Friday, April 10, 2020

Archive Review: Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction's Tattooed Beat Messiah (1988)

Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction's Tattooed Beat Messiah
Heeey Kiddies!!! Get ready, boys and girls and those of unqualified gender, to blow thy minds with the full-blown, BIG-beat rockin’ sound and fury of the one-and-only mutant king, Zodiac Mindwarp and his fabled band, the Love Reaction. Tattooed Beat Messiah is your introduction to the unholy world of celestial kicks and cosmic licks, a non-stop primal rock ‘n’ roll firestorm of intense musical napalm

Riding iron steeds with fiery anuses, Zodiac and gang are the mutant biker lizard-men of your darkest fantasies; singing saviors of the nightmarish, post-apocalyptic civilization. Drawing on almost three decades of rock history, Tattooed Beat Messiah rings and dances with hermetic poetry; metallic guitar licks; and sneering, growling hard rock vocals bristling with punk-like attitude and hardcore energy.

Lyrically obscure and occult-ish, Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction match Crowley-ish mysticism with lysergic acid diethylamide experience and spiritual amorality with a heavy dose of New York Dolls/Alice Cooper/Screaming Lord Sutch hard rock mania. Toss in a healthy dose of solar psychosis and an anarchic streak a mile wide and you have a thugee-worshipping band of mercenary rockin’ madmen riding a laser beam to hell and back.

Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction just might be the first rock ‘n’ roll band from this planetary wasteland that’s ready to go on a three-hundred night road trip among the stars and galaxies of the universe. If you like your music loud and swaggering, your rock hard, as brutal as a rose petal and as sweet as an iron rod’s kiss, then glom a copy of Tattooed Beat Messiah. If not, then go back to yer momma’s Menudo albums, wimpo…

Review originally published by The Metro (Nashville), 1988

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