Release Date: Apr 5, 2011
Record label: A&M
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
First things first: This is not a heavy-metal record. This is not the next Master of Puppets. This is Hollywood Undead. Deal with it..
After their debut, Swan Song, went gold, the six masked members of Hollywood Undead went back to their home studios and started pre-production on a follow-up. With some new tracks in tow, Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Funny Man, and new recruit Daniel "Danny" Murillo (a former American Idol contestant who replaced Aron “Deuce” Erlichman) reunited with former Hollywood Undead producer Don Gilmore and recruited four other producers (Griffin Boice, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, and Kevin Rudolf) to broaden their sound. They succeed and they don’t, on this level.
Rap-rock revivalists fail to spark with any originality on their second album. Alistair Lawrence 2011 Hollywood Undead are a band out of time. Touted as rap-rock revivalists, the LA outfit are actually more like nu-metal apologists. Four near-identikit speak-singing vocalists fed through a vocoder is the only indicator of them borrowing from a more modern hip hop influence.