Posts Tagged ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’

1332491956_hellbilly-deluxeThe full album title is Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International, but a lot of us just refer to the album as Hellbilly Deluxe. This album was my proper introduction to Rob Zombie because I know I had heard White Zombie before, but I never had paid attention till I had seen him at Ozzfest 99 when he was promoting this album. It was Rob Zombie’s first venture as a solo artist after he disbanded White Zombie and it featured much of the same sound as White Zombie, but it was more ferocious and in your face. It mixed sounds of rock, metal, and industrial into while combining the awesomeness of b-horror movie madness. On the record, Rob played with Riggs (Guitars), Blasko (Bass), and the album saw John Tempesta (Drums) come over from White Zombie and the album features additional work from Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Danny Lohner, and Mark Matcho. The album was released on August 25, 1998 and the album peaked at number 5 on The Billboard Top 200 charts while going 3 times platinum since in the US and 2 times platinum in Canada. The album features a 24 page booklet which includes the cover and has artwork designed by Marvel Comics artists Gene Colan and Dan Brereton. The robot posing with Rob Zombie is a replica robot from the 1939 movie The Phantom Creeps and was designed by Wayne Toth (he would later work with Rob on House Of 1000 Corpses) specifically for Rob. The album also features samples from old horror films like Lady Frankenstein, The Last House On The Left, The City Of The Dead, Mark Of The Devil, Daughters Of Darkness, and The Satanic Rites Of Dracula.

rob_zombie_-_hellbilly_deluxe_(1998)-back1. Call Of The Zombie– A creepy little intro that I believe that Sherri Moon Zombie is the one saying it. The sound clip at the end of it is from the Vincent Price film Madhouse. 4/5

2. Superbeast– This song is absolutely intense as it chugs away with the industrial madness behind it as it smashes your eardrums. If you were driving in a Camaro, this song would make you want to drive more than a 100 MPH. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the record and it was an amazing way that Rob used to open his concerts with back in the day. 5/5

3. Dragula– This is probably one of the most famous tracks on the record with it’s crazy club industrial metal sound about the car that The Munsters had in the show. 5/5

4. Living Dead Girl– A song whose music I can only describe as seductive and mesmerizing with the line in the beginning of the track from the film Lady Frankenstein. The music in the beginning of the song is from The Last House On The Left Trailer while the line What are you thinking about?/The same thing you are is from the film Daughters Of Darkness. 5/5

5. Perversion 99– Another intro track that leaves you in a  trance as you wait for the next track because you can’t avoid it. 4/5

6. Demonoid Phenomenon– This track is an absolute sledgehammer as Riggs guitar sound melts your face combined with the industrial dance floor like metal. The lines “don’t lie to yourself, it gave you pleasure” and “enjoy the dead girl’s body” are from the Daughters Of Darkness film. 5/5

7. Spookshow Baby– This is an interesting song that is all industrial in nature before changing into a metal blitzkrieg for the choruses. 4/5

8. How To Make A Monster– Never one of my favorites on this record due to it’s low quality sound. I usually avoid this one. 1/5

9. Meet the Creeper– This is a step back in the right direction for the band as it’s another track on the record that is a freight train going out of control with the muted string/dropped d sound combined with more of the industrial beats. This is one of the tracks that features Tommy Lee on drums. 5/5

1180359262-inlay-cover10. The Ballad Of Resurrection Joe And Rosa Whore– This is techno madness at it’s best mixed with metal. This is the other track on the record that features Tommy Lee on drums. 4/5

11. What Lurks On Channel X?– This song isn’t bad on the record, but I have always said that it sounded better live. This is a another great example of the industrial techno metal sound where the samples are at the forefront of the track. 3/5

12. Return Of The Phantom Stranger– I love the organs mixed in the beginning of the track along with the techno metal. Mt favorite part of the song is the chorus, I just live all the elements that are mixed in with the song. It reminds me of the White Zombie track Blood, Milk, And Sky and I love that song. 4/5

