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61O9YiO4vL. SL100 "All hail Jesus Frankenstein" wails Rob Zombie on the opening track of his long-awaited HELLBILLY DELUXE 2: NOBLE JACKALS, PENNY DREADFULS, AND THE SYSTEMATIC DEHUMANIZATION OF COOL, the fourth studio album from the musician-turned-filmmaker, and his first for Roadrunner's Loud & Proud imprint.

Unless your name is Meatloaf, sequels to albums rarely work, and unfortunately HELLBILLY DELUXE 2 is no exception.

Officially a follow-up to Zombie's 1998 solo debut HELLBILLY DELUXE, Part 2 feels nothing like a sequel, and if anything feels like a collection of b-sides and studio outtakes. If you caught Rob on his recent Fall Tour, chances are you've already experienced the best that this album has to offer, with only a handful of songs ("What?", "Sick Bubblegum", "Werewolf Women of the SS") making it into a set consisting largely of "greatest hits" from Zombie's past work. Said tracks along with the ROCK BAND-released "Burn" stand out as highlights on HBD2, with "What?" undoubtedly being the most infectious song on the album despite the simplicity of it's construction.

The rest of the album is average at best, though if you're a die-hard Zombie fan or completist like myself you'll definitely want to add this to your archives. 

Sadly, the "Frankenstein" reference in the opening track couldn't have been a more fitting analogy for an album seemingly pieced together and lacking soul.

Rating: 2.5/5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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