19 Years Ago: Rob Zombie Debuts His Solo Album "Hellbilly Deluxe"

August 25, 2017

After 13 years of White ZombieRob Zombie ventured out on his own in a solo career that would elevate him to higher success with the release of Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International on 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 in Hellbilly 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 the No. 5 spot on the Billboard albums 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 former Nine Inch Nails members Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser, as well as Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee to have guest appearances on the record.

Another determining factor that lead to the success of Hellbilly Deluxe was 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 more present. 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, and still being filed under the "metal" genre.