White Zombie是成立于1985 年的美国重金属乐队。WhiteZombie总部位于纽约，最初是一个噪音摇滚乐队，并以其后来的重金属导向声而闻名。他们最著名的歌曲包括“ Thunder Kiss ’65 ”，“ Black Sunshine ”和“ Human than Human ”。该小组于1998年正式解散。2000年，怀特·僵尸被列入VH1的100位Hard Rock最伟大的艺术家名单，排名第56位。
White Zombie是由Rob Zombie共同创立的，1985年，他在大三时就读帕森斯设计学院时提出了乐队创意。另一位联合创始人是当时僵尸的女友Sean Yseult。她曾与Ivan de Prume一起在LIFE乐队中演奏Farfisa键盘，但很快就分手了。Ena Kostabi拥有一家录音棚，他将把它出租给不同的乐队。当他遇到Yseult时，她问他是否可以教她弹低音。然后，他们招募了彼得·兰道（Peter Landau）演奏鼓，并开始创作和录制歌曲。White Zombie的首张专辑《Voodoo Moon上的众神》是EP并于1985年10月18日录制。以乐队自己的标签Silent Explosion发行，他们将在其中发行大部分早期作品。仅印刷了300份，其中仅售出100份。乐队成员仍然保留占有剩余200的。
1986年，Zombie聘用了他的帕森斯设计学院的室友Tim Jeffs来弹吉他，以代替Ena Kostabi，而Yseult从他们在LIFE乐队的那年起便带了de Prume来代替Landau。正是在这个时候乐队开始巡回演出，并于1986年4月28日在CBGB进行了现场表演。White Zombie发行了第二张EP，《Pig Heaven》， 那年。发行中收录了两首歌，《猪天堂》和《大屠杀》。EP是在纽约NoHo的6/8 Studios录制的。在会议期间录制但从未发行的其他歌曲分别为“跟随狂野”，“雨疯狂”，“天堂火球”和“红河流”。在乐队中巡回演出一年后，蒂姆·杰夫斯离开了，由汤姆·瓜伊（Tom Guay）所取代，汤姆·瓜伊（Tom Guay）通常被称为汤姆五人（Tom Five）。乐队发行了第二张带有不同封面艺术的《Pig Heaven》，但保留了与Jeffs相同的录音。每次印刷仅释放500份乙烯基唱片。
1988年，乐队与Caroline Records签约，永久终止了自己的独立唱片公司。在1988年6月完成首次美国巡演之后，汤姆·瓜伊（Tom Guay）被要求离开乐队。1988年7月，约翰·里奇（John Ricci）取代了他。他们的第二张专辑《让他们慢慢死》（Make Them Die Slowly）于1989年2月发行。这张专辑是怀特·僵尸（White Zombie）的音乐转变。虽然他们以前的发行是严格影响朋克的杂音摇滚，但《让他们慢慢死》具有明显的重金属声音。这也是他的第一张专辑而不是他以前的艺名 “ Rob’Dirt’Straker”。
Ricci的腕管综合症严重影响了他弹吉他的能力，并在Make Them Die Slowly完成后迫使他离开乐队。专辑发行前，Jay“ J” Yuenger取代了他，影响了他们未来的声音。这个方向最明显的例子之一是“ 使他们慢慢死 ”上的歌曲“ Disaster Blaster” 和经过改版的《雷神》之神 “ Disaster Blaster II” 之间的区别。
搜索记录标签并被多次拒绝后，乐队转向RCA Records。但是，僵尸选择了与Geffen Records的唱片合同。Geffen的代表迈克尔·阿拉戈（Michael Alago）在听过《雷神》之后就很感兴趣，并在金字塔俱乐部观看了其中的一场表演，并很喜欢他们，主要是因为他们的歌曲《灵魂粉碎者》。乐队在Fetus的JG Thirlwell的帮助下制作了一个演示，并与Geffen签约。
1992年3月17日，White Zombie发行了La Sexorcisto：Devil Music Volume One专辑，这使他们成为了主流的认可。专辑发行后不久，White Zombie就开始了为期两年半的巡回演唱，在此期间，乐队获得了广泛的追捧。在巡回演出中，伊万·德·普鲁姆（Ivan de Prume）离开乐队，继续从事制作人/工程师以及鼓手/打击乐手的成功事业，并开设了自己的工作室Burningsound。他被Phil Buerstatte取代。歌曲“ Thunder Kiss ’65 ” 的音乐视频在1993年在MTV上引起了热议。电视节目Beavis和Butt-head开始播放他们的音乐视频，从而提高了乐队的知名度。到1993年底，专辑已认证的金由RIAA。通过参观1994年12月结束时，僵尸和Yseult已经分手了，并拉Sexorcisto走后铂。由于艺术上的差异，Buerstatte被放开了，John Tempesta（之前曾与Exodus和Testament一起工作）被雇用来录制White Zombie的第二张主要唱片专辑。1995年，发行了《太空漫游（Astro Creep：2000）》，主打单曲“ 比人还多人”“。1996年，一张混音专辑以Supersexy Swingin’Sounds的名义发行。在为1996年的电影Beavis和Butt-head Do America演唱了最后一首歌之后，White Zombie打破了专辑名称：“ Ratfinks，自杀坦克和食人族女孩”。向上在1998年9月。
