Rob Zombie - "Hellbilly Deluxe"
By Dan Century
The 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.
So 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.
8491 Sunset Blvd. #215, Hollywood, CA 90069
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