:"For the film, see
White Zombie (film)"Infobox musical artist
Name = White Zombie
Landscape = Yes
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1985–1998
New York City, New York, USA
Alternative metal, groove metal, industrial metal, funk metal, noise rock, industrial rock
Silent Explosion, Caroline, Geffen
Rob Zombie Jay Noel Yuenger Sean Yseult John Tempesta Ivan de Prume Tom Guay
New York, White Zombie was originally a noise rockband in the vein of fellow New York band Sonic Youth; Sonic Youth's Thurston Mooreand fellow grungeicon Kurt Cobainhave professed to be fans of their early work. However, White Zombie are better-known for their later heavy metal-oriented sound, with lyrics heavily influenced by horror films and pseudo-Satanic imagery. Unlike other metal bands of the 1990s, White Zombie was almost exclusively a "fantasy" band, writing songs not based on their lives or experiences, but about surreal horror fantasies.
The group officially disbanded in 1998 shortly after the release of singer
Rob Zombie's solo album " Hellbilly Deluxe".
The Early Years
Rob Zombie, writer, vocalist, and graphic artist, after coming up with the band idea in 1985 while attending Pratt in his Junior year. Rob's girlfriend at the time, Sean Yseult, was playing the farfisain the band LIFE. Ena Kostabi owned a studio which he would rent out to different bands, meeting Sean, who asked if he could teach her to play bass. They then recruited Peter Landau to play drums and began to write and record songs. White Zombie's first release was an EP titled " Gods on Voodoo Moon" and was recorded on October 18, 1985. It was released under the band's own label Silent Explosion, under which they would release most of their early work. Only 300 copies were pressed, of which only 100 were sold — the band members still retain possession of the remaining 200.
In 1986, Rob hired Tim Jeffs as the replacement for Kostabi and
Ivan de Prumeas the replacement for Landau. White Zombie released their second EP " Pig Heaven" that year. The release contained only two songs, "Pig Heaven" and "Slaughter the Grey", and retained the same sound as their previous effort. After only a few live shows, Jeffs was fired and quickly replaced by Tom Guay. The band released a second pressing of "Pig Heaven" of which the only difference from the first pressing was alternate cover art. Only 500 copies of each pressing were released on vinyl.
In 1987, band released their third EP "
Psycho-Head Blowout". Later that year, the band released their first full length album " Soul-Crusher", which was their first release to feature sound clips from movies in the songs, a trademark that would continue for the remainder of the band's lifespan. John Ricci replaced Tom Guay shortly after the release of "Soul-Crusher". This is also the first album Stating "Rob Zombie" instead of his previous stage name "Rob Straker".
In 1988, The band signed to
Caroline Records, discontinuing their old indie label permanently. About 1000 copies of the vinyl were pressed for the original and re-release each. After the re-release of the album in 1988, White Zombie began to tour outside of their northeast home, gaining slightly more recognition. In 1989, the band released their second LP "Make Them Die Slowly". The album was a huge musical shift for White Zombie. While their previous releases had been strictly punk influenced noise rock, "Make Them Die Slowly" had more of a heavy metal sound. The band stated that they wanted to play more of what they were influenced by and to keep it simple. It was also evident that Rob's vocals had grown deeper and he was no longer shrieking the lyrics in a high pitched tone. Unfortunately, lack of funds and shoddy production caused many songs intended for the album to not be included.
Carpal tunnel syndromeseverely affected his ability to play guitar, Jay Yuenger or "J." then replaced him for the remainder of the band's years, which took them in a more metal/groove-influenced direction. One of the most obvious examples of this direction is the differences between the songs "Disaster Blaster" on "Make Them Die Slowly" and the re-worked version, "Disaster Blaster 2", on the "God of Thunder" EP. The EP featured a more groove-oriented sound that differed from anything they had released before. The EP caught the attention of Geffen Recordswho then offered them a record deal.
On March 17, 1992 they released ', the album which would break them from their underground status and launch them into mainstream recognition. White Zombie began their two-and-a-half-year-long tour for the album soon after its release, during which the band gained a large
cult following. Early in the tour Ivan de Prumeleft the band to pursue his own interests and was replaced by Phil Buerstatte. The music videofor the song " Thunder Kiss '65" went into heavy rotation on MTVin 1993. The popular TV show " Beavis and Butt-head" began reviewing the band's music videos, boosting the band's popularity. By the end of 1993, the album had been certified Gold by the RIAA. By the time the tour ended in December, 1994, Rob and Sean had broken up and "La Sexorcisto" had gone Platinum. Due to artistic differences, Buerstatte was let go and John Tempesta, who had previously worked with Exodus and Testament, was hired to record White Zombie's second major label album. In 1995, ' was released, featuring " More Human Than Human" that would soon become a big hit. In 1996, an album of remixes was released under the title " Supersexy Swingin' Sounds".On January 3, 1996, it was announced by Rob on his website that a box setwould be released containing all the music White Zombie had ever recorded.Fact|date=April 2008
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine on September 9, 2008 Zombie has confirmed that the White Zombie box set has been completed but still without an offical relese date. Rob did suggest that it will be available before Christmas 2008.
