Hip-hop, metal, rock hybrid Hollywood Undead are set to release their fifth studio album, Five. It’s been ten years since they released their debut album and, with it, definitely found their niche in the industry. Five, released by these five brothers and nodding back to ‘No. 5’ from their first album, is offered up to their loyal decade-long fans – but is it worth the wait?
Single ‘California Dreaming’ is bursting with furious guitar, husky rapping and a belter of a chorus. Dissecting both the glitz and glamour of California and the less fortunate who struggle with day to day life out there. It’s definitely a strong opener for the album, and as it flows on we hear the variety of sounds they can create.
In ‘Bad Moon’ we’re met with clean vocals and synth, proving Hollywood Undead can bring in fans of all genres. That continues with ‘Broken Record’, with rap verses complimented by a very soft vocal in the chorus. The music here takes a step back, forcing the emotive lyrics to stand out.
‘Renegade’ picks up the tempo as guitar riffs, power chords and strong drums are welcomed back in a song sure to get a live crowd going. It’s followed by another crowd-pleaser, ‘Black Cadillac’, which features Prophets of Rage icon B-Real and creates another new vibe with the record.
The album continues to flit between cleverly layered electronics with high production value and dirty rock ‘n’ roll growls echoing from rock clubs and underground venues. Whether you’re in the club or the dive bar, Hollywood Undead cater for every need.
Hollywood Undead have really pushed the boat out with Five. Having full creative control throughout the entire process has allowed them to write freely and produce the sounds they want. This is definitely an album you need to get your hands on, we guarantee at least one of the many varied sounds – if not all of them – will be your cup of tea!
Five by Hollywood Undead is out 27th October via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG