NEWS: Rob Zombie switches to Roadrunner

Just got this press release from the fine folks at Roadrunner Australia about Rob Zombie switching labels. And let us not forget, fellow guitar geeks, that Rob Zombie’s guitarist is Mr John 5!




New York, NY – In a sudden and unexpected move, multi-platinum hard rock artist Rob Zombie has inked a new worldwide deal with leading rock label Roadrunner Records through its Loud & Proud imprint.

This shocking announcement comes as Zombie exits his former label of eighteen years, where he sold fifteen million records as a solo artist and with his former band White Zombie. Zombie’s new album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2, previously set for release on 11/17 will now be released by Roadrunner / Loud & Proud Records in early 2010.

“It certainly wasn’t an easy decision to make after all this time, but it had to be done,” states Zombie. “I love this new record and wanted to surround myself with an excited new group of people who can reignite my enthusiasm for working within a hard rock record label. Roadrunner seems to be the perfect place.”

“Roadrunner is thrilled to be involved with Rob Zombie on a worldwide basis as he is a multiple-threat artist whom we’ve admired for many years,” said Roadrunner president Jonas Nachsin.

Tom Lipsky, founder and president of Loud & Proud echoed Nachsin’s sentiment, “Rob Zombie hits hard on Hellbilly Deluxe 2 and the fans expect nothing less. We are excited about the monster mayhem that he is certain to create!”

The first single from the new album, “What?” recently launched at all rock radio formats and is quickly climbing the charts. This latest album marks the follow-up to 1998’s triple platinum Hellbilly Deluxe.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Jesus Frankenstein

2. Sick Bubblegum

3. What?

4. Mars Needs Women

5. Werewolf, Baby!

6. Virgin Witch

7. Death and Destiny Inside The Dream Factory

8. Burn

9. Cease to Exist

10. Werewolf Women of the SS

11. The Man Who Laughs

In support of this release Zombie, will kick off his first headline tour since 2007 in Phoenix, AZ on October 29th. Shows in Las Vegas, NV on the 30th, and a very special Halloween event on October 31st in Hollywood, CA are set to follow. Zombie will be accompanied by his longtime band mates – guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D and drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Visit for Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour updates, including the official blog, Twitter feed, photos, and videos directly from the road. Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour

In addition to his illustrious recording career, Zombie has also written and directed five feature length films. Most recently was the animated cult favorite The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto based on his successful comic series. This season’s Halloween 2 (August 2009) followed up Zombie’s record breaking blockbuster re-imagining of Halloween in 2007. In 2005, Zombie assaulted the film world with the critically-acclaimed The Devil’s Rejects (Lionsgate), the follow-up to his already cult classic House of 1000 Corpses (Lionsgate 2004).


REVIEW: Baden Guitars A-Style

Baden guitars are as unique and innovative as they are sparse and minimal, Like the D-Style dreadnaught, the A-Style is free of the types of showy flash that seem to dominate much of the acoustic market. Former Taylor vice president of sales and marketing T.J. Baden and his small team of luthiers have a minimalist design philosophy which emphasises the sound and playability of the instrument over flashy tricks like abalone inlays or elaborate pickguard shapes. The guitars are completely handmade in Vietnam in a workshop overseen by six French luthiers, and the emphasis is on quality over quantity.

The A-Style has a rosewood back and sides with a solid cedar top. The fretwork is immaculate and there’s not a stray glue spot or tool mark to be found anywhere on the body. The body and fretboard are refreshingly free of inlay or rosette, with only a simple white wedge at the top of the soundhole. The headstock logo is cut straight into the wood – no showy inlays or fancy screened logo here. Electronics are a simple Fishman Matrix Infinity system with volume and tone controls and switchable voicing. But of course we must address the big white elephant in the room: that shape. Some will love it, some will hate it. Instead of a traditional cutaway, Baden has instead chosen to build the A-Style as if it’s two different guitars, with the body and neck meeting at the 14th fret on the bass side and the 18th fret on the treble side. If you cover half of the Baden photo with your hand, the A-Style either looks like a somewhat-regular concert-shaped guitar if you cover the treble side, or a truncated, unusual experiment if you cover the bass side. The design makes a lot of sense when you’re playing though, as there’s no cutaway whatsoever to get in your way.

The tone of the A-Style is very round and gentle. Unlike the D-Style, which is a bright and loud strummer, the A-Style prefers more delicate playing styles. It excels at fingerstyle melodies, where the restrained treble and soft bass blend every chord or arpeggio into a sound which is somehow bigger than the whole. It made my half-assed Tommy Emmanuel licks sound more integrated and assured. Strummed chords sound supportive and balanced, making this a good guitar to provide ‘accompaniment’-style playing for those who need a sonorous bed of supportive chords behind a vocalist or within a band. The Fishman preamp can add a little zing and sparkle for when you need a little more cut to stand out from a mix, but the A-Style’s natural tone is equally at home unobtrusively supporting a band or as a solo instrument. While some guitars blend each note in with the others to their detriment, on the A-Style this quality is a highlight, due to the very musical and pleasing frequencies created by the body shape and woods.

The A-Style is unusual, minimalist, perfectly built and expertly voiced. It may not be the first thing you think of when you’re looking for a new acoustic, but if you can get past the jarring look of the ‘cutaway’ or if, even better, you like the way it looks, the A-Style is a great choice for players from a wide range of genres and a huge variety of musical settings.