"Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" (Geffen; 2008)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

The history and growth of the legendary White Zombie is laid out in this 5-disc box set that contains virtually everything the band ever recorded.

Listening to "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" from beginning to end, one can actually follow the growth of the band, from the alternative-tinged early days of 1985's "Gods of Voodoo Moon" EP to the band's last, more metal, studio album, "Astro-Creep 2000: Songs of Love, Destruction, and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head." The change in style on everything, from Rob Zombie's vocals to the band's guitar sound and songwriting, are evident. In fact, if you didn't know going in, you'd swear that Disc 1 and Disc 4 were from different bands.

Still, there's a ton of great material here. If your White Zombie collection is anemic, this is one quick way to get it up to speed. In addition to the band's EPs and full-length CDs, there are also several one-off tracks from films like "Beavis and Butthead Do America" and "The Crow" as well as a Black Sabbath cover from 1994's "Nativity in Black."

Disc 5 is a DVD that includes all of the band's videos (in glorious viewing condition) plus some really raw (and I mean really raw) live footage that belongs in an archive somewhere but is also worth a look, at least once, here.

Fans of White Zombie and Rob Zombie will find "Let Sleeping Corpses Lie" a compact gathering of nearly all the band's music. I mean, even if you have all of these tracks elsewhere, they're probably spread out over dozens of CDs, right? Here, they're gathered on only four in one cool, convenient package ... and you get the DVD as a bonus.

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"La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. One" (Geffen; 1992)

Reviewed by Snidermann

"La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. One" is vintage Zombie. The cuts are chock full of typical Zombie images. It's dark, twisted and macabre; better, really, than going to see an old time scary movie. 

This release could easily have been done last week with Rob's current band instead of well over ten years ago ... and it wouldn't really sound that much different. 

Rob Zombie takes old movie images and sound bites and weaves strange songs of death, zombies, murder, mayhem and anything else his twisted mind can conceive. The tunes are catchy and this is as good a Zombie release as I have heard. 

Highly imaginative from the artwork to the full on rock'n'roll. This is what music is supposed to be: Very fun to listen to.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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