In an interview with AbsolutePunk.net, Alex DiVincenzo caught up with Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 who broke the news that after nearly 30 years of performing and releasing albums (including White Zombie), a live DVD is finally in the works and will be released later this year!
John 5 states, “This is big news. I haven’t talked about this. 30 years, Rob Zombie, White Zombie – never done a live DVD. We’re doing one this year. The show’s so big. It can’t get much bigger, so I’m like, “We better record this!””
More news will be reported once we hear of it. READ MORE
Bloody-Disgusting has gotten a video teaser that announces the formation of a new band called Pretty In Purgatory. The video features footage and music from their upcoming EP’s lead track “Voices”, which is apparently influenced by the 2008 Pascal Laugier-directed French horror film Martyrs.
Guitarist/producer Nikk Skum states, “The age of the ‘album’, the era of ‘business models’, the societal expectation of ‘grow up, go to school, find a job and get married and have kids’, is a thing of the past. This is a debt based slave system of deception and social control. People are waking up from the ‘Matrix’, and are very very pissed off.”
Micaela Purgatory, vocalist, adds, “When you have been stripped of everything, it’s then you can find the inner beauty that has been masked by the ugliness of the world. For the readers on this site who have seen the movie ‘Martyrs’, that is what I’m talking about.”
Head on below for the announcement video. READ MORE
Guitarist John 5, who is working with Rob Zombie and played with Marilyn Manson, is the victim of a house burglary. Several very valuable and rare guitars were stolen from his property and he is asking for help should people find/see them. Below is a list of items stolen as well as descriptions and photos.
John 5 comments, “Unfortunately our house was robbed today, we accidentally didn’t put the alarm on, so some assholes got lucky! Whoever did this will get caught hopefully one day!”
John 5 composed Zombie’s upcoming film The Lords Of Salem, which comes out April 19 while Zombie’s new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, comes out April 22nd. READ MORE
The track listing for Rob Zombie‘s The Lords Of Salem as well as the album front and back cover have been unveiled. The 21 track album features original tracks from guitarist/composer John 5 as well as tracks from Rush, The Velvet Underground, Manfred Mann, and more. The album will be released April 16th, one week before the release of Zombie’s own new album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which comes out April 23rd. The Lords Of Salem comes nationwide April 19th.
The front cover is basically a reworking of one of the film’s posters while the back cover is, as one could very easily expect, Sheri Moon Zombie in a somewhat provocative pose. You can see the images, track listing, and trailer below. READ MORE
Rocker/director Rob Zombie will be releasing his new album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor on Apr. 23rd. The album features 12 tracks, including a cover of Grand Funk Railroad‘s “We’re An American Band” and was produced by Bob Marlette (Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd). If you head below, you can hear the first single from the album, “Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown”, as well as check out the track list and album artwork. READ MORE
Guitarist/composer John 5 recently spoke about his work for the upcoming Rob Zombie film The Lords Of Salem, which hits theaters on Apr. 26th. John 5 also gave some information about the upcoming Zombie album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, which hits streets Apr. 23rd (pre-order here).
Talking about the film score, John 5 states, “This was a huge challenge for me. It was like 10 times the intensity of writing a record. It took months and months as the timing is key to each scene. The music was very challenging and sometimes there was no key signature or time signature for this music, which is all orchestral and acoustic with the exception of one death metal song. You had to be able to follow the story and create emotions for each scene with the music. I cannot wait for people to see and hear this movie. It is incredible!”
About the new Zombie album, 5 adds, “I can only describe this album as an aggressive, live-sounding and totally unique album. This album has a little bit for everybody. The guitar tones are not traditional. There is also an instrumental track called ‘The Theme For The Rat Regeneration Vendor’ which is all played aggressively with an electric sitar.”
Below you can see the cover art for Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor as well as the trailer for The Lords Of Salem. READ MORE
I’m not the biggest fan of Boss pedals but I can’t deny that they are incredibly popular and are used by pretty much some of the biggest names in the music industry. And now Boss will be adding three more pedals to their already pretty damn extensive lineup. The three pedals, which will make their debut at NAMM 2013, are the TE-2 Tera Echo, the DA-2 Adaptive Distortion, and the MO-2 Multi-Overtone. Below are videos that feature Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 demonstrating their tones.
Actually, let me get an annoyance off my chest if you don’t mind. If a company is going to release a video promoting their new line of guitar FX pedals and want people to hear the sounds they are capable of, how about they DON’T let some wannabe dramatic voiceover guy talk the whole damn video? That too much to ask for? Sheesh… READ MORE
Ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 (Rob Zombie) has released a music video for his flamenco-inspired track “Noche Acosador”, which comes off his sixth solo album God Told Me To. You can watch the video below.
A 3D version of the video will premiere at NAMM later this month at the Coffin Case booth. READ MORE
In a recent interview with The Daily Herald, Rob Zombie/ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 discussed his scoring process for the upcoming Rob Zombie-directed film The Lords Of Salem. One of the things John 5 mentioned was that he wanted to create a very memorable cue, stating, “I wanted the theme of this movie to be very simple, like “Jaws” or “Halloween”“. He continues on to say, “I always say, it’s music that people don’t want to listen to, because you’re watching the movie. It’s tough. It’s gotta be good enough, but it can’t distract you.”
