ROB ZOMBIE: New Album To Feature Guest Appearances By TOMMY LEE, WES BORLAND, JOHN 5

ROB ZOMBIE has told MTV News that he is back in the recording studio trying to finish the unnamed album he's been working on in fits and starts for over a year, aiming for a summer release.

Among those who've contributed to the nearly 30 instrumental tracks recorded to date are drummers Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE) and Tommy Lee and guitarists Wes Borland (before he rejoined LIMP BIZKIT) and John 5 (ex-MARILYN MANSON). Zombie is writing lyrics now and expects to tour this summer (reportedly as part of this year's Ozzfest), though no dates have been confirmed yet.

In other news, Zombie spoke to MTV News about the sequel to his first horror movie, 2003's "House of 1000 Corpses".

"I hate to say 'sequel,' because it usually means retreading the same ground," said Zombie of "The Devil's Rejects" (out July 22), his horror-Western that Lion's Gate recently moved up from late August in light of "unbelievable" test-screening scores. "I kept the major characters that I loved and spun them in a new direction and revamped them. The first movie was more wacky and colorful and tongue-in-cheek; this one is more down and bleak and real."

Though the film had a lower budget than the original, Zombie said it looks like it cost 10 times more. "I shot a lot of it in the bright daylight in wide open spaces because a lot of times horror movies are dark and spooky, but I think it's freakier to bring the violence into the blatant wide open. Nothing looks creepier than a bad car accident on a bright, beautiful day."

Read more at MTV News.

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