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Rob Zombie, Chevelle, Mastodon & more announced for inaugural Voragos in Miami

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The brand-new rock festival vacation experience VORAGOS: Destination Lunasea Beach announces an incredible lineup for its inaugural event, set to take sail in early 2022. Rob Zombie, Chevelle and Mastodon lead the headlining talent for the immersive private island festival and 5-day rock cruise, taking place February 16-21, 2022.

Departing from Miami, an intimate group of 2,500 passionate music fans will be able to enjoy daily artist-hosted activities and nightly entertainment while traveling aboard the amenity-packed Norwegian Pearl ship. The land destination includes one full day and night at the resort-like private island in Harvest Caye, Belize where attendees will enjoy a one-of-a-kind beach festival, Lunasea Beach on February 18.

The Lunasea Beach Festival (February 18) — available exclusively to cruise guests (no separate tickets will be sold to the public) — will include exclusive headlining sets by Rob Zombie and Chevelle along with performances by Black Stone Cherry, New Years Day, Tetrarch and Amigo The Devil. Bands performing on the Norwegian Pearl during sea days (February 16, 17, 19 and 20) are as follows (subject to change): Mastodon, Black Stone Cherry, Tremonti, Saint Asonia, Escape The Fate, New Years Day, Fire From The Gods, Bad Omens, Jeris Johnson, Tetrarch, DED, All Good Things, Joyous Wolf and Plush.

Additionally, the ship will be home to the VORAGOS Storytellers Stage featuring intimate performances from Amigo The Devil, Kevin Martin (of Candlebox), Brett Scallions Aupervant Fuel and Austin Meade, as well as the VORAGOS Comedy Stage with multiple sets from Jim Breuer, Big Jay Oakerson, Rachel Feinstein and Shayne Smith. Each night on board the Norwegian Pearl will also offer a Midnight After-Party starring Brass Against, The Voragos Shut Up & Dance and more.

VORAGOS will be the ultimate vacation of every rocker’s dreams, with more than 45 performances across 5 total stages, both on board and on the beach. Most bands will be playing multiple sets throughout the 5-day excursion as well as participating in additional activities.

Pre-sale cabins are on sale today at www.Voragos.com with pricing starting at just $898 per person for a 4-guest interior room (plus taxes and fees). Guests are able to make a deposit and pay the remaining balance in monthly installments over time leading up to the event.  Cabins go on sale to the public tomorrow, Friday, June 4 at Noon ET.

Fans also have the chance to win a cabin for two on VORAGOS: Destination Lunasea Beach plus airfare by tuning into the brand-new DWPresents channel on Twitch today, June 3 where a winner will be announced live. Fans can enter to win HERE by following the steps before midnight ET and then tuning into the DWPresents channel at https://www.twitch.tv/dwpresents.

VORAGOS: Destination Lunasea Beach is the creative partnership of Danny Wimmer Presents and Sixthman, merging the expertise of the best in rock festivals on land and the leaders of rock at sea. Like each company’s signature events, VORAGOS merges the signature world-class talent and unrivaled immersive festival experiences that each has become respected for throughout their decades in business.

“Although we’ve always been intrigued by the idea of a ‘rock cruise,’ there are others in the space that already do it really well. For DWP to do a cruise, we had to have something that would make our voyage uniquely ours. The opportunity to work with Sixthman and add a festival on a private island in Belize gave us the twist we were looking for and the comfort of working with a best-in-class partner like the Sixthman team. When else will you ever have the chance to see Rob Zombie and Chevelle on a private island with 3,000 of your closest friends? This is exactly the once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience that DWP likes to create for our amazing fans,” says Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents.

Anthony Diaz, CEO of Sixthman, adds, “Today’s announcement of the high octane lineup and highly immersive vacation experience showcases the commitment of Danny Wimmer Presents and Sixthman to curate the ultimate vacation for rock fans that includes days and nights of music and more at sea plus a full festival day on a decked out private island. The inaugural VORAGOS event will be a truly mind-blowing festival next February and for years to come!”

The luxurious Norwegian Pearl will serve as the floating venue for this rock adventure. Guests will be able to enjoy Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility to enjoy 11 onboard bars and lounges, 15 dining experiences, a casino, one outdoor pool, hot tubs and a full menu of spa treatments.

Harvest Caye in Southern Belize is the Caribbean’s premier private island destination featuring an expansive pool with a swim-up bar, salt-water lagoon for water sports, exclusive 7-acre beach and exciting shore excursions ranging from zip lining across the island to snorkeling the world’s second largest barrier reef.

