Rob Zombie’s name has been mud for the last few years now. Most people have hated his last few albums (myself included) and most people hate his movies with a passion (I still do not get this one though). I have to take his new releases with a grain of salt anymore. I have no idea what happened to him (musically). It still baffles me as much as it baffles me on how bad Queensryche has become.
With all of that being said, it is time to talk about the icon’s latest release, Mondo Sex Head, which I will admit is tough to stomach. I went into listening to this album being uncertain on how I was going to feel about it. I like some of his previous remixes a lot, but I also found a lot to be pretty bad. With Mondo Sex Head, we are pretty much treated to the worst of the worst. All of the tracks are remixed in techno/dubstep format, which I do not have a problem with, but the songs are not even worthy of being called dance songs. It has been a long time since I cut the rug, but if I still wanted to, it would definitely not be to this music.
The one thing to note on this album is that Zombie has plenty of help on the remixes featuring artists such as Korn’s Jonathon Davis, Deftone’s Chino and plenty of other artists.
You start off with Thunder Kiss ’65 (JDevil Number of the Beast Remix), which pretty much leaves a sour taste in your mouth already because of how they butchered my earlier memory of White Zombie, but it only gets worse with the next track, Living Dead Girl (Photek Remix). It is 7 minutes of pure aggravation. I was annoyed having just wasted those 7 minutes with how bad it was.
Throughout the length of the album, there are plenty of misses with only a few tracks that have any promise whatsoever. Foxy, Foxy (Ki:Theory Remix) has a decent tempo to it. More Human Than Human (Big Black Delta Remix) has promise as well with all that is going on, but it could end up being too busy for its own good in the long run. There is actually a nice little run after the first few tracks where the songs are not half bad, but honestly, are you going to listen to a less than average remix of Dragula or the rocking original track?
I will give the album credit though. I originally said that I would not make it through the album if it was nearly as bad as his most recent stuff, but I did suffer through it all.
In regards to the album art (seen above), featuring an artsy black & white shot of Sheri Moon Zombie’s backside, Zombie was surprised to find that no stores would stock the CD. “I never thought it would be a problem since it seemed tame to me,” he recently told Rolling Stone. “But it was. Anything with death and violence is totally fine, but anything with sex, forget about it. So instead of censoring that cover and ruining it, I just removed the ass shot and replaced it with a pussy shot.” And by “pussy shot,” he means the new cover art of the cat.