Rob Zombie has been extremely busy over the past couple of years - quite possibly his most prolific period to date. With his movie making career taking off and having put out the "sequel" to his break out debut album Hellbilly Deluxe and then the Mondo Sex Head remix album and now he is back with another new album.
It did seem to me that Hellbilly Deluxe 2 was held together by 3 or 4 really great classic Zombie tracks and the rest was not up to the great standard I have come to expect of a Rob Zombie release. This has all been eclipsed and forgiven with Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. This is the album that should have had the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 name attached to it. This is the true sibling album to that great album.
Lead off single "Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown" is a raucous blitzkrieg off headbanging body slamming riffs and explosive drums that just makes you want to chug out air guitar riffs and jump around the room whilst making those stupid rock star guitarist faces. In short it picks you up and makes you want to move.
One does have to wonder what chemicals might have been around the studio or writing room when Rob Zombie came up with "Gong Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga". It is a song that wouldn't feel out of place in Heavy Metals Christmas novelty songs Album. It's a fun track that you will want to hit replay on as soon as you have first heard it. I pretty much guarantee that the first thought that will go through your mind as you listen to the chorus during the first listen is "WTF is this guy smoking and where the hell can I get some".
Rob Zombie has claimed in interviews that he can see this album being made into a movie at some point down the line. He wrote this album with a narrative iin mind & also made allusions towards The Who's Tommy and Quadophenia. A tall order to have anything measure up to these two titan Rock Operas and on the first couple of listens through Venomous Rat I don't really get the concept yet, but then again it took me nearly 15 years to get Tommy, so don't take my word for their not being a story there.
On this album Zombie has decided to include a cover track. "We're an American Band" originally by Grand Funk Railroad is becoming somewhat a staple of American bands cover track of choice. Zombies version isn't light and fluffy as some bands who have tried to cover this track, this is a Zombified version and it does rock out. I guess patriotism is great when you really have a band that CAN go out for 40 nights and play this stuff LIVE. Zombie has never shirkled away from giving a good show on the road. He takes the full package out and gives it all on stage.
The band for this album is tight and this is down to the fact that the band that Zombie tours with is the one he has recorded this album with.
John 5 - Guitar
Piggy D - Bass
Ginger Fish - Drums
A tight cohesive band that deliver, what more can you ask. They know each other and play to each others strengths.
Venomous Rat Regenration Vendor is out now From UMC
You can buy Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor at Amazon.co.uk