Halloween Zombie Invasion! Vintage Rob Zombie and a Taste of the Sequel

Halloween season is upon us, and it’s time to put together those spooky playlists for your costume party. Yes, it’s time to give those Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath favorites another go-round…but what would Halloween be without rock’s creepiest monster, Rob Zombie? The former White Zombie leader is now a solo artist, film director (he recently unleashed Halloween 2 upon the world), former porn-mag art director, and all-around ghoul - and secretly, a nice guy from the quiet suburb of Haverhill, MA.

And what could be more Halloween than the shout-along, slash-along choruses on “Dragula” and “Superbeast,” the two big tracks from his 1998 solo debut Hellbilly Deluxe? Released soon after the breakup of White Zombie, that album proved that Rob wasn’t about to get all sensitive just because he’d gone solo. “Everyone was trying solo records - Scott Weiland, Chris Cornell, everyone. And when I came along people thought, ‘Ah well, this record’s going to be a disaster.’ And I figured, you know what? Maybe it is, but I’d rather have a lesser career and be happy.”

Every great horror show needs a sequel, and we’ve got an exclusive preview of Zombie’s next one: “Burn” is an advance track from  Hellbilly Deluxe II, which is still three weeks away from full release. Subtitled Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool, the album revives the demented vibe of that '98 debut and Zombie will be temporarily leaving the director’s chair to hit the road with his band this fall. As he’s said lately, “I am bouncing off the walls like a mental patient - That tells me it’s time to take it to the stage and let the demons loose!”

The package is available October 27 for Xbox 360 and Wii, October 29 for PlayStation 3. The cost is $1.99 per track (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) or $5.49 for the three-pack on Xbox 360 and PS3 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360), $2 per track on Wii.