Hollywood Undead // New Empire: Volume 2 // Album Review
Hollywood Undead are back with the second part to the New Empire album. Volume one was released all the way back in February this year and fans have been eagerly waiting for the second part during the longest year to exist.
In the lead-up to the full album being released, Hollywood Undead has provided us with a few singles over the last few months giving us a taste of what was to come. The first of which was “Idol” which features Tech N9ne and delivered that punch we have come to expect from the band. Although fans may well know this song by now, the album throws us 2 bonus tracks which may be the same song but feature 2 different artists with Ghøstkid and Kurt9 adding their own touch to the track. These are not the only collaborations on the album though as their last released single shown. “Heart of a Champion” featuring heavyweights Papa Roach and Ice Nine Kills and is a perfect blend of all the artists included. If you’re looking for the more upbeat melodic side of the band though you’ll want to check out “Gonna be Okay” and “Welcome Home” which feature that loved formula we have previously seen on tracks like “Empire” and “Upside Down” on the first half of the New Empire collection.
Volume Two is the perfect accompaniment to Volume One giving us double the number of tracks from the band this year. From start to finish, the album provides the different levels that we have come to know and love the band for while continuing to show their growth. Hollywood Undead are one of those bands who continue to push the boundaries on what people expect from them proving themselves to be a band who will continue to delight all kinds of music lovers with their music and stand the test of time.
2. Comin’ Thru The Stereo (feat. Hyro The Hero)
3. Ghost Out
4. Gonna Be Okay
5. Monsters (feat. Killstation)
6. Idol (feat. Tech N9ne)
7. Coming Home
9. Worth It
10. Heart Of A Champion feat. Papa Roach & Ice Nine Kills
Formed in 2005, Hollywood Undead inched towards mainstream dominance under the radar with unprecedented success for a modern band. Preceding the current playlist-hopping genre-less boom, they defied stylistic boundaries from day one. Integrating rap, rock, and electronic, the seminal 2008 debut Swan Songs went platinum. 2011’s gold-selling American Tragedy bowed at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 with Notes from the Underground soaring to #2 in 2013. Day of the Dead  and Five  brought the group’s total streams past 1 billion and New Empire Vol 1. seeing their combined streams across Spotify and YouTube hit a staggering 2 billion. Along the way, they sold out tours on four continents and garnered acclaim courtesy of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Alternative Press, Revolver, and more.