ROB “MOTHER F**CKING” ZOMBIE! Yes, technically that is how his name is supposed to be expressed. Why? Because he is that good and you really need to experience one of his live shows, that incorporate full stage theatrics, giant robots, pyrotechnics, and giant movie screens (it’s one of those must sees, regardless of your personal genre-leanings). Rob has been very busy lately, spreading his special brand of mayhem to the masses. In 2012, he toured with Megadeth and immediately followed that up with the “Twins of Evil Tour” with Marilyn Manson, and during all of this he even managed to shoot a new film. On April 19th, the week before the album release, Rob’s new film “The Lords of Salem” was released. The film’s soundtrack is also out now and was scored by Rob Zombie band member John 5, as well as, Griffin Boyce. And yet, even after all of this, he still found time to record a new album.
“Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” is being released on April 23rd and marks Rob’s fifth studio album as a solo artist. After his success with his former band White Zombie, Rob has continued in his solo efforts to make the kind of music White Zombie was known for. But over the years, Rob’s sound has evolved and taken on a life of its own. There have always been much of the same elements in Rob’s solo efforts as there were in White Zombie but nothing that has quite captured the spirit of both, until now.
“I think for the first time, this new album perfectly merges the old days of White Zombie with the future of what I am doing now. I think fans of both will agree that this is the perfect combo of the two worlds” – Rob Zombie, 2013
Truer words have never been spoken.“Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” is the album Zombie fans have been waiting for. The first single, Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown is a hard rocking infectious tune that will have you bobbing your head and immediately wanting more. Never fear though, because Rob definitely delivers more. The accompanying video for the lead single is such a bizarre mash up of eye candy that it makes you love the song even more.
Rob Zombie’s “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown”
The album starts out with Teenage Nosferatu Pussy, a slow grinding track that pounds and grooves from beginning to end and really sets the mood for the rest of the album. Plus, how can you not love a track with a title like that. Revelation Revolution and Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga are two mid tempo dance friendly tracks aimed to get you moving. Revelation Revolution stands out amongst these two tracks as their seems to be an air of familiarity with it. Pay attention and really listen when the chorus kicks in, it sounds like Zombie channeled a little Judas Priest and some other 80’s rock anthems on this one.
In the middle of the album, we find probably one of the most interesting, fun, and entertaining tracks on the album, Rock and Roll (In a Black Hole). This track starts out with a fast paced electronic beat that will have you bouncing your head, but as soon as you reach the chorus, it explodes and slams your head into a brick wall. Between Zombie’s guttural vocal delivery, the electro beat, and the explosive chorus, this track has bite!
Continuing on, this album shows no sign of slowing down. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures keeps the album in high gear and delivers a track with elements reminiscent of early White Zombie. The combination of narration and movie sound bites gives this track some flavoring from the La Sexorcisto and Astro Creep 2000 eras. These two elements are combined with some heavy drum beats and hard charging guitar riffs to create another solid addition to this album. White Trash Freaks and Lucifer Rising deliver the goods in a similar fashion but it is Zombie’s cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re An American Band that gives this album an interesting twist.
Cover songs can often be sketchy territory as sometimes the spirit of the original is lost in translation. Fear not, for even though We’re An American Band has been Zombified, the original zest is still there. The drums and guitars are heavier, the vocals are fiercer, but the cowbell is still there and so is the funk.
Rounding out the album is The Girl Who Loved The Monsters , Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin, and a short instrumental track Theme For The Rat Vendor. One song after the other Zombie delivers one of his most ferocious and powerful albums in years. Zombie has chopped, hacked, sewn together, and electrified his monster. It is alive and is known as “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.” This is an album that old and new fans will not want to miss!
For more information on the films and music of Rob Zombie, please visit http://robzombie.com/
Written By Tim Lawler
OurVinyl | Contributor