Hi, today I’m going to talk to you about a 2016 “Riot Fest” artist. When I look at a line-up of a festival and I see an artist that reminds me of my youth, that part of me just comes out. It brings memories with it before I even listen to the music. In this case, “Rob Zombie” was something that I left behind long ago.
If you know me, you know I can really enjoy some super creepy stuff but to me, Rob Zombie is “Living Dead Girl” and that song holds all sorts of horrible memories for me. So, at some point, over a decade ago, I was like, “I don’t need this anymore, goodbye.” and I never listened to him again. The fact that he had meant something to me at some point in my life was reason enough for me to mention him for being on the Riot Fest line up.
In some cases, in a lot of cases, if you forget about an artist for a decade and they’re still putting out music, when you go back to them and you listen to their new stuff, it is inherently different. While still sounding like that artist, usually they have evolved and changed. What I found when I looked up Rob Zombie was that this was absolutely NOT the case.
He was still milking that same creepy, growling giant sound. He had no new topics to cover, he didn’t decide to add more lyrics to his songs than he previously had.
In fact, I think there are less. And if you know anything about what I prefer musically, if you watch my videos, if you read my blog, you know that I really cannot stand excessive repetition. And what Mr. Zombie does is go far beyond excessive repetition to the point where it is almost just sickening because I know there are so many talented musicians who put so much thought and intelligence and actual words into their writing and they don’t even get paid a fourth of what he’s getting for this one-liner that doesn’t add any thought, really at all to the world, no substance.
He still does think really highly of himself. So, if you prefer to go with his opinion over mine, that’s completely fine. Everybody likes what they like. This is just not something that’s for me and I am really super happy that I decided to leave him in the past.
That’s where he will remain, after listening to his most recent work. What do you think about Rob Zombie’s music? Do you disagree with me? Do you think it has evolved? Do you think that he has grown and changed? Do you think he has something substantial to say? Or is this just a novelty artist?
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