Rob Zombie is probably the best example of the continuing legacy of Screaming Jay Hawkins, Lord Sutch, Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, The Cramps, The Misfits, etc… today. These past artists knew that Rock and Horror belonged together. Rob Zombie took influence from them and re-defined Horror Rock his own way. With a Hardcore attitude, Metal riffs, Electro Industrial noise, Samples, Funk grooves, spooky atmosphere, and dance floor beats he created his own peculiar style of Rock. He’s one of the very few artists that broke through to the mainstream simply through hard work and just doing what comes naturally. As a Zombie fan since 1992, I still can’t understand how his music keeps getting compared to awful garbage like Godsmack, System of a Down, Korn, and rap-metal. Zombie has been around since 1985! Most people don’t realize that. White Zombie started out in New York’s No-Wave underground scene along with the likes of Lydia Lunch, The Swans, and Sonic Youth. Ever heard of those artists? White Zombie’s mix of Punk attitude, and Metal power with Horror imagery got them noticed and signed to a major Label. Zombie was never a product of the music industry. He simply figured out how to appeal to the mainstream as well as the underground, all the while staying true to himself and his art. And to this day there is not one artist that came after Rob that is anything like him. He’s his own monster. And no, Rob Zombie is not “Industrial.” There is a lot of Industrial influence, but it’s Rock & Roll. For pure Industrial music, check out Brighter Death Now, Throbbing Gristle, and Einsturzende Neubauten. Industrial isn’t Rock. Most people would argue that it’s not even music. Not in a traditional way… but I’m going off on a tangent here. This compilation is a pretty good introduction for those not that familiar with his work. There are some White Zombie tunes, some songs from sountracks and a couple of old school Funk covers. Boogey Man is wonderful, while Brick House would have been much better without the crappy rap section. I personally would have included some more White Zombie tunes, but there probably wouldn’t have been enough room on the cd. Plus it’s got 30-something pages of cool photos, brief liner notes by Alice Cooper, and a bonus dvd of some White Zombie and Rob Zombie videos. Most of which he directed himself. A great package that’s not over-priced. The only problem I see is this: Why didn’t they include the video for Electric Head part 2 and Boogieman? Those were two of White Zombie’s best videos! Also I didn’t care too much for the videos for Superbeast (boring), and Feel so Numb (Way too “typical MTV” for me). Many of the other videos are like short horror films and are fantastic, including wonderful tributes to The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and Clockwork Orange.
The Windy City alt-metal provocateurs Disturbed surprised everyone when their debut, The Sickness, sold over 2 million copies. Here, once again, the band’s imperious chrome-domed vocalist David Draiman bleats out the band’s messages of nonconformity, self-empowerment, and individuality with a passion and ferocity that hasn’t been heard since the ’60s–though there’s little room for peace, love, and understanding in Disturbed’s world. Instead, Draiman laces the band’s message with equal parts rage, disgust, and menace, all delivered in a thundering voice that alternates from the lyrical to the grizzled. Ozzy Osbourne has called Disturbed the ”future of metal,” and he might be right; they have almost single-handedly plucked the genre out of the aggro dung heap and fueled it with intelligence. The band is just as aggressive here as on their debut, but they’ve lost some of their dark angst, and as a result have created a melodic, psychically lighter album, despite the fact that the CD kicks off with ”Prayer,” a conversation between Draiman and God, inspired by the singer’s grandfather’s death. –Jaan Uhelszki
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Listening to this album reminds me of flipping through the pages of an old “Famous Monsters of Filmland” magazine. When I hear Rob Zombie, I hear echos of a man enfluenced by Horror Films, Aurora Monster Models, Old “Creepy” and “Eerie” magazines from the 1970’s, “The Munsters” and all the old stuff that pop culture threw at kids growing up in the 1960’s and 70’s. His music contains all those elements mixed up on his palet and comes up with some really interesting and entertaining stuff. The only way I can describe Rob Zombie’s music is if you take: Kiss, ZZ-Top, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits and Alice Cooper, throw it in a blender, mix it up and then pour it into a skull shaped mug.
I consider Rob Zombie to be a really fresh and exciting talent that we are going to see alot of quality material come out of in the years to come. He is not only a musician but a film maker, comic-book writer and actually a gifted comic artist.
This album is a definite must for any Heavy Metal “Head Banger” or Horror Film “Geek”.
I love the DVD included also. Rob is an outstanding Music Video director and is just bursting with imagination and creativity.
I cant recommend this album enough. Buy it and play it LOUD!
