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It’s hard to believe that it’s already been fifteen years since Undead were formed and started sharing their signature sound with the world behind those masks of theirs. The is now about to drop their 6th full-length album, New Empire, Vol. 1 via Dove & Grenade Media/BMG. According to Johnny 3 Tears, the decided to take a fresh approach and write the as if it was time they had written together. The result of that approach is actually two albums, with New Empire, Vol. 2 still to come. Although the music is definitely fresh and timely, the combination sound of rock, hip-hop, and however else you might classify the is still mostly definitely the sound of Undead.

So far, the has released three videos from the album, Already Dead, Time Bomb and . From what we have seen so far, it seems like the is actually going to remain unmasked…for now at least. single, Already Dead has already seen great success and airplay and the ’s theme perfectly matches the creepy keyboard motif of the song. Many of the songs on deeper issues, such as addiction, current events and mental health. Some songs are heavier on the side of things, such as Killin It, while highlight more vocals and powerful guitars. There are also a couple of vocal cameos from the likes of of Sleeping With Sirens () and ’s Benji Madden (Second Chances). The ends with Nightmare, which includes a haunting piano intro with equally haunting vocals.

It seems the will be hitting first after the drops, so those in the States will have to wait a few months before they can see the New Empire tunes live. In the meantime, keep an eye out for announcements of when Vol.2 will be available.   

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