Hellbilly Deluxe 2

Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (released with the subtitle Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool) is the fourth solo studio album by former White Zombie frontman Rob Zombie. The album is a sequel to his debut album Hellbilly Deluxe. It was released on February 2, 2010, through Roadrunner Records.[1][2] This is the first album with bassist Piggy D and the last with drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 2, 2010 (Original Release)
September 28, 2010 (Reissue)
RecordedLate 2008
GenreIndustrial metal, alternative metal
LabelRoadrunner/Loud & Proud
ProducerRob Zombie
Rob Zombie chronology
Zombie Live
Hellbilly Deluxe 2
Mondo Sex Head
Alternative cover
Cover art for Hellbilly Deluxe 2 reissue.
Cover art for Hellbilly Deluxe 2 reissue.
Singles from Hellbilly Deluxe 2
  1. "What?"
    Released: October 6, 2009
  2. "Sick Bubblegum"
    Released: January 11, 2010


Rob Zombie had finished recording the album before the end of 2008, but the release had been delayed until November 2009 due to his commitments with Halloween II, and again until February 2010 due to a lack of promotion. According to Rob Zombie, there was not enough time to release advance copies to the press or create a music video for the first single, "What?," before their tour.[1][3] Though originally intended to be released through Geffen Records, Zombie's record label of 18 years starting with White Zombie, the album was released through Roadrunner Records/Loud & Proud Records.[4]

Hellbilly Deluxe 2 is also the first release where Rob Zombie worked with his full touring band. Previous albums were written and recorded by Rob Zombie himself and a rotating set of musicians.[5][6] Commenting on the change, Zombie stated, "I've always had a revolving roster of studio and touring musicians, but the three guys in my band now have been on tour with me for years. So we're making it as a band. It's called Rob Zombie, but we're treating it like a band."[7]

Rob Zombie enlisted the help of artists Dan Brereton (creator of Nocturnals), Alex Horley (of Image Comics and DC Comics) and David Hartman (storyboard artist) to create the album artwork.[8][9] British dark/horror/science fiction/steampunk artist Sam Shearon aka 'Mister-Sam' (artwork for Godhead, Ministry, A Pale Horse Named Death, IDW Publishing, and tour merchandise for Iron Maiden and HIM[10]) also contributed to the artwork of Hellbilly Deluxe 2.[11]

Rob Zombie began touring in support of the new album shortly before its release date. The first leg of the Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour featured Nekromantix and Captain Clegg & The Night Creatures, the fictional band from Halloween II.[12] Uncle Seymour Coffins, also from Halloween II, hosted the Los Angeles show on Halloween night.[11]

The song, "What?", the first single from the album, starting playing on radio stations October 6 and was released on iTunes October 13.[9] Another new song, "Burn", was released on Rock Band on October 27 as part of a triple pack which also includes the hits "Dragula" and "Superbeast". "Burn" was later released as a free download on December 17, 2009 via the band's website.[13]


Tommy Clufetos, the drummer on the studio recordings for Hellbilly Deluxe 2, left the band in early 2010 to play drums for Ozzy Osbourne on the album Scream. Clufetos was replaced by Murderdolls guitarist and Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison initially as a touring member. Before joining the 2010 Mayhem Festival, Jordison joined Zombie, John 5 and Piggy D. to record some new songs. These tracks were described by Zombie as "some of the fastest and heaviest tracks we have recorded in a long, long time."[14] John Tempesta, former member of White Zombie and drummer on Zombie's early solo albums, was going to be featured on a song called "Loving the Freaks" during these sessions,[15] and Rob Zombie confirmed that working with Tempesta was planned but never took place due to schedule conflicts.[16]

The three new tracks recorded with this lineup, "Devil's Hole Girls and the Big Revolution," "Michael" and "Everything Is Boring," were released as bonus tracks on the reissue of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 as tracks 1, 14 and 8 respectively.[17] The updated version was released on September 28, 2010 through Roadrunner Records. Along with new artwork, the reissue also contains a new version of "The Man Who Laughs", most notably replacing the original drum solo with a mandolin solo instead and is about two minutes shorter than the original. The intro to "Mars Needs Women" has been separated into the track "Theme for an Angry Red Planet". Also included is a bonus DVD containing a 30-minute tour documentary titled "Transylvanian Transmissions."[17]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [19]
Alternative Press     [20]
Entertainment Weekly(B−)[22]
Los Angeles Times    [23]
Kerrang!     [24]
PopMatters          [25]
Uncut     [26]
USA Today    [27]

Hellbilly Deluxe 2 received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the album earned a score of 63/100 based on ten reviews.[28] The album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 49,000 copies in its first week of release.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

Original versionEdit

All tracks are written by Rob Zombie and John 5, except where noted. The song "Sick Bubblegum" contains a sample from the film Werewolves on Wheels.

1."Jesus Frankenstein" 5:21
2."Sick Bubblegum" 3:44
3."What?" 2:47
4."Mars Needs Women" 4:58
5."Werewolf, Baby!" 4:00
6."Virgin Witch"Rob Zombie, John 5, John D. Cronise3:38
7."Death and Destiny Inside the Dream Factory" 2:19
8."Burn" 3:04
9."Cease to Exist" 3:39
10."Werewolf Women of the SS" 3:01
11."The Man Who Laughs"Rob Zombie, John 5, Piggy D., Tommy Clufetos9:44
Total length:46:20
iTunes bonus tracks
12."What?" (The Naughty Cheerleader mix)2:54
13."Jesus Frankenstein" (Halfway to Hell and Loving It mix)6:18
14."Sick Bubblegum" (Men Or Monsters... Or Both? mix)5:11
15."Werewolf, Baby!" (Las Noches del Hombre Lobo remix (pre-order only))3:53

Reissue listingEdit

1."Devil's Hole Girls and the Big Revolution"4:07
2."Jesus Frankenstein"5:19
3."Sick Bubblegum"3:42
5."Theme for an Angry Red Planet"1:32
6."Mars Needs Women" (without intro)3:24
7."Werewolf, Baby!"3:57
8."Everything Is Boring"3:32
9."Virgin Witch"3:37
10."Death and Destiny Inside the Dream Factory"2:16
12."Cease to Exist"3:36
13."Werewolf Women of the SS"2:59
15."The Man Who Laughs" (new version)7:27
Total length:54:10
1."Mars Needs Women"3:45
2."School's Out" (Alice Cooper cover)4:36
3."Transylvanian Transmissions"26:16


  • Rob Zombie – vocals, lyrics, producer, photography, art direction, package design
  • John 5 – guitars
  • Piggy D. – bass
  • Tommy Clufetos – drums
  • Joey Jordison - drums on tracks 1, 8, 14 (for reissue)
  • Tyler Bates - string arrangements
  • Chris Baseford - keyboards and programming, recording, mixing
  • The Chop Shop, Hollywood, California - recording and mixing location
  • Tom Baker - mastering
  • Dan Brereton – artwork
  • Alex Horley – artwork
  • David Hartman – artwork
  • Sam Shearon – artwork
  • Piggy D. – photography, including cover
  • Wayne Toth – makeup, photography
  • Bart Mixon – makeup


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