Sean Yseult, after the breakup of White Zombie, joined the surf rockband The Famous Monsters, and (as of early 2001) left the horror-themed New Orleans-based band Rock City Morgue. She is currently preparing for an upcoming tour with The Cramps. John Tempestacontinued his musical relationship with Rob Zombie after the White Zombie breakup, drumming for Zombie on his first two solo albums, " Hellbilly Deluxe" and " The Sinister Urge". He is no longer with Zombie and went on to play for the Rob Zombie-esque band Scum of the Earthwith his brother, Powerman 5000guitarist Mike Tempesta, and ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs, and has recently toured with Testament (as shown on Testament's DVD, "Live In London"). On February 14, 2006, he was hired as the new drummer for The Cult, before which, he played with Helmet.
J. produced records for stoner rock band Fu Manchu and
New York Cityrockers Puny Human, as well as lending his guitar skills to a few other bands after the breakup of White Zombie.
In July 2006, original members Tom Five and
Ivan de Prumereunited to perform with Ivan's band Healer for several concerts in Southern Californiafor The Vans Warped Tour. [http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=54694] Ivan continues to write and record music with Healer, a middle eastern infused metal band and recording, producing, and engineering for special projects. Sony's Ghost Rider score featured Ivan's drums and percussion.
*The "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1" album was used as the soundtrack for the 3DO game Way of the Warrior.
*In 2000, White Zombie was included on
VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, ranking at No. 56.
*The last song recorded by the band before they disbanded was "
Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls", which was used in " Beavis and Butthead Do America" during the desert hallucination scene.
*"Thunder Kiss '65" was used as the opening music for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling/Extreme Championship Wrestling's syndicated weekly television program for much of the show's run. It is also featured in the
Playstation 2game Guitar Hero, and is the music used during Chad Hernandez's part in the skateboarding video "Opinion" by Globe shoes. '"Thunder Kiss '65" was also featured in the film " Wild Hogs".
*The song "I'm Your Boogieman" was featured in "".
*The song "Super Charger Heaven" contains the quote "Look, I know the supernatural is something that isn't supposed to happen, but it does happen" from the horror movie "The Haunting". It is briefly played in a scene from the
Sylvester Stallonefilm " Judge Dredd"; playing in a red Lamborghinithat was pulled over.
*The song "Thrust!" has a sample from the ultra violent
hentai animefilm " Urotsukidoji".
*The intro to the song "I, Zombie" (scream included) is sampled from the
José Mojica Marinsfilm " Awakening of the Beast".
*White Zombie appeared in the movie "
Airheads" to sing " Feed the Gods" in a club.
*As well as the song "Spiderbaby (Yeah-Yeah-Yeah)", there is a movie of the same name with the actor
Sid Haigwho played Captain Spaulding in the movie "House of 1000 Corpses" and "The Devil's Rejects" directed by Rob Zombie.
*In chapter one of the manga "
Black Lagoon" the lead character, Revy, destroys a fleet of ships while listening to "Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)".
*The song "
El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama" was Lance Storm's entrance music during his time in Extreme Championship Wrestling.
*The song "More Human Than Human" is featured in the movies "The Covenant", "Turbulence", "Annapolis", "
The Cable Guy", ' Broken Arrow" & " The Marine". It also appeared in the video game The Bigs, the Wiiversion of Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam, was used by the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs as a starting lineup song, and is featured in the Intro Music to the Lex and Terry Radio Show. " More Human Than Human" was performed on the " Late Show with David Letterman" in 1995.
*The song "
Black Sunshine" is playable in the game .
*The song "
Thunderkiss '65" is playable in the game Guitar Hero.
*The beginning of the song "
Blur the Technicolor" appeared in the film "" during the monster truck scene.
*The song "Creature of the Wheel" contains samples from the 1971 Charlton Heston film, "
The Omega Man".
*The songs "Soul Crusher" and "Electric Head part 2 - The Ecstacy" were used as
Chris Jericho's themes during his tenure in Extreme Championship Wrestling
Evanescenceloops a sample of the song " Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls" in their song " Even In Death" from their 2000 album Origin.
*The song "Real Solution #9", starting around 2:15, contains a sample of an upset woman from the television show COPS in New Orleans.
* [http://p2m2.home.mindspring.com/zombie/tim_jeffs_early_wz_bio.html Tim Jeff's Early White Zombie Bio]
* [http://www.gustavus.edu/~dkuster/zombie/ Psychoholic World of White Zombie]
* [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/whitezombie White Zombie] at Rolling Stone
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