Hollywood Undead's New Empire: Volume 2 is another chance to bedroom mosh

The seventh album from ever-masked LA rap-rockers successfully brings the bombast

Hollywood Undead: New Empire: Volume 2
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Revolving around Johnny 3 Tears, J-Dog, Funny Man, Charlie Scene and homeboys since PG-demolishing beginnings in 2005, Hollywood Undead’s mask gimmick takes unforeseen relevance as the LA rap-rockers follow this year’s New Empire with a second salvo of widescreen, rock-infused bedroom-moshing bellowing.

Already huge with the Linkin Park massive thanks to previous ejaculations like American Tragedy and Day Of The Dead, Undead plumb Bieber-style adolescent edge by buffing the bombastic assaults of Idol, Monsters and Heart Of A Champion with densely high-tech production, and suitably antsy guests including Tech9ne, Killstation, Ice Nine Kills and Papa Roach. 

Their crossover is compounded by going all boy-band on Coming Home’s stab at an arms-in-theair lockdown anthem.

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