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Rob Zombie's website has been updated with the following statement about the death of former White Zombie/Last Crack member Phil Buerstatte:
"It has been reported that White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte was found dead in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend.
"Phil was drummer for White Zombie from 1992 to 1994. He played on the La Sexorcisto tour, as well as playing on tracks 'Feed The Gods' on The Airheads Soundtrack, 'Children of the Grave' and
I AM HELL' from the Beavis and Butthead soundtrack.
The cause of death has not yet been announced. You can check out the "Feed the Gods" song featuring Phil in the player below. More...
Before Rob Zombie was known for his movies, his Woolite commercial or "Dragula," he was known as the frontman of New York's White Zombie, one of the most popular heavy metal bands of the 1990's. The band was formed in 1985 by design student Robert Cummings (Rob Zombie) and his girlfriend Sean Yseult, who would prove to be the sole constant members of the group. They formed their own record label, Silent Explosion, through which they released three EPs "Gods On Voodoo Moon," "Pig Heaven" and "Psycho-Head Blowout" before self-releasing their first full length album, "Soul-Crusher." The album helped them to attract the attention of Caroline Records, with whom they released their next record, "Make Them Die Slowly." The album marked a significant departure in sound for the band, heading in a much more heavy metal orientated direction than their previous punk rock style.
Following guitar player John Ricci's carpel tunnel syndrome preventing him from playing guitar anymore, Jay Yeunger was brought in to replace him, making his recording debut with White Zombie's next EP release, "God Of Thunder," which featured a cover of the KISS song of the same name as well as two previously unused songs. After the release, the band searched for a new label, attempting to grab the attention of major labels. While RCA showed interest, but the band eventually decided to sign with Geffen. Thanks in part to the backing they received from a major label, as well as creating catchier songs, they were able to break into the mainstream with their next record, "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1." The album featured the song, "Thunder Kiss '65," which received heavy rotation on MTV (which played music back then) and became something of a hit single. The song's popularity, coupled with the band's hard working approach to touring helped the album go Gold by the end of 1993, before going Platinum the next year.
The band were now faced with the task of following up a successful album and recruited new drummer John Tempesta (formerly of Exodus and Testament) to help out. They proved they weren't a flash in the pan with their next record, "Astro Creep 2000," which was able to reach number six on the Billboard 200 albums chart, not least due to the popularity of the songs, "More Human Than Human," "Electric Head Part. 2" and "Super-Charger Heaven." The album has since been certified double Platinum since it's release, selling over two and a half million copies. It was also around this time that Zombie began working on solo material, performing a duet with the legendary Alice Cooper for a tie in CD for the hit show, "X-Files," which received a Grammy nomination, as well as penning the song, "The Great American Nightmare" for Howard Stern, which has been used as the theme song of his radio show since 1999. While it's unclear if these solo endeavours factored into the demise, White Zombie decided to call it a day in 1998. Since then, Rob Zombie has achieved considerable success as a solo artist and is now known for his film directing too. Yseult joined a surf rock band called The Famous Monsters, in addition to other musical pursuits, before releasing a book, "I'm With The Band" last year. The other members have also continued a career in music, particularly Tempesta, who has gone on to perform with other well known artists such as Helmet and The Cult. Despite a White Zombie box set, "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" being released in 2008, the members have been adamant that a future reunion is very unlikely. More...
A new band has been formed which features members from some of the biggest names in metal. The new group, named Temple Of The Black Moon, is fronted by Cradle Of Filth singer Dani Filth and also includes in it's ranks Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, bass player King Ov Hell (Ov Hell/Sahg/former Gorogoroth) and drummer John Tempesta, who has worked with a variety of bands including White/Rob Zombie, Exodus, Testament and The Cult, of whom is he is still a member. The band describe their sound as "a cauldron bubbling over with the unsavory flavors of Tool and Celtic Frost, and seasoned with the likes of Immortal and At The Gates."
Speaking about the name, Dani Filth commented: "We had an innumerable amount of names that never seemed likely to stick, that was until we put our proverbial heads together and narrowed it down to just three or four, and then tossed for it (proverbially of course) using a silver Norwegian crown (we couldn't find any proper money). The name Temple Of The Black Moon represents the rigorous worship of desire, (the black moon astrologically has always held association with the dark Goddess Lilith) and of course the ramifications of the lunar eclipse, always a herald for death and ill-omen."
The band has recorded almost an album's worth of material and is planning to record the songs in Bergen, Norway for a full-length album, which is expected to be released in the summer of next year.
