We’re still playing catch up on the site here from last month’s press wave in support of New Empire Vol. 2, so here’s a two for one deal with the press releases for both NEV2/House Party and the single release of “Gonna Be Okay” featuring comments from Johnny 3 Tears about both the track and entire album-
Los Angeles trailblazers HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD have released a new single, “Gonna Be Okay” from their forthcoming album “New Empire Vol. 2”, produced by Matt Good (ASKING ALEXANDRIA, SLEEPING WITH SIRENS) and out via BMG/Dove & Grenade. Their latest buzzworthy single showcases swagger-inducing guitar riffs, hard-hitting, blunt force beats and up-by-your-bootstraps lyrics, all of which are key components synonymous with HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD‘s iconic style.
Johnny 3 Tears shares: “‘Gonna Be Okay’ is about that precarious place we sometimes find ourselves, the brink between salvation and sanity and our desperate plea to ourselves that everything will be alright.”
The first part of the “New Empire” duo, “New Empire Vol. 1” was released in February of this year and spawned hits “Already Dead”, “Time Bomb”, “Heart Of A Champion” and “Nightmare” to great acclaim, with Consequence Of Sound claiming “‘New Empire Vol. 1’ finds the band in a much heavier setting than usual”, Inc. magazine stating, “Fifteen years in, and in an industry where careers are often measured in months, [they’re] releasing a killer new album,” and Billboard asserting “HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD shows no signs of slowing down.”
Since the release of the first half of the two-part opus, the band has released three singles from “New Empire Vol. 2”, including the genre-bending smash hit “Idol”, featuring none other than preeminent rapper Tech N9ne, the evocative single “Coming Home” and smokin’ hot mega-banger “Heart Of A Champion”, featuring Jacoby Shaddix of PAPA ROACH and Spencer Charnas of ICE NINE KILLS.
Speaking about “New Empire Vol. 2”, Johnny 3 Tears shares: “‘New Empire’ began with the deconstruction of the society we live in today, taking it apart piece by piece. ‘New Empire’ will end with reimagining a new world. The bell will be tolled signaling the end and ultimately the beginning of a brave new world.”
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 No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with “Notes From The Underground” soaring to No. 2 in 2013. “Day Of The Dead” (2015) and “Five” (2017) 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 two 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.
Release day is upon us, and LA party legends Hollywood Undead have today unleashed their latest album, “New Empire Vol. 2” out via BMG/Dove & Grenade Media. As the second instalment of the critically-acclaimed “New Empire” two-part opus, “New Empire Vol. 2” was produced by Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, Sleeping with Sirens) and features tracks such as the genre-bending hit “Idol” featuring preeminent rapper Tech N9ne, the star-studded track “Heart of a Champion” featuring Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills (which has already garnered nearly 5 million global streams and 1.5 million views on YouTube), along with their latest smash-hit, “Gonna Be Ok”. Listen to “New Empire Vol. 2” here.
“New Empire Vol. 2” has already been met with critical acclaim, with Kerrang! stating, “The companion to a first volume released earlier this year, New Empire, Vol. 2 finds rap-rock veterans Hollywood Undead on fine form… New Empire, Vol. 2 proves that its creators remain capable of standing on their own two feet.” Rock ‘N’ Load Magazine shared, “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.” Cryptic Rock claimed, “Ultimately, with New Empire Vol. 2, Hollywood Undead has released yet another brilliant set of new music.”
New Empire Vol. 2
2. Coming Through the Stereo
3. Ghost Out
4. Gonna Be Okay
7. Coming Home
9. Worth It
10. Heart of A Champion Feat. Jacoby Shaddix and Spencer Charnas
Idol Feat. Gh0stkid
Idol Feat. Kurt92
In addition to the release of “New Empire Vol. 2”, Hollywood Undead will also be hosting a global pay-per-view livestream, “The Hollywood Undead House Party”, a wild, no holds barred, virtual party event on Friday, December 18, featuring classic Undead hits and new never-before-seen favourites from their freshly released album “New Empire Vol. 2”, and maybe even some very special party-crashing guests. The event, produced in partnership with Danny Wimmer Presents, is now on sale with a variety of party-themed packages ranging from standard tickets to merch and party packs, as well as a limited amount of virtual meet & greet packages. Gather your best buds and let the good times roll by getting tickets from www.HollywoodUndeadLive.com.
Watch the House Party Trailer Here
For fans wishing to take the party to the next level, Hollywood Undead are offering a variety of suitably awesome merch bundles:
Ticket and t-shirt, with rolling papers
Ticket and hoodie, with rolling papers
Ticket, T-shirt and House Party Pack (that includes a bandana, a dozen branded red Solo cups, 2 Ping Pong balls, rolling papers and a deck of cards)
Ticket, T-Shirt, House Party Pack and virtual meet & greet with a keepsake video (limited availability). The first 150 purchasers will also receive a surprise, one-of-a-kind item captured right at the party!
All tickets and bundles are available now at HollywoodUndeadLive.com.
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.