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Zombie, Rob - The Sinister Urge (8,5/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: Nu-Metal
Label: Geffen
Playing time: 39:42
Band homepage: Zombie, Rob

Tracklist:

  1. Sinners Inc.
  2. Demon Speeding
  3. Dead Girl Superstar
  4. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)
  5. Iron Head
  6. (Go To) California
  7. Feel So Numb
  8. Transylvanian Transmissions Pt. 1
  9. Bring Her Down (To Crippletown)
  10. Scum Of The Earth
  11. House Of 1000 Corpses
Zombie, Rob - The Sinister Urge
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!

Alexander Melzer



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