As a person of long-time involvement with true occultism since age 16 who takes it very seriously, I have mixed feelings about the subject matter, or rather the way it's being portrayed. I mean, wooOoOoh-oOoOoOoh!! DaAaAaArk and spoOoOoky!! o.O ::wiggles fingers at you ominiously:: As I said, stereotype-parade. This does nothing for the dignity of perfectly legitimate ancient traditions that have been heinously charicaturized by two thousand years of backwards religious dogma. However, if you can ignore that (and let's be honest, chances are that you can,) Zombie's brand of heavy metal tinged with 1950's horror has a neat sort of style to it, and it certainly sticks with you.
As a guitarist, I enjoy the ratio of crunchy, palm-muted low-end 'chugging' chords to dynamic, fretboard-dancing riffs, as well as the blend of twangy, superstitious acoustic guitar with heavy, overdriven electric metal-guitar in songs like "Spookshow Baby." I like the fact that rather than just keep the guitar going constantly, the writer knows how to season a track with a few chords that blast through here and there, with pauses in-between. It's really more conducive to appreciating the role guitars play in music when you don't have the opportunity to take them for granted.
The message of "Dragula" is also nicely appreciable, IMO. It's got a sarcastic, chastising sort of political air about it. "Dig through the ditches and burn through the witches and slam in the back of my 'Dragula'" sounds like Rob Zombie's way of chiding, "Uh-huh. Just keep whatever it takes for world domination and killing everyone who gets in your way. That's great. <.<" Also, "Dead, I am the rat - feast upon the cat. Tender is the fur, dying as you purr" would seem to be a critique of the parasitic status-quo which, however complacent we've become in it, is decidedly the reverse of the natural and/or harmonious order. It's a statement that we've become so willing and glad to be exploited by those who are supposed to be our subordinates, and it's going to be the end of us ("dying as you purr.")
My favorite songs on this album are "Dragula," "Spookshow Baby," "Demonoid Phenomenon" and "Meet the Creeper." Overall I give it four out of five stars.