Rob Zombie - Venemous Rat Regeneration Vendor
A man of many talents, Rob Zombie has turned his attention back to his heavy metal, groove infused music with his fifth solo studio album.
A distorted teenage voice opens the album before leading into the dirty groove and pounding bass of Teenage Nosferatu Pussy take control. First single Dead City Radio And The Gods Of Supertown follows with an irresistible beat and stints of muffled spoken verse about the death of creativity on the mainstream radio stations. The brilliantly catchy rhythms accompanying the lyrics result in a very clever, addictive track. Revalation Revolution instantly has you hooked through sharp drum beats, off beat riffs and a memorable bridge into a bold chorus. Every track contains that unmistakeable Zombie character; slightly mischievous and full of charisma. A small interlude displaying John 5’s guitar skills breaks out from the norm of opening/closing the album and allows you to fully appreciate the musical brilliance after grabbing your attention with the opening tracks. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole) takes a more industrial turn with a robotic drum beat and droning, gripping vocal line; new territory for Zombie as it is minus the usual dynamic delivery yet every bit as impressive. The ferocious Lucifer Rising will have you tapping along and personifies Zombie’s song writing talents from it’s brash chorus to pumping beats.
With many strings to his bow, Rob Zombie’s care of attention to detail in his music never falters and results in a highly engrossing, enchanting album packed full of punchy, enchanting tracks.
Songs I’d Recommend: Revelation Revolution, White Trash Freaks, Lucifer Rising.
Twins of Evil Tour - Manchester Arena, 27.11.12
On paper, the Twins of Evil tour has the potential to be completely mind-blowing, like nothing you have ever seen before or will again. Two of the music worlds greatest showmen coming together for a show full of off the scale props and amazing songs. Too good to be true right?
Up first tonight in the coupling of madness is Marilyn Manson, king of goths, the God of Fuck himself. There has been much speculation over his live shows over the last few years, and it has been widely reported by many that he just doesn’t cut it anymore, but tonight in Manchester there is a hint of optimism in the air as Manson’s set draws near. Many fans dressed up as the star, and deafening screams as he takes to the stage.
Kicking thing’s off with Hey Cruel World, it isn’t the most exciting start to things, but as soon as Disposable Teens kicks in it is a different story. An exhilarating version of Love Song shows that Manson has still got it, somewhere still within him he has the power to command an audience with his screams.
His set wavers from brilliant in parts to lack lustre in others. Slo-Mo-Tion is, slow and bares the fact that Manson’s voice is lacking somewhat these days, but his rendition of Coma White complete with fake snow falling to the stage was pretty magnificent. King Kill 33, Antichrist Superstar and Beautiful People steal the show as being the best tracks of the set. Whether good, or bad, you cannot deny just how entertaining Manson is capable of being, but their is definitely the air of ‘warm up act’ and his days of being the main man may sadly be over.
The night takes one hell of a turn when Rob Zombie hits the stage. Manchester Arena becomes a horror movie heavy metal party and the crowd go wild. There is so much to take in. Giant LED screens blazoned with shocking scenes, green eyed monsters, demons, robots, and a ridiculous amount of confetti, and not one bit of it is over compensating or in place of the music, because that is amazing too.
Superbeast, Living Dead Girl, Sick Bubblegum, the list is endless, and every bit of it flawless. Throw in a few White Zombie hits and you got yourself a winner of a show. The atmosphere is a complete change and it is electric. Two stunning solos from (former members of Marilyn Manson) Ginger Fish and John 5 go down a storm and Zombie himself makes his way around the arena, greeting his followers.
Ending on a brief cover of Alice Cooper’s School’s Out and the classic Dragula, Rob Zombie shows he still has what it takes as a showman and he certainly knows how to rock a crowd.
There is no question really who comes out on top of the Twins of Evil contest this evening, Zombie is the King, and Manson needs to take it up a notch next time but there is no denying what an incredible evening it has been.
Rob Zombie - Mondo Sex Head
It has been two years since Rob Zombie released his last record Hellbilly Deluxe 2. Apart from touring the world over this time, he has been working away at his new horror movie due for release later this year, The Lords of Salem. But, not to turn his back on music completely, remix album Mondo Sex Head has just been released.
All the tracks on the album have been handpicked by Zombie himself from a collection of remixes, featuring mixes of many of his greatest hits, dating all the way back to his days in White Zombie. Some tracks have only slight changes, some have been completely reworked, changing tempo, tone and even genre.
A prime example of this is the Photek remix of one of Zombie's biggest hits Living Dead Girl. The song has been given a complete turnaround, slowed down somewhat with a hint of a trance takeover, only just recognisable. However, die hard fans need not worry too much, not all songs have seen such a drastic change, most of the album still keeps its heavy, metal feel, with a few extra elements thrown in.
The Drumcorps Acid remix of Never Gonna Stop is pretty much exactly the same as the original aside from a few tweaks here and there, and Korn frontman Jonathan Davis, under DJ alias JDevil, have transformed Thunderkiss 65 into an electro metal epic.
Bringing the dance and metal audiences together is not always a successful mission, but Mondo Sex Head works well to please each and bridge the gap. Enough to show its face on the dance scene, but enough to keep his metal followers happy also.
The closing of the record, Griffin Boice's mix of Mars Need Women is a complete mind melt of a song. Dark and industrial fuelled, but one heck of a dance track, the perfect soundtrack to a party in hell. Mondo Sex Head will certainly ruffle a few feathers, but since when has Rob Zombie ever been one to conform?
Manson & Zombie team up for winter tour
Heavy metal pioneers Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie have announced they are bringing their Twins Of Evil tour to the UK this fall! Kicking off the tour in the States, the horror duo are expected in the UK this November. Zombie took the UK by storm last year with an incredible solo tour and a blinding performance and last years Download festival, and currently working on a new album, his return to our shores can’t come quick enough! As for Manson, seemingly regaining some of his former glory with recent release Born Villiain and a successful show at Brixton’s Academy last week, this looks to be one of the tours of the year.
Venues and prices are still to be announced but check out the dates below!
November 26 - London, UK
November 27 - Manchester, UK
November 28 - Glasgow SECC, UK
November 29 - Birmingham, UK
Rob Zombie gets TV show
It seems that being a musician, film director, producer and screenwriter just isn’t enough for Mr Zombie, as he has announced he has joined forces with Nerdist channel to creat new comedy My Name Is Eugene. The programme will follow the tales of the unlucky Eugene S. Van Dekak, a television repair man from California.
The show will feature musical numbers; check out a spoiler, a song about Eugene’s long lost love Julie, a big inspiration for his tracks!