On February 2, 2010, Rob Zombie released his fourth studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2. The name sake came from the first album under the name Rob Zombie which came out in 1998, and the album itself was actually completed in 2008. It was set to come out in 2009, but Rob was busy directing his version of Halloween II so it got delayed. It got delayed once more, due to a lack of promotion, which put it at February 2010.
Rob Zombie is easily one of the most creative frontmen in the world of contemporary metal. He's delivered some of the best mainstream metal of the 90's, under both the name of Rob Zombie and his original band, White Zombie. This album in particular was no different in success as it debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200, and sold 49,000 in the first week alone.
The entire album is great, but as it is with every album, a few songs stood out just a bit more than others.
"Sick Bubblegum" is easily the catchiest song on the album. Some people say it's overly distorted, but we found that it had the most powerful chorus of any song on the album.
The orchestral arrangement in "The Man Who Laughs" was incredible; you don't ever see orchestral music being mixed with Metal. In this case, it worked perfectly.
Overall, we would say this album was great, for a few reasons. First and foremost, if you are a fan of Rob Zombie, this album does not disappoint. This album would be fantastic performed live, and it makes us very excited to hear some of it live!
We will be hopefully be hearing some of this album, and many other songs from Rob Zombie live this April at the 2016 Fort Rock festival. Rob Zombie will be headlining not only day one of Fort Rock, but day two of Welcome To Rockville which is the very next day. Rob Zombie will also be performing at all the big festivals around the US, such as Carolina Rebellion, Northern Invasion, Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. While all of this is going on, Rob Zombie will also be touring with Disturbed! They've got a lot coming up for them -a ton of performances, and a new album coming out sometime this year! For further information, head on over to the official website for Rob Zombie or the respective festivals.
Psssst! We also did a review for Hellbilly Deluxe, if you're interested in seeing what we had to say about the first one as well!
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