Song lyrics from ‘The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man’ may be the artist’s most meaningful
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While the official video for “The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man,” from the album The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, features band personnel, animation clips, a Dragula truck and Rob Zombie turning into a werewolf, the words to the song hold an additional perspective into the shock metalist’s work. What better way to access the lyrics than to watch and listen?
Music to see
A variety of “The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man” lyric videos have been licensed to YouTube since late January, including several from Rapid Lyric. One of the most recent, which premiered on Mar. 23, 2021, merely has a static image of the song’s cover art. But as the music plays, the lyrics take on a somewhat informing aura of suggestion.
The lyrics for Zombie’s “The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man” touch on a variety of points and popular imagery. The accompanying lyric video adds to a retrospective feeling, almost like the results of a Rob Zombie Rorschach test. Or maybe RZ is acting out some favorite fantasies, which is still revealing. For instance, Zombie immediately mentions a “crop circle,” perhaps suggesting mystery while building musical momentum. Next up, a “Steam-powered zodiac” gives rise to thoughts of a steampunk-meets-cyberpunk powered relativity. The lyrics, “Godzilla eats the dragon’s head” followed by “Snake River Canyon” lends to a reptilian penchant and “Knievel kicked it, now he’s dead,” strictly seems an historical reference.
Rob Zombie can be extreme, perversely clever and abundantly entertaining. The next time “The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Mind” is played, listen closely to the words.
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