 

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Nikki Sixx, Rob Zombie, John 5 and Tommy Clufetos team up for new group L.A. Rats

L.A. Rats

 

When Scott Borchetta called his friend Nikki Sixx, he knew he needed something with velocity, power, and speed. Charged with helming the soundtrack for Liam Neeson’s upcoming June 25 Netflix thriller The Ice Road, the visionary label founder wanted a rocking ‘psycho-billy’ track to anchor an eclectic collection of songs sampling the American roots music tableau. Talking to the full-tilt bass player and songwriter about a dream collaboration between Sixx, Rob Zombie and Zombie guitarist John 5 possibly writing and executive producing a song for the film, Sixx asked Borchetta to send him an example of the kind of song he envisioned for the soundtrack. Johnny Cash’s thumping “I’ve Been Everywhere” was already earmarked as a hopeful to be included in the film as it really synthesized everything the film was about. Nikki listened and then sent it to Zombie. Both rockers felt the iconic Cash track was the perfect song for them to record.

Sixx called Borchetta back and said, “Why don’t we just cut this?”

The guys were all in on the song that name-checks cities across the nation – and Zombie had the vocal gnarl to bring that weathered, long-haul tone to the song that spent 22 weeks at No. 1 for Hank Snow in 1962. Opening with an ominous audible cloud and industrial noise, a hellish train beat emerges from the lumbering aural wave. Zombie’s voice slices through the ballast, authoritative and churlish. Commanding the ride that begins “”I was totin’ my pack along the dusty Winnemucca road,” his guttural delivery morphs Cash’s intensity with drummer Tommy Clufetos’ crashing attack.

Laughing, Sixx says of the L.A. Rats and their affinity for this song of hard traveling, “Isn’t it ironic? This song that’s so Rock & Roll, that’s so Country, that’s so all of it – it’s the traveling circus, city to city, riff to riff, greasy cheeseburger, rinse and repeat. It’s poetry based on reality – and it’s something every one of us has lived.”

“We wanted to bring that fire that’s Johnny Cash, but it’s also how do we flip it? So John 5 and I brought in this Zeppeliny half-time thing from the beginning with Rob talking on the outro. But I also did some stuff (that suggested the original) like those big walks through the guitar parts upright player style, which is something I don’t do in Mötley or Sixx:A.M. We all had that freedom to go other places, and we did.”

Collaborating for the track, the union of Zombie, Sixx, Zombie guitarist John 5, who was raised on “Hee Haw” and Black Sabbath/Ted Nugent/Alice Cooper ringer Clufetos created a chemistry that was more than the sum of their parts. With a frisson that comes from equal parts rebellion, aggression, fierce musicianship and deep respect for the song, “I’ve Been Everywhere” embodies the intensity of The Ice Road and Neeson’s performance.

“We all grew up thinking great bands don’t follow the rules or drive the speed limit,” Sixx explains. “When I called Rob up, he said, ‘I’ve always loved Johnny Cash, and I’ve always loved this song.’ I think that’s what we all share: we all play live and know there’s this magic (that comes from that); there’s the swagger you can feel, that energy you can smell. This song has all that, and that’s what we went after.”

 

 

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Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival announced featuring Slipknot, Rob Zombie & reunited Mudvayne

Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival

 

Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival returns for a third year this fall with a massive lineup featuring some of the biggest names and brightest new stars in rock, metal, and more converging in Mansfield, Ohio on September 10, 11 & 12 at the historic grounds of the Ohio State Reformatory (made famous by the movie The Shawshank Redemption).

Headliners for Inkcarceration include Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Mudvayne — marking the first show in 12 years for the band, who recently announced their long-anticipated reunion in 2021. The talent-packed lineup also includes A Day To Remember, Mastodon, Halestorm, Chevelle, Killswitch Engage, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Asking Alexandria, Steel Panther, Fever 333, The Hu, Pop Evil and many more.

Single day and weekend passes for Inkcarceration 2021 are on sale now at www.Inkcarceration.com, starting at $75 plus fees.

Clown from Slipknot said, “After 20+ years on the road, it’s always wonderful to experience new things. We are excited to be a part of Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival. It will be great to get back out there and be with our family again. Stay safe and see you soon.”

Adds Danny Wimmer, founder of Danny Wimmer Presents, which recently announced a new partnership with the creators of Inkcarceration to stage the festival, “We know firsthand what it’s like to grow a high concept festival from scratch, and the challenge of taking a great event to the next level. It always starts with the music, but you also need to create a great experience. We’ve been so impressed with Inkcarceration, and how quickly it became a must-see show on the festival calendar. Tattoos are such a central part of the rock n’ roll lifestyle – something that fans are always talking about on our own socials – and it’s such a unique location. I’ve toured the Ohio State Reformatory, and it’s an experience you don’t want to miss. DWP is excited to have the opportunity to bring Inkcarceration to that next level.”

