American Tragedy Redux

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American Tragedy Redux
Remix album by Hollywood Undead
Released November 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)
(see release history)
Recorded June–December 2010
The Beat Suite
Hollywood, California
Remixed August–September 2011 at various locations
Genre Rap rock, dubstep, electronica
Length 47:49
Label A&M/Octone
Polydor
Universal Music Australia
Universal Music Group
Producer Don Gilmore (also exec.), Griffin Boice, Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, Kevin Rudolf, Jeff Halavacs, Jacob Kasher, Ben Grosse, Steve Cornish, Nick Mace, Jim Sullivan, Eddie Craig, Sidh Solanki, Andrew Krier, Beatnick, K-Salaam, Jonathan Davis, Asaf Borger, Dr. Eargasm, Erik Tinajero, David Gill, Joey Jensen, KMFDM, Kushaal Virdi
Hollywood Undead non-studio album chronology
Swan Songs Rarities
(2010)
American Tragedy Redux
(2011)
Singles from American Tragedy Redux
  1. "Levitate (Digital Dog club mix)"
    Released: October 18, 2011

American Tragedy Redux is the first remix album by American rap rock band Hollywood Undead, taking songs exclusively off the band's 2011 studio album, American Tragedy, and remixing them. The album was released on November 21, 2011 by A&M/Octone Records. The original tracks on the album, which were on American Tragedy, were recorded following the induction of Daniel Murillo into the band in early 2010 and lasted until December. The tracks were then remixed by various DJ's and musicians during the band's World War III Tour with Asking Alexandria later in 2011. The album's first single, "Levitate (Digital Dog club mix)", was released on October 18, 2011, with a music video being released on October 24.

Background[edit]

Following the release of the band's second studio album, American Tragedy, the band announced a remix contest on August 11, 2011, where fans created their own remixes of the tracks "Le Deux" and "Bullet". The contest winner for the "Le Deux" was Dr. Eargasm, whose remix was chosen by the band and is featured on the album. The "Bullet" remix was voted as the best remix and was included on Redux as an iTunes bonus track. The band announced in October 2011 that a remix album, titled American Tragedy Redux, would be released on November 21, 2011 as their first remix album. The band created a series of online promotions for the album. First, they unlocked the tracklist and cover art for the album once the album title was tweeted 10,000 times on Twitter, which was accomplished by the end of the second day that the contest started. Then, the band released the first single, "Levitate (Digital Dog club mix)", on October 18 once the album art was shared 3,000 times on Facebook. A music video for "Levitate (Digital Dog club mix)" was released on October 24, 2011 through Virgin Mobile.[1] The last Facebook unlock was be a site for pre-ordering the album and ordering merchandise. The band also released the "Comin' In Hot (Wideboys Remix)" on the pre-order site. J-Dog said of the album, "This is our first remix record ever, we got to pick the DJ's and re-mixers that the band really likes. Who would have thought that someone you grew up listening to would one day remix your song?"[2][3]

Da Kurlzz gave an interview with The Phoenix New Times about the album where he states that many of the songs were influenced by older hip-hop and rock music like Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys, and Guru. Da Kurlzz felt that the popularity in dance and club music was surging and that inspired the band to create Redux, stating that the band was "paying attention not only to the rock, hip hop and pop scene, but the dance and DJ club scene is obviously blowing up once again. There's always new DJs remixing some really great artists, showing people that you can mix those genres together." Upon deciding which DJ's and re-mixers to use for the album, Da Kurlzz stated that the band used decided specifically which of their songs would go best with each artist and how the remixed result would sound. He concluded by saying that they chose the artists, "not just because we like their music, but we also think that the sound will really be great for the certain songs that we choose." Da Kurlzz also stated that the band worked carefully with each artist during the remixing process to ensure the best songs for the album.[4] He stated that the remix of "Hear Me Now" by Jonathan Davis, which was streamed by Revolver Magazine on November 14,[5] was the most difficult but that "it ended up coming out great and we're really proud of it..." and that they were able to "go up to him and personally thank [Davis]."[4]

Charlie Scene stated that the album came around from touring with several bands, like Asking Alexandria and Korn, and seeing their experiments with remixing songs. He added that, "it’s always cool to see [how] another artist interprets your music." When choosing remixers, Charlie Scene said, "Jonathan Davis was one of the people we met on tour and we know that he does remixes and that was actually one of the reasons and one of the ways we came up with the idea to doing a remix record." He noted that the music on the remix album is very different, reasoning this by stating, "There’s only [so] many rock bands that can come out with just guitars and singing over and over again and hardcore screaming... music has to change, it has to evolve with what's going on with society and kids. It's becoming more technical now, it's becoming more digital so I think rock music [is] going to have to become more digital."[6]

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Upon release, American Tragedy Redux charted at on the US Hard Rock Albums chart and the Dance/Electronica Albums chart in its first week of release. It charted at number 15 on the Hard Rock[7] and number nine on the Dance/Electronica charts, respectively.[8] The original American Tragedy, which songs Redux remixed, also charted on the US Top Hard Rock Albums chart the same week that Redux debuted. American Tragedy charted at number 14, one spot higher than Redux.[7]

