Posts Tagged ‘White Zombie’

ghost vs nameless ghoulsOne of the things we have learned over the years is that being in a band is a very difficult thing to do. We have learned that being in a band is like being in a committed relationship with your bandmates and we have learned from bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, Skid Row, White Zombie, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, and so many other countless bands that sometimes divorces happen and those can get pretty ugly pretty damn often. A little more than year ago, a nasty break up was definitely the case when came to Swedish rock/metal act Ghost after four Nameless Ghouls came out and revealed some information to the world. The Nameless Ghouls came out and revealed their names and claimed that the frontman of Ghost Papa Emeritus a.k.a. Tobias Forge had screwed them out of money. Simon Söderberg (Alpha, Guitars), Mauro Rubino (Air, Keyboards), Henrik Palm (Ether, Guitars), and Martin Hjertstedt (Earth, Drums) all filed a lawsuit for compensation that basically totals $22,000. If you look below, you will see a full statement that Söderberg posted on Facebook airing out all of his grievances.

75071_0_wide_ver1527249826.jpg@642Of course, Tobias Forge didn’t stay quite for a very long time and he basically responded saying that Ghost was a solo project and that when the band was formed that, “none of the plaintiffs were present at the time.” He basically says that they were paid a price like hired guns that was fixed and that he is basically the mastermind of the band having created the image and music. If you want to read the full response to the lawsuit you can do so by clicking on article one and two. In a recent interview with the Pittsburgh Gazette, Tobias told Scott Mervis, “There was a string of events that led up to that, of course. As any individual in some tandem with other individuals, there are times when you need to break up and times when you have to get divorced, and do a spring cleaning. That itself is not different than any other band or any other social circle. Of course, it’s never a joyous experience, but it was something that needed to be done. We’d come to a point where we’d exhausted …I’d done everything in my power to try to accommodate a few of my friends to enjoy this ride that I had taken them on, but the project and myself had just come to a point where I couldn’t make them happy, whichever way I chose to go. It was only met with resentment and complaints and general obtuseness, and at the end of the day you had to come to a point where, “Well, you guys don’t even need to be there. You’re free to go. I need to survive. I need to do my thing. This is my thing. None of you were here from the beginning and you have no responsibilities except to be on stage at 8 o’clock and you’re getting paid.” What you heard it just a culmination of years, years, of complaints and ungratefulness, let’s put it that way.”

papa-tobias-768x506One of the things that bothered me the most as a fan of the band was the fact that his identity was revealed. I thought it was a very cool mystique to have as people continually tried to figure out whether it was Tobias Forge behind the mask. Tobias doesn’t seem to be sour about it tell Blabbermouth, “I haven’t felt very anonymous for many years. I don’t feel very bummed by that. I can feel bummed about the reasons why it was revealed. [Laughs] But, it didn’t do much harm. I don’t feel, in any way, like a loser here and it didn’t seem to do a lot of harm. No, especially with a little bit of hindsight and couth. It’s fine. I feel good. It’s going well. I’m out here working. I made a record. [Laughs] You know, it’s always alarming, obviously, when you have people, and some of them used to be close to you, working diligently to destroy your life. That’s always a bummer. That sucks. Sometimes that happens in all parts of the world: at workplaces, in schools, in families, in relationships and friendships. There’s nothing new about it; it’s perfectly natural. It’s a sad avenue to ride down on, but it’s a part of life and it’s fine.” He also added to the convo about who he will choose in the future saying, “You should hire people because of their abilities and not proximity. You usually learn the hard way, unfortunately. I learned that. [Laughs] So, lesson learned! It’s all good. I’m never, ever going to do that again.”

GhostOf course, the band responded to the claims of Ghost being a solo act saying on Reddit, “Forge has certainly been the band’s main songwriter, has had the role of cinematic front figure ‘Papa Emeritus,’ has been a driving force in the band’s business, as well as in the handling of the band’s business affairs. However, the activities carried out with respect to Ghost were extensively handled jointly by the members – for example, by making decisions jointly regarding the band’s image, by participating in interviews, and by the fact that every member has, at certain times, contributed when recording albums and singles, and by touring together almost continuously since 2011.” They went on to add, “To the contrary, Tobias Forge always emphasized that it was a collaboration that everyone was involved in, and would share in the profit of, once the business became profitable. The first time Tobias Forge, through the band’s management, mentioned that he saw them as hired musicians rather than full-fledged members of Ghost was in the context of a contract proposal presented in April 2016.” One thing is for certain and that is I agree 100% with Tobias and this statement regarding the lawsuit, “I took it almost as an acknowledgment that I must be doing something right. If things were going down the fucking tubes, no one would care.” Think about it, if Ghost was on their way out, none of these guys would have cared as much about it. It remains to be seen what happens next, but stay tuned for more because Justice will be served!

