After launching his band White Zombie to the top of the metal heap in the early 1990s, group leader Rob Zombie would go on to become a successful solo act in the 2000s, as well as establishing himself as a sought-after horror movie director with such marquee credits as House of 1000 Corpses and the 2007 reboot of Halloween.
Still releasing well-received solo albums between movies, Zombie is preparing to unveil Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor on April 23, his fifth studio LP and first since 2010 record Hellbilly Deluxe 2. It will also be the first Zombie album to feature ex-Marilyn Manson band member Ginger Fish on drums (Fish was recently announced as Zombie’s full-time beat-keeper).
In advance of the album, the singer has revealed a lyric video for the song “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown.” It’s a customarily aggressive and industrial-tinged slice of Zombie’s signature melodic metal sound that actually harkens back to White Zombie’s ‘90s heyday while lamenting the current state of rock radio.
“It’s the fastest moving song up the charts we’ve had in a while,” Zombie told Rolling Stone in a recent interview about the new song, expressing genuine excitement about the forthcoming production video for the tune.
“I think it will be the best video I’ve ever done,” the “More Human Than Human” singer said. “In the last 10 years, as the value of videos sort of declined, and I started making movies, I got bored with making videos because it just seemed like, what’s the point? But the four of us are so jazzed about the record and the tour that we really wanted to make a great video. I thought, let’s give it the old community college try. This is a conceptual video – it’s bizarre. It’s a freak show, man.”
Zombie and his band will be supporting the new album by headlining the 2013 Mayhem Festival alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Mastadon and Amon Amarth. The tour kicks off on June 29 at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA.
Just four days before the release of the new album, Rob Zombie will release his highly anticipated horror movie, The Lords of Salem, on April 19.