• Black Stone Cherry - KENTUCKY

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    This collection of southern boys are not the most original band in the world. They’ll never be accused of being the most musically gifted fellas in the world. Certainly, no one will ever listen to them and think, “wow, that’s really cutting edge music”. To the contrary though, release in and release out, the same thought comes to mind

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    Sequels to albums, at least in my listening experience, are generally poor. The two that immediately jump to mind for me are Rob Zombie’s HELLBELLY DELUXE 2 and Meat Loaf’s BAT OUT OF HELL 2. Both releases were pretty lame, and garnered attention solely because they were named after much more historic releases in their creator’s career.

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It's been a long time since Rob Zombie did an album that was actually worth listening to. For many, he was done after the first HELLBILLY DELUXE release. To say the least, he's never been that good since. Having been a fan of Zombie up to that point, be it the "Rob" or the "White" variety, his career since then where there was music painted around his movie and directing careers, has been spotty at best. While I still listen to ASTROCREEP about once a month, I can't remember the last time I listened to SINISTER URGE or EDUCATED HORSES. I know it hasn't been recently. Even knowing a new release was coming didn't lead me back to those releases. Zombie has surprised me, and many for that matter, with VENOMOUS RAT REGENERATOR VENDOR. Wtihout question, this is the best release Zombie has done in a LOT of years. While no one will mistake VENDOR as a classic recording by any means, it's the most fun album he's done in a very long time. Rob Zombie is back...at least somewhat.

There's no shortage of memorable, punchy songs on VENDOR that will have your toes tapping and will stick in your head for weeks to come. Songs like "Revelation Revolution" are as strong as anything Zombie has done in years. Other songs, like "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga" has not only that dark quality that made Zombie famous, but that punchy head bobbing rhythm that he's best known for. Don't ask me what that title means, but there's no denying it as an addictive, repetitive chorus. Another aspect that just works is Zombie's return to a more raw sound. Songs like "Teenage Nosferatu Pussy" and the previously mentioned "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga" both sound like they might have been crafted in the studio live without a lot of thought or concern for any kind of radio play, which is definitely a plus for Zombie. Simply put, he's much better when he's dirty. Another really nice feature is the way he's returned to some of the more creepy, yet powerful rock sounds of the past. "Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)" is by far the best song Zombie has done in years. It's transitions from creepy subdued to full out blasts of energy in the chorus makes it one of those tunes you will listen to over and over again. It's like a more sinister version of "Electric Head" from days gone by. It works.

PITRIFF RATING - 90/100 - A strong return to form for Rob Zombie. It's definitely not the best work he's ever done, but it's far better than anything we've seen in about a decade from the horror rocker. Bravo to Zombie for this one. How about not making us wait so long for another good release?

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