Recording information: Castle Renholdër; NRG Recordings; The Beat Suite, Hollywood, CA; Universal Exports, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Jonathan Weiner.
The fifth studio long-player from the ghoulish, Los Angeles-based rap-rock crew, Day of the Dead is the follow-up to 2002's chart-topping Notes from the Underground -- it's also the group's first outing for Interscope. Darker and more defiant than previous outings, but still stocked with enough good-time party-rap anthems to successfully soundtrack a potential lost weekend, the 12-track set offers up a dizzying array of rock, electropop, and hip-hop, and includes the blistering title cut, which received a more than respectable 1.5 million Internet views upon its October 2014 release, the like-minded "Usual Suspects" and "Gravity," and the breezy, low-key "I'll Be There." ~ James Christopher Monger