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Album Review: Rob Zombie "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor"

by Lunchbox

I keep the reviews short, to the point, without fluff language. We grade on a 5-point scale, by the "$" to represent our suggestion on how to approach purchasing the album. It goes like this: $ - don't buy, $$ - buy the singles online, $$$ - download the whole album online, $$$$ - buy a physical copy, $$$$$ - buy the deluxe edition CD/DVD combo package and a vinyl copy. So here we go:


Rob Zombie's Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor might be his best work since Hellbilly Deluxe. The lead single "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown" sets the tone for the majority of the album, falling into that flavor is "Teenage Nosferatu Pu**y" and "Rock and Roll (In a Black Hole)" both of which are great songs. One of the things that has helped Mr. Mother F'n Zombie achieve success this far into his career is the addition of John 5 to his band. The recent recipient of the Golden Gods Award for Best Guitarist gets to shine on tracks like "White Trash Freaks" and "Lucifer Rising" which are really fun tracks.

If you're looking for the standard Rob-Zombie-horror-movie-dubs they're all over this album too. "The Girl Who Loved the Monsters" is a prime track for this. It's been years since he started messing around with the concept, and honestly, still sounds good.

There are only two tracks on the whole thing that keep me from calling this his greatest work ever. First "Theme For The Rat Vendor" which would work fine for an intro track at the start of the album, but this 62 second instrumental is dropped in at track #4, messing up some flow. Also, the cover of "We're An American Band" really didn't need to happen. Out of ALL of the songs you could cover, you picked THAT one? Did you really want cowbell THAT bad? If it's a cowbell thing, do "Don't Fear The Reaper" already. 

Final verdict:

Buy a physical copy of this bad-boy. You won't be disappoint.