Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Rob Zombie's fifth solo album adds Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish to a lineup that already features Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5. At this juncture in 2013, it's Zombie who's keeping the flames of hell, shock rock, and B-movie deliciousness alive. With John 5—a respected guitarist who pens regular columns for guitar magazines—cowriting the material, there's no shortage of music to go with Zombie's horror-punk lyrics. Tunes like "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown," Teenage Nosferatu P***y," and "White Trash Freaks" continue his trademarked silliness and primal rock-god status. A cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band" is surprisingly melodic and inventive, considering how crowd-pumping the tune naturally is. (The cowbell reigns supreme—no worries!) A tune like "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga" jams exactly as you'd expect. When you have as recognizable a brand of music as Rob Zombie, that's as good as it gets for any artist.