Hollywood Undead is a rapcore/crunkcore band from Los Angeles, shaking up the rock scene with heavy party songs with a bit of an edge. The six man rap group has a tenacious stage presence, characterized by each member's unique, hockey-style mask worn on tour dates. While it's a concept pioneered by bands like GWAR and KISS, Hollywood Undead doesn't conform to any music scene, with songs switching from rap, to slow piano licks, to metal; sometimes all within the same song. With their second album American Tragedy released on April 5 2011, Hollywood Undead is headlining the Revolt Tour with a number of concert dates in April and May of 2011.
Hollywood Undead began from a song called "The Kids" that member J-Dog and former member Deuce posted to the band's MySpace page. The song was so popular that the two decided to form a band with their friends who have now become known as Charlie Scene, Da Kurlzz, Danny, Funny Man, J-Dog, and Johnny 3 Tears. They compiled songs for their first album Swan Song, but had trouble finding a record label that wouldn't censor the album. They finally signed with A&M/Octone Records that released the album in 2008. The album sold 21,000 copies in its first week and produced the single "Everywhere I Go".
While working on their follow-up album, American Tragedy, lead singer Deuce was voted out of the band citing "musical differences"; although rumors have spread over the true cause. To replace the lead singer, the ensemble has snatched singer and American Idol contestant Daniel Murillo from rock band Lorene Drive. Since Deuce's removal from the band, Hollywood Undead has been working on their latest album and promoting it on a number of tour dates. While the songs on the album still have Hollywood Undead's unmistakeable head-bumping style, they deal with more serious and dire themes.
Songs from Hollywood Undead's album can also be seen headlining concert dates in 2011 on the Revolt Tour with bands 10 Years, Drive A, and New Medicine. The first tour date is March 26 at the Extreme Thing Sports & Music Festival in Las Vegas, right before Hollywood Undead takes the 2011 concert dates up to Canada. The last concert date of the Revolt Tour will be in St. Paul, MN on May 28 before heading to Germany for Rock Im Park and Rock Am Park, and to the UK for the Download Festival. With Hollywood Undead at the hottest they've ever been, fans will have plenty of opportunities to pick up American Tragedy and catch a local tour date this spring.
Escape The Fate:
With one of the fastest and heaviest sounds in metalcore today, Escape the Fate has gained a huge following with three hit albums and regular tour dates on the Warped Tour. Though their lightning fast guitars and drums have brought them popularity since 2004, their most recent, self-titled album has brought them into the mainstream. It's also brought Escape the Fate their first headlining tour dates in 2011, which continue well into the fall.
Escape the Fate caught their big break after winning a radio contest to open a show for My Chemical Romance, judged by the band themselves. While Escape the Fate's debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, initially received average reviews, it showcased the band's talent and led to tour dates that would boost their popularity. The band's lead singer, Ronnie Radke, was soon fired from the band due to frequent incarceration and his involvement in the murder of a teen. With Craig Mabbitt, Escape the Fate released This War Is Ours in 2008. The album reached #2 on the Independent Album charts and brought the band their first full-length concert schedule.
Escape the Fate has let more of their classic metal and rock influences show on their latest self-titled album, which is garnering well-deserved buzz from music critics. The group has recently finished tour dates on two 2011 headlining tours, with more beginning in late August. While most of the concert schedule is planned for the US, Escape the Fate will head to the UK shortly before ending their 2011 tour dates on October 30. Don't miss this opportunity to catch one of the world's leading metalcore bands on their concert schedule this fall.