The current Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival 2021 lineup is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, September 10: Slipknot, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Steel Panther, The Hu, Ice Nine Kills, Badflower, Escape The Fate, New Years Day, Local H, Currents, Spite, Reach NYC, Damn Nation, Mollo Rilla, To Us Below, Dead Bundy, Berklee College of Music, Paul Bartolome

Saturday, September 11: Mudvayne, A Day To Remember, Chevelle, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, August Burns Red, Crown The Empire, Bad Omens, Fame on Fire, Diamante, Saul, September Mourning, Dead Girls Academy, Along Came A Spider, Sink the Ship, Eclipsica, Ghosts Of The Sun, Dead Engine, Atimera

Sunday, September 12: Rob Zombie, Halestorm, Beartooth, Motionless In White, Fever 333, All That Remains, The Devil Wears Prada, Wage War, Attila, Fire From The Gods, Cory Marks, Stitched Up Heart, A Killer’s Confession, The Convalescence, Silent Theory, The Phoenix Within, Junexa, Saving Escape, Harmless Habit, Amun

For more information on Inkcarceration please visit: www.Inkcarceration.com

 

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VIDEO: Rob Zombie drops video for “Crow Killer Blues” from newly released album

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Rock icon ROB ZOMBIE has released his seventh studio album The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy via Nuclear Blast. Alongside the LP, ZOMBIE is unveiling a new music video for album track ‘Crow Killer Blues,’ the video features eerie black and white footage of Zombie walking through the snow amongst the crows.

The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy is a classic Zombie album to its core with high-energy rages like ‘The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man’ and ‘Get Loose’ to heavy-groove thumpers like ‘Shadow Of The Cemetery Man’ and ‘Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass’. The record marks his first new album in nearly five years.

As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, ROB ZOMBIE has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. ROB ZOMBIE is a 7-time Grammy nominee, has sold fifteen million albums worldwide to date, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of eight feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million. His re-imagining of John Carpenter’s Halloween in 2007 debuted at #1 and still holds a Box Office record for Labor Day Weekend.

 

Listen to/order The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy here:
https://nblast.de/RZ-LunarInjection

 

 

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ALBUM REVIEW: Rob Zombie – The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy

Rob Zombie - The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy

 

I can only explain ‘The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy’ as an eclectic, musical journey through the mastery of an insane genius.  There’s musical curveball’s just as you’re getting comfortable, there’s hauntingly vulnerable moments that make you stop and give your undivided attention to what has been delivered but as always there’s that hard sledging relentless beat that Mr Zombie does so well.

 

Rob Zombie is one of the busiest people in the music industry, it’s been nearly five years since ‘The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser’, in that time he has released two movies and toured relentlessly.  There are not many other acts who can deliver what he does, he doesn’t fit into any genre as such.  Across his near forty-year music career, Rob Zombie has carved his own niche of shock rock, horror punk, morphed industrial metal and driving entertainment that has fans hooked as they find their own lust of individuality.

We’re introduced to The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy by ‘Expanding The Head Of Zed’, as a ritualistic chant begins, you’re drawn in to the energy and driving heartbeat of the record.  We are treated early on to Rob Zombie’s use of movie and interview samples, which, across his career he has flawlessly melded music, interviews and speeches together.

The flow of the early stages of the record is the undisputed hard rock that we have come to expect with his releases, as ‘Expanding The Head of Zed’ finishes with a repeated sample of ‘….to insanity, to insanity,’ we hear the crackle of a needle on vinyl and a sample vocal ‘the demons hate me’.  Whilst ‘The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)’ is heavy, it’s almost a musical extravaganza.  It’s a diverse piece with eastern influences in the guitar riff at the start along with the percussive tabla, through to hard rock chants within the verses and chorus.  The breakdown bassline and tone has an almost ‘Grand Funk Railroad’ feel, with essences similar to ‘Inside Looking Out’ – ah man I love that tone.  As John 5 wails into the heavy guitar riff and solo, Rob’s vocal slam back in with ‘and the crows will dig your grave, I do not forgive, I do not save’ reminding fans that Zombie always has a way with words and a hook.  The track is led out with another musical switch into funk, it’s different but it works.

‘And they can tell us we’re crazy and we can say, well you haven’t seen anything yet!’ What a way to start ‘The Ballad Of Sleezy Rider’, with hooks and an industrial sound reminiscent of White Zombie days, it’s a nod to earlier elements of his musical journey.  John 5’s guitar work is sublime with hints of eighties licks throughout the track.

‘Shadow Of A Cemetery Man’ is a sledging stomper of a track, if you love tracks like ‘Ging Gang Gong’ then this is one for you (and me).  The relentless beat that drives through is sure to be a huge fan favourite, I can see this firing up the crowd to surge point at any Spook Show.  The intricate breakdown of John 5’s solo into the sample vocal, which sits atop a groove filled bassline from Piggy D, adds a new element to an old recipe showing Zombie can give the fans what they want but still add a new spin.

