On Tuesday (February 2), Rob Zombie released his long-awaited fourth solo album Hellbilly Deluxe 2. (Actually, the full title is Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool, which is nearly Fiona Apple-esque in its longevity.) As Zombie explained earlier this week, you won't find cameos from any of the characters on the first album nor do any of the songs get official revamps (so we won't be hearing about another race in the "Dragula"). "The way the record was made, it kind of had the spirit and the vibe of Hellbilly Deluxe," he said. "If any record is ever gonna get called that, this would be a good one."
More importantly, adding a "2" to the album title has opened up international options for Mr. Zombie. When we sat down to discuss his album, he referred to it as Hellbilly Deluxe Dos. I asked him if it was specifically meant to be pronounced "dos."
"Not in this country, at least," he said. "In other countries." When I suggested that he should make a Mariachi version of the album and officially release it as Hellbilly Deluxe Dos, he was reminded of a bygone tradition in the music world. "Remember how they used to record things in Spanish for different countries, like the Beatles did?" he said. "It might work. I'm doing it."
While it doesn't seem like the Spanish language album is actually in Zombie's future, plenty still is. He's got a new album out, videos to think about and at least one film project in development.