White Zombie was a Grammy Award-nominated American heavy metal band. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band. White Zombie are better-known for their later heavy metal-oriented sound. 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.
White Zombie was cofounded by writer, vocalist, and graphic artist 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 cofounder. 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.