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    Thu, 03 Jan 2013 08:00:03

    Hollywood Undead "Notes From The Underground" Album Review — 5 out of 5 stars - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    In one of the heavier moments of Hollywood Undead's new masterpiece, Notes From The Underground, Johnny 3 Tears asks, "Remember an army of all those little kids?"

    He's talking directly to those soldiers in "Lion", and it's an immortally cathartic verse targeted at disaffected, deluded youth everywhere. The masked collective's third effort is comprised of epithets and lines like that, making it their most impactful yet.

    In many ways, they're the first group since Korn to really connect with young people in this manner. If you talk to Undead fans, they've got their favorite member, whether it's Mr. 3 Tears, J-Dog, Charlie Scene, Funny Man, Danny, or Da Kurlzz—much like the Korn kids of the turn of the century would have a favorite dude.

    How often do you see that kind of passion in music anymore?

    In Hollywood Undead's case, the fervor is more than warranted. As a whole, Notes From The Underground practically bubbles over with intoxicating, invigorating, and infectious energy. "Dead Bite" teeters between an industrial grind and some of the funniest Charlie Scene rhymes yet, "I'm gonna spit on your grave and engrave a dick on it" and "Tell me, does this rag smell like chloroform?"

    However, as was the case with Swan Songs and American Tragedy, the brutal fare burns the brightest. "From the Ground" begins with an eerie Nine Inch Nails-style piano melody before dropping like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror into a pummeling double bass and guitar wallop. Everything culminates on Danny screaming a vibrantly violent chorus that slips into a massive melody. It's their heaviest cut ever and a testament to J-Dog's potent and powerful take on metal.

    "Pigskin" stands out as another hilarious club banger nodding to Mike Tyson with enough Funny Man flavor to drop panties from Poughkeepsie to Phuket. "Kill Everyone" lives up to its title with a swagged-out mosh pit bounce. Meanwhile, "Rain" and "Outside" further show what's under the masks with stark honesty and raw darkness.

    The bonus version includes another true Undead gem, "Medicine", which is alone worth it in its elegant narcotic haze.

    As Notes From The Underground wraps up, it's clear that Hollywood Undead have reached yet another landmark. It's their best, brightest, and most brilliant album yet and the first classic of 2013. All those kids are right this time…

    Rick Florino

    What's your favorite Hollywood Undead song?

    See the band's tour video here!

    See our review of "We Are" here!

    See our review of "Dead Bite" here!

    See our most recent interview with J-Dog and Funny Man here!


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