Although Rob Zombie is currently touring the U.S. and Canada, with a stop in Indy, he has no brand-new material to translate in performance. His 2007 release is a live album, called, simply, Zombie Live, and was recorded last year during his tour in support of 2006’s Educated Horses, his most recent studio album.
Nearly everyone agreed that Educated Horses showcased a lighter Zombie, the only dispute being whether this was a tolerable trait. The more forgiving fans recognized that Horses was still very much a Zombie record in many ways, even if it was less thunderous and anthem-like than in albums past. It still had those familiar ingredients in the Zombie stew: samples of female orgasms, a Misfits-like devotion to B-horror movie culture and a curious hybrid of gear-grinding metal with underpinnings of funk.
If Zombie Live is a preview of the set list for the Murat show, than you can expect nearly the entire gamut of Zombie’s musical career, from Horses back to White Zombie’s breakout LP, La Sexorcisto, Devil’s Music Volume 1. Older fans who moshed to “Thunderkiss ’65” back when it was a club staple will receive a warm blast of nostalgia. It is also the function of a well-mixed live album to enhance and energize even flat-lining tracks, and so even those who felt a lukewarm response to “American Witch” of Educated Horses may now find a new appreciation for the song courtesy of Zombie Live, and are dialing up Ticketmaster as we speak. Otherwise, the good news is that Zombie is writing material for the next album in between stops.