Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

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Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Studio album by Rob Zombie
Released April 23, 2013
Recorded June 2012
Genre Heavy metal, alternative metal, industrial metal
Length 38:45
Label Zodiac Swan Records / T-Boy Records / Universal Music Enterprises
Producer Bob Marlette
Rob Zombie chronology
Hellbilly Deluxe 2
(2010)
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Music Enthusiast (positive reaction)[2]

Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is the fifth solo studio album by former White Zombie frontman Rob Zombie. The album was released on April 23, 2013, four days after the release of Zombie's film The Lords of Salem.[3] The track listing was confirmed on Zombie's Facebook page on February 22. This is the first Rob Zombie album to feature drummer Ginger Fish who, with John 5, were previous members of the band Marilyn Manson.[4] A music video for the album's first single "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown" was released April 8, 2013.

For Record Store Day 2013, Zombie released a promotional single for "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown" (with b-side "Teenage Nosferatu Pussy") on 10 inch colored vinyl printed on a reverse groove. This featured a slightly alternate edit of "Dead City Radio" clocking in at 3:54 instead of 3:28 which included an extended prechorus and outro not heard on the full album release. Best Buy stores offered a limited edition featuring a 3D sticker cover with a code for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage on the making of the album.[5]

Sales and reception[edit]

The album received generally mixed reviews from critics. The album was credited by some, while criticized by others. A rather negative review came from Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine stating "there seems to be a concept album tying together but it'd require patience to piece together, patience that only fanboys could afford." He also questioned Zombie's decision to cover the Grand Funk Railroad's song We're an American Band "Why he decided to cover Grand Funk Railroad is anybody's guess -- maybe somebody at the label thought it'd help get him on the radio, but at this point nobody should be under any illusion that Rob Zombie could expand his audience." A more positive review came from Chuck Armstrong of Loudwire who called it "Arguably his best album since his debut masterpiece.", before closing his review with it "will be an album that you listen to from beginning to end, and then you’ll want to do it all over again."[6]

Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor sold 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Rob Zombie and John 5, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Teenage Nosferatu Pussy"     4:34
2. "Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown"   Zombie, 5, Bob Marlette 3:28
3. "Revelation Revolution"     3:10
4. "Theme for the Rat Vendor"     1:02
5. "Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga"     3:19
6. "Rock and Roll (in a Black Hole)"   Zombie, 5, Marlette 4:14
7. "Behold, the Pretty Filthy Creatures!"     2:55
8. "White Trash Freaks"     3:12
9. "We're an American Band" (Grand Funk Railroad cover) Don Brewer 3:30
10. "Lucifer Rising"   Zombie, 5, Piggy D. 3:19
11. "The Girl Who Loved the Monsters"     3:57
12. "Trade in Your Guns for a Coffin"     2:11
Total length:
38:45

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor - Rob Zombie". Allmusic. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Rob Zombie, 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' - Album Review". Music Enthusiast Magazine. 2013-06-03. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor by Rob Zombie". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-22. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  4. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2013-04-23). "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor - Rob Zombie : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  5. ^ "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor: Rob Zombie: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  6. ^ http://loudwire.com/rob-zombie-venomous-rat-regeneration-vendor-album-review/
  7. ^ "ROB ZOMBIE's 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' Cracks U.S. Top 10". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 

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