Critical response[edit]

The Daily Blam gave a positive review of the album, noting that the band's sound lent well to remixing and that, "Hollywood Undead have managed to blend rock and hip hop without sounding like trend hoes." The choice in remixers was noted as well as the three opening tracks.[9]

Accolades[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result Place
2011 Hollywood Undead for "Levitate (Digital Dog club mix)" WGRD’s 2011 Favorite Listener Band of The Year[10] Won 1
"—" denotes a nomination that did not place or places were not relevant in the award.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written and performed by Hollywood Undead, with specific writers detailed for each track. Each track remixed by various artists.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Levitate" (Digital Dog club mix) Jorel Decker, Daniel Murillo, George Ragan, Jordon Terrell Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Steve Cornish, Nick Mace 7:15
2. "Comin' in Hot" (Wideboys club mix) Dylan Alvarez, Murillo, Terrell Griffin Boice, Jim Sullivan, Eddie Craig 5:48
3. "Apologize" (Buffalo Bill "Die Young" remix) Decker, Murillo, Ragan, Matthew St. Claire, Terrell Griffin Boice, Sidh Solanki 7:37
4. "My Town" (Andrew W.K. remix) Alvarez, Murillo, Ragan, St. Claire Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, Andrew Krier 3:49
5. "Coming Back Down" (Beatnick & K-Salaam remix) Decker, Murillo, Ragan Kevin Rudolf, Jeff Halavacs, Jacob Kasher, Beatnick, K-Salaam 3:13
6. "Hear Me Now" (Jonathan Davis of KoЯn remix) Decker, Murillo, Ragan Sam Hollander, Dave Katz, Jonathan Davis 3:10
7. "I Don't Wanna Die" (Borgore remix) Decker, Murillo, Ragan, Terrell Griffin Boice, Asaf Borger 4:29
8. "Le Deux" (Dr. Eargasm remix) Alvarez, Decker, Murillo, Ragan, Terrell Griffin Boice, Dr. Eargasm 4:33
9. "Lights Out" (The Juggernaut Vs. Obsidian remix) Alvarez, Decker, Murillo, Terrell Ben Grosse, Erik Tinajero, David Gill, Joey Jensen 4:25
10. "Been to Hell... And Back!" (KMFDM remix) Decker, Murillo, Ragan, Terrell Don Gilmore, KMFDM 3:30
Total length:
47:49
iTunes bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
11. "Bullet" (Kay V remix) Decker, Murillo, Ragan, Terrell, Griffin Boice, Kushaal Virdi 3:19

Personnel[edit]

Credits for American Tragedy Redux adapted from Allmusic,[11] as well as American Tragedy.[12]

Musicians[edit]

Hollywood Undead

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US 1 Top Dance/Electronica Albums[8] 9
US Top Hard Rock Albums[7] 15

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog Ref
European Union November 21, 2011 Polydor CD, Digital download B005OBMNDC [13]
Japan Universal 1624802 [14]
United States A&M/Octone 001624802 [11]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zoinks! Staff (October 22, 2011). "Hollywood Undead to Premiere Exclusive Remix Video.". Zoinks! Online. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ Jon Wiederhorn (October 12, 2011). "Hollywood Undead Get Remixed by Members of Korn, KMFDM + More". Loud Wire. Retrieved October 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ Keven Skinner (October 13, 2011). "HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD Prepare 'American Tragedy Redux' in November". Daily Blam. Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Lauren Wise (October 28, 2011). "Hollywood Undead Loving Tempe, Working With Korn, and Varied Musical Tastes". The Phoenix New Times. Retrieved November 13, 2011. 
  5. ^ Brandon Geist (November 14, 2011). "Exclusive: Hollywood Undead Premiere "Hear Me Now" Remixed by Korn's Jonathan Davis". Revolver Magazine. Retrieved November 17, 2011. 
  6. ^ Liz Ramanand (November 29, 2011). "Hollywood Undead’s Charlie Scene Talks Remix Disc, Giving Wedgies + More". Loudwire. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c "Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Dance/Electronica Albums". Billboard. December 1, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  9. ^ Keven Skinner (November 22, 2011). "Keven's Music Review: HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD – American Tragedy Redux". The Daily Blam. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  10. ^ Andy Green (December 1, 2011). "Vote For WGRD's 2011 Favorite Listener Band of The Year". WGRD 97.9. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Overview: American Tragedy Redux - Hollywood Undead". Allmusic. Retrieved October 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Overview: American Tragedy - Hollywood Undead". Allmusic. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ "American Tragedy Redux: Hollywood Undead: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon (UK). Retrieved October 18, 2011. 
  14. ^ "American Tragedy Redux - Hollywood Undead - HMV Online Shopping & Information Site". HMV Online Japan. Retrieved July 9, 2011.