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  • Live Review: Hollywood Undead — Citizens Bank Arena, Ontario, CA

    Sun, 18 Dec 2011 17:47:27

    Live Review: Hollywood Undead — Citizens Bank Arena, Ontario, CA - Exclusive review by ARTISTdirect.com editor and "Dolor" author Rick Florino...

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    "I'll fucking kill you again when I see you in Hell," barked Johnny 3 Tears midway through "Tendencies" from Hollywood Undead's mind-blowing second album, American Tragedy.

    By the time Hollywood Undead finished their 45-minute set on the "Buried Alive" tour with Avenged Sevenfold, Asking Alexandria, and Black Veil Brides, Ontario's packed Citizens Bank Arena had been wonderfully massacred, and Johnny 3 Tears made good on his promise.

    Over the past year on the road, Hollywood Undead have progressed into one of the tightest, toughest, and most top-notch rock bands of the 21st century. Last night concluded a banner year for the band, and it also foreshadowed the beautiful bloodletting to come on their forthcoming third album.

    After a skittering chopped and skrewed "Welcome to Hollywood" intro complete with a "Dove and Grenade" light box flashing, the sixpiece blasted through their trademark "Undead". J-Dog ravaged a guttural guitar riff as Johnny 3 Tears's apocalyptic street poetry intertwined with Charlie Scene's sardonic, sarcastic barbs. Tragedy and comedy both pulsated through the verses, as Danny flawlessly lifted the undying refrain from Hell to Heaven. 3 Tears screamed with unmatched intensity belting out, "I'm like god motherfucker, and it's judgment day" as he stalked the stage.

    Launching through a standout battering during "Tendencies", Hollywood Undead remained incendiary, channeling a Korn-style catharsis and Wu-Tang Clan-esque menace. "Sell Your Soul" equally touted Danny's impressive vocal prowess as Da Kurlzz continued to stoke the crowd's fire with unmatched fervor. Funny Man brought a smooth levity to "Comin' In Hot" [a song Scene prefaced as being for "Drunk assholes"] and the ultimate party anthem "My Town", both from American Tragedy.

    Hollywood Undead stand unparalleled when they get evil though. "City" saw the entire arena roar, "The city looks so pretty do you want to burn it with me?" Meanwhile, "Mother Murder" bristled with an infectious intensity that only bands like Guns N' Roses and Nine Inch Nails could muster. Hollywood Undead stayed catchy and corrosive all at once, and not many can cop to that chaotic combination.

    At the center of it all, J-Dog assembled the puzzle pieces, masterfully shifting from guitar to piano to bass to the mic. He and Johnny 3 Tears looked in during "Young" and set closer "Hear Me Now" for truly malevolent magic.

    If they were "killing" us as "Tendencies" declared, dying never felt so good. Just wait until album number three, it's going to feel even better. Meet the saviors of 21st century rock, they're more alive than anyone else out there.

    Rick Florino

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