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Rob Zombie

By Jason Koerner

Remember Kids, Zombie Loves You…

I don't know which is more enjoyable: Rob's music, or his artwork. This CD holder is chock full of great pictures from live shows and the above-mentioned artwork of Mr. Zombie. In my opinion, it is perhaps the greatest packaging of an album to date. Shiny paper and a well-balanced combination of techno- and porno- are the ingredients in this most recent release by the leading authority on Goth-rock.

Now, what's in it for you?

The answer to that question begins with the twelve re-mixes of some kick-a* songs. Included are versions of "Dragula," "Living Dead Girl," "Superbeast," "Spookshow Baby" and more. The original versions of these songs were previously released on Hellbilly Deluxe, but the mixes are very cool.

I have been getting more and more intrigued with techno- and electronic music lately, especially when it utilizes a heavier flavor. This album is a good representation of this growing genre. Similar sounds can be heard from bands like Powerman 5000 or Static X. I predict this kind of sound fusion to be explored more in the near future. Fusion seems to be the key as of late, in every form of pop music. Country and pop/rock are coming together for a more lively sound (Shania Twain, Garth Brooks and the like…) just like rap and rock are (Korn, Limp Bizkit, etc…) It can only reach a larger audience, and hopefully broaden people's horizons to new things. This CD is a "must-have" for any fan of techno, rock, Rob Zombie, or evil illustrations.