White zombie

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White zombie
General information
Genre (s) Alternative metal , groove metal
founding 1985
resolution 1998
Founding members
Rob zombie
Sean Yseult (Shauna Reynolds)
Peter Landau (1985)
Paul "ENA" Kostabi (1985)
Last occupation
Vocals, keyboard
Rob zombie
Jay Noel Yuenger (1989-1998)
John Tempesta (1994-1998)
Sean Yseult (Shauna Reynolds)
former members
Tim Jeffs (1986)
Tom "Five" Guay (1986-1989)
John Ricci (1989)
Ivan de Prume (1986-1992)
Phil Buerstatte (1992–1994; † 2013)

White Zombie was an American Metal - band , after the horror film The White Zombie in 1932 with Bela Lugosi was named in the title role.

Band history

The band was founded in 1985 by Rob Zombie (then still under the name Rob Straker) and Sean Yseult (Shauna Reynolds) with Peter Landau on drums and Paul "ENA" Kostabi, who owned his own studio and taught Sean how to play bass, as guitarist. With this line-up, the first EP Gods on Voodoo Moon was released in late 1985 , but only 100 copies were sold. Shortly after the publication, Kostabi and Landau were released again due to personal differences with Rob Zombie.

1986 Tim Jeffs, an old friend of Rob Zombie, replaced ENA Kostabi on guitar and Ivan de Prume took over the position as drummer. The Pig Heaven EP appeared, after which the band went on tour for the first time. After the recordings, Tim Jeffs left the band and was replaced by Tom 5 (Tom Guay), who played the guitar on the second pressing of the Pig Heaven EP.

With the same line-up, the third EP Psycho-Head Blowout and the first studio album Soul Crusher were recorded in 1987, which contained samples for the first time and was much closer to White Zombie's style of the 1990s than its predecessors, which are more likely to be assigned to noise rock .

In 1988 White Zombie signed a contract with Caroline Records under which a year later the second LP Make Them Die Slowly was distributed, on which John Ricci plays guitar instead of Tom 5. The album is much more metal-heavy and Rob Zombie's previously very screeching vocals are very similar to the later releases.

1989 John Ricci had to leave the band because he was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome . He was replaced by Jay Noel Yuenger, called "J", who remained the White Zombie guitarist until the dissolution. With him the much more groove-oriented EP God of Thunder was recorded, the title track of which is a cover of the Kiss song of the same name .

Major label years

In the early 1990s, White Zombie signed a contract with the major label Geffen Records . In 1992, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Volume 1 was published with the breakthrough , especially through the video for Thunder Kiss '65 . At the beginning of the long tour, drummer Ivan de Prume left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Phil Buerstatte during the tour.

In 1993 and 1994 White Zombie released the soundtrack contributions I am Hell ( Beavis and Butt-Head ) and Feed the Gods ( Airheads ) as well as the Black Sabbath cover Children of the Grave as part of the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity in Black II : A Tribute to Black Sabbath .

After the tour, Ex- Testament and Exodus drummer John Tempesta replaced Phil Buerstatte on drums. In 1995 the 4th studio album Astro-Creep: 2000 - Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head was released, which made it to number 6 on the Billboard charts and included a top ten hit with More Human Than Human .

The accompanying remix album Supersexy Swingin 'Sounds was released in 1996 . After that, apart from the soundtrack contributions The One (Escape from LA), I'm your Boogie Man ( The Crow: City of Angels ) and Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls (Beavis and Butt-Head Do America), things got quiet the band.

After the dissolution

In 1998, shortly after Rob Zombie released his first solo album, White Zombie was broken up. Sean Yseult played from then on in the bands The famous Monsters and Rock City Morgue . John Tempesta appeared on the first two solo albums by Rob Zombie, Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge , and was with his brother Mike in the band Scum of the Earth and for a short time with Testament. In early 2006, he joined The Cult . J. produced several albums for the stoner rock group Fu Manchu and Puny Human. In 2006 the former guitarist Tom Five joined Ivan de Prume's Eastern rock band Healer . The latter also works as a ghostwriter for Sony. In 2008 Geffen released Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, a box set that includes all studio albums, EPs, all videos and a live performance.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1992 La Sexorcisto - - - - US26 (44 weeks)
First published: March 1992
1995 Astro Creep: 2000 DE57 (9 weeks)
AT26 (5 weeks)
CH40 (5 weeks)
UK25 (8 weeks)
US6 (88 weeks)
First published: April 1995
1996 Super sexy swingin 'sounds - - - UK32 (3 weeks)
US17 (19 weeks)
First release: August 1996
remix album

more publishments

  • 1987: Soul Crusher
  • 1989: Make Them Die Slowly
  • 1997: Thrilling Chilling World of White Zombie
  • 2008: Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (5-CD compilation , includes all studio albums plus bonus material)
  • 2016: It Came from NYC (3-CD compilation , includes early out-of-print albums and EPs)


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1995 More Human than Human
Astro-Creep: 2000
- - - UK51 (2 weeks)
First published: May 1995
1996 Electric Head, Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy)
Astro-Creep: 2000
- - - UK31 (2 weeks)
First published: May 1996

More singles / EPs

  • 1985: Gods on Voodoo Moon (EP)
  • 1986: Pig Heaven (EP)
  • 1987: Psycho-Head Blowout (EP)
  • 1989: God of Thunder (EP)
  • 1992: Nightcrawlers: The KMFDM Remixes (Remix EP)
  • 1993: Thunder Kiss '65
  • 1993: Black Sunshine
  • 1993: I am Hell
  • 1994: Children of the Grave
  • 1994: Feed the Gods
  • 1995: Real Solution # 9
  • 1996: Super-Charger Heaven
  • 1996: El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama
  • 1996: Blood, Milk and Sky
  • 1996: The One
  • 1996: I'm your Boogieman
  • 1997: Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls

Individual evidence

  1. Allmusic : White Zombie> Overview (English)
  2. a b Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US

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