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Rob Zombie – [Album]

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

While no album that Rob Zombie has released since going solo has really tanked commercially, the hard truth is that it has been a solid ten years since the singer released a good album of new music. That might sound damning, but it's true; lots of Rob Zombie's albums have come out and proven to be perfectly listenable for a little while, but they've proven to have less and less staying power as time has worn on. The speed at which Zombie's new releases have lost their shine has increased with each successive album, to the point that Hellbilly Deluxe II arrived almost stillborn in 2010 and its reissue went basically ignored when it came out about twenty months after the original. This kind of pattern would be worrisome for any artist and any label, but it's really saying something when a monster-sized artist like Rob Zombie is dropped from his new label after just one album.

If the trend which was set into motion ten years ago continued, it didn't look like there would be much time left for Rob Zombie. He needed a miracle and, astoundingly, the singer proves he had one in him with Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor; Rob Zombie's first album back on a Universal-distributed label after his one-album run to Roadrunner, his first to see guitarist John 5 and drummer Ginger Fish both in the ranks and playing together for the first time since the pair played with Marilyn Manson, and the first in years to see the singer excited (there's a crack in his voice which betrays the fact that he knows he's got something good here), a little hungry and ready to prove he's still got a swagger in his undead form.

If listeners were uncertain of what to expect from Rob Zombie now, seven years after his music began to struggle and movies clearly began to take up more of his time,the singer spells out what they're going to get pretty clearly from the moment “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy” explodes to open Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, his fifth album. There, all of the blocks which made Zombie's music so much fun to listen to in the late Nineties are lined up, polished and in order; the troglodytic beats and tightly wound guitar and bass compel adrenaline levels to rise while Rob Zombie's monolithic, rasping vocal can command anyone to fall in line as the whole thing captures imaginations. Like his early solo records too, the lyrics are basically meaningless (readers are invited to find meaning in lines like “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy/ Turn it on, turn it on” – which make up the complete lyric sheet for this song's chorus) but that doesn't matter because the presentation of them is so urgent and imminently infectious that it feels like a call to arms. Listeners with have to actively stop themselves from stomping along.

The charge led by “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy” is solid and exciting, but Zombie immediately starts putting flesh on the song's form and including other excellent bits of wonderful for an added “Wow” factor. The wows will immediately go up when listeners realize that Zombie has boosted part of The Doors' “Texas Radio and The Big Beat” for “Dead City Radio and the Gods of Supertown” and mixed it into an absolutely phenomenal sound collage which not only holds up as a good rock song, it could play in clubs pretty easily too.The “Wow” pitch and volume will only increase when “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Loga Raga” borrows the tiniest accent from a vintage Korn hit and adds it to a positively torrential crypt-rock groove and “White Trash Freaks” crosses the zombies with a bit of Kid Rock caprice for thrills. As was the case with “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy,” looking for remarkable lyric sheets is pointless but the songcraft is second to none; as the singer has done before (and struck gold), he straps some great and attractive images (from horror movies, carnivals, acid trips and strip clubs) to some great, heavy beats and guitar licks and amps up the volume to make it larger than life before pressing the whole mess into pop song forms. The process is closer to alchemy than it is to rocket science, but it works brilliantly here and, when listeners realize that, they'll also realize that Rob Zombie hasn't nailed it so perfectly in over a decade.

But will Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor end up being the elixir that Rob Zombie needs to refresh his career an get his fans excited again? There's no question that, in these salad days for the music industry, nothing is a given and those who miss the mark with listeners regularly get left behind without a second look from labels – so all bets are off. However, there's no question that this record is just what the fans still left in Rob Zombie's camp needed; with the right chance, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor could be bigger than Jesus, The Crypt Keeper and Jason Voorhees all at once.

Artist:

www.robzombie.com/
www.myspace.com/robzombie
www.facebook.com/RobZombie
www.twitter.com/RWZombie

Download:
Rob Zombie –
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor – “Dead City Radio and The New Gods Of Supertown” – [mp3]

Album:

Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor will be released on April 23, 2013 via Zodiak Swan Records. Pre-order it here on Amazon .

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Rob Zombie – [Album]

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Monday, 08 February 2010

After so many years and releases (since Supersexy Swingin' Sounds – at least) that have seen Rob Zombie continue to mutate his metal into some permutation of ghoulish electro-goth, the question of whether the singer would find his way back to more real-time music had become an increasingly valid one. In the last ten years particularly, even when Zombie has polished his metal edge (Educated Horses), it has always been coupled with an appraisal of his cybernetic one in order to hedge bets and at least ensure some play on any given gothic club dance floor so, as “Jesus Frankenstein" warms listeners up for Hellbilly Deluxe 2, that it rocks hard and does it with little in the way of technological glitchery actually comes as a shock.

Could it be that Rob Zombie is ready to step out from behind his laptop?

The answer, for the most part, is “Yes, he is.” For the first time in years, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 sees Rob Zombie playing and interacting with other musicians on tracks that actually sound like new songs rather than a set of reconstituted remixes. After the tone gets set by “Jesus Frankenstein” – which sounds a bit like an overture for the proceedings and echoes “Sawdust In The Blood” from Educated Horses – Zombie leads the charge through a set of the ten hardest-driving, least computer-controlled rockers to come from the singer since the word “White” preceded his name. Each track presents a different facet of the singer's established public face; the heavy-handed but brick-thick rhythm section in “Sick Bubblegum” recalls an affinity for The Ramones while “Mars Needs Women” resuscitates the heavy breathing exercises of “Dragula” and, when the bells toll to open “Virgin Witch,” they drive a stake through the heart of the singer's electro-clash period while an unholy choir looks on.

All of those aforementioned tracks will get longtime fans who have waited so long for a glimmer of metal excited, but the album doesn't stop there. Zombie is earnestly (and successfully) trying to recapture some of his former powers in tracks like “Death And Destiny Inside The Dream Factory,” “Burn” and the wild, enormous “The Man Who Laughs” (which comes complete with a full-sized S&M-style orchestra and a barn-burning drum solo) Zombie and guitarist John 5 dig even further into the singer's metal roots to remove any possible perception that this album might just be a canny and calculated play to get back into the good graces of metal heads. In the end, when 5, the orchestra and Zombie finally ease the book closed on “The Man Who Laughs,” it just feels revelatory. It's an easy end, but it leaves listeners to contemplate what they've just experienced and it does take a minute to sink in; after a decade spent lightening up and concentrating on any and every other artistic endeavor within reach, Rob Zombie has effortlessly revived his career as an active musician and done so without any electronic gimmickry. If there was rust that needed to be kicked off the belts, it doesn't show here; on Hellbilly Deluxe 2, Rob Zombie's career just lives – again.

Artist:

www.robzombie.com/

www.myspace.com/robzombie

Download:

Rob Zombie – “Burn” – Hellbilly Deluxe 2 – Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls And The Systematic Dehumanization Of Cool

Album:
Hellbilly Deluxe 2 – Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls And The Systematic Dehumanization Of Cool is out now. Buy it here on Amazon .

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