Live Review: Hollywood Undead — The Wiltern, Los Angeles
Mon, 23 Nov 2009 08:29:04
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Hollywood Undead know how to throw a party—for the end of the world. The final show of the band's Vatos Locos tour at the Wiltern in Los Angeles was an apocalyptic good time to say the least. Not since Guns N' Roses has a band embodied the dangerous, strange and utterly alive spirit at the heart of LA this much. In a sense, Hollywood Undead are the revolution that pop culture so desperately needed, and from the second they hit the stage on Saturday, that was clear.
After an ominous opening replete with creepy sound glitches, J-Dog, Funny Man, Johnny 3 Tears, Charlie Scene and Da Kurlzz walked in front of the sold out crowd. "Undead" instantly sent the entire audience to its feet. Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie Scene traded rhymes with a succinct groove, moving this alternative industrial hip hop death machine forward flawlessly. Live guitars courtesy of J-Dog and Charlie Scene bludgeoned like sonic assault and battery, as the crowd chanted each poetically nihilistic verse along with Hollywood Undead. "Sell Your Soul" vibrantly exposed the pain at the heart of the band through a poignant piano intro and an undeniable anthemic chorus. Strobe lights blazed and the band hit full-on catharsis mode, channeling Life Is Peachy Korn and Fragile—era NIN with a whole new darkness.
The rage-filled "Dead In Ditches" painted a sometimes hilarious portrait of a revenge party, while maintaining the band's trademark underlying honesty. Funny Man took over during "No Other Place." His impenetrable baritone flow got each and every crowd member bouncing. "Dove and Grenade" balanced the band's industrial attack with an unforgettable hook perfectly, and J-Dog infused the track with a raw energy that couldn't be contained. Shifting instruments throughout the set and still managing to stalk the stage constantly, J-Dog has a musical multi-tasking power that'd make Trent Reznor envious. However, J-Dog is way more gangsta…
Hollywood Undead are at their best when the songs get dark. "Black Dahlia" is a murderous hate song that simply slays live. Various members also repped their badass new clothing line Dead Cultoure on stage, check it here….The set's standout was "Paradise Lost." Johnny 3 Tears rips open his heart and lets it bleed on stage during the song's intelligent, pensive and painful verses, while the hook stretches to Hell and back. Each minute of the track explodes with a true energy, and the kids felt it.
Hollywood Undead asked the question of the night during a phenomenal rendition of "City," though. Screaming "Do you wanna burn it with me" over and over again, there was only one proper response. Let's light that motherfucker up!
We can all celebrate because Hollywood Undead are the new kings of pain.
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