Rob Zombie formed the New York City-based punk/metal band White Zombie in 1985. As frontman, Zombie also shaped the group's aesthetic, a bizarre blend of horror/sci-fi imagery, combined with a trashy go-go/hot-rod look. After numerous indie offerings, White Zombie released its major-label debut in 1992 and went on to multi-platinum success with 1995's ASTRO-CREEP 2000. Upon releasing his own HELLBILLY DELUXE in 1998, Zombie disbanded White Zombie and forged ahead as a solo artist. Since that time, he has involved himself in various projects, including the cult horror film, HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, which he wrote and directed.
Malevolent megalomaniac or eerie artiste? Rob Zombie is a bit of both. With spooky metal music that''s as colorful and kitschy as its comic art, the singer''s solo debut bears more than a little resemblance to his band of many years, White Zombie. These 13 tracks (yeah, there just had to be 13!) continue to explore Zombie''s fascination with psychotic noise, pummeling grooves, campy samples, and all things horrific. Instead of just playing dictator, however, this astrocreep allows space for cohorts such as guitarist Danny Lohner and drummers John Tempesta and Tommy Lee to shine darkly. He also shares artistic credit for the LP''s elaborate 24-page booklet. Zombie''s finely crafted disc is heavy-metal thunder that''s turbocharged for the new millennium. --Janiss Garza
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