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Scum Of The Earth: Sleaze Freak

Formed when Rob Zombie decided to put his music aside to pursue his other interests in life, guitarist Riggs and drummer John Tempesta would form Scum Of The Earth. A band that would musically continue along the same path and premise as that of Zombie's and this made them a perfect lock in for the performer's existing fan base. It would however distance those who had expected something a little different from the guitar player, especially if they were casual observers from outside of this musical realm. Sleaze Freak is the bands second album, and while I admit to never hearing their first effort in full, I found from the samples of it that this recording ups the bands ante and moves them forward full throttle into the throes of being both Stripper Metal and Sleaze Metal masterminds. The thing about this stuff that I am not into is the level of repetitive grooves and feels that seem to invade each track and if you are that casual listener you would wonder if this was one contiguous track as opposed to a full album. "Bombshell From Hell" is the first single and is very reminiscent of Rob Zombie, and perhaps even a little better than he has been doing with his own sound of late. The lyrics are definitely on the R rated level and there is a lot of explicit dialogue and imagery presented on the songs that deal with sex, murder and out and out evil doings. It's not for everyone but if you liked the first album then this will not matter to you. The generic listener might raise an eyebrow to it but then again this is not for them at all. I liked a few tracks such as "Love Pig" and "Corpse Grinders" (which despite its title is not dedicated to the singer of Cannibal Corpse). The album runs thirteen songs but the last number is listed as track 23 since all tracks from #12 are silence. I am not sure why this was done and felt it was a little bit of a waste. The other members of the band are Brandon (bass), Skylar (guitar) and Adrian Ost (drums). The artwork included is very unique and should appeal to all those who enjoyed the unique artwork on the Zombie releases. Art on this album was provided by Paul Garner and each image seems to mirror the song that it is featured on the lyrics for. When it was over I felt as though I had sat through a B-Horror movie in a dingy strip bar. It's up to you to decide whether that is a good thing or a bad. So if this industrialized brand of mayhem is what gets your engine going then you will love it but it if is not then I suggest you do a little more research before you pick it up. It wasn't a terrible listen for me, but it wasn't an overall amazing one either.

DVD: The Scum Of The Earth includes a DVD with this CD and it has a few things on it that their die hard fans might appreciate quite a bit. There are scenes of the band recording, getting tattooed, performing onstage and guiding the viewer through most of it is the ever alluring Metal Sanaz. The footage is very candid and very rough on the language and subject matter

Track Listing
1. Bombshell From Hell
2. Hate
3. Sleaze Freak
4. Devilscum
5. Death Stomp
6. I Am Monster
7. Love Pig
8. Macabro Expectaculo
9. Corpse Grinders
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. Scum-O-Rama
12. 13 Freaks
13. Just Like Me

Added: February 2nd 2008
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2028
Language: english

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