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    Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:45:44

    First Reaction: Hollywood Undead – "Day of the Dead" - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    "You can be anything but not another 3," declares Johnny 3 Tears on Hollywood Undead’s phenomenal album opener "Usual Suspects" from Day of the Dead: out March 31, 2015. [iTunes link]

    You certainly can’t be Mr. 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Danny, or Da Kurlzz—and neither can anybody else on the scene. Hollywood’s own “Magnificent Six” architect their best album yet with Day of the Dead. It harks back to the booze-soaked, titty-shaking urban decay and despair of Swan Songs with years of road and recording experience that elevates Hollywood Undead to a new plateau.

    If you’re a Hollywood Undead fan, this is what you’ve been waiting for since that first opus. If you’re not, you might very well become one. If you don’t, they’ll probably just tell you to fuck off.

    Whether it’s Charlie Scene announcing he and Johnny 3 Tears as the "best duo since Spade and Farley" or mentioning "ass-less chaps" on "How We Roll," these songs could soundtrack a party at the end of the world, which is precisely the point. At the same time, they aren’t afraid to get pensive on the potent title track, which merges a gnashing guitar with a stadium-size chorus. “Take Me Home” might very well be the album’s best track with its dusty rhythm and nearly countrified refrain that’s downright chilling with the announcement, “There’s no use trying to save my soul.”

    “DEITWHTFD” is one of the band’s heaviest salvos since “Tendencies” on American Tragedy letting Johnny 3 Tears and J-Dog loose like caged beasts. J-Dog’s multi-instrumental talent once again mushrooms like an atom bomb here as the guitars and bass resound bombastically throughout, and Funny Man drops some of his most hilarious and hypnotic verses. Danny’s voice takes flight on the hooks flawlessly as Da Kurlzz adds his own spark.

    “Party By Myself” offers the biggest evolution, turning into a full-fledged dance romp that could rival anything your favorite EDM producer has dropped. One thing’s clear at the end. You better run with them now because it’s officially the Day of the Dead.

    Rick Florino

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