Rob Zombie
Past, Present & Future


4.0
excellent

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
December 24th, 2005 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Past, Present, & Future, a collection of greatest hits from the king of modern day horror himself, Rob Zombie, contains a CD/ DVD package jam packed with hits from the man of horror during both his time as the front man of the band White Zombie and his solo work. Rob Zombie (born Robert Cummings on January 12, 1966 in Haverhill, Massachusetts) has established himself as one of the most profound shock rockers that claims his place with Alice Cooper, King Diamond, and Marilyn Manson. Mixing industrial music with American heavy metal and his own style of gruff vocals, Rob Zombie has managed to create a distinctive sound that feels like it came right out of the horror movies.

After his absence from the music world due to his focus on filming, Rob Zombie has been inspired to further his music career after touring in the 2005 Ozzfest. Rob Zombie’s music as a whole is not very atmospheric, and his albums are more based on separate songs then a whole album flowing as one. However, with a new album due for sometime next year (in 2006), Rob Zombie claims the album will be less industrial, and more focused on the metal aspect which was what his previous albums (including those with White Zombie) lacked.

The CD: White Zombie
The first track hit on this compilation album is Thunder Kiss ‘65, which was the first hit by White Zombie, Rob Zombie’s former band. The track starts with heavy, Metallica-like riffs which are consistent throughout the song. Due to White Zombie’s poor production, Rob Zombie’s vocals are rather hard to hear, as they tend to be throughout the next five tracks. Black Sunshine is another Metallica-like track with fast riffs and catchy vocals. The song also features Iggy Pop who does backing vocals for Rob Zombie. The song itself is rather inconsistent though, and falls apart before it is over. Feed The Gods follows with a steady drumline and crushing heavy riffs. Rob Zombie’s vocals are also a bit more growl-like then his usual raspy singing. One of the better songs by White Zombie, the song is dragged down only by the poor production.

Probably the most popular song by White Zombie, More Human Than Human begins with a slow start, but picks up into probably one of the best riffs that Rob Zombie has ever contributed to. By far the best song by White Zombie, the song is only pulled down by bad production and lack of good lyrics. Super Charger Heaven also has a slow beginning that sounds like the tuning of a radio, but ends up being avery fast paced track, but definitely not the best in the tracks by White Zombie. Finally, the White Zombie part of the compilation ends with probably one of the most industrial sounding songs by White Zombie, I’m Your Boogie Man. The song is extremely weak, and doesn’t fit even with the industrial sound of Rob Zombie’s solo work.

The CD: Rob Zombie
The first track in the compilation from Rob Zombie’s solo career, Hands Of Death (Burn Baby Burn) also features Rob Zombie’s idol and fellow shock rocker Alice Cooper. The song. believe it or not, is not very good, and especially weak when compared to other tracks on the compilation. The track does contain some good riffs, but Alice Cooper’s voice is rather low in the mix of the song. The Great American Nightmare is the first really good track on the album, with really accurate Metallica-like riffs and featuring Howard Stern on backing vocals, the song starts a long line of good tracks in this compilation.

One of the greatest songs Rob Zombie has ever produced, Dragula follows with it’s haunting intro and blasts into a catchy chorus that’s got everyone singing about Rob Zombie’s ‘tripped-out’ new car. The remix found on The Matrix soundtrack, however, was a lot better then the original. Another popular track by the man of horror, Living Dead Girl, tells a story of a man whom has brought a girl back to life and uses her for his own profit (see the music video for a more accurate portrayal of the song). The track is very slow paced, but has a catchy chorus, and deserves the spot it has claimed among Rob Zombie’s greatest hits. Another one of Zombie’s biggest highlights, Superbeast, follows with it’s twisted intro before blasting into one of Rob Zombie’s heaviest songs. Rob Zombie also uses a more sharper vocal style in the bridges of the song that he rarely uses in any of his songs.

