Maximum metal mayhem stops in Mass.

Gabriel Leiner

If your New Year's resolution requires double-barreled doses of heavy metal mayhem, why not get crazy with Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne Tuesday at the DCU Center.

The gruesome twosome of heavy metal frontmen is slated to take center stage Jan. 8 at the DCU Center in Worcester, giving metal heads everywhere the chance to dress like they want to spook the neighborhood.

The duo's hard rock show is part of a massive 40-stop U.S. tour that will feature former Framingham resident Rob Zombie, said California-based tour publicist Nancy Sayle.

A Joseph P. Keefe Technical School graduate turned self-proclaimed "hellbilly," Zombie will treat fans to stage tricks and thrash grinds such as "El Phantasmo And The Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama," "Return Of The Phantom Stranger" and "Demon Speeding," as well as other cuts taken from five demonically themed albums released over the past 12 years.

Zombie's backup band will bring to life the unrelenting industrial sound he forged in the 1990s, with webs of intricate riffs by guitarist John Five, chunky bass lines from Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and hard hits from drummer Tommy Clufetos.

Along with the lyrical themes of death, decay and human frailty, fans will also get to see exotic and grisly stage props that have become staples of any Rob Zombie act, such as giant aliens and robots, mermaid torsos, freakish clown heads and arrays of pyrotechnics.

Fans who clad themselves in makeup, boots, leather or trench coats for the Rob Zombie show will also have the chance to stay in Halloween-like garb for the second half of the evening when Ozzy Osbourne takes the stage.

Osbourne's tour publicist Bari Lieberman said the show will feature new material from Ozzy's first studio album in six years, titled "Black Rain."

The album has a dark gothic feel typical of any Ozzy Osbourne or Black Sabbath album complete with themes of paranoia, drugs and Armageddon, but the use of keyboards, synthesizers, chunkier chords and harder drum hits set the words to a new electronic and more industrial beat.

As usual, Ozzy will be backed by legendary axe-wielder Zakk Wylde, the high-speed shredder who will bring to life his signature guitar screams, squeals and pinch harmonics on "Black Rain's" frenetic tracks such as "11 Silver," "Trap Door," and "I Don't Wanna Stop."

Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne play at the DCU Center Tuesday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $38.50-$88.50 through Ticketmaster by phone at 617-931-2000 or 617-228-6000 and online at