A music artist and auteur filmmaker with shrewd insight and unlimited vision, Rob Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of film, music and publishing. He’s not happy merely sporting a single creative hat; instead, he submerges himself fully in each artistic endeavor, rolling up his sleeves and immersing his hands completely in each project. That’s the long and short of the artist known as Rob Zombie.
But perhaps the arena in which Rob Zombie is best known and most celebrated for is his music. He is a 7 time Grammy-nominated recording artist, having sold over fifteen million albums worldwide to date. Late 2009 brought Zombie’s long awaited Hellbilly Deluxe 2. The demons were let loose on Hellbilly Deluxe 2, which comes a dozen years after its predecessor, Hellbilly Deluxe, the album that established Zombie as a solo artist in his own right following the demise of White Zombie. That album also yielded a string of successful radio singles, namely “Dragula” and “Living Dead Girl,” both of which dominated the airwaves in 1998 and 1999, closing out the decade, Zombie style.
Not content to merely arrest the world with his delightfully nefarious tunes, Rob Zombie directed the second edition of the Halloween franchise, Halloween 2 for Dimension Films, which came out in August 2009. It was his fifth time writing and directing a feature film. Zombie had also interpreted John Carpenter’s original cult horror film Halloween in 2007; that film premiered at #1 at the box office, breaking all Labor Day Weekend 2007 records and grossing an estimated 80 million dollars worldwide. His efforts on rebooting and reinventing this beloved franchise earned him two nominations from Spike TV’s Scream Awards, for Best Director and Best Remake; he picked up the award for the latter. His previous films include 2004’s House of 1000 Corpses and 2005’s critically acclaimed The Devil’s Rejects also a Spike Award winner. Zombie also added a sick and twisted animated, R-rated feature to his roster, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto.
For the past two decades Zombie has directed dozens of videos, having lensed tracks for fellow metal superstar Ozzy Osbourne, among others. He contributes material to soundtracks and isn’t afraid to push boundaries and ignore the parameters when it comes to the both the audio and visual mediums. He won the 1995 MTV Music Video Award for White Zombie’s ‘More Human Than Human,’ making history by becoming the first self-directed artist to pick up the award.
Zombie has dominated the touring world in 2010, blowing away audiences on the road with Korn on the Mayhem tour. He’s also been the subject of glowing reviews, terrifying audiences as he teams up with horror-rock legend, Alice Cooper as “The Gruesome Twosome Tour”. He continues to tour with his longtime bandmates: guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Joey Jordison (of Slipknot and Murderdolls fame).
When it comes to any artistic feat or endeavor, leave it to Rob Zombie to accomplish what appears on paper to be nearly impossible. Armed with Hellbilly Deluxe 2, this artist is once again about to swoop down and capture the hearts of hard rockers the world over
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