White Zombie分手后，Sean Yseult加入了冲浪摇滚乐队The Famous Monsters，并开始为以恐怖为主题的新奥尔良摇滚乐队Rock City Morgue 演奏低音。她还曾为The Cramps短暂演奏过低音。
坦佩斯塔（Tempesta）继续与僵尸（Jombie）保持音乐联系，并在他的前两张个人专辑（Hellbilly Deluxe和The Sinister Urge）中为其打鼓。他不再与僵尸同在，并继续为《地球渣cum》效力。坦佩斯塔（Tempesta）已与《遗嘱》一起巡回演出（如遗嘱DVD上的“ Live In London”中所示）。2006年2月14日，他被聘为The Cult的新鼓手，在此之前他与Helmet一起演奏。
J.为Fu Manchu和纽约的Puny Human 制作了唱片。
2006年7月，原始成员Tom Five和de Prume团聚，与de Prume的乐队Healer（中东注入金属乐队）一起演出，在南加州的Vans Warped Tour巡回演唱会。De Prume继续与Healer一起编写和录制音乐，以及在他的工作室Burningsound中为特殊项目录制，制作和设计工程。他的鼓声和打击乐作品也可以在Sony的“ Ghost Rider”乐谱中听到。在2009年，de Prume开始主持每周的广播节目“ Metalopolis”。他的工作室客人包括Rob Halford，Dave Mustaine，Max Cavalera，Vinnie Paul和Tom Araya。De Prume还是KREEP乐队的成员，并于2010年春季完成了西海岸的巡回演出，并计划在2010年秋季进行东海岸的巡回演出。
2008年11月，Geffen / UME发行了Let Sleeping Corpses Lie，这是一盒盒装唱片，其中包括六十四首曲目，每首White Zombie专辑和EP（混音专辑除外）均经过重新制作。包装还包括九个音乐视频（包括其获得格莱美奖提名的突破性热门歌曲“ Thunder Kiss ’65”）和十个现场表演。在促进“ 让沉睡的尸体的谎言 ”获释的一次采访中，僵尸明确表示不太可能与其White Zombie乐队的同伴团聚，他说：“我不希望歌迷认为这是一切的开始。”
自从白色僵尸（White Zombie）分手以来，罗伯·僵尸（Rob Zombie）对改革乐队毫无兴趣。2011年6月，在接受《金属锤》杂志的采访时，他被问到为什么白僵尸会分裂，他回答道：“它已经成功了。成功是您永远无法计划的大事，因为它会以不同的方式影响每个人我不想怪自己或乐队中的其他任何人-只是乐队不再工作了，而不是继续制作低劣的唱片并使它们全部瓦解，我想：’让我们结束吧在最高点”。僵尸在2011年早些时候还表示，白色僵尸聚会将永远不会发生，而且他与“除约翰·坦佩斯塔（John Tempesta）以外的乐队”都没有接触过。在2018年，Yseult反映了他的评论，并说在分手方面，“ [她]确实准备好与[乐队]并肩作战”，并且她与Zombie以外的其他大多数乐队成员保持联系。
2013年5月，前鼓手Phil Buerstatte去世。在他去世后不久，他被骗者洛伦·迪恩·布雷克里奇（Loren Dean Breknridge）假冒，他因在全国范围内骗取康复中心以及诈骗角色演员洛伦·迪恩（Loren Dean）而被通缉。
在2015年11月接受Artisan News采访时，Yseult表示，一套白色僵尸黑胶唱片盒套装将于2016 年发布。2016年2月16日，它从纽约市来，经Numero集团确认将于6月3日发布。黑胶唱片盒套装包含5张LP / 3 CD上所有Geffen Records之前所有材料的复版版本（包括未发行的曲目），一本108页的彩色小册子，内含衬纸笔记和稀有照片，唱片目录和衬衫印刷。
2016年5月18日，Riot Fest发行了他们的阵容，据透露，Rob Zombie将在芝加哥周末整体表演Astro Creep 2000。这引发了猜测的漩涡，再加上最近重新团聚的《不合身的人》，一场白色僵尸重聚也将在音乐节上举行。在2016年9月被问及拒绝改革《白僵尸》时，罗伯回答：“ [我总是很惊讶人们如何能以这种权威对他们零知识的话题讲话。我有很多合法的理由。只是因为你不知道知道它们并不意味着它们不存在。一切都不是每个人的事。” 吉他手J.不过，他说，他和贝斯手Sean Yseult可以做一次“ Astro Creep，’更多原始成员’巡回演出”，并补充说，他们“有时会开玩笑。”2017年5月22日，罗布（Rob）在自己的Instagram帐户上发布了一段简短的音频片段，该音频片段是白色僵尸歌曲“电头（Electric Head Part 2）”的现场录音，并有评论说他正在混音。Astro Creep 2000现场直播是从2016年Riot Fest的芝加哥日期开始。
