Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (2013)
Rob Zombie, former White Zombie frontman and film director.
Rob Zombie has carved himself out a nice little niche, incorporating into his schtick horror films, carnivals, Alice Cooper-esque theatrics and electro- and industrial metal, and has been doing it (and doing it well) for more than 20 years.
Interesting how things come full circle, with White Zombie obviously influencing Marilyn Manson’s sound and now Rob Zombie’s backing band consisting mostly of former Marilyn Manson members.
And what you expect is what you get. Electro/industrial metal, that’s fairly groovy and a heap of fun. Grand Funk Railroad cover We’re An American Band could be lifted straight out of a Kiss gig; and interestingly, some interest comes from Residents-esque amplified vocals on some of the tracks, but the majority is fairly standard electro-metal.
It’s nothing new and it’s hardly going to surprise anyone; the mode is not as shocking as it ever was; however, I think teenagers will love it. I think this style of music is very appealing to angsty, working out their place in the world music fans. It is rebellious, and they think it will shock their families.
Like Manson, there is also a certain teenage sense of black humour, sexuality and anger, which upon relistening to, for example, Antichrist Superstar (1996) just comes across a bit crass and somewhat misdirected; and that is present here, though not necessarily to the degree of Manson.
All that said, the album is a good lark, and will get your head nodding and foot tapping.
Favourite tracks: Theme For The Rat Vendor, Behold The Pretty Filthy Creatures, Lucifer Rising
Spotify link: Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor