Three years after the release of his last album of original material, B-movie rocker Rob Zombie is ready to come roaring back this fall with a brand new album and a U.S. tour.
Zombie is nearly finished recording his second solo LP (or third, if you count his 1999 remix release, American Made Music to Strip By), according to his management.
The as-yet-untitled album which is expected to include a guest appearance by Slayer guitarist Kerry King is slated for a mid-September release, with a tour set to begin around Halloween.
The artist's Web site (www.robzombie.com) promises that the outing will be his "largest stage show ever." Zombie said in March that the new album uses the same producer (Scott Humphrey) and band as 1998's triple-platinum Hellbilly Deluxe. "Now that the band has been together awhile, it has a much more live, raw sound. It sounds a lot more fluid," Zombie said.
The fate of Zombie's other recent project, the horror movie "House of 1000 Corpses," which he wrote and directed, has yet to be announced. Earlier this year, Universal Pictures backed out of releasing the film, citing its "visceral tone and intensity" (see "Studio Ditches Rob Zombie Movie"). Zombie, former leader of industrial rockers White Zombie, left the band in '98 to start a solo career.