When I received the record for review something happened during the encryption download, this caused a mix in the listing of the tracks so when I eagerly hit play ‘18th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks and a One Way Ticket On the Ghost Train’ was the first track to play, needless to say I was pretty intrigued with what the album was about (when you play it, you’ll understand my confusion).  This has become one of my favourites, it’s so randomly different to his usual style but actually fits perfectly if you look at the creative universe of Rob Zombie and encompass his movies.  It’s a high energy, western, blues driven ditty with a heavy distorted chorus.  I’m sure if H G Wells had a vision for a theme song for the Morlocks, this wouldn’t be too far off it.  I really hope that this track is released for the sole purpose of seeing what Rob would do with the music video.

‘The Eternal Struggles of The Howling Man’ sees the record smash back into sludging heavy industrial rock that we are used to, it drives hard, with a solid rhythm performance from Ginger Fish and Piggy D.  It’s got the hard hitting clean breakdowns that make us want more, whilst adding in a seductive seventies funk vibe.  John 5 finishes the track with an echoing solo of experimental audio slides and pitch.

As with all Zombie albums, the record is stacked with various interlude pieces which create a varied expedition through the musical mind of Mr Zombie.  Most are snippets of licks, sampled phrases and various audio elements but one stood out and for an exceptional reason; ‘The Much Talked Of Metamorphosis’.  It’s a resounding, poetic, acoustic ballad, in terms of what John 5 has the ability to play, many will say it’s quite simple, but that’s what makes it such a noted piece.  It’s a truly haunting composition, the woodwind performance cushions the guitar layers adding a classical element to the record.

The classical interlude doesn’t last though and we hear Ginger kicking into ‘The Satanic Rites Of Blacula’ as Rob stops him for more of a precise drum beat, the new beat pounds into what is one of the shortest songs on the record.  Whilst it maybe one of the shorter ones it’s a got that punchy edge with fat bass undertones that we love, yet another fan favourite in this one.  Rolling straight into ‘Shake Your Ass, Smoke Your Grass’ that heavy rhythm section continues throughout the verses, with Zombie’s lyrics punching into a listeners ears before a fiery filled chorus.

One of the highlights for me on the record is ‘Boom, Boom, Boom’ a sludging, dark, blues number.  It’s filled with eerie deep vocals from Mr Zombie, that enraptures the listener, a stand out vocal performance.

Finishing up the record is ‘Get Loose’, opening with that eastern essence that we saw earlier in the album, the track quickly smashes into that industrial element that is synonymous with Zombie.  It reminds me of nights in industrial rock clubs back in the late nineties in Manchester, jumping up and down to the hard-core German bands.  Not one to rest on the expected, the track ends with a switch into a funked-up version of the main riff, what a way to finish a stellar album.

As with any Rob Zombie album, its always going to be a journey, he’s renowned for experimenting with sound and not being safe.  There are not many artists who can still push their boundaries after a career spanning nearly forty years, yet after 4 studio albums with White Zombie and this being his 7th solo album, Rob Zombie has surpassed himself again.  He has given fans of all stages of his work, something they will love, the album itself is being released in various formats from today’s standard of digital to CD and vinyl but my favourite, he’s brought back the cassette tape!  Kids of today will finally understand the correlation of how much a pencil is a necessity to a cassette.

Summed up, I love the album, it’s one you can easily listen to in its entirety, there is no track I would skip or fast forward.

9/10

 

TRACKLIST

1) Expanding the Head of Zed
2) The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)
3) The Ballad of Sleazy Rider
4) Hovering Over the Dull Earth
5) Shadow of the Cemetery Man
6) A Brief Static Hum and Then the Radio Blared
7) 18th Century Cannibals, Excitable Morlocks and a One-Way Ticket On the Ghost Train
8) The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man
9) The Much Talked of Metamorphosis
10) The Satanic Rites of Blacula
11) Shower of Stones
12) Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass
13) Boom-Boom-Boom
14) What You Gonna Do with That Gun Mama
15) Get Loose
16) The Serenity of Witches
17) Crow Killer Blues

 

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Rob Zombie releases animated video series ‘Zombie Interviews Zombie’

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ROB ZOMBIE is releasing an animated interview series titled Zombie Interviews Zombie, where Sheri Moon Zombie talks to Rob about his upcoming album “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy“. The first episode on the meaning behind the album title is live on YouTube, seen below.

Listen to recent singles “The Eternal Struggles Of The Howling Man” and “The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)” here: https://nblast.de/RZ-LunarInjection

“The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy” is out March 12th via Nuclear Blast.

Pre-order the album HERE

The LP is ROB ZOMBIE’s seventh studio album and marks his first new album in nearly five years. The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy is a classic Zombie album to its core with high-energy rages like “The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man” and “Get Loose” to heavy-groove thumpers like “Shadow Of The Cemetery Man” and “Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass.” The new album is produced by ZEUSS.

As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, ROB ZOMBIE has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. ROB ZOMBIE is a 7-time Grammy nominee, has sold fifteen million albums worldwide to date, and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of eight feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million. His re-imagining of John Carpenter’s Halloween in 2007 debuted at #1 and still holds a Box Office record for Labor Day Weekend.

