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Review: Hollywood Undead turn up for 5

A Better Brand of Napalm

Hollywood Undead has always been a catchy hard rock band underneath their proto-punk rap rebellion.

hollywoodundeadTheir core value has always been that as the fists fly and the anthems soar, they connect via candid lyrics that trade in vague metaphors for straight talk.

A chunk of their fifth album feels like a 00’s throwback if such a thing can really exist.

“Renegade” is as vintage turn-of-the-century as the X-Box 360 is.

The Los Angeles troupe broke down the meaning behind the project as a hole on their website.

“We’re five brothers, and this is our fifth record” the band stated. “Nothing gets to the essence of the music like this number does. Numerology has a lot of power. When we said Five, it just made sense. The fact that we could all agree on one word codifies who we are.

It also nods back to ‘No. 5’ from our first album, because it was our fifth song. Moreover, it hints at this secret society of fans supporting us for the past decade. The number is significant, and this is a significant moment for us.”

Power is a beautiful thing and there is plenty of it here.

With the departure of “Da Kurlzz” Busek HU’s fan base has been preoccupied with the drama of rumored events and soap-opera-style scenarios.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, 5 comes at a time when they could quite possibly escape their cult status and land on higher ground.

Some of these cuts are tailored-made for modern rock radio. In these cases, the rap/rock fader was slid down slightly to bring them into the now.

Some bands needs to be recognized for becoming a better version of what they already were.

That certainly applies on 5.  As tempting as it was to say nu-metal this and rap-metal that…the music forced a different set of words to come forth.

For better or worse, Hollywood Undead just dropped a pretty good commercial hard rock album.

Rating: 3.5/5

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