Rob Zombie returns with The Sinister Urge, the follow
up to his first solo album Hellbilly Deluxe. As with
his previous band, White Zombie, Rob's musical focus
relies heavily on grove-oriented heavy rock packaged in old
B-movie monster flick paraphernalia and easily recognizable
vocal stylings that punch holes in your ears. When White
Zombie broke up, Hellbilly Deluxe showed that Rob
could really keep things going in the right direction. Unfortunately,
his sophomore offering seems to have stalled.
The Sinister Urge comes across as a de-fanged version
of previous White Zombie/Rob Zombie records. The music
is nice and written well, but it just doesn't have the soulful
groove of La Sexorcisto or raw power of Astro Creep.
While Hellbilly Deluxe showed us where Rob wanted to
push his music, Sinister just seems to have moved the
act into a complacent, MTV-friendly package that will disenfranchise
a large portion of his dedicated fanbase.
That's not to say that there isn't some good tracks here.
Both Bring Her Down and Dead Girl Superstar
are a good listen, but both feel like musical speedbumps in
this casual ride. I'll be honest - I'm disappointed in what
feels like an album that lacks the power and charm of what
Rob has already given us before. Maybe he should spend less
time directing videos and movies and more time getting back
to his roots. Fans of Rob Zombie will probably want to pick
this album up, but others who are interested in Rob's music
should just get Hellbilly Deluxe or one of the White