 

 

 

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LIVE REVIEW: Superbeast [Rob Zombie Tribute] – Perth, January 16th 2021

Superbeast - Perth, January 16th 2021 | Photo Credit: Adrian Thomson

 

When it comes to tribute bands, there’s always a certain degree of suspicion and extra attention to detail to make that comparison to the real thing. It’s inevitable and a natural reaction especially when they are paying homage to an artist that you are particularly fond of. Then of course there are the types of tribute bands out there and one thing that stands out is the number of bands that rely on the old favorites, the classics, the go to’s of the rock world. We all know who they are, they are a dime a dozen and to be fair, some are fantastic but it’s those that fail to capture the true spirit of the band that brings a certain reputation to the overall idea of a tribute act.

But every once in a while we see something much more unique and special, maybe it’s a little left of field but still enough to dip their toes in the mainstream pond. Once such act is Superbeast who are paying tribute to none other than Rob Zombie, an act that is so much more than just the music and what makes this idea such a stand out. They had their work cut out for them when they made their debut live performance this past Saturday but at a time when we have no idea when we will get to see the real thing, which has been almost 7 years now since we last saw the legends at Soundwave Festival, Superbeast has managed to give us something that has made the wait well worth it.

 

Before getting to the main act however, we need to start with the first two supporting acts as they deserve just as much attention. Amberdown have been kicking around for a while now and have managed to fit into many different types of shows, whether it’s metal, hard rock, indie or whatever, these guys seem to slot into wherever they can. Their brand of at times super heavy rock, borderline metal but with catchy hooks and anthemic choruses mixed with melodic passages had the crowd, who by this time were filling up the cave-like Badlands Bar, right into it. Their closing track “Hole In The Flaw” encapsulates much of what this band are about so hopefully it’s left people with a sizeable impression in their mind after tonight.

Ragdoll have been staples in the Perth scene for a long time now and tonight was another in a long line of super impressive performances that has taken the band across the country and over international seas over the years. Highlights of the set included “Playing God” and “Shine” but it was hard to fault the set from the trio who relished playing in front of a solid crowd that clearly enjoyed the hell out of the performance.

 

Ragdoll - Perth, January 16th 2021 | Photo Credit: Adrian ThomsonAmberdown - Perth, January 16th 2021 | Photo Credit: Adrian Thomson

 

Of course the main attraction tonight was Superbeast and this debut launch show had a certain buzz in the air from a crowd that was mixed with rock and metal fans alike. It only seemed fitting to do this at Badlands as well given the aesthetic nature of the main room covered in cave like decorations still left over from the old rockabilly Devilles Pad days. The four members who all played the parts of John 5, Piggy D, Ginger Fish and of course Mr Rob Zombie himself all raced out onto the stage to then launch into their own title track “Superbeast”. Already it was electrifying and despite some sound tech issues early on, the band plowed on through with the crowd joining them for the ride.

“Teenage Nosferatu Pussy” made an early appearance in the set and it was of note as the night went on that the band picked quite a diverse setlist that included many of the latter material which is not something a lot of tribute bands do. For Rob Zombie fans though, it merely added to the authenticity of the show. Speaking of, the amount of work the members of Superbeast have engaged in as far as the theatrics, production, costumes and even all the way down to the stickers on the guitars was downright impressive (Elle Jay’s Piggy D bass hands down was immaculate!) and the Mad Hatter himself on the Rob Zombie role was bar none right on the money, the look was on point and indistinguishable from the legend himself and the crazy performances including stints on the bar tops and jumping into the crowd, bounding in leaps across the stage were simply fun to watch. Even if you weren’t necessarily a fan of the music, you had to appreciate the overall production and work that went into this.

 

Superbeast - Perth, January 16th 2021 | Photo Credit: Adrian ThomsonSuperbeast - Perth, January 16th 2021 | Photo Credit: Adrian Thomson

 

Theatrics aside though, it was the music that also had to play it’s main role and the set was filled with some of the best. “Living Dead Girl” came in early as did “Electric Head” and “Pussy Liquor” which were strong highlights of the show. “Get High” got the crowd well and truly engaged as did “Thunder Kiss ’65” from the old White Zombie era. The jam session during the middle of the track was another winner as Bil10 as John 5 shred like crazy before bringing the band back to the tail end of the song.

The encore saw us get a bit of the Ramones with “Blitzkrieg Bop” which Rob Zombie themselves have previously covered before they launched into the classic “Dragula” which well and truly ended things on a high note. What a fantastic night of music and to get both solid originals and some classic Zombie covered all in one show is exactly what we need and by the great turnout and reception, what people want. We can’t wait to see Superbeast again but let’s hope “More Human Than Human” makes it this time!