White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound. Their best-known songs include “Thunder Kiss ’65”, “Black Sunshine” and “More Human than Human”. The group officially disbanded in 1998. In 2000, White Zombie was included on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, ranking at No. 56.
Early career and independent releases (1985–1986)
White Zombie was co-founded by Rob Zombie, after coming up with the band idea in 1985 while attending Parsons School of Design in his junior year. Zombie’s girlfriend at the time, Sean Yseult, was the other co-founder. She had been playing the Farfisa keyboard in the band LIFE with Ivan de Prume, but the band soon broke up. Ena Kostabi owned a recording studio, which he would rent out to different bands. When he met Yseult, she asked if he could teach her to play bass. They then recruited Peter Landau to play drums and began to write and record songs. White Zombie’s first release, Gods on Voodoo Moon, was an EP and was recorded on October 18, 1985. It was released under the band’s own label Silent Explosion, under which they would release most of their early work. Only 300 copies were pressed, of which only 100 were sold; the band members still retain possession of the remaining 200.
In 1986, Zombie hired Tim Jeffs, his Parsons School of Design roommate, to play guitar to replace Ena Kostabi, and Yseult brought in de Prume from their days in the band LIFE as the replacement for Landau. It was at this time the band started touring, making their live performance debut at CBGB on April 28, 1986. White Zombie released their second EP, Pig Heaven, that year. The release contained two songs, “Pig Heaven” and “Slaughter the Grey”. The EP was recorded at 6/8 Studios in NoHo in New York City. Other songs that were recorded during the session but never released were titled “Follow Wild”, “Rain Insane”, “Paradise Fireball”, and “Red River Flow”. After touring for a year in the band, Tim Jeffs left and was replaced by Tom Guay, often known as Tom Five. The band released a second pressing of Pig Heaven with different cover art, but retained the same recording with Jeffs on guitar. Only 500 copies of each pressing were released on vinyl.
