Extended set of rap metal – with a sensitive side

Hollywood Undead was born in the underground in Los Angeles, and had their debut in 2008 with the album “Swan Songs”. Since then they have toured the world, visiting countless cities, and tonight Copenhagen was the next in line. They have visited once before, in 2014 at the venue Pumpehuset, also in Copenhagen.

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© Jakob Muxoll | For Flick Of The Finger

After supporting act, Attila, had blown the ears off the whole venue, the main act came on stage with pretty much no delay, starting out with “Usual Suspects” from their latest album “Day Of The Dead, greeting the audience with their usual party-starting rhetoric, before firing off “Undead” and the hardcore uptempo “Tendencies”. The explosive cocktail of industrial, hip-hop and metal, made Vega jump and headband before you could say “Kill Everyone”. Their energy left no one unharmed, and a mosh-pit quickly formed (helped along by the encouragement of the band themselves).

The masked rockers took their masks off half way through the show, but that didn’t tone down H.U.’s amazing ability to get a venue, no matter the size, moving from the very first guitar riff. They kept at it with hit after hit, including “Been To Hell”, which had the whole place screaming the chorus: “…./Welcome to a world where dreams become nightmares/…”

Towards the end, they pulled a guy onstage and gave him a guitar, asking him to show them what he had. He wasn’t impressing anyone, so they asked him to make a wish for a song, and we got “How We Roll”. The industrial fans also got Rammstein’s “Du Hast” – a big hit with everyone in the room.

“War Child” sounded more like ‘Timberland-meets-Fall Out Boy-meets-industrial’, and wasn’t one of my own favourites. “Gravity”, “Been To Hell” and the monster hit “Day Of The Dead” was, though. I especially liked the way those songs had the whole place jumping and throwing theirhands towards the stage. At this point it became clear, that Hollywood Undead is tomorrow’s superstars. Their strange mix of a million different genres means that they appeal to both electronicas, pop-kids, hip-hop fans and metal-heads.

© Jakob Muxoll | For Flick Of The Finger

© Jakob Muxoll | For Flick Of The Finger

As the encore came, and we were greeted with the banjo-driven “Everywhere I Go”, this massive evening ended with “Hear Me Now”, which nailed the stadium size wall of sound for the night.

H.U. in fact mix so many genres, that some of the songs doesn’t even sound like them. It would be like Metallica suddenly played a Beach Boys song…..weird. But then you get another rap-metal tune, and all is forgiven. Definitely worth checking out!