zombieIf you’ve been wondering where Rob Zombie’s unique directing style came from then never fear beccause you can see the origins right here. For this week’s music video of the week, we are going back in time since it is Throwback Thursday after all and we have a good one. In 1995, White Zombie would release what would eventually become their last album together in Astro Creep: 2000 (Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head is the full title) and at this stage in the game Rob Zombie was already directing the band’s music videos. Electric Head PT. 2 (The Ecstasy) was the first single off the album and the music video featured everything you would want from a Zombie video as the band performs with a circus in the video. You’ll notice that Zombie employs the same kind of film tricks with the visuals that you’ll eventually see in his first horror film House Of 1000 Corpses with he grainy footage and all the craziness. All the freaks came out as well for the shoot which gives the video the feel of a mad circus which is very cool. This was always one of my favorite music videos from the White Zombie years and if you look carefully you’ll see a young Sherri Moon Zombie in the video too. Check out the video below and get ready for a wild ride.

220px-AirheadsSoundtrackI figured since we covered Primus for the album of the week, I would include them one more time this week and I found something from them for Soundtrack Saturdays. Back in 1994, 20TH Century Fox released the film Airheads which starred Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, and Adam Sandler as members of a rock band called The Lone Rangers. The band is struggling to get signed or even to get heard so they decide to hijack a radio station and hold everyone hostage until they get a record deal. The film also starred Joe Mantegna, Michael McKean, Chris Farley, Ernie Hudson, Judd Nelson, and the very sexy Nina Siemaszko, but enough about the film. The soundtrack for the film Airheads featured the likes of White Zombie, Prong, Anthrax, Candlebox, Motorhead with Ice-T and Whitfield Crane, Stuttering John, and so many more. The film even featured a performance from White Zombie, but for today’s Soundtrack Saturday track we are featuring Primus with the track Bastardizing Jellikit. The song if you guessed it features a cool bass line from Les Claypool but it also features a little more guitar as it starts very eerie and the tempo is slow and brooding. The guitar playing on the track is phenomenal as Larry LeLonde does his thing on the six string and it flows well with Les’s bass grooves. I definitely suggest checking out the track below, but you should also check out the film cause it’s a classic. Plus, Steve Buscemi looks like Rex Brown of Pantera in the film (I think we found someone who could play him in a film).

You may be asking just who is Motor Sister and I don’t blame you, but if you watched VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show a couple of weeks ago you would know. The band formed as a birthday wish from Scott Ian of Anthrax where Jim Wilson of the band Mother Superior performed songs from his with Ian along with Joey Vera (Armored Saint/Fates Warning), Pearl Aday (Scott’s wife), and John Tempesta (The Cult/White Zombie). I believe that the show went so well that they decided to form the band as a supergroup and they named it after the Mother Superior song Little Motor Sister. The band also recorded an album called Ride that is all Mother Superior tracks and they have just unveiled a music video for the song A Hole. The video itself is a performance based video, but the music is pretty bad ass. It’s blues based metal with a singer who is as amazing at vocals as he is on the guitar. Jim Wilson has some rhythm and blues with some soul sprinkled in there for a voice. You can pick up the album Ride now via Metal Blade Records and who knows if they’ll tour. Check out the video below and rock out.

HoleGoldDustWomanIt’s another Saturday which can only mean one thing and that is I have another Soundtrack Saturday pick for all of you. I know what your thinking and I could have used this for a cover of the week, but when you’re dealing with a song that appeared in any of The Crow films in the franchise then you have something special. It was one of those films where original music and or covers were recorded especially for the film and it always featured the heavyweights of the metal world along with some heavyweights of the Gothic or industrial world. So, what Io have for you is Gold Dust Woman by Hole which was originally performed by Fleetwood Mac and the song was featured on The Crow: City Of Angels which was an underrated film. The film saw Vincent Pérez taking the role of Ashe Corven, the latest man to be resurrected from the grave to avenge the wrongly death of himself and his son. The great thing about the track is that Courtney Love does an amazing job channeling Nicks for the track and the band makes the song a little darker than the original, but they still make it sexy. Plus my favorite member of Hole in Melissa Auf der Maur’s bass playing is pretty incredible as well on the track. I would check out the soundtrack as it featurs this track plus original songs from Korn and the Deftones with White Zombie doing a KC & The Sunshine Band cover. Check out Gold Dust Woman below:

