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Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (2013)

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
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Black Light Burns – Lotus Island (2013)

Black Light Burns - Lotus Island (2013)

I wonder what it must be like to be in Wes Borland’s head. Therein, you find chest-thumping frat-rap  metallers, Limp Bizkit; then big dumb metallers, Big Bumb Face, and now Black Light Burns.

This is an unusual album, full of big fuzzy guitar (reminding me a bit of Ex-Girl), vocals which remind me for some reason of Matt Johnson (The The). The album consists of four songs and 7 instrumental tracks, serving as something of a retrospective soundtrack to 1973 film The Holy Mountain.

That just adds to the unusual feel to the album; making it rather non-cohesive, to be honest. The instrumental tracks aren’t really that much to write home about, there is some interest to be had, but repeated listening doesn’t follow. The songs fly under the radar as well. Two of them do stick out, however, It Rapes All In Its Path, a remix of their track from the fourth Underworld film, sounding like a Marilyn Manson track, and My Love Is Coming For You, which has a decidedly post-punk goth rock Sisters Of Mercy sound to it.

Overall, this album really didn’t do it for me. The two tracks I highlight are actually really good, and other stuff that I have heard by them off previous albums I enjoyed more, but this album, not really.

Favourite tracks: It Rapes All In Its Path, My Love Is Coming For You

Spotify link: Black Light Burns – Lotus Island
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