Masked marauders rap rock the crowd to life in Denver
Hollywood Undead took to the stage in front of a raging Denver crowd on Thursday, proving that the rap-rock genre is alive and well in the world of music.
The Los Angeles-based crunkcore group headlined the 2011 Revolt tour, which also featured the bands 10 Years, Drive A and New Medicine, all which caused a packed house at the Fillmore Auditorium on a humid night in the city. The band, who has gained a cult following for their unique style of wearing uniquely designed hockey masks, seems to be carrying the torch for bands that blend MCs and guitars into their musical style. With Rage Against the Machine the only other band who outlasted the short phenomenon which ended in the beginning of the millenium, the excitement for the California based outfit was surprising at the least.
Drive A seemed to be attempting to ressurect a musical style themselves, playing an energetic style of punk rock, and did well to engage the fans during their set, despite being the second of four bands. Then things switched gears to some radio-friendly rock with the band 10 Years up next. Playing a sort of Sevendust/Chevelle type of style the fairly ordinary looking musicians pressed through a mediocre set that didn't seem to catch the hearts of the crowd, all who were all there in anticipation of the headliner.
Finally Hollywood Undead finished things off, and with every ounce of energy and intensity that the crowd was hoping for. The band rattled through various tracks from their albums, and of course played most songs with their decorated hockey masks that gave the show a sort of Slipknot vibe, just not quite as hostile. The crowd loved it, the band raged, making it look like rapcore is going another round. — Josh Barrett, special to Metromix