Collection of White Zombie's Out-Of-Print Early EPs & LPs / 39 Tracks Total Remastered by Guitarist J. Yuenger Accompanying 108-Page Book features Unpublished Photos, Period Discography, T-Shirtography & Tales from the Terrifying Early Years!
Years before Beavis and Butt-head headbanged "Thunder Kiss '65" and "More Human than Human" into the eternal rock video canon, there was primordial White Zombie – a quintessential, diabolically loud byproduct of Manhattan's underground rock scene, born of art-school rendezvous and squalid apartment circumstance. It Came From N.Y.C. is the most exhaustive attempt so far to document the band's wondrously ugly birth. Get reintroduced to White Zombie as New York noise-rock, a grotesque creation that clawed and threatened its way to crossover metal glory.
In June 2016, Numero resurrects White Zombie's eternally out-of-print early EPs and LPs as It Came From N.Y.C. Spread across five LPs, all 39 tracks have been remastered by guitarist J. Yuenger and packaged alongside the original lurid artwork. The accompanying 108-page book painstakingly documents White Zombie's punishing progression through scores of unpublished photos, period discography, a T-shirtography, and tales from the terrifying early years that stitch together the sordid story of a band whose true power eclipsed its mainstream heyday. White Zombie lives. Don't be afraid!
Our take: Some of you may be wondering why Sorry State is carrying a White Zombie box set, much less bothering to write a description of it. Well, if you're one of those people then you obviously haven't heard White Zombie's early material. Forget the groove-metal you know from their Beavis and Butthead days, because White Zombie's first several releases are actually really good. As if you couldn't tell by the Void t-shirt that Rob Zombie is sporting in most of the photos of the band in the accompanying book, White Zombie had quite a lot in common with the quirky "outsider hardcore" that's been the talk of the town lately, and if you dig bands like Spike in Vain, Saccharine Trust, Power of the Spoken Word, the Crucifucks, and similar stuff you might want to drop your prejudices and give this a try. It's only really on the last record in this 5-LP set, which starts with a cover of Kiss's "God of Thunder," that you really even begin to hear the White Zombie that you know from those later records. Which isn't to say that the band had a really cohesive sound on the 6 releases (with the addition of numerous bonus tracks) collected here. Each of their first three releases featured different guitarists, all of whom brought pretty different sounds to the band, but all of whom had a habit of playing against Sean Yseult's booming bass rather than with it. Apparently in a "guitarist wanted" ad the band said they wanted someone who could channel Black Flag, the Birthday Party, and Butthole Surfers all at once, and It Came from NYC is the story of the band groping toward, and eventually realizing, that sound. As for the package itself, it's easily one of the best-executed box sets I've ever seen. The whole thing is housed in a heavy box, and each of the 5 LPs (their first two 7"s, including numerous outtakes from both sessions, are comped together on the first LP) is housed in a heavy, Soughton-style tip-on jacket. The piece-de-resistance, though, is the 12"-sized hardcover tome. Containing numerous huge, often full-color photographs and an extensively researched (and quite lengthy) history of the band, it would be a worthwhile purchase if it had been released as a stand-alone book. When it comes with the opportunity to listen to the records whose making it describes while you're reading, though, it's pretty much a no-brainer. I imagine many of you are probably still skeptical, so head on over to your streaming service of choice and check out a few tracks from Pyscho-Head Blowout or Soulcrusher and I have a feeling you'll quickly be convinced of the need to get more acquainted with this material.