Rob Zombie or White Zombie: However you look at it, it’s all here. The choice cuts from Rob’s career as a musician (well, since being signed by Geffen in ‘91 anyways) are all in their place. Every hit he had and everything in between, this compilation will satisfy anyone from the die-hard fan to the casual fan. Favorites such as “More Human Than Human,” “Dragula” & “Thunderkiss ‘65″ are all on here along with lesser-knowns such as “Supercharger Heaven” and “Black Sunshine.” And for anyone who has completed their collection of Rob/White Zombie discs already, there are b-sides such as “Feed The Gods” (‘Airheads’ soundtrack), “I’m Your Boogeyman” (‘Crow: City of Angels’ soundtrack), the Howard Stern collaboration “Great American Nightmare” (‘Private Parts’ soundtrack) and plenty more. We are also treated to two brand new Rob Zombie cuts, “Two Lane Blacktop” and “Girl On Fire” which fit in perfectly with the rest of the Zombie catalogue and are hopefully a prelude to a new Zombie album. And, as if all of this wasn’t enough, we get a bonus DVD with the greatest video hits and 3 unreleased videos from the ‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ album (“Demonoid Phenomenon,” “Return of the Phantom Stranger” and “Spookshow Baby”). Nineteen tracks deep and a DVD with ten music videos, you just cannot go wrong with this collection. If you are or ever were a fan, you owe it to yourself to pick up this album. There is not one second of filler and for once with a Greatest Hits compilation, there is nothing that is left behind.
“Greatest Hits” and “Best of” compilations are always made with the casual fan in mind. After all, die-hard fans already own all the artist’s albums. When it comes to Rob Zombie, I’ve always been a casual fan. I’ve liked what I’ve heard over the years on the radio, Mtv, and the goth clubs, but not enough to go out and buy his CDs. When I heard about “Past, Present & Future” and what it would come with, I knew that this was the purchase I had to make.First of all, this collection is an INCREDIBLE value. For under $14 you get a 19-track cd, 10 video DVD, and a thick booklet of awesome photos spanning Rob’s whole career. There are some praising but dead-on liner notes from Rob’s idol and original shock-rocker, Alice Cooper. The tracks include all the album singles I’ve heard from both White Zombie and Rob Zombie’s solo albums, plus his songs from the House of 1000 Corpses soundtrack and the “Hands of Death” duet with Alice Cooper from the X-Files TV soundtrack. It would have been nice to see more non-album tracks, like the cover of “Children of the Grave” from one of the Black Sabbath tribute albums, “I Am Hell” from the Beavis & Butthead Experience, etc. But I realize that no single compilation is going to please everybody.The videos on the DVD are really fun to watch. I think even those who aren’t fans of Rob Zombie could still appreciate how well they’re made. They’re a perfect blend of horror, evil imagery, and just the right amount of subtle and colorful humor. You’ll cringe, you’ll giggle. Rob has a presence that’s strong without coming off as pretentious.I’ve bought many “Greatest Hits” and “Best of” compilations from bands that I like but am not a die-hard fan of. But out of all of them, the price of this one gives it the greatest value in terms of both physical and musical content.
What are you waiting for? If you are or ever have been a fan of Rob Zombie or White Zombie, grab up this collection fast, it is well worth the price. Literally, this is a fantastic compilation of Past, Present, and Future hits of the mega monster Rob Zombie. From his beginnings in White Zombie to the present, Zombie has always managed to stay in the slippery groove of industrial metal, and not only flow with the changes in the industry but present himself as a leader of it.All but three of the songs on this CD have been released previously, but what’s nice is having all these favorites together, along with the bonus material. And there is a nice array of guest vocals too, with Iggy Pop showing up in Black Sunshine, Alice Cooper in Hands Of Death, Howard Stern in The Great American Nightmare (Have $eXx With A Headless Body), and Brickhouse 2003 being mostly Lionel Richie with rap-artist Trina showing up for some fun. (and I don’t like rap either, but this is a great remix!)The new songs are Blitzkrieg Bop, Two-Lane Highway, and Girl On Fire; nice additions to the collection. You get a full CD of tracks from Zombie’s career, from White to Rob, and the three brand new songs to boot. You get a great video (and I am not a fan of music videos), including older White Zombie videos you will never see on MTV or VH1, including Demonoid Phenomenon, Return of the Phantom Stranger, and Spookshow Baby, which are not even on the Audio CD. Most music videos are boring, but not Zombie’s; so plug the video into your DVD player and have some fun. The videos are inventive and, in my humble opinion, better than his movie, House Of 1000 Corpses.On top of the audio and visual candy that Zombie holds out to us with his pale fingers, there is a nice visual offering also, in the form of a small booklet of pictures taken of Zombie over his career, from 1985 through the present. This is especially nice for the younger Zombie fans that have not witnessed his amazing visual evolution through the years, while still staying true to his metal-fused industrial rock core.Whether you are a die-hard Zombie fan like myself, or just beginning to taste the decaying ear candy he offers, this CD will be either a great addition or a great starting point to your musical library. ENJOY!!