and astounding all at the same time. You could look at this thing for hours and still find things you missed, I know, I have!! I have snapped a few pictures so you get a pretty great understanding of what you get…simply breathtaking!! Nobody has ever accused Rob of being normal and this booklet proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that there is something seriously wrong with him and we are the better for it.
Now, wasn’t that probably the most stellar packaging of any album ever and this not a deluxe edition or anything like that. It is just what Rob does. He makes an album purchase worth every penny and since I bought this used, I even got more bang for my buck!! Enough praise for the package, although it does deserve every ounce of it, it is the music which makes this album an album. Let us begin.
As with all Zombie albums, they are filled with interludes that sound like scenes from movies and the music is a horror filled sexy romp full of the ghoulish and the macabre and at times can be downright scary, but it is also catchy, memorable and full of magic from a band that has the likes of John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass and Ginger Fish on drums…and yes, those are their stage names. The album kicks off with an intro before going right in to “The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)” which is a hard driving, turbo fueled rocker that is both morbid and exciting with its witchcraft and devil worshiping references and then goes straight in to “The Ballad of Sleazy Rider” which is classic Zombie filled with some blues guitar by the great John 5 and Piggy D and Ginger Fish lay down a nasty rhythm that pushes the song forward and hard.
After another interlude, we get “Shadow of the Cemetery Man” which is in the same vein as the prior track and that is not a bad thing as it is groovetastic. Then we get a heavily John 5 influenced song with “18th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks and a One-Way Ticket on the Ghost Train” as every John 5 solo album has to have a countrified, hillbilly track on it and why shouldn’t Rob’s album. This song is one to make you scream YeeHaw!!! “The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man” explodes on to the scene and if you are in your car be prepared to get a ticket as your foot will be forced down on the gas pedal and you will have the urge to drive fast and furious. “The Much Talked Of Metamorphosis” is an acoustic track with only guitar. No drums, no bass, no Rob…just guitar and it is both somber and full of melancholy.
“The Satanic Rites of Blacula” comes up next and is one of the heaviest songs on the album, if that is even possible as it is all pretty heavy. This headbanger kicks off a B-Side that will blow your socks off. After another short interlude Zombie and the boys bring us some heavily 70’s influenced rockers with “Shake Your Ass/Smoke Your Grass” first up which is a hard driving, drum pounding song with a groove that makes you want to put on your shades and strut your ass off while smoking your grass. Then we get “Boom Boom Boom” that is so freaking sinister that it reminds us of how messed up Zombie’s mind must be.
We get another interlude and this one is at around a minute and is actually a fantastic musical piece. Then out of left field we get a sitar on the shortest song title of the album with “Get Loose”. The song goes from sitar to a hard hitting, drum filled rocker. Ginger Fish’s is bringing his all on this one. And I haven’t spoken much about Rob and let me tell you he has never sounded more evil and better. The album ends after the final interlude with “Crow Killer Blues” which screams death metal but still very melodic as only Rob can do it. It starts off is evil and menacing as Rob can get. It might be the darkest track on the album. The trio of musicians are so immense in their sound that the song is full of texture and too many layers to grasp all in one listen. What a way to end with such a destructively heavy song. Give me more please!!
The album is as perfect as an album can be. With 6 interludes and 11 songs it must be heard in the order it was intended, no shuffling. Nothing should be deleted, skipped or missed. Take it all in and be immersed in to the world that is Rob Zombie…it is a scary and exciting place to be. This is easily my favorite Zombie album I think I’ve heard as a solo artist. Take all that with the incredible packaging job they did in presenting this album and it is easily a 5.0 out of 5.0 Stars! This might be the best album I’ve heard this year!!! We will see at the end of the year if that still holds.