First two albums (1987–1990)
In 1987, the band released their third EP, Psycho-Head Blowout. Later that year, the band released their first full-length album, Soul-Crusher, which was their first release to feature sound clips from movies in the songs, a signature that would continue for the remainder of the band’s lifespan.
In 1988, the band signed to Caroline Records, permanently discontinuing their own indie label. After completing their first U.S. tour in June 1988, Tom Guay was asked to leave the band. He was replaced by John Ricci in July 1988. Their second album, Make Them Die Slowly, was released in February 1989. The album was a musical shift for White Zombie. While their previous releases had been strictly punk-influenced noise rock, Make Them Die Slowly has demonstrably more of a heavy metal sound. This is also the first album crediting “Rob Zombie” instead of his previous stage name, “Rob ‘Dirt’ Straker”.
Ricci’s carpal tunnel syndrome severely affected his ability to play guitar, forcing him to leave the band when Make Them Die Slowly was finished. Jay “J” Yuenger replaced him before the album’s release, affecting their future sound. One of the most obvious examples of this direction is the difference between the songs “Disaster Blaster” on Make Them Die Slowly and the re-worked version, “Disaster Blaster II”, on the God of Thunder EP.
Major label years, mainstream success, and breakup (1991–1998)
After searching for a record label and being turned down multiple times, the band turned toward RCA Records. However, Zombie opted for a recording contract with Geffen Records. Michael Alago, a representative of Geffen, became interested after hearing God of Thunder and watched one of their shows at Pyramid Club and liked them, mostly for their song “Soul-Crusher”. The band produced a demo with the help of J. G. Thirlwell of Foetus and were signed to Geffen.
On March 17, 1992, White Zombie released La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, the album which launched them into mainstream recognition. White Zombie began a two-and-a-half-year-long tour for the album soon after its release, during which the band gained a large cult following. During the tour, Ivan de Prume left the band to pursue a successful career as a producer/engineer as well as drummer/percussionist and opened his own studio, Burningsound. He was replaced by Phil Buerstatte. The music video for the song “Thunder Kiss ’65” went into heavy rotation on MTV in 1993. The TV show Beavis and Butt-head began featuring their music videos, boosting the band’s popularity. By the end of 1993, the album had been certified gold by the RIAA. By the time the tour ended in December 1994, Zombie and Yseult had broken up, and La Sexorcisto had gone platinum. Due to artistic differences, Buerstatte was let go, and John Tempesta (who had previously worked with Exodus and Testament) was hired to record White Zombie’s second major label album. In 1995, Astro Creep: 2000 was released, featuring the hit single “More Human than Human”. In 1996, an album of remixes was released under the title Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds. After making one last song for the 1996 film Beavis and Butt-head Do America, titled “Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls”, White Zombie broke up in September 1998.
After disbanding (1998–present)
After the breakup of White Zombie, Sean Yseult joined the surf rock band The Famous Monsters, and started playing bass for horror-themed New Orleans-based band, Rock City Morgue. She also briefly played bass for The Cramps.
Tempesta continued his musical relationship with Zombie, drumming for him on his first two solo albums, Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge. He is no longer with Zombie, and has gone on to play for Scum of the Earth. Tempesta has toured with Testament (as shown on Testament’s DVD, Live In London). On February 14, 2006, he was hired as the new drummer for The Cult, before which he played with Helmet.
