Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool (4 stars)

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Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool

(Roadrunner)

Rob Zombie is certainly one of the most enigmatic figures in modern metal. He’s evolved from rock star to a full-blown, gore-loving stage persona (a feat last pulled off by Marilyn Manson to increasingly lacklustre results). Taking a break from directing horror films with, as the title suggests, a sequel to his 1998 solo debut, this is a heady mix of metal, rockabilly, glam rock and industrial with a nod to exploitation cinema in style and tone (‘Werewolf Women of the SS’ sharing the title of his fake trailer as seen in Tarantino/Rodriguez’s opus Grindhouse). Schlock rock perfection.

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