 

PHOTO GALLERY
All Photos by Adrian Thomson

SUPERBEAST

RAGDOLL & AMBERDOWN

 

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INTERVIEW: SuperBeast – Australia’s Tribute To Rob Zombie

Super Beast
Photo Credit: Electric Shot

 

 

Rob Zombie is a name that is synonymous with Rock and Horror and all things weird. Starting out with White Zombie before reaching bigger success with his solo band, Rob Zombie is an enigma who captures the fun aspect of horror and spooky heavy rock in all it’s groove based glorious form. It’s been some time since the man himself has been in Australia but a group of hardcore fans and local musos in Perth decided to pay tribute to the legend by forming Australia’s first and foremost tribute band named Super Beast. They make their debut live performance in Perth on January 16th so we caught up with the band to find out where this all started and what people can expect.

 

How did Super Beast start and whose idea was it?

This is a pretty funny story, Hatters original band, ‘Two For Flinching’ was supporting ‘Private Function’.  As part of their promo they made a story on their Instagram page of Hatter playing but covered his face with Rob Zombie’s.  It had Superbeast playing in the background and they said Hatter looked and sounded like him!  It was pretty funny and they played on it, Hatter just lent into it and the rest is history.

Who are the members and what are their backgrounds in terms of musically?

First and foremost is Mad Hatter, he is taking on the immense role of Mr Rob Zombie.  Mad Hatter grew up in England with a love for rock and punk, when he moved to Spain in his teens he started playing in a cover band.  He moved to Australia and started playing acoustic covers and tried to join a cover band where he failed haha.  So, he joined an original punk band and has been writing punk music ever since, bet that cover band is kicking itself haha.  When he’s not performing with his original band or Super Beast, he is a music promotor, music venue owner and band manager.

Taking on one of the hardest shred roles is the formidable Bil10, theres a reason John 5 has played in some of the greatest rock and metal bands of our generation, he really is one of the worlds greatest guitarists.  Lucky for Super Beast, Bil10 is able to shred like a Mthrfckr!  He started playing guitar at the age of nine in Jakarta, Indonesia, he is heavily influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Nuno Bettencourt and John 5.  All of which are apparent in his skill on the guitar and his stage performance.  Bil10 has played in both original and cover bands in Jakarta, Indonesia and has toured with Indonesian Recording Artists as a session musician.  Moving to Perth he joined cover and original bands and jumped at the chance to take on the role of J5 with Super Beast.

Elle Jay is taking on the role of Piggy D, growing up in Manchester, England music was never too far away, her Grandad was a Jazz trumpeter and music flowed through her Aunt and Dad.  Switching from classical music to indie and rock in her teens she found a love for the guitar. Moving to New Zealand and then Australia, the guitar was always there but something was missing, four years ago she listened to the calling, she picked up a bass and hasn’t looked back.  Influenced heavily by Black Sabbath, The Doors, Rush, Iron Maiden and Guns N Roses, she has played in original bands and as a session bassist for various artists.

Our drummer is our home link to Australia, Scotty Maxx was born and bred in none other than Perth, Australia, so he is stoked to be playing at Badlands Bar.  He smashes into the presence that is Ginger Fish, the man and myth behind the kit for Zombie and Manson.  Scotty started playing drums around ten years old using boxes, pots and pans until his parents bought him a kit, he is heavily influenced by the punk era of Ramones and the sleaze rock of the eighties looking up to bands like Crash Diet and Hardcore Superstar.  He has played in various original bands across the years either on drums, bass or guitar within many genres but his roots are firmly placed in punk, sleaze and shock rock.

Why Rob Zombie?

Why not!  We like dark and fuckd up things and Rob Zombie hits the nail on the head with that, well Marilyn Manson does too but we don’t need to see Mad Hatter in booty shorts and suspenders!

Has there ever been a Rob Zombie tribute in Australia?

Not that we are aware of and we’ve researched the crap out of this.  If there has been one though please let us know, we love chatting about music and RZ, we’ve spoken with the Argentinian SuperBeast and its great to swap stories.

Has there been any contact with Rob Zombie and his group/management team etc in regards to Superbeast?

Elle Jay has spoken to Matt Mongomery (Piggy D) a couple of times, at first it was about his black Fender Pbass as she was unable to source one of the stickers he has.  Turned out it was from around 15 years ago so we ended up recreating it.  Matt was very humbled about the project (Super Beast), hes a pretty down to earth guy.

How have you approached this tribute in terms of authenticity? Is it just about the songs or will there be costumes and production involved?

Yes definitely, there is a full production, costumes etc that you would expect from a Zombie show.  Our costume designer has been working tirelessly to create pieces that are as authentic as possible, some pieces are harder than others due to sourcing materials, Covid has hindered a fair amount due to freight and shipping, plus restrictions.  He has still attempted to recycle and reuse where possible, for example and this hasn’t been spoken about outside of Super Beast before, Bil10’s replica J5 full length coat has been adapted from an old Undertaker’s over coat! We found that pretty cool that we could bring a creepy element to a creepy character.

