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  • Live Review: Hollywood Undead — House of Blues, Houston

    Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:06:24

    Live Review: Hollywood Undead — House of Blues, Houston - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    "I know you guys know this fucking part," Hollywood Undead's J-Dog screamed to the packed Houston House of Blues.

    He was proven right as the entire room burst into the crescendo of "City" from Swan Songs, screaming "The city looks so pretty, do you want to burn it with me?"

    A torch or two and all of Houston might've gone up in flames, but that's just how incendiary Hollywood Undead are live.

    Take the metallic maelstrom that is "Tendencies", a battering ram of brutal energy punctuated by lines like "I'll kill you again when I see you in hell"—complete with Johnny 3 Tears' menacing and majestic snarl.

    Set opener "Undead" maintains the perfect mix of sleazy strip club bounce and grimy gutter angst, soaring on Danny's potent and passionate delivery and Charlie Scene's whacky, wild, and wonderful rhyming. Da Kurlzz maintained a powerful groove on the back drums alongside their phenomenal sticksman Darren—who pounds the kit with the same passion the masked fellas in the front deliver their verses with.

    Gnarly bitchslap "Kill Everyone" saw Charlie Scene cop a microphone old school Scott Weiland-style while "California" and "Up In Smoke" fluttered and floated on Funny Man's easy breezy and brilliant flow.

    Notes from the Underground stand out "From The Ground" melted faces with its uncontrollable guitar and bass blitzkrieg tempered by J-Dog's marvelous mic skills and his succinct playing.

    Certainly all of the group's triumphant sets at Buzzfest primed everybody in attendance for a powder keg of a show, but they got even more than that. Johnny 3 Tears scorched and seared hearts like no other on the introspective and inimitable "Paradise Lost". Charlie Scene's prowess poked through a sharp, sarcastic, and soaring "Bullet".

    As "Hear Me Now" and "We Are" capped off the evening, it was clear that there's no party like a Hollywood Undead party. They are on fire like never before. Don't miss them.

    Rick Florino

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