Rob Zombie Going Pure Hillbilly For Next LP

Rocker lowering voltage for 'House of 1000 Corpses' soundtrack.

IRVINE, California — He's done Hellbilly Deluxe, now Rob

Zombie is going pure hillbilly.

The usually industrial rocker is lowering the voltage on his next album, the

soundtrack to his controversial horror movie, "House of 1000 Corpses."

"The movie is real primitive, sort of redneck and hillbilly," Zombie said

backstage at the KROQ Weenie Roast (see "System, Papa Roach Rage On Weenie

Roast Stage While Jack Osbourne Holds Court"). "So you don't want to have

any really modern-sounding music. It's kind of more low-fi, trashy, because

anything that's too slick or modern just wouldn't be appropriate."

Zombie is still recording the soundtrack, which is due around Halloween,

when "House of 1000 Corpses" will finally hit theaters.

"I got it down to an R rating and then last week I re-shot a couple new

scenes and probably pushed it back up to an NC-17," Zombie said. "It's a

constant battle. I just can't let go of the NC-17. It's a tough one for me."

"House of 1000 Corpses," which Zombie wrote and directed, apparently lives

up to its title. The movie was supposed to be out last summer, but Universal

Pictures, which was scheduled to release it, was literally scared away and

the flick was shelved until MGM picked it up last month (see "Rob Zombie's 'House

of 1000 Corpses' Finds A Home").

Studios will be happy to know that Zombie's follow-up film will not be as

gory.

"It's not actually a horror movie, it's sort of like a ..." Zombie stopped

himself before revealing too much. "I think people that like ["Corpses"]

will like it, but it's not actually a horror movie."

The former White Zombie frontman plans to finish the script this summer

during downtime on Ozzfest, where he will perform shorter, more scaled-back

sets than usual (see "Rob Zombie To Replace Rage Project On Ozzfest Main

Stage").

"We did a couple [less theatrical] shows a couple weekends ago and it was the

most fun we had in a long time," he said. "When the show is so big, it's

really choreographed in a way when things are gonna happen, but when you

don't have anything, it doesn't matter. You just goof around. Screw up. And

it doesn't really affect anything."

In conjunction with Ozzfest, which kicks off July 6 in Bristow, Virginia,

Zombie will release another single from last fall's The Sinister

Urge. The aggressive "Demon Speeding" will follow up the current radio

hit "Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)."