Rob Zombie's fourth solo studio album, "Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool", will be released on November 17 via Geffen Records. "Hellbilly Deluxe" was the name of Zombie's first and most successful solo outing, issued back in 1998.
"The plan was always to make this kind of like the sequel to 'Hellbilly Deluxe', but I didn't want to force it," Zombie tells AOL's Noisecreep. "I always figure records dictate their own journey. You might say, 'Oh, we're going to write the heaviest thing ever.' But you get in there and, you know, you might write things that aren't heavy that are great, so you kind of go with it. But this one seems like a great follow-up to that record."
"The record's really varied, just like the first one," Zombie says of the new CD. "There are huge, epic songs with 100-piece orchestras. And then there's something like 'What,' which is just the four of us in a garage literally playing live together and making a big noise."
"Hellbilly Deluxe 2" track listing:
01. Jesus Frankenstein 02. Sick Bubblegum 03. What? 04. Mars Needs Women 05. Werewolf, Baby! 06. Virgin Witch 07. Death and Destiny Inside The Dream Factory 08. Burn 09. Cease to Exist 10. Werewolf Women of the SS 11. The Man Who Laughs
Rob Zombie will kick off his upcoming North American tour on October 29 in Phoenix, Arizona, according to a press release. He will hit the road with the same band that toured behind his 2006 CD, "Educated Horses", consisting of guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D. and drummer Tommy Clufetos. Although Zombie is also busy these days directing movies, he told The Pulse of Radio he can always count on his current bandmates to return. "Whenever I'm making a movie they go off and do whatever they want, but they're all part of this band," he said. "We just did all of our photos for the tour and stuff. It's the same band, it's just that I know those guys get itchy to play."
Support on the tour will come from Nekromantix and Captain Clegg & The Night Creatures. The latter band appeared in Zombie's latest film, "Halloween II".
The trek will include a very special Halloween event on October 31 in Hollywood, California hosted by Uncle Seymour Coffins, also seen in "Halloween II".
The "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" tour will mark Zombie's return to the road after moderate box office success as the writer and director of "Halloween II" (Dimension). His R-rated, animated feature, "The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto", was made available everywhere on DVD and Blu-ray September 22.
Zombie will return to the stage on October 18, when he co-headlines Loud Park festival in Japan with Slayer that will also feature Papa Roach.