19 Years Ago: Rob Zombie Debuts His Solo Album "Hellbilly Deluxe" – WAAF.com (blog)

After 13 years ofWhite Zombie,Rob Zombieventured out on his own in a solo career that would elevate him to higher success with the release ofHellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow Internationalon August 25th, 1998. After many fans were upset hearing the news that White Zombie was brought to an end, much of that animosity was quelled by the content of Zombie’s solo effort.

Although Zombie kicked up the amount techno inHellbilly Deluxe, fans were satisifed that the head-banging hard-rock sound was still resonant that of White Zombie. It was off to a great start by siezing theNo. 5 spot on theBillboardalbums chart, and earning platinum status in less than three months upon its release.

Rob Zombie credits the album’s success to the positive dynamics between members of his solo band versus the amount of negativity stemming from members of White Zombie. Rob Zombie also invited formerNine Inch NailsmembersDanny LohnerandCharlie Clouser, as well asMotley CredrummerTommy Leeto have guest appearances on the record.

Another determining factor that lead to the success ofHellbilly Deluxewas Rob not straying too far away from the original sound of White Zombie. The guitars were still loud and heavy, and the techno elemts were morepresent. While still making music to appease his fans, Rob also wanted to venture out and grow as an artist by creating music that he was not able to during his time in White Zombie. The result was bouncer, electronica-style rhythms that gave off a dance-club vibe, while achieving mass appeal, andstill being filed under the “metal” genre.

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