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Past, Present & Future [w/ Bonus DVD]

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  • 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.

    Posted on February 9, 2010