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Hellbilly Deluxe 2 - Carsten Bahr - 6 stars

Hellbilly Deluxe 2

Hellbilly Deluxe 2
(Roadrunner Records - 2010)

When Rob Zombie presented his debut album Hellbilly Deluxe in 1998 - after the split of White Zombie -, the album had immediate success and got platinum status in the USA. The alternative discotheques played groove monsters like Superbeast and Dragula and the fans entered the dance floor! Now in 2010 he's back with Hellbilly Deluxe 2. Musically Rob hasn't changed much, his unique mix of hard rock, industrial, Southern and blues is combined with a heavy groove and samples of movie soundtracks. He stick to his roots and he pursues the way he choose for Hellbilly Deluxe - just the guitars are a bit heavier now. Unfortunately it seems that this guy lost his sense to write songs which will shake you. Just Sick Bubblegum and the single What? remind you of his prime time. Beside these ones only the Alice Cooper-influenced Jesus Frankenstein will convince you, the rest of the songs is just average. The closer The Man Who Laughs kicks off nicely and has some symphonic elements, unfortunately later you get a lengthy drum solo which just ruins the song. Drum solos are for live shows, but on disk they are just boring. It's a pity, coz this one began quite promising.
My resume: I will keep watching his movies, but the album Hellbilly Deluxe 2 can't keep the level of the first one - like at so many movies where the sequel is just not as good as the predecessor.

6 stars

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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