Review: Rob Zombie “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”

Rob Zombie is at it again. Whether it is a film or music project, you know you are going to get an all-out effort, with no regard for who will be offended, who will embrace it, etc. Zombie does things his way, and that will never change. So I would expect nothing less from his new record, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.” This time around, with a band consisting of John 5 on guitar, Piggy D. on bass, and Ginger Fish on drums, Zombie went for the throat. Here is a track by track breakdown, rated on my (very appropriate for the occasion) “Devil Horns” system!

‘Teenage Nosferatu Pussy’
The intro features a female seemingly describing a vivid acid trip. Ginger Fish and Piggy D. provide a thumping, grinding groove on this brutally heavy leadoff track (with a brilliant title). John 5 rips through a Sabbath-esque riff, as well as a cool, effects-laden solo. Who else besides Zombie could effectively deliver the lyric “I am a pirate on a devil ship!” Perfect track to kick off the record. Brings a tear (of blood) to my eye.
Devil Horns: 10/10

‘Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown’
This is a radio friendly song, without comprising the heaviness. The riff and vibe is a bit reminiscent of Manson’s ‘The Beautiful People.’ Song is punctuated with some cool keyboard work.
Devil Horns: 7/10

‘Revelation Revolution’
Arena-ready, with the memorable line “She got the gun…get it done” repeated by Zombie throughout. I can almost feel the fire of the live show on my face as I listen to this track.
Devil Horns: 7/10

‘Theme For The Rat Vendor’/’Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga’
The intro is interesting, complete with bongos and sitar. Then it goes into Zombie speaking the lyrics into a megaphone, the all hell breaks loose. Reminds me of driving really fast on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. Have to love the lyric “high on the fumes and high on the gas, rally round the girl with the skull on her ass.”
Devil Horns: 8/10

‘Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)’
Starts off with a basic sounding, low-fi electronic intro, which repeats throughout. The chorus has a heavy riff with Zombie shouting “We’re all dancing in a black hole, when all we want to do is rock and roll.” Very true, although the song is a bit disjointed for my taste.
Devil Horns: 6/10

‘Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures!’
Kicks ass from the beginning. Classic Zombie, that pummels throughout. Solid drumming by Ginger Fish, and John 5 is killing it as usual. Unexpected organ at the end, but it in no way takes away from the song.
Devil Horns: 8/10

‘White Trash Freaks’
John 5 makes his mark on this one from the beginning, with sounds coming from his guitar that don’t even seem possible. Another dirty groove laid down by Ginger Fish and Piggy D.
Devil Horns: 7/10

‘We’re An American Band’
While I had my reservations about this one, the band pulls off this Grand Funk cover, transforming it from an overplayed radio staple, into something uniquely Zombie. Love the Ginger Fish cowbell.
Devil Horns: 7/10

‘Lucifer Rising’
Starts off with a vicious John 5 riff, and never lets up. Amazing drumming by Ginger Fish throughout. Otherworldly solo by John 5, and quite possibly the best Zombie vocal performance on the record. This is sure to be a live staple.
Devil Horns: 10/10

‘The Girl Who Loved The Monsters’
Perfect balance between electronic/organic sounding, with some pretty haunting lyrics. “Set them free, let them be…the monsters live in you and me.” Very cool tempo change to end the song, with an excellent spoken word sample.
Devil Horns: 8/10

‘Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin’
Heavy song, with another great John 5 riff. Perfect ending to the record. Short, sweet, and evil!
Devil Horns: 8/10

This really is a great, cohesive, brutal record overall. Fans of White Zombie will be happy, as will fans of the Zombie solo stuff. As with other Zombie releases, I always wonder, how does he so perfectly fit in just the right samples at the right times? Whether they are screams, moans, or just really odd speeches, they always seem to work perfectly. This record is no exception. To me, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” is sort of like elevator music, if the elevator was plummeting at a high speed straight to hell!