On this day in music history: April 11, 1995 - “Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head”, the fourth album by White Zombie is released. Produced by Terry Date, it is recorded at NRG Studios in Los Angeles, CA from Mid - Late 1994. After nearly a decade together in which they have evolved from an underground metal band with solid indie cult following to Double Platinum sales with their third album “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One”, White Zombie find themselves under intense pressure to match or exceed their breakthrough album. The two and a half years touring in support of their previous record have taken a major toll. Exhaustion and infighting between the band members, all formerly close friends, have begun to drive them apart. The relationship between bandleader and lead singer Rob Zombie and bassist Sean Yseult who have been boyfriend and girlfriend for nearly eight years, also ends acrimoniously right before work on the next album begins. Their previous drummer Phil Buerstatte also leaves the band, and is replaced by former Testament and Exodus drummer John Tempesta. For “Astro Creep: 2000”, White Zombie work with veteran hard rock and metal producer Terry Date, best known for his work with Metal Church, Soundgarden and Pantera. Everything about making the album is a struggle as the band spend three tense months writing material for the project. Also supplementing the bands sound in the studio is keyboardist Charlie Clouser (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Killing Joke), which incorporates more sampling and sequencing into their music. When it comes time to record, they end up recording their parts separately to avoid further acrimony. In spite of this, White Zombie’s creative muse remains intact, crafting a dark, groove oriented industrial metal masterpiece. The albums first single “More Human, Than Human” (#7 Modern Rock, #10 Mainstream Rock), inspired by dialogue from the science fiction classic “Blade Runner”, becomes an out of the box hit. It spins off two more singles including “Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)” (#27 Mainstream Rock) and “Super-Charger Heaven” (#39 Mainstream Rock). The album becomes White Zombie’s most successful album, receiving two Grammy nominations. But even the major success cannot hold the band together, and they split following the tour in support “Astro Creep”. The original issue of the album is given a limited vinyl release in the US and Europe, pressed on translucent blue and purple vinyl respectively. Another limited vinyl reissue on clear and red vinyl comes in 2007, with Music On Vinyl also issuing it as a 180 gram LP in 2012. “Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head” peaks at number six on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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