Album Review: Rob Zombie’s “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”
Damn. That’s all I can really say after listening to Rob Zombie’s new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. Zombie’s been continually saying that this album is his best yet, which is typical talk for any musician these days, but holy shit is he right.
Kicking off with Teenage Nosferatu Pussy (hey, I didn’t name the songs), you instantly know that you’re in for a ride with this one. After Zombie’s normal use of sampling, the song kicks in with a groove that calls back to his first solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe. Not wanting to let you get used to that feeling though, Dead City Radio and The New Gods of Supertown throw you into a classic rock nostalgia trip that pretty much gives you an indication that this is definitely nothing like Zombie’s past album or two.
As great as the first two tracks are, where the album really gets going for me is the third track Revelation Revolution, which showcases just how tight of a band Zombie has at this point. Guitarist John 5’s axework fits perfectly with rhythm section Piggy D (bass) and ex-Marilyn Manson drummer Ginger Fish’s solid as hell grooves. As soon as Revolution is done, the album temporarily heads into an Eastern vibe for a quick interlude, before giving us Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga (the titles…haha), which reminds me of something off of the last two albums, which while were entertaining, never quite matched the earlier work of Zombie’s.
Following Ging Gang is, in my opinion, the best track on the album, Rock and Roll (in a Black Hole), a song that puts Zombie into electronic beats and the usual Zombie wordplay but kicks into a huge as hell chorus that you can already see crowds of fans chanting along to at a show. The more the album goes on, it’s obvious how much fun Zombie and Co. must have had making this record, as White Trash Freaks, and We’re An American Band both keep listeners ready to raise their lighters and party cups of beer until the sun comes up. Ending with Trade in Your Guns For a Coffin, a song that is fast as hell and full of the grooves that Zombie, along with what is by FAR his best set of bandmates in years, has kept going throughout the whole album, It’s a closing track that is just as strong as any opener.
The best way that I could describe Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor , is a party album, in the best way. Something to blast while someone jumps off of the roof into a pool filled with bikini-clad ladies (put on The Girl Who Loved the Monsters and tell me that every single girl isn’t dancing along, and I’d tell you that you’re lying). The record is pure fun from start to finish and with only the occasional misfire (Ging Gang being the only track on the album that didn’t quite resonate with me), it’s safe to say that Rob is back in full force.