Song titles thus far include "Infernal Desire Machine," "Don't Call Up What You Can't Put Down," "Dark Eyes For Trouble," "Beautifully Perverse," and "C.N.T (All That's Missing Is You)."
While Warrant is putting the finishing touch on their new album we take a moment to think about Jani Lane and where he may be. I like to think he is part of a mentoring program, helping lead singers get through serving their time in jail/prison. Right now Jani is opening a letter with his next project, the letter says simply: Vince Neil… More...
Former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult has recently released the new book "I'm in the Band," and in celebration of the release Yseult has teamed up with Metal Army America to host and guest DJ the next Metal Army night in Hollywood on December 9th. The event will take place at Three Clubs and will feature both Sean Yseult and John Tempesta (Exodus, Testament, White Zombie, Helmet, The Cult) as guest DJs. For more information check out this location.
Three Clubs is located at:
1123 N Vine St (between Santa Monica Blvd and Fountain Blvd)
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Recently, Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) was discussing Alice Cooper, mentioning he believes Cooper is the most dramatic and the best at on-stage horror theatrics. Thanks Slash, I guess that’s the least you can say considering you stole his top hat shtick … More...
In a recent interview with Classic Rock magazine, Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N Roses) says that he considered Axl Rose (Guns N Roses) as one of the singers for his recent solo project, explaining that Rose would be able to sing the shit out of all of his songs. I also believe this would give the two an opportunity to bond; each day calling Steven Adler (Adler’s Appetite, ex-Guns N Roses) and ask if he wants to get the band together then yelling “psyche!” Then hanging up the phone… More...
With just one more album under his belt since the last "best of" collection, a new Rob Zombie collection entitled "Rob Zombie - Icon" has been released in 12-track single-CD and 24-track double-CD versions. Without much fanfare, they are out in the stores now.
Revising as well as updating his previous collections with tracks from his most recent "Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls And The Systematic Dehumanization Of Cool," the single-CD (exclusive to Walmart) offers an overview of his solo career while the double-CD (exclusive to Best Buy) adds tracks from his seminal days with White Zombie.
Icon is part of the new Icon series of albums from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history. Rob Zombie's credits include more than 15 million albums sold, 7 Grammy® nominations, the helming of 5 major motion pictures and dozens of music videos.
The special edition of "HELLBILLY DELUXE 2" came out via new label home Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records on September 28th, featuring three brand new tracks: “Everything Is Boring,” “Michael” and “Devil’s Hole Girls And The Big Revolution,” as well as a reimagining of “The Man Who Laughs,” among other extras.
Here are the tracklistings for both versions of the "Rob Zombie - Icon" albums: More...
Book publisher Soft Skull Press has set a December 7th, 2010 street date for Sean Yseult's new book, "I'm In The Band." Sean Yseult is known for her work in alternative metal pioneers White Zombie alongside iconic hard rocker Rob Zombie. "I'm in the Band" documents eleven years of tour diaries, flyers, and personal photos and stories featuring Ian "Lemmy" Killmister, Iggy Pop, Joey Ramone, Lux Interior and more.
People.com reports that Bret Michaels (Poison) vows to start Groupie Love, the first retirement home for groupies. Two days later Michaels tour bus was pulled over, Marijuana was found on board. This is no coincidence. Question: Is medicinal Marijuana a treatment for brain hemorrhage recovery? More...
Slash (ex-Guns N Roses, Velvet Revolver) will be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A compliment to his body of work, but backhanded at best given he is part of a list that includes Ed O’Neil (Al Bundy) and Neil Patrick-Harris (Doogie Howser)… More...
At the 63rd Annual Tony Awards Bret Michaels (Poison) was hit in the head by a descending stage prop. Watching the clip, I couldn’t help think that had Michaels done the “drop and roll” move from the “Talk Dirty To Me” video this whole fiasco could have been avoided. More...
White Zombie drummer Ivan de Prume has posted the following message online regarding the bands forthcoming box set:
“Finally, man!! There is so much material before we were signed to Geffen and put out La Sexorcisto and it shows an evolution of the band. When I joined the band at the age of 17, they had recorded one EP. Sean and I had played together previously and when they needed a drummer, she called me. I was listening to bands like METALLICA, SLAYER, and of course the BEASTIE BOYS, who were busting out in New York at the time. We all brought different influences to the table. I was still in high school and just wanted to play drums and had definitely not refined my writing technique or my playing yet. We worked hard, played a lot, and tried to put songs together but we were all really young at making music. I’m sure you’ll be able to hear an evolution and growth as the band became more cohesive in what we wanted to do and learned to actually put it all together. This is the process that any young band goes through and I have really fond memories of those innocent times.
