Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe.
The thanks go out again to Vickie for taping this for me. Well, I cant afford to buy everything. And although the last proper White Zombie album was good, it wasnt enough to turn me into a maniacal zombiehead. So the lure of a new album wasnt enough, though Ill be checking out the gig, cos WZ live were to be honest, a major disappointment to me.
So what do you really expect from the side project of someone who always gave the impression of being the leader, and creative inspiration behind a band. Thats right, you expect similar to what his full time band would provide. And you wouldnt be far wrong if the truth be told.
Theres been a fair amount of talk, or so it seemed that this would see a more industrially technoy style ie, more of those blips and bleeps thrown in for good measure. And well, thats I guess true. But it doesnt dominate things.
At the end of the day, I only ever bothered owning one WZ album. Wonder what that one might be? And the problem was that for every cracker on it, there was a bit of a duffer. And theres an element of that on here as well. Though maybe not so pronounced. Here you have the excellence of Dragula, which to these ears might just be the best thing hes done. But its mixed then with the middle section of the album. Which passes by. Not slowly, which is often the indication of tedium, but whatever, it still just passes me by. Thats not to say its bad, the likes of Living Dead Girl and Meet The Creeper are primetime Zombie cuts. But sometimes it sags a bit.
The other problem with Zombie, and it might not be a problem, was that I often got a sense of limited ideas hiding behind grandiose presentation. Not that theres anything wrong with that (Ive gotten away with it for 9 issues), but, if youre not entirely in line with those ideas, that line of thought, then it wears thin. I mean, 13 songs of cadaverous cavorting inside the spookshow international. Course it sounds great, as did, AstroCreep2000andtherestoftheverylongtitlethatnoone everrepeatedafterthefirsttimecosgoodasitwasit wasjustpadding. Anyway, this time he pushes his boundaries with some of his best Manson impressions. Or maybe Manson does impersonations of Zombie. Really, theyre not that distant in where theyre coming from, just that Zombie seems to more readily admit that hes a cartoon figure than Manson does these days. Anyway, Whats On Channel X and Return of the Phantom Stranger both bear the hallmarks, despite actually being pretty good songs.
Still, its going to be an amazing few gigs right? Cos hes telling us it will be, so it must be true. Well see.