Monday, January 21, 2008

Scum Of The Earth

Sleaze Freak
Eclipse Records

You know all those tribute bands that you can go see when you can't see the real thing? Former Rob Zombie guitarist Rigg's solo project Scum Of The Earth should have been one of those. It's great that he started something on his own after leaving Zombie's crew, but it's about as close as you can get to Rob's old stuff with White Zombie and his first album "Hellbilly Deluxe" without Rob (if that makes any sense.) As a matter of fact, if you told someone this was the new Rob Zombie album they probably would believe it. No joke. RIggs has got the same vocal style, music and lyrics down to near perfection. It's so close it's damn near plagiarism. I gave him a break on his first record figuring that he is just starting out and needs time to hone his own style. Nope. He is taking his former bosses skit and running with it all the way. Honestly though, Riggs does Rob better than any of the last two Zombie albums that have been released. It's what Rob should be doing, but he is to interested in film to be as hungry for music as once was. And, it's still a fun album to listen to and it rocks pretty damn hard. I have to give it that. So, it you want a new Rob Zombie album look no further than Scum Of The Earth.

- Craig Harvey

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