Rob Zombie
Hellbilly Deluxe


3.5
great

Review

by superfascist USER (12 Reviews)
October 10th, 2006 | 53 replies | 19,207 views


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

I hate the word “fun”; the way it’s so haphazardly applied to just about any form of media is disgusting. “Fun” is something that can arguably be loosely – and more often than not, dishonestly – attached to the latest straight-to-video Disney sequel. Applied anywhere else, however, and the thing to which it’s attached is cheapened, weakened, and neutered to a most trivial and revolting state.

But, with any stereotype, there are exceptions, with some of them so contradictory to their binding burdens that it’s difficult to even understand how one can even succumb to such a discriminatory delusion. In fact, I can find no better way to even describe Rob Zombie’s debut solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe, without even thinking the word fun. This isn’t fun in the sense that it’s going to dumbfound its listeners with its amazing musicianship and awesome craftsmanship. No, Hellbilly Deluxe derives its fun in the same style administered by a cheesy horror film is, which is very likely its intent. To listen to this album, scavenging mercilessly to find any intellectual merit, is to bring a knife to a gunfight. You’re not going to get very far at all. Simplicity is the key here.

Played from beginning to end, Hellbilly Deluxe does, indeed contain all the aesthetics and clichés favored by aged, B-horror movies, starting with “Call of the Zombie”, a short bit of dialogue spoken by the familiar sounding voice of a disturbed little girl, consummated twelve tracks later on the same key with the much less structured, “The Beginning of the End”. And with these, the exposition and conclusion of the play are ever so chillingly set into place, paving way for the actual bulk of the album.

There’s a very interesting trend throughout Hellbilly Deluxe. Aside from the several ambient tracks, each song is set into a strict dichotomy, leaning either toward a straightforward, hard rock groove, such as in “Superbeast”, “Dragula”, “Living Dead Girl”, and “Demonoid Phenomenon”, or rather fixated on a more aesthetic approach, as presented in “How to Make a Monster”, “The Ballad of Resurrection Joe and Rosa Whore”, “What Lurks on Channel X?”, and “Return of the Phantom Stranger”. To even more strictly dissect the album, the songs dwelling on the aforementioned hard rock groove a presented earlier on in the album, with the more aesthetically inclined songs collectively filling up primarily the latter half of the album. Interestingly, though, this segregation of styles works fairly well, building more on the cinematic appeal that the album holds: the straightforward rigidity of the beginning half sets up a general tone, and the latter half of the album consummates it with the more horrifically intense style.

It’s a misnomer, however, to label this album as truly “horrific”. At some points the attempts at the horror aesthetic are a bit lame, and uninspired. Whether or not it’s intentional, it drags a bit. Most of the tracks have, in some form or another, an underlying dance groove about them that take away from the overall theme of the album. The synthetic arrangements and sound effects occasionally also impose rather harshly upon the music.

Even with this said, however, these subtle distractions from the “horror” aesthetic are what conclusively give Hellbilly Deluxe its “fun” appeal. All the different aspects of this album come together well, yet sloppily, ultimately ending in a decent and dysfunctional sonic adventure. Yes, adventure. Hellbilly Deluxe, as noted several times, plays much like a horror movie, taking its listener on a trip from one song to the next, taking the occasional quirk here or there. Hellbilly Deluxe is a great album that doesn’t require much thought or deep concentration to enjoy. It is, quite simply, raw fun.

I give this album a 3.5 out of 5 rating.



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Psyclone
October 10th 2006



432 Comments


Very good review. I had a lot of fun reading it. I've never gotten into Rob Zombie and don't plan to.

John Paul Harrison
October 10th 2006



1014 Comments


This is a fine review. I almost got into Rob Zombie back in middle school.

I heard his movie was quite fun, also.

Brain Dead
October 10th 2006



1150 Comments


I've heard this is his best effort, although I was very unimpressed with Educated Horses. Dragula's pretty fun though.This Message Edited On 10.10.06

superfascist
October 10th 2006



118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Sinister Urge isn't too bad either, except it just lacks the fun that Hellbilly Deluxe has.

God, way to kill the trend.

RottedFlesh
October 10th 2006



213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yah Dragula is easily my fave track on there...the Matrix remix totally screwed it up though...that remix was not fun...

tom79
October 10th 2006



3367 Comments


Good review. I like what I've heard from this. Listening to Dragula reminds me of playing Twisted Metal years ago.

Digging: Spoon - They Want My Soul

superfascist
October 10th 2006



118 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Twisted Metal III is what got me into Rob Zombie in the first place. "Superbeast" and "Meet the Creeper" were on that one. I found that if you put the game in a CD player, it'll play all the songs from the game.

Kaleid
December 30th 2006



711 Comments


I prefer this to his later stuff... 'Dragula' is a particular FUN favourite, but I prefer the remixed version as featured on 'The Matrix'. 'How To Make A Monster' is also good


Gonads
November 1st 2007



26 Comments


Nice review, I completely agree with it.

deathtotheinfidels
November 1st 2007



180 Comments


Awesome album

72haha72
June 30th 2008



436 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I once had this album... wonder where it may be
I liked it, but wasn't anything special. If I find it, I'll give it a spin

HeadCharge123
July 25th 2008



475 Comments


Dragula is possibly the best song Rob Zombie ever wrote.

Meatplow
November 5th 2008



5524 Comments


I forgot how great Superbeast is!

poweroftheweez
November 5th 2008



1290 Comments


reminds me of twisted metal 3

deathbysexywtf
February 3rd 2009



72 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

id rather listen to my father die a miserable painful death than ever hear this again.

i would pay thousands to fight rob zombie.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2009



8329 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

damn just listened to Dragula and Superbeast today again. Too bad that these are the only songs worth giving a shot in here.

jingledeath
March 16th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

its not that bad, I remember falling in love with Living Dead Girl when I first saw the video

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2009



8329 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

it's not THAT bad, but atleast for me it was quite poor as an album.

ninjuice
June 29th 2009



6760 Comments


RA na na na na na GAR ra ra ra ra ra ARGG na na na na na...DRAGULLLLAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!

Piglet
June 29th 2009



4653 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm thinking of writing a review for this...




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