Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

As with his movies, Rob Zombies‘s musical output is heavily steeped in the visual aspect of the subject matter. Yes you could enjoy his new album ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor‘ purely for the glam-metal-sing-a-long choruses and interesting industrial punk mash ups but why would you want to when you have a whole package presented to you, complete with 3D lenticular cover.

First song ‘Teenage Nosferatu Pussy‘ is a straight up pounding intro track, treading familiar ground with the combined pulse of the guitar & drums beckoning you to chant along with the mad ringmaster. I can easily see this becoming a show opener with the crowd marching along like an army of demented followers. Oh, and that organ does add a certain something.

Next up is the first single from the album, ‘Dead Radio & The New Gods Of Supertown‘, a stomping pop-metal romp through the brain of Zombie, casting himself as the conductor of the reanimated corpse of radio. As a fan of RZ’s music I’ve got to say that I loved the rhythm of this track and instantly wanted to listen again. It definitely sounds different but also somewhat the same. The next track could have come straight from ‘The Sinister Urge’ with a thick wall of guitar riffery and loud brash drums, topped with Zombies old-school twang, I loved it. If you are a fan who yearns for a throwback to the dirtier, punkier days of White Zombie’s ‘Revolution Revelation‘ is it. Next is the now customary instrumental interlude.

Then we get to possibly the most interestingly titled track on the record, ‘Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga‘, the cheerleading cry of Peter Pan Pentagram! A bombastic tune interspersed with movie quotes and eerie sound effects. ‘Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)‘ then slows things down for the first time since the start of the album, but this is slowed down in a purely Zombie way. The song erupting with its chorus of ‘We’re all dancing in a black hole, when all we wanna do is rock and roll‘ is another chant for the mutated masses.

Track 7, ‘Behold, Pretty Filthy Creatures‘ possesses an awesome organ solo that everyone should love and a chorus that may contain a little bit of social commentary if you look into it far enough. Next we have a call to arms for ‘White Trash Freaks‘ everywhere. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your boogaloo dolls, just listen and it will make sense, maybe.

Onto the next song and we get to retain some sanity with a straight forward Zombified cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s ‘We’re An American Band‘. After that forked road back to the village we find ourselves back in the familiar cannibal-infested woods of Rob Zombie’s world with a song dedicated to the dark lords rising. ‘Lucifer Rising‘ is a perfect display of a band who know exactly how they want to sound and have a damn good time doing it.

As we start to get to the close of the album we are greeted by one of the best tracks in my opinion and a strong contender for the next video, ‘The Girl Who Loved The Monsters‘, a story about a girl who wishes to be one of creatures she loves. Now we reach the final track ‘Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin‘. Sounds like an acoustic western song? Haha, Hell no! Rob Zombie puts in what could be one of his punkier songs of recent times, with a fast delivery and the familiar twang of John 5′s guitar, this is no album closer, this is a warning that Zombie is enjoying his music more than ever and he shows no intention of slowing down. Haters gonna hate, but myself? I enjoyed this album and I’m sure with a few beers I’d only enjoy it more.

One Comment on “Rob Zombie – Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”

  1. Morgan says:

    I just got this album for my birthday and I have loved everything rob zombie for years and this is his best musical work. It’s just mind melting beyond the clever lyrics and the music that just dosent stop I can’t get enough!!

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