As Rob Zombie experimented with his already “experimental” sound on 2006’s Educated Horses, many long-time fans may have turned away. He then decided to create an album as a sequel to his debut solo release, 1998’s Hellbilly Deluxe. Although Hellbilly Deluxe 2, released in 2010, was overall a more clean-cut mix of songs, it seemed to show a partial return to Zombie’s signature sound. Three years later, the film director/musician has premiered a promising new song on his official website.
It seems as though Zombie has again found the motivation and creativity he poured into releases like Hellbilly Deluxe and 2001’s The Sinister Urge, as well as the material from his White Zombie days. “Dead City Radio” brings back the eerie vibes, the gritty sound and style, and of course, the musical experimentation that helped raise Zombie to his current stance in the entertainment industry.
The new song fits somewhere in between songs like “Sick Bubblegum” and “What?” from Hellbilly Deluxe 2 and “Dragula” off of Hellbilly Deluxe. It is groovy, catchy, and downright odd, which are key elements to Rob Zombie’s music.
Judging by the song itself as well as the artwork of the album on which it will be released, it looks like former Rob Zombie fans might finally turn back.
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is set to release [in North America] on April 23, 2013.