Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Review

artist: Rob Zombie date: 02/02/2010 category: compact discs
Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Released: Feb 2, 2010
Genre: Heavy Metal, Shock Metal
Label: Loud&Proud/Roadrunner
Number Of Tracks: 11
Rob Zombie revisits his classic, debut solo album with Hellbilly Deluxe 2, which is an extension of its predecessor. It could be subtitled as follows: How Rob Zombie Got His Groove Back.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 7.3
 Overall Impression: 7.3
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overall: 8.3
Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Featured review by: UG Team, on february 02, 2010
2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sound: Rob Zombie's 1998 solo effort, Hellbilly Deluxe yielded a bunch of hits that spilled from the radio airwaves ad nauseum. You have to remember them: Dragula and Living Dead Girl were all over the airwaves at the end of that decade. It was really an extension of the sound that the vocalist rode to multi-platinum success with his band, White Zombie. Rob Zombie has always been counted on to craft crunchy hard rock that is palatable for pop music fans who might like a little edge. Sure, it's not as edgy as extreme metal bands, but it is edgy hard rock, thanks to the horror-themed lyrics and look that Zombie is so fond of! While Hellbilly Deluxe 2 doesn't ignore or obliterate what came in between it and the original, which is two albums, it does feel like the next logical step from that particular album and does pick up where the original Hellbilly left off. It's not like Zombie is cashing in on his past; he's always had a signature sound and this album feels like the chronological companion piece to the mega-selling version that came out over a decade ago! Go ahead and take a listen to Sick Bubblegum and try not to sing along or hum the chorus. Zombie remains as deft as ever with making a melody stick to your ribs and your brain! Jesus Frankenstein and Mars Need Women are also fun, plugged in romps! // 9

Lyrics: It wouldn't be a Rob Zombie record if it didn't have some degree of horror movie references he is an acclaimed director in the genre, lest we forget- as well as B-movie kitsch. If you like The Munsters and gore, then Hellbilly Deluxe will work for you. Try not to pump your fist in the air when Rob sings, Chew it up, spit it out, sick bubblegum. It might not make a whole lot of philosophical sense, but it sure goes down the gullet in a good way. // 8

Overall Impression: Rob Zombie's pop metal edge hasn't been blunted despite his forays into the mainstream's eye with appearances on Howard Stern, by directing big budget Hollywood remakes of horror classics or by winning awards at horror movie conventions! He's still playing by his rules, yukking it up with zombies, werewolves and other creatures in his semi-processed vocals, which are accompanied by razor-sharp riffery. For those who are mostly fond of Rob Zombie's musical output, Hellbilly Deluxe, Version 2.0 won't and does not disappoint. Honestly, the only marked difference is that the artist has dissolved his long relationship with Geffen and defected to Loud & Proud, an imprint of Roadrunner, to release the album. // 8

- Amy Sciarretto (c) 2010

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overall: 9
Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 23, 2010
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Rob has Definitely changed his sound since White Zombie... That dose not mean it's bad. Some songs have a more hardcore vibe (Jesus Frankenstein, Werewolf Women, Sick Bubble-Gum), while some songs have a jumpy vibe(What?, The Man Who Laughs, Werewolf Baby). Most of the songs have a unique tone to them. All of the songs sound very polished and sound great. John5 does a great job on guitar and Clufetos is great on the drums especially in The Man Who Laughs. It really sucks that they got Joey Jordison to take his place for the HBD2 tour. I have no problem with Joey( He's {Sic}!), but I would rather see Clufetos live. // 9

Lyrics: Rob's B-Movie vibe is still here and resonates through all the songs. The standout tracks on the album are-Jesus Frankenstein, Sick Bubble-Gum, Mars Needs Women, Werewolf Baby, Cease To Exist, Werewolf Women, and The Man Who Laughs. Jesus Frankenstein has the lyrics of a mellow Slayer song. Mars Need Women has the good ol' Zombie stomp rythm and is of course about aliens...from MARS!! Werewolf Women of the SS is a song written about the short faux trailer Rob did for the movie "Grindhouse" and is my personal favorite besides Jesus Frankenstein. The Man Who Laughs is a long-ass song but an epic one. It has an underlying orchestral score that does a great job in adding to the song. All in all HBD2 does a great job in delivering the Zombie vibe that I love. // 9

Overall Impression: Overall, HBD2 does deliver a big punch and has me really excited to see Zombie live for the Mayhem tour. What bugs me about it is the title, I mean this has a very different vibe from the first Hellbilly. Hobo Jesus would have been a much better name. But the title is not part of the music so... // 9

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overall: 5.3
Hellbilly Deluxe 2 Reviewed by: SawGuru, on february 02, 2010
0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Rob Zombie has finally released his new album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2. This album has much to offer in it's own right, as the sound is different than Educated Horses. However, it still falls short of Zombie's past glory. The opening track, 'Jesus Frankenstein', sounds very promising with it's dark, haunting intro. This song sets the pace for the entire album: good, dark, haunting riffs mixed in with a subpar attempt to recreate his classic sound. John 5 wrote some really good riffs, and they shine in this album. His tone mixes very well with Zombie's voice. His creativity on this album is exactly what 'Educated Horses' was missing. However, his attempt falls short of making this a Zombie classic. Songs like 'Jesus Frankenstein', 'Mars Needs Women', and 'Virgin Witch' have very haunting tones in them, with heavy riffs that harkens back to John 5's solo work, and the melodies have that old Zombie sound. However, the combination of the two still leaves something to be desired. One nice addition to this album is the element John 5 brings in his solos. Short and sweet, each solo complements it's song. 'Virgin Witch' especially has a perfect union with it's solo. Furthermore, this album has infused a seemingly punk rock element to it. 'What?' and 'Dream Factory' both have John 5 playing a very punk-driven rhythm with Zombie singing in a comparable style. Overall, I think this is a decent album. It's definitely more 'Zombie' than 'Educated Horses' was in sound. However, it still falls short of Rob Zombie's former sound, and is a sub-par attempt at recreating it. // 6

Lyrics: Rob Zombie is still himself. His vocals on this album are still his signature sound. The lyrics all take on Zombie's classic songwriting style: horror elements, the macabre, and a dark carnival feel. As far as transforming those lyrics into melodies, however, Zombie has let fans down. His voice is constantly the same throughout the album. While many would argue his voice never had dynamics, he at least varied chorus structures and such. On this album, almost every song has painstakingly similar arrangements from a lyrical standpoint. Songs like 'Sick Bubblegum', 'Mars Needs Women', and 'Werewolf Baby' all have very similar structures for the chorus: Sing the title over and over. In the past, Zombie infused many phrases in his choruses throughout the album, and only a handful of songs on Hellbilly Deluxe 2 have this trait. For the most part, Zombie voice is still good. It's just no longer innovative and creative. // 5

Overall Impression: All in all, this album will neither impress nor let down Zombie fans. Do not hope for a return to the sound Zombie developed with his first 'Hellbilly Deluxe', but also expect a slight improvement from the thin sound that 'Educated Horses' gave. Many songs on here are enjoyable, like 'Mars Needs Women', and some are even impressive, such as 'Virgin Witch'. Mainly, the music is more enjoyable than Zombie's singing, which is a major drawback to the album. If I lost this album, chances are I'd spend my money on getting the Deluxe version of the original 'Hellbilly' rather than repurchasing this one. // 5

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