Sound — 9
Beginning the album, Been to Hell easily recognizes Hollywood Undead's true roots of self-superiority, and may foreshadow that it could be their new concert starter, rather than Undead, bringing in the same tone gang-vocals shouting 'Been to Hell' during the chorus and 'Welcome,' at phrase endings. Due to the removal of Deuce, the band's chorus singer, they recruit Danny Murillo, who doesn't do a bad job filling the prior singer's shoes. Fans of the old Hollywood Undead shouldn't be too upset over the change. One of the singles "Comin' in Hot," is the same trademark HU with the verses about drinking, smoking and partying, with a catchy chorus to please. Which, alike the last album, they spend half the album as the split personality, drinking and partying, and the other half about serious deep feelings and personal disputes with themselves and others. "Lights Out," is an attack at Deuce for his actions, proved by even mentioning his name in the song. It's also a reply to Deuce's song: "Story of a Snitch," by his solo project. "Bullet," has the contradicting tone with quick, happy go lucky clean guitar, rim clicks and major themed bass line sounding almost like a nursey rhyme, with vocal patterns and tones set-to-smile, with the lyrics portraying a quite the opposite feeling; Severe depression, with multiple descriptions on ways to commit suicide, like overdosing on pills, drinking to death, bullet to the head and legs dangling off the edge. They even have a little girl sing out the last of the song by herself with a xylophone accompanying her.
Lyrics — 7
Hollywood Undead always has their own way with lyrics. On this album, it doesn't necessarily copy Swan Songs, but keeps the same tone. Drinking and partying, suffering and depression. But it's what fans like them for, and it's what they preach best. Singers remain the same, aside from Danny. Charlie Scene once again steps up as the bands bad-ass and party lover, being referenced in a few places. J-Dog chimes in a few times, even while having to do most of the other instrumental work. Da Kurlzz sticks with percussion and shouts when needed. Funny Man, Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie remain the main rappers while Danny sings the chorus'. None do a too bad job. They keep the ratio of rapping time the same as the last album, Funny Man having his own spotlight behind J3T and Charlie.
Overall Impression — 8
I wouldn't say it mimics their last album, but rather takes it, patches it up, and makes it better. It keeps it rap-rock, which means HU haven't strayed from their roots. The songs that stick out are "Bullet," "Coming Back Down," "Hear Me Now," and "Been to Hell." They have individuality which creates a connection with the listeners and critics. I love the energy and diverseness. Especially with having Danny, the obstacle didn't slow them down or change them for the worse. They kept it how they liked it, and that's how the general Hollywood Undead listeners love it. There's nothing I really hate about it. It's all different and nothing sounds the same. It's original by HU standards, and really shows there swag, bark, and expression. I would get it again if it was misplaced or damaged, because it's got those songs you have to listen to every now and then, or your iTunes arsenal just doesn't feel the same.