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Hollywood Undead: Undead Rising

Love ’em or hate ’em, rapper Johnny 3 Tears tells us why Hollywood Undead are here to stay...

“I used to get your magazine imported,” Johnny 3 Tears tells us, by way of introduction. “I’ve been waiting a long time to see myself in here.” He doesn’t come right out and say it, but the Hollywood Undead vocalist obviously feels that his presence in Metal Hammer is long overdue. As well he might, because on November 29 last year, his band headlined the prestigious Brixton Academy, despite never having much support from the media. The gig prompted a delirious response from those in attendance, and was a night that Johnny says he’ll “never forget”.

Hollywood Undead have almost three-and-a-half-million followers on Facebook and in June will make their third Main Stage appearance at Download. So why has it taken our world so long to acknowledge them?

Let’s start at the beginning. Hollywood Undead were conceived a decade ago in Los Angeles. They were, says Johnny, a band that “didn’t just want to write another bunch of four-chord songs”. Instead, they focused on creating an amalgam of punk, metal and hip-hop.

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