Tuesday, March 3, 2015

CD Review: Rob Zombie's "Spookshow" Tour Gets Its Own New Live Release

On February 24th, shock-rocker Rob Zombie released his second live album entitled "Spookshow International Live" through T-Boy Records in association with the Universal Music Group. The album was recorded over the course of his tour last year in support of his most recent studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Of the nineteen songs that appear on the release, only four are from the new album, the rest are a scattering of hits from his solo catalog as well as his days with White Zombie and a couple of cover songs thrown in for good measure.
 
Guitarist John 5 handles the introduction of the show with the lead-in solo of "Teenage Nosferatu Pussy" as the signature Zombie groove is present, but the energy doesn't fully kick in until a few songs later with "Living Dead Girl." The intensity of the live recording comes blasting out of your speakers with a blazing, hellacious version of "More Human Than Human," before bringing the horror music to life in "House Of 1000 Corpses." One of the highlights is the blistering cover of The Ramones' "Blitzkreig Bop," which leads into a nine-minute version of "Thunder Kiss '65" featuring the amazing guitar wizardry of John 5. The marching chorus of "Jesus Frankenstein" sends you into the second cover of the show, a Zombiefied version of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band." The show closes with the heavy metal thunder of "Demonoid Phenomenon" and a new song "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga" that just has a great chorus to sing along to.
 
Rob Zombie will be hitting the road again in June with a month of live dates, before heading over to Europe to play some festivals. To find out more about his new live album "Spookshow International Live," please visit robzombie.com.

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