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Below is our complete White Zombie news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Rock Iconz Rob Zombie Statue Coming In Early 2018

Rob Zombie is the next metal artist in line for their own Rock Iconz statue from Knuckle Bonz. A February/March release date is expected for the 8'' tall statue, which you can pre-order at knucklebonz.com. In a nod to White Zombie's classic "Thunder Kiss ’65", only 1965 statues will be produced.

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"Underground Inc." Trailer Posted

It was the early 90's - seemingly out of nowhere, a little grunge band called Nirvana began outselling massive commercial artists like Michael Jackson. This immediately caught the attention of the giant record companies. These small underground bands branded as alternative or post-punk went from being inconsequential to being potential behemoths in record sales - and the hunt began.

Hungrily sweeping for the next Nirvana, a buying frenzy ensued as small indie labels were bought out by the commercial labels on a never before seen scale. A&R execs would see random alt-rock bands perform in a bar and appear after their set offering unheard of financial offers and immediate global exposure. It seemed these band members were set for life - so what happened?

Verity is revealed in "Underground Inc: The Unsung Story of Alternative Rock," an upcoming documentary destined to be the ultimate look at the alternative punk and metal scene in the 90's, and a must see for serious music lovers. Told by the artists who pioneered a sonic subculture, this feature-length documentary tells the real story of the 90's - exposing viewers to an amazing catalog of the era's rarities and buried treasures, while re-living the struggles, triumphs and tragedies, as well as the debauchery.

"Underground Inc." features interviews with members of White Zombie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Primus, Bad Religion, Stone Sour, Clutch, Red Fang, Failure, Ministry, Quicksand, Helmet, Steve Albini, Sepultura and dozens more. More...

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Early White Zombie Track Comes Online

Numero Group's upcoming "White Zombie: It Came From N.Y.C." CD / vinyl boxset, the quintessential resurrection of White Zombie's eternally out-of-print early EPs and LPs, becomes available to the masses in less than four weeks.

In anticipation of the release, White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult sat down with the Wall Street Journal to reflect on the old days of the band and share some unheard music.

Check out this newly-unearthed track recorded in 1986, entitled "Scarecrow #2," in the player below. As stated by Wall Street Journal's Michael Calia, "'Scarecrow #2" rips along with a thundering, droning groove and wailing vocals, but its improvisational spirit distinguishes it from later, more slickly produced White Zombie tracks." More...

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White Zombie Re-Releasing Earliest Material

Years before Beavis and Butt-head headbanged "Thunder Kiss '65" and "More Human than Human" into the eternal rock video canon, there was primordial White Zombie - a quintessential, diabolically loud byproduct of Manhattan's underground rock scene, born of art-school rendezvous and squalid apartment circumstance.

On June 3rd, 2016, Numero resurrects White Zombie's eternally out-of-print early EPs and LPs as "It Came From N.Y.C." This set is the most exhaustive attempt so far to document the band's wondrously ugly birth. Get reintroduced to White Zombie as New York noise-rock, a grotesque creation that clawed and threatened its way to crossover metal glory.

Spread across five LPs or three compact discs, all 39 tracks have been remastered by White Zombie guitarist J. Yuenger and packaged alongside the original lurid artwork. The accompanying 108-page book painstakingly documents White Zombie's punishing progression through scores of unpublished photos, period discography, a T-shirtography, and tales from the terrifying early years that stitch together the sordid story of a band whose true power eclipsed its mainstream heyday. Full details and track listings are available below. More...

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Rocksmith 2014 Song List Revealed

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:

The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...

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Former White Zombie Drummer Passes Away

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...

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Sunday Old School: White Zombie

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...

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Cradle Of Filth Singer Forms New Band

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)."

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Speaking of…

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...

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Sean Yseult To Host Metal Army Night In Hollywood

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

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Horror Movie Edition

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...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Dr. Ozzy Strikes Again

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...

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New Rob Zombie "Best Of" Album Released

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...

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Former White Zombie Bassist To Release Book

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.

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Burning Questions Edition

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...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Ozzy vs. Jesus

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...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Top 5 Strip Club Songs

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...

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White Zombie Drummer Talks About New Box Set

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’!!”

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Rob Zombie Reveals White Zombie Box Set Details

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...

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Rob Zombie Talks Live DVD

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."

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