13. The Beginning Of The End can be considered the outro, but it’s a bunch of industrial machine factory like noise which can essentially symbolize what a disastrous end would sound like. 2/5

My Final Thoughts: I became obsessed with Rob Zombie after I saw what an amazing live show he had and I have to say out of all the lineups he has had, this one is still my favorite. Riggs and Blasko brought another dimension into Zombie’s band that was amazing live. I still believe that the guys he has now are amazing, but it’s been hard to top these first two solo records in Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge which is my absolute favorite.  The album gets four stars out of five for a final grade. This is the last Halloween related post for the album of the week category. It has been a fun ride this year. Here is to next year.

File:RobZombieVRRVCoverArt.jpgIt’s the long awaited fifth studio album by monster man Rob Zombie and it’s a mouthful, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. It’s the first solo album to feature former Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish, the third to feature John 5 on guitar and the second to feature Piggy D on bass. After listening to Dead City Radio numerous times, I finally became excited enough to want to listen to the new album since Rob is one of my all time favorites. I’ve been waiting for a solo album that would top the first two (HellBilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge) that featured a completely different line up. Educated Horses and Hellbilly Deluxe 2 just didn’t do it for me, I felt Zombie had changed his style for the worse. The thing I loved about White Zombie and the first two solo records is that Rob’s music had the scary element to it and his live shows did as well. Don’t get me wrong, he still puts on one hell of a live show.  The album was released this past Tuesday, four days after the release of Rob’s new movie The Lords Of Salem which featured a soundtrack that was scored by John 5. Let’s take a look at the album.

a2Wow, what a way to start off an album, Teenage Nosferatu Pussy starts with the typical soundbote sample, but when the music kicks in it hits you like a jackhammer hitting concrete. The song is heavy and it’s the Zombie I have been waiting years to hear again.The track also contains some monstrous bass riffs to match the amazing guitar playing. Dead City Radio And The New Gods of Supertown is the first single off the album and it’s got that funky groove to it and if you want a full description visit my previous single of the week entry I did for it. One thing that I will say after hearing that track is that Marilyn Manson underutilized Ginger Fish’s abilities as a drummer. Revelation Revolution starts off with a techno beat before it kicks into new age Rock/metal heaven with it’s big riffs and Zombies amazing vocals. The song is so impressive, it would make you believe that it belonged on The Sinister Urge. Theme For A Rat Vendor is an intro track that has that Arab influence like we’ve heard in White Zombie’s Blood, Milk, and Sky and Metallica’s Sad But TrueGing Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga is a long and complicated title that I hope he never asks us to say when he plays live. He rambles something in the beginning through a megaphone before the song kicks off into heavy metal mayhem. I wonder how long it took him to be able to say the name of the song as fast as he does in the song. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole) has the corniest drum machine intro I have ever heard along with the samples. Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures! makes up for the travesty that was before it with Zombie’s punk rock flare that he does better than most. White Trash Freaks is a pure rock classic that really demonstrates John 5’s rock abilities and it’s a really great track to boot.

a3We’re An American Band is the next track on the record and I have to be honest with you. I wondered why the heck did Rob decide to cover this song which has already been covered by others. After hearing it, I took back my words because Zombie made the song a 2013 hard rock song and it really works. Lucifer Rising is an amazing hard supercharged track from the band that runs you over like a hot rod from hell. Who knew Lucifer rocked this hard? The Girl Who Loved Monsters reminds me of the Hellbilly Deluxe track How To Make A Monster when the track first starts out, but it launches itself out of a cannon when the chorus kicks in. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin is actually one of my favorite tracks on the whole album and is the unsung hero in my opinion. It launches Zombie into a whole new category as the world’s leading rock and roller probably thanks to John 5. Believe me, when you hear the track you’ll be headbanging along with it. I have to say that this album was worth the wait, but I do believe that it should have been released after The Sinister Urge. I’m going to give it 4 stars out of 5.