J. produced records for Fu Manchu and New York-based Puny Human.
In July 2006, original members Tom Five and de Prume reunited to perform with de Prume’s band, Healer, a middle eastern infused metal band, for several concerts in Southern California for The Vans Warped Tour. De Prume continues to write and record music with Healer, as well as recording, producing and engineering for special projects in his studio, Burningsound. His drums and percussion work can also be heard on Sony’s “Ghost Rider” score. In 2009, de Prume began hosting the weekly radio show, “Metalopolis”. His studio guests have included Rob Halford, Dave Mustaine, Max Cavalera, Vinnie Paul and Tom Araya. De Prume is also a member of the band KREEP, and has completed a West Coast tour in spring 2010, and is planning an East Coast tour in fall 2010.
In November 2008, Geffen/UME released Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, a boxed set which includes sixty four tracks featuring every White Zombie album and EP (except the remix albums), all remastered. The package also contained nine music videos (including their breakthrough Grammy-nominated hit “Thunder Kiss ’65”), and ten live performances. In an interview to promote the release of Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, Zombie made it clear that a reunion with his White Zombie band mates was unlikely, saying, “I don’t want fans to think it’s the beginning of anything.”
In December 2010 Yseult released “I’m in the Band”, a book containing tour diaries and photos as well as detailing her eleven years spent as a member of White Zombie.
Since the break up of White Zombie, Rob Zombie has shown no interest in reforming the band. In June 2011, in an interview with Metal Hammer magazine, he was asked why White Zombie split up, in which he replied: “It had run its course. Success is a big thing that you can never plan for, because it affects everybody differently. I don’t want to blame myself or anyone else in the band — it’s just that the band didn’t work anymore. Rather than continuing on and making shitty records and having it all fall apart, I thought: ‘Let’s just end it on a high point'”. Zombie also stated earlier in 2011 that a White Zombie reunion would never happen and he had not been in contact with any members of the band “except John Tempesta in about 15 years.” In 2018, Yseult mirrored his comments, saying that in regards to the break up, “[she] was definitely ready for [the band] to be over with”, and that she stayed in touch with most other band members aside from Zombie.
In May 2013, former drummer Phil Buerstatte died. Shortly after his death, he was impersonated by con-artist Loren Dean Breknridge, who was wanted for defrauding rehab centers across the nation, as well as scamming character actor Loren Dean.
In a November 2015 interview with Artisan News, Yseult stated that a White Zombie vinyl box set was due for release in 2016. On February 16, 2016, It Came From N.Y.C. was confirmed for a June 3 release via the Numero Group. The vinyl box set contains remastered versions of all the pre-Geffen Records material (including unreleased tracks) on 5 LPs/3 CDs, a 108 page colored booklet complete with liner notes and rare photos, a discography, and a shirtography.
On May 18, 2016, Riot Fest released their lineups and it was revealed that Rob Zombie would be performing Astro Creep 2000 in its entirety at the Chicago weekend. This sparked a swirl of speculation, coupled with the recently reunited Misfits, that a White Zombie reunion would also be occurring at the festival. When asked in September 2016 about his refusal to reform White Zombie, Rob replied, “[I am] always amazed at how people can speak with such authority on subjects they know zero about. I have many legit reasons. Just because you don’t know them does not mean they don’t exist. Everything is not everybody’s business.” Guitarist J. said, however, that he and bassist Sean Yseult could do an “Astro Creep, ‘more original members’ tour”, and added that they “joke about it sometimes.” On May 22, 2017, Rob posted a short snippet of audio, to his Instagram account, of a live recording of the White Zombie song “Electric Head Part 2”, with a comment stating he was in the process of mixing the Astro Creep 2000 live set from the Chicago date of the 2016 Riot Fest.
On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed White Zombie among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
White Zombie has been described as heavy metal, groove metal, alternative, alternative metal, hard rock, industrial metal, noise rock and noise metal. Originally a noise rock band, White Zombie changed their style after their early days, abandoning the noise rock genre.
1987 – Soul-Crusher
1989 – Make Them Die Slowly
1992 – La Sexorcisto – Devil Music Vol. 1
1992 – Night Crawlers – The KMFDM Remixes
1995 – Astro-Creep – 2000
1996 – Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds
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