"We were a band who just wanted to make music and have it heard and we were lucky enough to be doing it at a time when the industry still responded to that. I know a lot of great musician’s out there right now making exceptional music but that’s not what motivates the industry anymore and I think that’s a shame. I wish we could go back to the days where you could have a great sound and people would buy your records but instead we have a nation of people looking to American Idol to tell them what’s good. For now, I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing with my band Healer and know that we’re being true to ourselves as musicians and hope that bands that are practising the same philosophy continue to eek their way onto the airwaves and into people’s lives. Enjoy the early stuff for now and keep rockin’!!”
Rob Zombie has posted the following update regarding the forthcoming White Zombie box set:
"Well, I am now holding the finished newly master WHITE ZOMBIE box set in my hands. Yes, it is done! A long time coming but it is here.
"I'm not sure what the release day is yet, but it shouldn't be much longer. I'm pretty sure you'll be getting under your Christmas tree. More...
Chris Harris of MTV.com reports: Not only does Rob Zombie hope to record another studio LP in 2008, he's still working on the companion DVD to his recently released album, "Zombie Live", Zombie's inaugural live offering, which sold 15,000 copies during its first week to debut at #57 on the Billboard top 200. He'd like to have the DVD finished for a spring 2008 release, he said during a recent teleconference with reporters.
"I'm not sure [when the DVD will be in stores], 'cause right now, the editor who I'll have edit that is editing [this] behind-the-scenes documentary, documenting the making of 'Halloween', " he said, referring to his re-imagining of the 1978 classic, which hit theaters last summer. "So when he's done doing that, he's then going to go do this one. So, who knows?
"I didn't want to really just make a live DVD, because I felt like, 'Ah, who cares?' " he continued. "What I really did was [make] a tour documentary similar to the documentary I made for the DVD for 'Devil's Rejects', where it starts with the first rehearsal through the building of the stage, through traveling and flying and playing every show and after the show and this and that."
So what of that long-rumored, oft-delayed WHITE ZOMBIE box set, a compilation of every piece of music the band ever put to tape?
"I don't know when it's going to come out," he explained. "I always keep putting it on the backburner to do other projects. What my plan for what to put on it was basically every single thing ever, so that I could put out the box set and go, 'That's everything. Don't ask me about anything else. That is absolutely everything that band's ever recorded.' There [won't be] a lot of extra stuff, but there's tons of stuff that was never even on CD that was just on these limited vinyl releases. I'm not real good at going back and wanting to redo old stuff. I always want to do new stuff, so that's why the project keeps dragging on forever."
Rob Zombie recently spoke to Gary Graff of Billboard.com about the long-delayed WHITE ZOMBIE box set. "I always keep putting it on the back burner to do other projects," he said. "I'm not real good at going back and wanting to re-do old stuff. I always want to do new stuff, so that's why that project keeps dragging on forever."
He does have a plan for it, however — "Basically every single thing ever so that I could put out the box set and say, 'That's everything. Don't ask me about anything else. That's everything that band ever recorded,' 'cause there isn't a lot of extra stuff. But there's tons of stuff that was never on CD, that was on these limited vinyl releases."
As to whether the WHITE ZOMBIE box will finally see a 2008 release, Zombie — who's currently touring with OZZY OSBOURNE — offered a definite "maybe. If I wait much longer, no one will know what a boxed set is."
CRADLE OF FILTH's official MySpace page has been updated with a question-and-answer session featuring the entire band. An excerpt from the Dani Filth (vocals) portion of the interview follows:
Q: How do you compare CRADLE OF FILTH now to the CRADLE OF FILTH from the early 1990s? What can us die hard fans expect from CRADLE OF FILTH later on?
Dani: "Well, every band must mature and evolve. As a band we are constantly trying to improve on our formula and indeed not actually become too formulaic in the meantime, if that makes any sense. The new stuff again swerves from the expected. In fact, the new tracks on the 'Thornography' deluxe version (out February) are as the title suggests...harder, darker, faster."
Q: What is your opinion about the people who record any of your shows (or others band shows) and put them on the Internet for free downloads as DVDs or live CDs?
Dani: "It's inevitable that this is going to happen somewhere or the other. I'm not an avid fan of this but it's not the end of the world as far as I'm concerned. The only think I don't particularly like about this sort of bootlegging is if the sound is reminiscent of a bee trapped in a matchbox. I don't think it justifies the band and indeed the concert on the night if the quality put out on the web is poor. It seems like a pretty needless thing to do. Saying that, if the gig is good and you've got away with it on the night, all bloody luck to you..."
