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Not So Charming Anymore - 38%

DawnoftheShred, June 29th, 2007

When Astro Creep/La Sexorcisto fans argue that old White Zombie is noisy, incoherent, and shitty, it's hard to argue when EP's like Psycho-Head Blowout exist. Within a year, tthe band had already forgotten the charm and catchiness of Gods on Voodoo Moon, leaving us with a sampling of songs that suffer from crippling repetition, a template of uninteresting ideas musically and lyrically, and an intentional lack of innovation.

If you've heard Voodoo Moon or Pig Heaven, this EP does nothing to expand, refine, or evolve the band's sound. It's just another set of generic songs from a group that never had much to work with initially. While on Voodoo Moon, the uniqueness and integrity of the songs made up for their simplicity and oddness, here they fail to be anything but shallow rehashings of past material. The old songs worked because they were short and to the point. The songs on here ramble incoherently for close to five minutes, by which Zombie's early vocal delivery become infuriatingly grating. There's few memorable riffs at all, the bass plods, the drums are sloppy, and the lyrics (when intelligible) stick to the randomness of the psychedelia format without creating any mood or feeling or tension associated with such lyrics. Unfortunately, this EP would be the blueprints for their forthcoming debut, another failure of somewhat equal proportions.

I'll admit to liking their first EP, but even I can't stand most of this shit. Bands like Primus and Buckethead would better develop the sound that White Zombie totally botched here. Check those guys out for some trippy shit that actually works.

Decent Early White Zombie - 60%

BlackFuneral666, November 2nd, 2006

While White Zombie is mainly known for their campy mainstream metal of the 90's, they weren't always the same band. Their early material is more punk/noise rock than anything, and most of the releases aren't all that great, however Psycho-Head Blowout is a fairly decent album. While the songs here are barely held together, and poorly written at best, it does have its moments, and some of the tracks are actually quite memorable. You can even hear the bare bones of what eventually would become their signature sound with La Sexorcisto in the 90's.

The vocals used by Rob here are more whiny and nasal then he would later use (you can hear his voice start to take shape though, and he even adds the occassional "yeah" in a few songs), and not entirely audible over the droning, noisy instruments. The drumming here is nothing special, not that it really ever is on any White Zombie album, however some of the riffs are pretty crunchy, and sound pretty good (most notably "Eighty-Eight" and "Gun Crazy"). Another interesting note here is that the production on this is alot better than that of the next two releases "Soul Chrusher" and "Make Them Die Slowly". On the whole though, only 4 or 5 tracks really stand out, and you really have to listen otherwise songs just kind of run into each other, but, this is probably the best of their early material and the only one I really suggest getting if your a fan of their material interested in their early years.