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.

murderdollsTo help continue to celebrate the month of October in observance of Halloween, I feel that there is no better band to represent horror rock/punk than the Joey Jordison side project the Murderdolls. This is the band that introduced us to horror punk/rock staple Wednesday 13 and it was started by Joey  back in the year 2000 when he took a break from Slipknot. The band had released one album Beyond The Valley of The Murderdolls which was very campy in lyrics and more punk than rock. The band would then take a break for about eight years before they returned with their sophomore album Women And Children Last which is a fun take on the Van Halen record Women And Children First and the album was released on August 31, 2010. The original lineup did not return for this record and Jordison explains why in an interview with Metal Hammer, “The old band, we didn’t even know each other before it all came together […] It was dysfunctional but it worked, but this time, we wanted it to be a little more stable. It was apparent that if we were going to do The Murderdolls again, we were going to do it with everything we’ve got.” The guys that played in this record were Joey Jordison (Guitars, Bass, Drums…), Wednesday 13 (Lead Vocals, Guitars, Bass…), Roman Surman(Guitars, Bass,..), Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Producer, Guitars, Bass, …) and the album featured Mick Mars of Motley Crue playing guitar on a couple of tracks.

Murderdolls-Women_And_Children_Last-Trasera1. The World According To Revenge– This is an intro track on the record that builds up the momentum and gets you in the mood. It has a Marilyn Manson feel to it with the creepy music and vocals. 4/5

2. Chapel Of Blood– This song kicks off the album right with it’s in your face approach and the lyrics to the song are a heck of lot better than what they writing for the first record. Come on in to the Chapel Of Blood… 5/5

3. Bored To Death– The band returns to their horror punk roots with this track and their high octane hard charging chugging riffs. 4/5

4. Drug Me To Hell– This is one of the tracks on the album that features guitar work by Mick Mars of Motley Crue. The song is a hard rock classic that sees Wednesday 13 shine vocally as he asks you to drug him to hell. 5/5

5. Nowhere– This is a punk classic that could stand the test of time like anything by The Ramones and it’s definitely an rock anthem as well that will have everyone singing along. 5/5

6. Summertime Suicide– A different kind of love story that the band recorded that I thought would piss off everyone. The song is about a kid who finds a note stating that his girlfriend had committed suicide and he finds her and he still loves her and wishes that he could have been there. 5/5

7. Death Valley Superstars– The song has that sound that you found on the first record except it doesn’t have the corny lyrics. The song is hard charging and in your face like a White Zombie song while keeping the punk edge. 4/5

8. My Dark Place Alone– This is the first single off the album and it’s one of the heaviest tracks on the record giving you everything horror punk/rock fan would want from the band. It has tons of energy while retaining it’s darkness. 5/5

9. Blood Stained Valentine– This track is heavy as hell and the riff is incredible because it’s hard charging and it chugs. It’s the other track on the album that features Mick Mars on guitar and it’s one of my favorite Wednesday 13 tracks vocally. 5/5

10. Pieces Of Me– If you’re looking for in your face, borderline hardcore punk, these guys bring it especially with this track. 4/5

11. Homicide Drive– The music in the track reminds me a lot of early White Zombie with the samples mixed with the chug driven guitar riffs.The song does contain a pretty sick guitar solo. 3/5

12. Rock And Roll I All I Got– I’m a big fan of bands that have that bass line that just chugs along with the rest of the music and this has the killer bass riff along with the typical Murderdolls sound from the first album. 3.5/5

13. Nothing’s Gonna Be Alright– This song is a return to the anthem driven punk song we saw in Nowhere, but just not as good. 3/5

14. Whatever You Got I’m Against It– Another song that goes to the sound the band had on the first album, but it has a pretty killer chorus that I can see everyone singing along to it. 3/5

15. Hello, Goodbye, Die– Wednesday 13’s vocals come shooting out of your speaks right when the songs starts and the song is in your face with the killer punk bass riff. It’s a definite headbanger!!! 4/5

Overall- I love this record more than the first one, but it’s because I think Wednesday 13 grew as a lyricist. I think having Joey go back to Slipknot and Wednesday going solo for so many years was probably the best thing because some of his records are amazing too. I am giving this record 4 stars out of five for a final grade. Too bad the band officially called it quits in 2012.