My personal favorite, Feel So Numb, begins with someone speaking something in Spanish, followed later by Rob Zombie screaming “I feel so good, I feel so numb, yeah!". The song then bursts into a mix of Metallica heavy riffs and a night club based tone that makes the song another one of the Zombie’s best. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) begins with a very off-color tone of music and a woman singing “Red red kroovy" in the back ground. The song is by far one of Rob Zombie’s most up beat songs, especially on this album. Demon Speeding is the start of the slow decline from climax of the album. The song above all is average, with heavy riffs and an intro similar to that of Feel So Numb, but lacks the catchiness that the other tracks had.

Brickhouse 2003 is an interesting song that tacks the listener out of the world that Rob Zombie tends to create. The song begins with an upbeat drum roll and a woman reaching her point of utmost pleasure. The song then bursts into a lounge music-like song, with trumpets and a saxophone, and sounds like something you’d hear in a Muppet’s movie, only wit a strong sex theme with it. The song also features singer Lionel Richie and female rapper Trina, who help Rob Zombie create the ultimate sex inspired groove song. Another interesting song following Brickhouse 2003 is Pu**y Liquor, which is another sexual orientated song. The music is slow and heavy, and even has a country sound to it. The song is rather amusing, but gets boring after about 3 minutes.

Blitzkrieg Bop is another good, fast song, with riffs that flow well throughout the song and Rob Zombie’s excellent vocal work. The song, however, can easily get lost in the shuffle of great songs on this compilation. A song based on one of Rob’s favorite movies, and also a previously unreleased track, Two-Lane Blacktop is one of those highway road songs gone extreme, with quick and steady riffs and a smooth yet steady drum line. The song holds together well, and is a lot like Blitzkrieg Bop, only more catchier. Finally, Girl On Fire (another previously unreleased track) ends the compilation album. Although it is neither as good nor as atmospheric as the remix found on the Resident Evil: Apocalypse soundtrack, the song holds together well. Musically though, the song is more of a disaster and is only saved by Rob Zombie’s excellent Metallica-like vocals.

The DVD: Music Videos
The music videos on the DVD part of this album is alone worth it’s money for any fan of Rob Zombie’s work. The DVD contains seven music videos and three unreleased videos. There are two videos from the days when Rob Zombie was the front man of White Zombie, Thunder Kiss ‘65 and More Human Than Human, and five videos of Rob Zombie’s solo hits, Dragula, Living Dead Girl, Superbeast, Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy), and Feel So Numb. The last three videos are previously unreleased, Demonoid Phenomenon, Return Of The Phantom Stranger, and Spookshow Baby.

Both of the White Zombie videos show the band playing in some random location rocking out and skipping through sketchy scenes of random people. Both of the videos are rather poorly produced, just as the songs were. The music videos for Dragula, Living Dead Girl, Superbeast, and Return Of The Phantom Stranger, all play out in an old horror movie format. With rather poor, off-color picture or black and white screen play, Rob Zombie managed to create what it is he loves the most, a bad horror flick gone musical. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy), Feel So Numb, and Spookshow Baby are much more higher quality produced. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) contains an innocent feel to it as Rob Zombie performs in a nice suit in a room full of bright and pretty colors. Feel So Numb takes place in a night club with several people dancing to Rob Zombie’s tunes. Spookshow Baby takes place in a room that looks like a place from House Of 1000 Corpses, and has the number 666 flashing several times on the screen.

Pros
-- Rob Zombie is by far one of the most profound shock rockers in the world today.
-- A lot of catchy tunes.
-- Musically some of the best Industrial music in metal.

Cons
-- A lot of poorly produced tracks.
-- Bad lyrics.
-- Some of the videos are really cheesy.

