The title of White Zombie's first mainstream success promises some good, trashy fun, and boy does this album deliver. White Zombie is not a nihilistic, the-world-is-rotten heavy metal band; on the contrary, one doubts that... more » they're in danger of taking anything too seriously, and the humor is audible in every riff. La Sexorcisto is rife with distorted guitars, snippets of dialogue from horror movies, and songs about fast cars ("Black Sunshine"), loose women ("Grindhouse (A-Go-Go)"), and the generally weird. Don't think about it too hard; sit back, relax, pop a cool one and crank up the stereo until it shakes your ceiling. -- Genevieve Williams« less
The title of White Zombie's first mainstream success promises some good, trashy fun, and boy does this album deliver. White Zombie is not a nihilistic, the-world-is-rotten heavy metal band; on the contrary, one doubts that they're in danger of taking anything too seriously, and the humor is audible in every riff. La Sexorcisto is rife with distorted guitars, snippets of dialogue from horror movies, and songs about fast cars ("Black Sunshine"), loose women ("Grindhouse (A-Go-Go)"), and the generally weird. Don't think about it too hard; sit back, relax, pop a cool one and crank up the stereo until it shakes your ceiling. -- Genevieve Williams
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"When the band first made its appearance with "Make Them Die Slowly," they found themselves largely ignored by the listeners in the mainstream. There was good reason for this, too, because the album, while refined in portions that were scattered throughout the album, was something that was rough and unrefined, showcasing many and many a shortcoming. This didn't set the band back that much, though, because they decided to take these setbacks in stride and forge ahead and create something a bit more refined, incorporating the love of monster movies and harsh vocals with samples that found themselves quite at home. Within La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1, there are many things that didn't seem remarkably groundbreaking at the time but that did manage to do something that few bands had done before White Zombie. They managed to take this type of music and shove it into the listening ears of an audience that seemed to be craving more. Powered by the vocal stylings that many find almost impossible to understand and heavy tempos that seem to ebb with power, song after song drives its way onward, compressing harmony with the mentality that heavy is good. Perhaps best known for the song "Thunder Kiss '65," the album propelled its way forward with single after single being released, also gaining some notation with the 400 horsepower adrenaline surge called "Black Sunshine." Still, the album was far from completed by these pieces. From the onset of the greeting card "Welcome to Planet MF/Psycholic Slag" welcomed you to "planet pretty kill" to the wonderful depiction of "I Am Legend" and its world overrun by swarms of the vampiric, the album worked to spotlight obscurity in movie and ideas that many people hadn't been exposed to. Sampling the likes of "Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, a little "I am Electro," and "Night of the Living Dead," not to mention inviting Iggy Pop on board for Black Sunshine, it is something that, to this day, I still find myself enjoying. For someone looking to drown their listening ears in something pleasurable but that isn't to be taken too terribly serious, then this would be something to look into. That is, it would be if you don't mind a bit of profanity, some heavier sounds in your musical experience, and beats that might find themselves hanging in your mind. Be warned, it might make you want to go out and read "I Am Legend," too."
A classic album, not for children.
Johnny Fuzz | 10/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lemme guess? You went ahead and bought Rob Zombie's "Hellbilly Deluxe" before splurging on "The Sinister Urge" a few years later, right? And I bet when a friend handed you Astrocreep 2000 and claimed that you weren't a hardcore Zombie fan until you heard it, you probably had to change your shorts.
Of course, that means you probably have no idea what this album is.
Just look at it.
It's NOT Rob Zombie and it's NOT Astrocreep 2000. La Sexorcisto is the begining of the marriage of old, thrashy, unpleasant (but still classic) "Make Them Die Slowly" with the off-beat, pop-shock that would go on to make Zombie the ringleader of his own twisted circus of a solo career.
This is an album full of epic, desert-redneck road rock and it lopes and guns like metal should. Rob Zombie's digital meddling is nowhere to be heard on this album, and to be honest, you probably won't like it all that much.
This isnt' Dragula and it doesn't even pretend to be. This is big-time rock in a form that's almost too pure for a record with production this clean and riffs this crazy. I give it a five because I love it.
You might not."
T. Barnes | 01/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of my favorites. So many grooves and solid jams. I gave it 4 because the mix is very weak. Sean's bass is inaudable, and the fidelity of J's guitar could have been stronger. However, these song's take you to a strange place and time and flow in and out of each other seamlessly via samples and sound effects. I miss these guys. This album makes your modern shock rockers look like total posers. If you dig Sabbath, older Metallica and Alice in Chains, you'll get alot out of this one."
One of the best albums of the 90s
3rdigraphix | Green Bay, WI | 03/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"White Zombie was the first metal band that I really started to listen to with both an objective & subjective ear. The only other bands that existed at the time with the same "WOW" factor were Pantera & Pre-Black album Metallica, but this CD still tops those other bands due to the ingenious use of sampling and stunning guitar lines.
I concur that the production quality on this disk is not the best, but it was their first major label record so I will let it slide. (Metallica's "...And justice for all" probably has the worst production on an otherwise great record that I have EVER heard.)
The tracks that I like best are not the radio-friendly ones: Soul Crusher, I am Legend, Cosmic Monsters Inc. & Warp Asylum are the best I believe. Thunderkiss & Black Sunshine are good, but suffered from overplay over the years. Welcome to Planet MF is also a standout track with a great breakdown at the 4:06 mark. "Soul Crusher" has a very clever opening guitar lick that meandors the listener into the main verse. "Cosmic Monsters inc." is my favorite track on the album and it probably features the best arrangements and guitar work on the album.
This brand of "Trash rock" (as it was aply named) is not for everybody...Zombie's lyrics are barely discernable at best and some of the sampling is over-used. With that said, however, nothing sounded like this band in 1992-nothing really came close. The drumming alone on this album is some of the best of the early nineties as well. It was a shame that Ivan DePrume (the drummer on this album only) got canned after it was released-I loved this guy's fills.
If you don't own this album, get it immediately-it is a must have for hard rock or metal fans."
N. Durham | Philadelphia, PA | 04/20/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The album that introduced mainstream America to one of metal's most beloved bands, White Zombie's "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1" is a tour de force of heandbanging ghoul rock. Songs like "Thunderkiss '65", "Black Sunshine", "Soul Crusher", "Thrust!", and "Grindhouse (A Go Go)" fully display the growl and campy lyrics of Rob Zombie, the grinding guitars of J., and the pumping bass and drums of Sean Yseult and Ivan Deprume respectively. I still remember thinking how mind boggingly cool White Zombie was when I had first heard them when I was a kid, and as much as I loved their follow up (and what proved to be their last studio album) "Astro Creep 2000", "La Sexorcisto" remains my favorite album from this much missed band. Forget most of Rob's newer material, this is the real deal."