After two horribly disappointing albums, it really is nice to hear Rob Zombie finally return to form on Regeneration Vendor. Praise must once again be given to guitarist John 5, who packs this album full of heavy and infectious riffs. Another ex-Manson member has joined the Zombie fold in the form of drummer Ginger Fish, who proves to be the best drummer for the band yet. The industrial-tinged horror rock vibe that Zombie made himself known for on his early work has finally been brought back to the forefront on this album, which is by far his best solo album in over a decade.
Rob Zombie's adoration for thrills, chills, and Nosferatu pills won't ever die out much as far as his latest solo album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is even concerned. The horror movie samples may grow old once you bother to give this record more than two listens, but the musicianship is as fun as the graveyard and Rob's vocal performance is mostly passable stuff. Diehard fanatic, newcomer, or maybe neither one of these, the offering's got something in store for you malignant ghouls.
Some of the songs are catchy and energetic, but the majority are merely average. "Dead City Radio" and "Lucifer Rising" are two highlights, but nothing else really stood out. The lyrical content on this album is atrocious, some of Rob Zombie's absolute worst.
The formula is just beyond worn out at this point. You know what to expect: metal with B movie-inspired themes. Even if you're a die-hard Rob Zombie fan, this will only entertain you so much, and probably barely satisfy you when it comes down to it. Zombie really isn't reaching out to any other audiences in the metal community with this, and this is far from the best example of what Zombie is good at for anyone who isn't already in the know.