Track Listing
CD
1. Thunder Kiss '65 (4/5)
2. Black Sunshine (2.5/5)
3. Feed The Gods (4/5)
4. More Human Than Human (4.5/5)
5. Super Charger Heaven (3/5)
6. I'm Your Boogie Man (2/5)
7. Hands Of Death (Burn Baby Burn) (3.5/5)
8. The Great American Nightmare (4.5/5)
9. Dragula (5/5)
10. Living Dead Girl (4.5/5)
11. Superbeast (4.5/5)
12. Feel So Numb (5/5)
13. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) (4.5/5)
14. Demon Speeding (3/5)
15. Brickhouse 2003 (4.5/5)
16. Pu**y Liquor (3.5/5)
17. Blitzkrieg Bop (4/5)
18. Two-Lane Blacktop (3.5/5)
19. Girl On Fire (3/5)

DVD
1. Thunder Kiss ‘65 (video) (3/5)
2. More Human Than Human (video) (3/5)
3. Dragula (video) (2.5/5)
4. Living Dead Girl (video) (5/5)
5. Superbeast (video) (3/5)
6. Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) (video) (4.5/5)
7. Feel So Numb (video) (5/5)
8. Demonoid Phenomenon (video) (3/5)
9. Return Of The Phantom Stranger (video) (3.5/5)
10. Spookshow Baby (video) (3.5/5)



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Zebra
Moderator
December 24th 2005


2647 Comments


You did a great job with the review, but it was really long.

I've never really gotten into Rob Zombie, I think I'll pick this up sometime just to try it out.

Cravinov13
December 24th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a good way to get into him, buying this CD. I didn't think I'd like him that much myself. Is it really taht long? I think my Coal Chamber one was longer.

Aakon_Keetreh
December 24th 2005


448 Comments


good review

:thumb:

i like a few of his songs

Jawaharal
December 24th 2005


1832 Comments


Rob Zombie isn't industrial.

Zaine
December 24th 2005


199 Comments


its more like industrial rock. but there is plenty of industrial elements to him.

Cravinov13
December 24th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

He's technically shock rock with a lot of Metallica influence. But the music has an extreme industrial sound to it. His new CD supposedly will have rid of that.

ocelot-05
December 24th 2005


807 Comments


Rob Zombie has made some okay music, but he has a pretty bad voice. Thunder Kiss '65 is a great song and it's really fun to play on Guitar Hero.

Cravinov13
December 24th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His voice is an aquired taste, like Jon Davis and Marilyn Manson, if you don't like it you don't like it. If you do, then good for you.

I'm Charming
December 25th 2005


332 Comments


Cravinov....


Where is the metallica infulence in Rob Zombie's music???

Point out ONE song..... please...

It's really more industrial and you said...

Same with marilyn manson... Industial Shock Rock..



masada
December 25th 2005


2733 Comments


Rob Zombie sucks.

White Zombie did too.

Cravinov13
December 25th 2005


3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm talking about the Metallica riffs that I pointed out in almost EVERY song in the review. White Zombie has an influence on them as does Rob Zombie.

Eliminator Jr., you should be banned for that stupid comment.

zpoop_smith
February 19th 2006


15 Comments


white zombie was awesome and rob zombie still is.Can't wait for the new cd, Educated Horses!

Dethtrasher
February 19th 2006


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Kick @ss review!

ImTheFloor
February 19th 2006


59 Comments


Good review.

I know nothing about Rob Zombie. Except that he's cool.

I love Asa!
March 17th 2006


10 Comments


Rob zombie is awsome!

Zak_262
March 19th 2006


24 Comments


good review rob zombie f**king rocks

hits of sunshine
April 10th 2006


10 Comments


pussy liquor is a great song

sgrevs
April 14th 2006


698 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This has some pretty great songs, Pussy Liquor, Brickhouse, Dragula, Living Dead Girl, Superbeast, and is overall a pretty fine album. Top notch stuff, but I much prefer his solo stuff to he White stuff.

f_u_c_t
May 1st 2006


1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The White is better stuff. But you cant work as a band if you dont get along.

Foreskin Fondler
May 29th 2006


279 Comments


I can't believe this album doesn't Devil man. That song is so awesome.



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