Album Reviews

Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe II

Released by Roadrunner Records 2010

Review Added February 13, 2010

Released By: Roadrunner Records  March 2nd 2010
Run Time: 46:19
Style: Industrial Metal
Links: : http://www.myspace.com/robzombie
Links: http://www.robzombie.com/

Tracklist
1. Jesus Frankenstein**
2. Sick Bubble-Gum**
3. What?**
4. Mars Needs Women**
5. Werewolf, Baby
6. Virgin Witch
7. Death and Destiny Inside The Dream Factory
8. Burn
9. Cease To Exist**
10. Werewolf Women Of The SS
11. The Man Who Laughs
Hot Tracks**

Vocals: Rob Zombie
Guitar: John 5
Drums: Tommy Clufetos
Bass: Piggy D

Rob Zombie has been very busy since his last album, 2004’s EDUCATED HORSES. He has been producing and directing films, writing comic books and has recently signed on to produce an episode of the hit TV show CSI. Many fans of Rob’s solo work and his work with WHITE ZOMBIE are sure to be hesitant about this new album after the disappointing EDUCATED HORSES and the uninspired THE SINISTER URGE from 2001. But there is a reason that this album is called HELLBILLY DELUXE 2, because this is easily Rob’s best work Since his debut solo album HELLBILLY DELUXE. It also shares a similar sound, though adjusted ever so slightly to suit the current collective of mosh pit dwellers. Now seems a perfect time for ROB ZOMBIE to release an album, with MINISTRY, NINE INCH NAILS and even STRAPPING YOUNG LAD not currently pushing in the industrial tinged metal scene, there is virtually no competition. But that is definitely not the only reason to grab this album, the real reason is that it kicks your ass all the way through and will bring back fond memories of MORE HUMAN THAN HUMAN and DRAGULA.

There is a bit less of a reliance on electronics on this album, but still an abundance of the horror movie references that we all know and love. The album does tend to loose a bit of it’s appeal toward the last couple of tracks, but the first four tracks more than make up for it and are all amongst the best work ever produced by ROB ZOMBIE and WHITE ZOMBIE. JESUS FRANKENSTEIN is a perfect way to start the album and instantly shows that Rob is back to the sound he is most loved for. SICK BUBBLE-GUM is just made for the live arena, and moshers everywhere are sure to sing this one out as loud as they can. WHAT? Is the song that has been chosen as a lead off single, and has it’s vibe planted deeply in the garage rock sound of the sixties with a dirty production to match, but sounds awesome. MARS NEEDS WOMEN is my album highlight and is the catchiest song Rob has ever written. BURN is a song that all fans of MORE HUMAN era WHITE ZOMBIE will jump all over. CEASE TO EXIST is an interesting song with a real odd feel to it but is a fun listen. Final track THE MAN WHO LAUGHS is the only song I couldn’t’t get into on the album. It goes for near on ten minutes and explores a mixture of industrial tinged metal with film score music, which while does sound interesting just goes on for too long.

Fans of the first HELLBILLY DELUXE are in for a treat here as there is plenty of similarities between the two, as are fans that were just as disappointed with EDUCATED HORSES as I was. Roadrunner are also releasing a deluxe edition of the album that comes in a box shaped as a coffin and includes stuff like a t-shirt, bandanna and belt buckle. Not sure what the price will be yet, but that’s definitely the version to get. Welcome back Rob!

Written by Zeezee

Ratings Zeezee  9/10

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