Speaking about the sounds of the film, John 5 explains, “Rob would give me direction, like, ‘I want it to sound like this, or I want it to sound like that.’ It’s very primitive, not your everyday-sounding instruments. I would use a violin bow across an acoustic guitar or clank on things or use other odd musical instruments. Then, of course, you have your bassoons and french horns and everything under the sun for other parts of the score. It’s very unorthodox, if you will, but it really was a lot of fun. It was a lot of work and it was a big challenge. It turned out amazing, though. I’m very proud of it; that’s for sure.”
I’m a little torn by what 5 is saying. Wanting to create music that is both memorable yet something the audience won’t listen to just doesn’t click in my mind. Using his examples of Jaws and Halloween, I can safely say that I paid just as much attention to the music of those films as I did to the visuals. Then again, I love horror movie scores, so I might be in the minority of people that pay attention to the scores while watching a movie. READ MORE
Rock band Adler will be joining Kiss on the Kiss Kruise, which sets sail Oct. 31st from Maimi, FL through to Nov. 4th where the ship will dock in Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas. This will mark the first ever live performance from the band. Adler states, “I’m really excited to debut my new band by playing with Kiss. Kiss has always been one of my favorite bands and they are all great guys. The cruise is sure to be an amazing time!”
The band, fronted by ex-Guns ‘N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, will be releasing their debut album later this year. It will feature guest appearances from Slash as well as ex-Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie guitarist John 5.
More information about the Kiss Kruise can be found here. READ MORE
John 5, guitarist of Rob Zombie, will be releasing a new solo album entitled God Told Me To on April 10th. The all-instrumental album will have ten tracks, five of which are being described as acoustic and the other five being heavy rock. Included will also be a cover of Michael Jackson‘s Beat It. The album artwork was painted by Rob Zombie. Above is a teaser and below is the full deal as well as his cover of ‘Beat It’.
Rob Zombie has always made promoting his films a bit interesting, especially with his “films within a film” videos/artwork. He continues the trend with a very special screening of Frankenstein vs. The Witchfinder, which takes place within his now-filming The Lords of Salem.
“FRANKENSTEIN VS THE WITCHFINDER! Coming Soon to a theater near you! That is if you live in Salem, MA! This amazing lost classic starring Udo Kier, Clint Howard, Daniel Roebuck and Camille Keaton is being screening at the WIQZ Freak-Fest. Don’t miss it. One night only!” Zombie jokes.
You’ll find a look at the event poster inside, along with two behind-the scenes images of Zombie and his hard working crew. READ MORE
And so it continues. The Hills Have Eyes star Michael Berryman is joining The Lords of Salem, which reteams him with The Devil’s Rejects director Rob Zombie.
“Michael Berryman is the latest name to join the crew down in merry old Salem as Virgil Magnus, 50% of a well-known witch hunting duo called The Brothers,” says Zombie, who is now on his second week of filming here in Los Angeles.
Berryman has been shocking audiences for over 35 years in films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Deadly Blessing and even Weird Science.
He joins Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Dern, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Bruce Davidson and Christopher Knight.
“The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge.” READ MORE
The first piece of real art has been released for Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem that will be used to sell the film at next week’s AFM in Santa Monica. It features a witch with an iron maiden on her head. AWESOME.
Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Dern, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch, Lisa Marie, Maria Conchita Alonso, Ken Foree, Bruce Davidson and Christopher Knight all star.
Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles from the producer of Insidious and Paranormal Activity. READ MORE
Rob Zombie is sticking with his actors as genre fav Ken Foree is the latest to join The Lords of Salem where he’ll be playing “Herman Jackson”, one third of “The Big H Radio Team”, Salem’s #1 radio show.
Ken has been in many films horror fans love including Dawn Of The Dead, From Beyond, Knightriders, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3, The Devil’s Rejects, Halloween and even Zombie’s The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto.
Bruce Dern, Maria Conchita Alonso, Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace, Billy Drago, Richard Lynch and Lisa Marie have also been cast. Shooting begins next week.
“The story is about a local DJ who mistakenly unleashes a hellish curse on the town. 300 years earlier on the very streets of Salem that the townspeople walk on today, innocent folks were rounded up from their homes, convicted of being witches and sentenced to death. The Lords of Salem ran the town with an iron fist, but four witches who were tortured and killed in secrecy vowed that one day they would be back for revenge.”
Rob Zombie ends the weekend announcing that guitarist John 5 will be composing The Lords of Salem, which begins lensing in just two weeks.
Richard Lynch, Meg Foster, Ernest Thomas, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Bruce Dern, Sheri Moon Zombie, Dee Wallace and Billy Drago have so far been cast in the film from the producing team behind Insidious and Paranormal Activity.
John 5 (John William Lowery) is best known as the former guitarist of Marilyn Manson, and is currently with Zombie. He is also a solo artist having recorded six guitar albums. He also works as a staff writer for Chrysalis Records, working with artists such as Avril Lavigne, Rob Halford, Garbage, Meat Loaf, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, FeFe Dobson and has written and recorded with southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. – Wiki.
has released more news on his upcoming film The Lords Of Salem
through his Facebook
page: guitarist John 5
has signed on as the composer of the film. Quoting the Facebook page: “John totally understands the vibe of the film and is the perfect choice to create the music”.
What do you readers think? Does John 5 have the chops and skills to compose a soundtrack or his this something beyond his means?