The countdown is on, Metal Nation. Former Rob Zombie guitarist Riggs returns next month with the new Scum of The Earth album, “The Devil Made Me Do It.” The album hits stores August 28th. Everyone knows that the mainstream world looks down its nose at the metal world as if it was the proverbial red headed step child. Well come August 28th, Riggs and his bandmates will lead the seeming scum of the earth that is the metal community in what is a hard rocking, no nonsense slab of metal that defies all those who would turn up their noses at the metal world. This new LP says to those elitists that the Metal Nation, the Scum of the Earth, is here to stay, whether they like it or not.
Anyone who is familiar with Riggs’ work alongside Rob Zombie or his previous SOTE records will appreciate this brand new record. It wastes little time kicking right into gear with the techno infused album opener, ‘Born Again Masochist.’ From there, he kicks listeners’ adrenaline even higher in ‘Via Dela Rosa.’ Roughly translated, it means Route of The Rose. Next to ‘The Devil Made Me Do It III’, ‘Via Dela Rosa’ is arguably one of the album’s best tracks. Forget the lyrics. The music alone is enough to get any pit moving in full gear.
Fans of Riggs’ solo work have plenty to go on in this new album. For those who are more into his work with Rob Zombie, those songs are there too. The album’s lead single, ‘The Devil made Me Do It III’ is a prime example of that. Not only does it bear a sonic resemblance to his work with Rob Zombie, but it also bears similarity to older White Zombie material. ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ is another piece that’s close to Rob Zombie both lyrically and musically. It has that horror theme, with the up-tempo crunching guitars and keyboards. Even Riggs himself sounds like Rob Zombie at times here. If that’s not enough, fans will really enjoy ‘(Mindless) Dead Things.’ The general sound and lyrical pattern is very similar to that of Rob Zombie’s ‘Dragula.’ In terms of lyrical pattern that means the pattern of the lyrics, not so much the lyrics themselves. The way in which the lyrics are delivered are so close. The music backing it only adds to that similarity.
This new Scum of The Earth Record has so much that will make any metal head proudly raise his or her horns high. Fans can keep up with all the latest tour dates and more as they come in on Scum of The Earth’s official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/scumoftheearth.
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