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Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
23 April 2013


01. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
02. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
03. Revelation Revolution
04. Theme For The Rat Vendor
05. Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
06. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
07. Behold! The Pretty Filthy Creatures
08. White Trash Freaks
09. We're An American Band [Grand Funk Railroad cover]
10. Lucifer Rising
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin


Rob Zombie is back! Well, about as back as Mr. Zombie can probably get anyway. This is definitely his best work since Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International; no, the full title was not necessary but I've always loved it and included it because I could, damn it!

I've been trying to put my finger on why this album sounds like classic Zombie despite not sounding entirely like Hellbilly Deluxe. It has elements of Hellbilly Deluxe here and there but not wholly, and it definitely sounds like classic Zombie. After a revelation in the car on the way to work one morning, I finally figured out why...it's classic White Zombie! From the main style/sound to the artwork, to even the album and song titles, and lyrics, it's classic White Zombie! This is the kind of album that probably would have come after Astro Creep 2000, if Rob hadn't gone solo.

Hellbilly Deluxe was my introduction to metal, my gateway drug so to speak, so that album has a very special place in my heart and always will. Ever since the release of Educated Horses, and being disappointed by the realization that there will never be another album like Hellbilly Deluxe, I've come to the conclusion that that first Rob Zombie solo output was just a fluke and will never happen again. I enjoyed The Sinister Urge, but cared not for Educated Horses, and Hellbilly Deluxe 2 felt like grasping. But with the release of Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, I have a renewed faith in Rob Zombie's ability to create good, quality music again; even if it's not of the same style as Hellbilly Deluxe.

After becoming a die-hard Rob Zombie fan back in '99, I also checked out his old band, White Zombie, and became a big fan of the La Sexorcisto and Astro Creep: 2000 albums as well. This album is packed full of that classic White Zombie groove and psychedelic-y sound (including the great sound bites!) that was so ever present in those old White Zombie tunes. He even returns to his gritty, southern drawl (where I always figured he probably got the term "Hellbilly" from) with lyrical themes regarding such things as the macabre, pussy, driving fast, rockin' n' rollin', and makin' shit up (dafuq is "Geng Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga" supposed to mean?! Lol!). They have also included a pretty good cover of "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad with their own bit of style to it, like a proper cover should be.

If you've been longing for that glorious return of Mr. Rob Zombie and his Spookshow International, then get over it cuz it's not going to happen. However, if you've ever found yourself thinking, "I bet it would be cool if White Zombie got back together and wrote a new album", then get this album ASAP!

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 9


Band profile: Rob Zombie
Album: Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor


 


written by psykometal | 25.04.2013



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Lit. - 25.04.2013 at 01:40  
Couldn't help but notice you're having a slight fanboy moment with this album...
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.04.2013 at 01:44  
Written by Lit. on 25.04.2013 at 01:40

Couldn't help but notice you're having a slight fanboy moment with this album...

I see a fanboy moment with Hellbilly Deluxe, not necessarily this album. He clearly likes it but he's not going all-out blind with this.
psykometal - 25.04.2013 at 04:21  
Written by Lit. on 25.04.2013 at 01:40

Couldn't help but notice you're having a slight fanboy moment with this album...

What's wrong with a little fanboy doting...? I can't help that I'm excited to hear some good Rob Zombie music again after over a decade.
AeonGio - 25.04.2013 at 19:53  
Totally agree with the review \m/
marzepka87 - 26.04.2013 at 01:56  
Written by psykometal on 25.04.2013 at 04:21

Written by Lit. on 25.04.2013 at 01:40

Couldn't help but notice you're having a slight fanboy moment with this album...

What's wrong with a little fanboy doting...? I can't help that I'm excited to hear some good Rob Zombie music again after over a decade.

Amen to that brother
Apothecary - 26.04.2013 at 02:41  
Yeah, this album was actually quite the pleasant surprise for me. It's still not a classic White Zombie sound, but definitely a big step up from some of his previous material... if not on par with Astro Creep and La Sexorcisto than definitely up there with Hellbilly Deluxe
psykometal - 26.04.2013 at 04:07  
Written by Apothecary on 26.04.2013 at 02:41

Yeah, this album was actually quite the pleasant surprise for me. It's still not a classic White Zombie sound, but definitely a big step up from some of his previous material... if not on par with Astro Creep and La Sexorcisto than definitely up there with Hellbilly Deluxe

Well, of course it's gona be hard to replicate the exact sound of White Zombie, but this is what I imagine a modern day White Zombie album would have sounded like. So that's what I mean when I say this album is "classic White Zombie", as in something I would've expected from Rob's "classic band", not his solo band.
jupitreas - 26.04.2013 at 11:34  
I actually disagree with you, psykometal, about Rob Zombie only now going back to his White Zombie/early solo sound. Educated Horses certainly was a different beast but Hellbilly Deluxe 2 had songs like "Jesus Frankenstein", "Virgin Witch" and "Burn", which are pure Sexorcisto-era WZ, "What?" is basically the same as "Boogey Man", the Jordison songs sound like they're from Astro Creep etc.

On the other hand, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor actually is a somewhat innovative album for Zombie due to the large presence of psychedelic(esque) keyboards used generously throughout and giving the whole thing a very different vibe than what he's done before.

I too am a Zombie fan and I also think that this new album is really fantastic (although perhaps a tad too short) but I would't say that its similarity to White Zombie material is the most notable thing about it. In fact, I don't even think it is that similar. Sure, there are some songs that sound retro, but Hellbilly 2 had about the same amount of these songs...
MojoGG - 29.04.2013 at 08:01  
It is really good I nearly forgot how much i like rob zombie...it definetly sounds similar to his older, better works
Big-Al - 30.04.2013 at 16:05  
Great review - great album.
thefallenalchmst - 05.05.2013 at 16:02  
Slightly different take SxS review on The Grim Tower:

http://www.thegrimtower.blogspot.com/2013/04/week-775-april-26th-2013.html (It's at the bottom.)

I gave it a 6/10, which I thought about putting it up to 7. But there's just a few songs on here I didn't care for.

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