CD Review

Rob Zombie - "Hellbilly Deluxe"

By Dan Century

Helbilly DeluxeThe first question on my mind is: what happened to White Zombie? Did Rob figure out that he didn't have to split the loot four ways if he dumped the band and went out on his own? That's my guess, but considering the fact that the loss of the other three zombies hasn't changed the music, who cares?

Rob is back, and looking move evil than ever. In the past he kind of looked like Al Jourgensen (Ministry) with dreadlocks. Now, Rob has his new "zombie" look and it really works for him. It really does. He kind of looks like a cross between Charlie Manson, just about any character from the Broadway play Cats and Charlton Heston as Moses - if you think about it, that's about as scary as it gets!

The CD packaging is great too - it's a teenage boy's dream. Take every icon and image that a 15 year old boy holds dear: skulls, pentagrams, parental advisory stickers, Frankenstien's monster, mummies, witches, comics, dragsters, women in bikinis, nude women, pubic hair (!) - it's all there, in one convenient booklet that you can read while you lie on your bed listening to the album. Here's some trivia to bust on your homies in study hall: the robot on the back of the CD and in the video for the song Dragula is a replica of the robot from the 1939 horror flick, The Phantom Creeps, starring Bela Lugosi (White zombie was also taken from the title of a Bela Lugosi movie).

Rob is one of those performers with absolutely zero musical originality. Everything he produces sounds more or less like someone else - My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Ministry, KMFDM, NIN, Foetus, Skinny Puppy, Coil, Motley Crue, the Orb, the Misfits, Today is the Day and yes even Marilyn Manson. I don't believe he's intentionally trying to rip people off. I think he's just making music that he loves and wants to hear.

Hellbilly DeluxeSo far I've criticized Rob for dumping his band, looking like Moses, and having absolutely zero musical originality, but, would you believe it, I really like this album (I like anything brutal and obnoxious). Songs like Superbeast and Dragula are absolute balls to the wall, kill your girl friend's parents, high on angel dust and speed, driving down to Mexico, shooting at everything that looks like it will bleed, rock n' roll. The rest of the songs follow the same formula of anger, sex, death, monster, demon, zombie, satanic, drug abuse kinda raw drive a tractor over your neighbor's skull kinda hate the world so I'll burn it all down music.

Rob uses a lot of creepy spook-show horror moog sounds and B-movie samples to tie everything together, like a movie, Rob's movie - Satanic Slingblade. Unnatural Dead Zombies. Disappointments include the songs What Lurks on Channel X and Return of the Phanton Strangler which sound too much like Marylin Manson for me to enjoy them. Another disappointment is the song How to Make a Monster, which is probably the best song on the album, but it's mixed so low it's hard to appreciate it or hear it.

If you like White Zombie you'll like this album. If you're a 29 year old computer programmer who is sad because "there's no new heavy metal nowadays" you'll like this album. If you're a teenager who is sick and tired of Hostess Twinky crap like the Wallflowers, Puff Daddy and Will Smith you'll like this album. If you don't like the album...well...Rob will drive his car over your skull and eat your brains.

Contact Information:
Rob Zombie
Post: 8491 Sunset Blvd. #215, Hollywood, CA 90069

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