Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Jerry Del Colliano   
Tuesday, 25 August 1998

Hellbilly Deluxe, Geffen Records

| Performance 8 | Sound 8 |

Rob Zombie could kick Marylin Manson's ass if he wanted to. While Manson caters to the mindless, Jerry Springer fans of the world, Rob Zombie has just released 'Hellbilly Deluxe,' the most aggressive, most stylish, loudest record of 1998.

Here, Zombie--sans his old band--has combined superior sonics with agitated rifts and accompanied them with demonic lyrics. The guitar tones are so scorching you often think your speakers could catch fire. The bass is surprisingly hard hitting, even better than the tone you'll find on White Zombie's 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1' and 'Astro-Creep: 2000.' The production value of the record marks a high point for Zombie records, the mix is world class and the addition of techno effects makes the melodies just that much more interesting.

'Hellbilly Deluxe' is a crank it up and rip the knob off your preamp kind of record. As long as you don't take Rob's lyrical content too seriously, you are in for a rockin' good time.

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