Rob Zombie - a name, that should have crossed your way at least once, either with his (former?) Band WHITE ZOMBIE or solo. After I had heard his "La Sexorcisto"-album and I absolutely did not like it, the following releases passed me by pretty much unnoticed.
Now, of course, you wonder why the hell do I do a review of his latest solo-effort "The Sinister Urge"? Well, another story that life is writing, I guess. I go into a record-store (in my case in Calgary, Canada), look around and see a listening-post with three different CDs, amongst them Rob Zombie. So I think that if I already am there, I could just as well listen to it - and suddenly I even like it!
Has something changed? Well, I can only compare it with "La Sexorcisto", but Master Zombie suddenly really sings and the songs have a different kind of sound, they sound a little, well, dirty and also with a slight Gothic vibe, are energetic, have good melodies and are just catchy and fun to listen to. Movie-samples time and again are implemented as well, adding a very interesting touch to the whole thing as well as strings and horns, something you really would not have expected from Mr.Zombie!
Why this actually appeals to me all of a sudden, I have got no real clue, but stuff like "Demon Speeding" or "Dead Girl Superstar" just is strong material! The quite illustrious list of guest-musicians has played no part in that, but still it is quite impressive: Kerry King (SLAYER), Tommy Lee, MÖTLEY CRÜE, and - Ozzy Osbourne, on "Iron Head"! And they are only those guests that I know...
An absolutely positive surprise for me, in two sorts of sense, first off the musical alignment of "The Sinister Urge" and to the other that I like it! Judos to Mr.Zombie, this piece of music has something!