Hellbilly Deluxe II: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool
02 February 2010
By Andy Parker
Some 12 years since the flaming wheels of the Dragula peeled out of the Hellbilly Deluxe gas station, Rob Zombie returns to top form with an album title to envy most post-hardcore bands: Hellbilly Deluxe II: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool, or from here on in just HD2.
Forget the comic books, limited edition figurines, and his ventures into Hollywood, Rob Zombie can finally be forgiven for House Of 1000 Corpses after delivering a record that will have you heading to the back of the closet for your smashed up leather jacket, face paint and stonewashed nut hugger jeans.
HD2 is the first album to have been written and recorded with the most recent incarnation of the touring band, with Rob Zombie writing and recording everything since the disbandment of White Zombie in 1998. Virtuoso guitarist John 5, formerly of Marilyn Manson is clearly present throughout with his unique style of mixing technical styles and conflicting influences most notably, on ‘Mars Needs Women’, and previously free download track ‘Burn’.
This may very well be the last ever CD to be released by Rob Zombie, stating in recent press that the format was ‘dead’ and future productions are more likely to be digital-only. But with artwork collaborated with drummer Piggy D, Zombie himself, Dan Brereton, Sam Shearon, Alex Horley and David Hartman, not to mention a limited edition Coffin box set, this really has to be in your hands.
I can name at least 12 teen horror movies that have used tracks from the original Hellbilly Deluxe, and with good reason. The land of make-believe that Zombie’s created is an exciting place to live, plus your transport is such a furious vessel. It spans across the familiar formula of industrious grating strings, carnivalesque melodies and simply crushing riffery.
Watch the video to ‘Sick Bubblegum’ by Rob Zombie
The one thing which has always held Zombie high in the rock club playlist is his pounding dance rhythms and searing vocal hooks and they’re on here in mass abundance, whether it be ‘Sick Bubble-Gun’ or ‘Mars Needs Women’. Hear it once, and you’ll be damned if you aren’t humming it for the rest of the day.
Sounds like: The greatest show on earth, the ring leader juggles chainsaws and the elephants whip the lions into clown cars heaped with razorblades.
Top tracks: Jesus Frankenstein, Mars Needs Women, Burn
Rob Zombie – Hellbilly Deluxe 2 tracklisting
Mars Needs Women
Death and Destiny Inside the Dream Factory
Cease to Exist
Werewolf Women of the SS
The Man Who Laughs