While it may be completely fair to question if Rob Zombie has overstayed his welcome in the horror film spotlight, his chops in the music industry are as strong as ever.
The latest from Mr. Zombie, a colorful album both on it’s cover and within it’s twelve tracks, is Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor and it was well worth the thirteen bucks I dropped on it.
This album brings the goods from start to finish. The lyrics are always as much fun in a Zombie song as the jam itself, and this collection is no exception (“A jack boot monkey with a lightning rod”, “The walla are melting in my head”). Guitarist John Five is as fresh and violent as ever with his shredding, while Bob “Lady Fingers” Marlette adds a nostalgic ’70s rock feel to the album compliments of his keyboard work that lends a little Blue Oyster Cult/Deep Purple soul to his featured tracks.
Zombie’s group kicks ass through a cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band”, while “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown” and “Lucifer Rising” should instantly join the ranks of RZ elite jams.
Rob Zombie may not be the master of horror cinema, but there isn’t much room for argument when it comes to his place atop the hardcore rock scene. If a debate does exist, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor confirms the man’s still got it.
Tracks You Need: “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown”, “Revelation Revolution”, “We’re An American Band”, “Lucifer Rising”