We have scoured everything Rob Zombie to ensure we are moving like the individuals we are portraying, interacting with the crowd in the same way, everything possible to make it seem as much as a tribute to the band and crowd as possible.

Has it been difficult to put a setlist together?

MH: It was pretty simple, I looked at what RZ had been playing in his last tour and then tailored that to what I liked listening to.  Elle Jay wanted some White Zombie in there which matched with what I had and we ran from there.

We have taken one or two songs out of the set list which may make a return in a few shows time, they just didn’t work with the feel of the show when we ran through in rehearsals.

Sadly, as always there are songs we don’t play in this show that we know people will want to hear, there’s songs that band members want in that we weren’t able to accommodate (shut up Elle Jay we know you want Scum Of The Earth).

There are a few songs that we are already working on to add in for the next show too, the good part is RZ has just a vast back catalogue across the two bands that we are able to make every show unique.

What do you hope to achieve with Superbeast?

We definitely want to have fun first and foremost because of what has happened this year.  So many people have lost so much, the music industry was decimated and so much hope was lost.  Super Beast gives us as musicians a moment to pay homage to a band we have listened to for years, at the same time we get to have a ton of fun without worrying how many tours and shows we have individually lost.  It gives the Zombie fans a moment to sing along to songs they love with their mates whilst forgetting for a moment what’s going on.

Australia last saw Rob Zombie in 2014 during the Soundwave Tour, if we look at it honestly he wont be here for another probable two years, that’s a long time without a Spookshow!

If we can bridge that gap a little and make a few Zombie fans happy then we as musicians have done something right.

 

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Have you done much in the way of research to achieve the end result for the performances?

Haha, like you wouldn’t believe, its been endless!  The amount of research from every one involved has been immense and a testament to their professionalism.  We have had around six months in pre-production working on all aspects, one of the largest parts of research was for our backing tracks and samples, Rob Zombie is renowned for utilising old movie clips in his samples and we wanted to ensure that was the same for us.  Mad Hatter and Tom Beaumont (Sound Engineer) sat down and found all of the clips from movies and interviews and then incorporated them into our own backing tracks which we recorded as a band with Tom, so anything you hear played alongside our live performance, extra guitar samples even tambourine, that’s all us.  The pre-production list didn’t stop there, from our Costume Designers (Road Monkey and Looks To Quill) scouring photos and live videos to ensure as much authenticity, to our band photographer (Electric Shot) having pre-printed promo shots to work with to ensure continuity.

Any backing videos for the show that have been created by Drakoru Productions have all been meticulously matched and sourced so that they run like Rob’s would in his live shows, obviously we can’t be using his material, for example Sherri Moon Zombie’s image in Dead City Radio, but we can add our own spin on it.

Other than that it has been individual research on the person they are playing, Mad Hatter and Bil10 were already huge fans of their counterpart so it was more working out those little moments and movements that make the character unique.  Hatter also perfected his ‘Zombie talk’ so that he doesn’t drop character when hes talking during the show.  Elle Jay had strangely never heard of Piggy D before being asked to play bass in Super Beast so had a fair bit of catching up to do, she knew the music but not the character…….sorry Piggy, shes caught up now.  This was similar for Scotty, although he had a little more research after only knowing two of the songs coming in, he played a huge catch up learning the set list in four days then adding the Ginger spin as he went along.

Have you seen Rob Zombie live? Tell us a bit about your experiences at his shows if so.

Both Mad Hatter and Scotty Maxx have seen RZ in Australia at Soundwave and were in awe of his live performance, being a festival, you don’t get the same production as you would if you saw him on a Zombie Arena Tour but still its one to remember.

Elle Jay has always been in the wrong country at the wrong time, for example leaving Manchester, England two weeks before he played, arriving back into England a month after he had played during another tour or being on holiday when he was in Australia, so if you ever want to see Rob Zombie live, don’t be where Elle Jay is as you’re guaranteed to miss him, haha.

Have you ever met Rob Zombie or any of his band members?

Sadly no, only brief chats across messages

What is your favorite Rob Zombie song and album and why?

MH: Superbeast, Hellbilly Deluxe ‘cos its fuckin bangers y’alllllllll!!!!!!

B10: Dragula and Hellbilly Deluxe, due to the memories attached when the album came out.

EJ: Scum of The Earth and The Sinister Urge – I love how dark and heavy this album is and love Blasko’s bass on Scum Of The Earth

SM: Sick Bubblegum or Get Your Boots On, drums are sick.

Are you looking forward to the new Rob Zombie album “The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy”?

Hell yes! Who isn’t? Look at how heavy he has gone again with “The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition)”, everything is killer on the track from the guitar solo to the drums, a bass solo that Elle Jay keeps harping on about having the same feel as Grandfunk Railroad and a video to match.  Bring on March 12th!

