An album review written by Lee Sonogan
Rob Zombie – 38:23 (1998) Industrial Metal, Shock Rock
An incredibly fun ride from the master of shock horror and gore – 84% – industrialjunkie92, (Rateyourmusic – 2011)
13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International or HellBilly Deluxe was Rob Zombie’s first solo album and maybe his best. Since splitting from the band White Zombie in the late nineties, Rob Zombie has made so much more music and even movies. Still, and already this album is probably my favourite for consistency. Seeing him live and in person back in 2011 I got to hear a lot of these songs at that Soundwave festival.
Tracklist for album
- Call of the Zombie
- Superbeast (Recommended)
- Living Dead Girl (Recommended)
- Perversion 99
- Demonoid Phenomenon
- Spookshow Baby (Recommended)
- How to Make a Monster
- Meet the Creeper (Recommended)
- The Ballad of Resurrection Joe and Rosa Whore
- What Lurks on Channel X?
- Return of the Phantom Stranger
- The Beginning of the End
The album itself went on to sell over three million copies worldwide after three singles that each achieved commercial success. Regarded as a heavy horror movie soundtrack or a nostalgic dark and sexual tune of the past, it still holds up to some degree. I mean the whole collection is not a masterpiece but the key recommended songs are very memorable. Remembering fondly those songs, there’s a decent amount on it that falls flat.
Back re-listening to his important songs from all albums, his distinct sound is impressive where I would recommend it if you like this genre. And not listening in order may be a good thing. Overall this 21 years ago album is a retrospective into the decade where most of my preferred music choices came from.
Obviously this isn’t going to be White Zombie so people bitching about it should shove it. When someone leaves a band, usually it’s because they want to do something a little different. – pearljammer9 (rateyoumusic – 4/5)