Hollywood Vampires
Rise


2.7
average

Review

by Simon STAFF
June 22nd, 2019 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alice Cooper once again displays his immortal qualities over humdrum rock music.

These days, you actually have to question whether Alice Cooper made a deal with the Devil before making his trajectory into shock-rock stardom. I mean with the exception of Rob Halford, who is also wiping the floor with the competition touching 70, Alice is 71 years old and his solid performances have segued into the pension era with unwavering vigour. Supergroups are never particularly glamorous things, frankly, they stink the place up for the most part; and Hollywood Vampires would be another fallen victim to add to the long list of out-of-touch stars trying to make a stroke on their ego’s, were it not for Mr. Cooper pulling the majority of the weight here. Like Alice Cooper’s last album, he sounds fantastic: from his snarling attitude on “Git from Round Me,” to the showman-flexed theatrics of the Pink Floyd tinged “Mr. Spider,” he brings yet another surprisingly well-executed and varied array of performances to the table. Better prospects also surround Rise because it makes an attempt at making the band feel more fleshed out this time around, opting for a reverse in the creativity department by delivering more original cuts with a couple of covers than the other way around. “Mr. Spider,” “I Want My Now,” and the sinister takes of “Who’s Laughing Now” and “The Boogieman Surprise” are enjoyable numbers that emit a genuine chemistry the band has together – occasionally creeping above the levels of banality your typical supergroup would level themselves at.

Of course, that’s not to say the music ever overcomes serviceability; it’s mainly cumbered by derivative blues and punk rock riffs that have been played a million times over, with little footing being made by either Depp or Perry to make them feel otherwise. Then there’s the outright failures which plague the record. The covers in particular are horrible, from the shoddy production to the flaccid vocal takes – both Depp and Perry provide anaemic performances on the likes of “Heroes” and “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory,” hampering the album where it didn’t need to be. To make matters worse, the interlude tracks feel completely arbitrary and segregate the tracks into neat little piles rather than gelling them all together cohesively. Thankfully there’s only one serious misfire, in the form of the godawful “We Gotta Rise” – quality of writing that showcases a devastating decline compared to the rest of the songs on here; a track riddled with a pseudo, half-arsed political message made all the more obnoxious by its wacky flamboyancy. That said, however, even with its glaring issues, Rise shows a lot of promise for Hollywood Vampires. If the band should ever choose to proceed further, an exclusive focus on original material seems like the best way to go, given that this is where Rise displays its, and the band’s, strongest attributes.

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
June 22nd 2019


14387 Comments


unsurprising that this sucks

good review

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 23rd 2019


15436 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

Cheers mort. Tbf, I was expecting it to be garbage. The only reason I reviewed it was because it was half decent

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Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
June 23rd 2019


16295 Comments


I saw one song performed in Jimmy Kimmel and it was the saddest thing I've seen in a long time.

Good review though doc.

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 24th 2019


15436 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

thanks dewinged. yeah, there's something awfully sad about johnny depp these days. Seems fitting him and manson are paired at the hip, because they've both fallen hard. lol

EnvyMachinery
June 24th 2019


57 Comments


Your third sentence really needs to be split up somewhere. It's enormous.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


10145 Comments


This whole thing is super confusing. I get why Depp is indulging in his mid-life crisis rockstar fantasies but why are Cooper and Perry indulging him? Do they have so much fun hanging and jamming covers with him that they decided to turn it into a full-fledged band and take the show on the road?

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


16295 Comments


Just seeing Depp fronting the band while Alice Cooper plays guitar in the background is surreal.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
June 24th 2019


10145 Comments


I think that's only sometimes though. Alice is still the frontman I think.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2019


15436 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

Depp’s singing on this is not good either...

trackbytrackreviews
June 25th 2019


3391 Comments


Depp can’t seemingly stop disappointing, feels like he has wasted this entire decade

Never heard him sing, which tracks is he in?

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
June 25th 2019


10145 Comments


I saw the live video of him singing Heroes, so I guess he performs the covers?

TheNotrap
June 26th 2019


11431 Comments


I've never been curious about these guys

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RATTFINK
June 26th 2019


37 Comments


Lmao if only Alice and Joe fucking Perry gave a rat's ass about "critics", on a website that somehow is still a thing.

Ryus
June 26th 2019


17762 Comments




SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
June 26th 2019


10145 Comments


Lol. He's got a point. Do Alice and Joe fucking Perry even know about the internet?

sixdegrees
June 26th 2019


6576 Comments


Joe fucking Perry

PunchforPunch
June 27th 2019


6764 Comments


Joe "The Cock Rock God" Perry

CaliggyJack
July 5th 2019


2828 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album yall r cray

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
July 5th 2019


15436 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

It has moments



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