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    Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:27:44

    Live Review: Hollywood Undead — The Grove, Anaheim - Hollywood Undead set NAMM ablaze and ARTISTdirect.com editor and <I>Dolor</I> author Rick Florino chronicles every fiery moment in his exclusive review…

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    Hollywood Undead tap into something that no one has truly tapped into since Korn dropped Life Is Peachy.

    That something is the violent, vibrant and visceral catharsis that the youth of this country so desperately craves more and more each and every day. Times are way more desperate than when Korn dropped Life is Peachy on a cold October 15, 1996. However, that doesn't mean that the disenfranchised youth of America can't find salvation in a band once more.

    Watching Hollywood Undead simply ravage the stage of Anaheim's Grove last Saturday Night at the Schecter Guitars annual NAMM party, it was clear that the 21st century hard alternative landscape is their realm and their realm alone. NAMM parties are technically industry functions packed to the brim with music biz folk just looking to get wasted with friends from around the world that they typically only deal with via phone or email. However, Hollywood Undead got to invite 200 lucky fans to the show, and they were all firmly planted right up front against the barricade anxiously awaiting full blown aural destruction courtesy of these six masked maestros of mayhem.

    They took the stage with Swan Songs' first call-to-arms "Undead" and immediately the floor exploded. Even the industry-types toward the back couldn't turn away from the musical beatdown commencing on stage. J-Dog, Johnny 3 Tears, Funny Man and Charlie Scene immediately began trading rhymes that bordered on brilliant gutter poetry and sardonic satire. Like 36-Chambers-era Wu-Tang Clan, they spit raw personal truths over beats that bounce just enough to keep asses shaking.

    "Sell Your Soul" cackled with a primal industrial energy and a soaring chorus carried flawlessly by Daniel Murello. "No Other Place" saw Funny Man ignite the floor with a fist bump and an impenetrable flow. "California" and "Everywhere I Go" were the perfect party-starters, and Charlie Scene's hilarious rhymes made smiles abound in the crowd. Da Kurlzz bounced around with a kinetic energy that hyped the crowd at all the right moments. pouncing from the back riser to the stage and belting out his vocals.

    J-Dog stood at the center of the sound. He shifted from keyboards to bass to guitar, something like a heavy metal RZA. Plus, he churned out some poignant and powerful rhymes to boot. Then there's Johnny 3 Tears. His heartbreakingly honest opening to "Paradise Lost" stood out as a highlight. It tore through The Grove with the kind of rabid and ripping energy that sticks with fans forever. Think Chino Moreno meets Method Man and you're only halfway there.

    Hollywood Undead left the stage after about an hour, but it was an hour that those 200 fans in the front and the NAMM-ers will never forget.

    It's only a matter of time before they're the biggest band in the world, and they deserve it…get ready to Follow the [new] Leader—Hollywood Undead.

    Rick Florino
    01.26.09


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