Q: Are there any plans to undertake a solo project as I have heard whispers on the wind that you and Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT) were involved in a band together. Is there any real truth to this rumor?
Dani: "There is some truth to this rumor though it was a side project designed to vent steam and not to interfere with anything CRADLE was doing at that time. Joey was originally going to man the drum-stool but that prestigious seat was then rumored for John Tempesta (WHITE ZOMBIE, THE CULT). Also involved was producer Rob Caggiano, GORGOROTH bassist King, I, PARASITE noise terrorist Christopher Jon and another who hadn't fully committed. We actually have a few songs fully written but our record company decided that it was in the band's and my best interest to refuse me permission to continue any further with it. I acquiesced gracefully, though not without a proper moan first, you understand!"
Rob Zombie has commented on upcoming concert album, which appears to be simply titled "Zombie Live". The disc comes out on September 18 and is Zombie's first-ever live effort, featuring 18 songs from both his solo career and his time with WHITE ZOMBIE.
Zombie told The Pulse of Radio (formerly Launch Radio Networks) that fans should expect a wide assortment of material. "We did the live record last summer when we were on tour, and it's a pretty long record, it's 18 songs, it's a little bit of everything," he said. "There's a couple of songs on there that we hardly ever, ever play, that we played a couple of nights and recorded it — older WHITE ZOMBIE songs like 'Black Sunshine' and things like that which we never, ever play. We didn't even hardly ever play that even in WHITE ZOMBIE. So, you know, stuff like that's pretty cool."
Zombie recorded the disc while touring in support of his third solo outing, 2006's "Educated Horses".
"Zombie Live" will also include a 36-page booklet featuring previously unpublished live photos as well as a DVD containing live footage and several animated videos.
Zombie previously told The Pulse of Radio that he will hit the road this fall. Sources have said that Zombie will be touring with OZZY OSBOURNE.
Meanwhile, Zombie's third outing as a screenwriter and director, a remake of the classic horror movie "Halloween", arrives in theatres on August 31.
ROB ZOMBIE's first-ever live album is scheduled for release on September 18 via Geffen. The CD was recorded over several nights during the band's "Educated Horses" tour and will include a 36-page super-deluxe book of never-before-seen live pictures and a DVD of live footage and animated videos. It was mixed by Zombie and producer Scott Humphrey. The track listing is as follows:
01. Sawdust in the Blood
02. American Witch
03. Demon Speeding
04. Living Dead Girl
05. More Human than Human
06. Dead Girl Superstar
07. House of 1000 Corpses
08. Let It All Bleed Out
09. Creature of the Wheel
10. Demoniod Phenomenon
11. Supercharger Heaven
12. Never Gonna Stop
13. Black Sunshine
15. The Devil's Rejects
16. Lords of Salem
17. Thunder Kiss
As previously reported, Zombie is putting together a WHITE ZOMBIE box set containing "everything we ever recorded," according to the singer. "I am currently transferring all the early shit from the original tapes," he previously said. "No remixing going on here — everything will be as it was originally recorded. Don't know when this box set will be available, but it is slowly moving forward. This will be the final word on WHITE ZOMBIE."
Zombie's remake of the classic horror film "Halloween" is scheduled to hit theatres on August 31. His previous credits as a screenwriter and director are 2003's "House of 1000 Corpses" and 2005's "The Devil's Rejects".
ROB ZOMBIE's first-ever career retrospective, "Past, Present & Future", has sold more than a million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The two-disc set, which was released in September 2003 through Geffen Records, contains a CD of 19 digitally remastered selections and a DVD of 10 music videos, including three that were previously unreleased.
Scum of the Earth (featuring former Rob Zombie guitarist RIGGS) have announced that Ivan DePrume has joined the band. When asked about his decision to join the band, the original White Zombie drummer explained "when Riggs approached me about joining the band, I was like "when do we start touring?". Then he explained that the new album "Sleaze Freak" was just about to be recorded and he wanted me to learn the songs, meet up in LA and lay down drum tracks, so I had all these songs I had to learn in just a few weeks, record my ideas and send em back to Riggs, it all happened so fast...". Riggs continued, "I got Ivan's ideas and loved them, told him he's in and when/where we'd be recording and the rest is history (in the making). He's a perfect fit for the vibe of the band, especially musically. He's an amazing drummer and we're all looking forward to having him on board as a part of the team."
The band will begin recording "Sleaze Freak" on February 13th at Belt of Orion Studios in Los Angeles, CA. sleaze Freak is scheduled for release sometime in Spring/Summer of 2007 through Eclipse Records.