Are you a fan of his movies as well? What’s your favorite?

We’ve said Hell Yeah a lot in this interview but here’s another! HELL YEAH!!!

MH: I first saw House of 1000 Corpses when it came out and that got me into his work, so I would have to say that as my favourite.

EJ: I’ve seen them all, I grew up on Freddie, Friday 13th, Halloween etc so I love that shock horror style of movie.  I loved his take on the Halloween series, to show the background of why a psychopath becomes one was pretty deep and gave a new dimension to a character that I had grown up watching.  I loved his cinematography within the movie too but just for shits n giggles cos I’m a little bit warped in the head I’d have to say El Superbeasto is my favourite, it’s just so absurd and juvenile, it’s so much fun and the sound track is hilarious.  My favourite character is Doom Head (31), Richard Brake really brought something to that character.  There’s probably a shrink somewhere wanting to sit down with me and discuss these findings haha.

If you had to choose, White Zombie or Rob Zombie?

MH: Rob Zombie, other wise it would be a White Zombie with RZ extra songs haha.

B10: Rob Zombie definitely…….you know John5!

EJ: I love how raw White Zombie was but love the level of musicianship the Rob Zombie band has, so its kind of a mix for me

If you had one question to ask Rob Zombie personally, what would it be?

MH: Who was your original inspiration musically and do you find any new artists re-inspiring you?

B10:  How do you stay inspired on what you do?

EJ: What’s his favourite RZ movie?

SM: Mr Zombie are you sick of playing this song?

 

 

ROB ZOMBIE’S HELLBILLY BIRTHDAY

Badlands Bar, Perth
Saturday January 16th 2021

Tickets available through OZTIX
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Superbeast - Rob Zombie Tribute double pass giveaway!

 

Competition time! Get your shock horror gear on as Australia’s premier tribute to Rob Zombie SUPER BEAST makes it’s debut in Perth on January 16th at Badlands Bar and The Rockpit has a double pass to give away!

To win all you have to do is subscribe to our Newsletter HERE, and reply to the Superbeast email sent to you asking why you love Rob Zombie to confirm your entry. Best answer selected wins a double pass to the event. Winners must be a resident of Western Australia and be 18 or over. Tickets are non-transferrable. Competition ends Wednesday January 16th at 6pm Perth time.

 

Mad Hatter Productions brings you the closest experience to ROB ZOMBIE for any fan of his work, SUPER BEAST captures the live experience that fans crave for with, filling the gap on our stages that the current epidemic has caused.

SUPER BEAST doesn’t just bring you the full stage show with costumes, make up and theatrics that you expect from a ROB ZOMBIE Hootenanny. It’s a celebration of a career spanning 35 years, it is fans of his work bringing their love together with other fans to say as Rob would put it ‘Rock, Mthrfckr, Rock’.

Following the classic line up that is the pinnacle of Rob Zombie’s band and music, SUPER BEAST consists of seasoned musicians from across the world, coming together in Australia’s only tribute to the High Lord of Horror.  Mad Hatter, UK (Rob Zombie), Bil 10, Indonesia (John 5), Elle Jay, UK/NZ (Piggy D) and Scotty Maxx, Australia (Ginger Fish).  These musicians have played across a variety of stages, continents and festivals in various styles of music.  They have the ability to hone in on that essence that makes Rob Zombie’s music hit you in the core, more to they point they are all huge fans of his work.

Their 2021 series of shows will start in Perth, Australia at Badlands Bar with special guests, Ragdoll and Amberdown. Tickets available through OZTIX, get in quick as this will sell out!

 

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LUDOVICO TECHNIQUE has released their newest single, “Live as Myself.” Reflecting on our current times, this song is about expressing who you are inside, regardless of how society views you or tries to tell you how you should be. “Live as Myself” was mastered by Grammy award nominee Stuart Hawkes (Amy Winehouse, Lorde, Ed Sheeran) and will be given a visual incarnation with a music video slated for release in 2021. Bringing his dark mystique to goth industrial metal, Ben V-, along with his band Ludovico Technique, shows us a thoughtful depth and complexity unlike any other. Haunting music accompanied by beautiful, cinematic visuals; Ludovico Technique is the embodiment of the Gothic aesthetic in its purest form. Click HERE to Download / Stream “Live as Myself” Online! In the beginning, the band drew inspiration from goth industrial bands such as Skinny Puppy and Marilyn Manson. The future for Ludovico Technique holds a world that fits together with fans of Type O Negative, Rob Zombie, and Slipknot bringing a taste of the underground to the forefront of what goth industrial metal can achieve. The band’s previous single, “Absence,” debuted at #1 in the Goth Industrial Metal genre on Amazon. A song about letting go and giving into the dark recesses of depression. With it’s upbeat melody it paints […]

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