Rob Zombie – “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”

Rob Zombie – “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” (Zodiac Swan/ T-Boy Records/Universal Music)

I remember when I first heard about White Zombie back in the late 80s – they were this weird art noise band with this crusty lookin guy fronting them called Rob Zombie. Of course, in the 90s White Zombie became a multi platinum selling band remembered for their B movie horror themed groove metal the world over! Following that Rob embarked on a solo career under his name and also diversified further into film directing, screenwriting and film producing five feature films no less! “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” is his 5th solo album and the first to be released on his new label, Zodiac Swan. I was actually shocked when the opener ‘Teenage Nosferatu Pussy’ came blasting thru simply cos of how close it sounds to White Zombie! From the B movie intro sampler thru to Rob’s own drawling voice and the psychotronic groove, it’s pretty much where I left the man all those years ago ha ha! My fave White Zombie song back in the day was ‘Devil Man’ (aka Super Charger Heaven) and ‘Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures’ pretty much carries on with it’s fast groove along with the fiery ‘Lucifer Rising’. I guess where there have been changes are in the heavy use of electronics like on ‘Revelation Revolution’ and the cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re an American Band’ is just a tad too commercial for my liking. Still, it’s a small gripe more than made up for hearing that original White Zombie sound once again fresh like it was just back then!

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