Blackout, 2003 Music Album by Hed PE
  • I remember how ecstatic I was to find this album in a local music store, after I had been impressed strongly by the band’s previous album called Broke
  • Yet other songs are hardcore metal, and others are complex melodic rock pieces, other songs are interesting hybrids and experimental pieces



    • by mcguard85

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      Hed PE are a very talented band. Most of their music is not for everybody, but for people who like hardcore metal and rap core. But, this album can be accessible to a much larger audience. On this album, like on no other album the guys from this California band combine a really wide scope of genres, different compositions, and different arrangements. This album is really worth checking out. Typically, in a world were all artists tend to pigeon-holed by the confines of this or that genre, this band’s sound and music are described as hardcore metal, nu metal, rap core.

      And these terms apply to some of their music, but things are different for this album. On this album you will not hear a verse of rapping, a lame chorus, another verse of rapping, some screaming etc. In actual fact, on this album you will


      find some singing, lots and lots of singing in fact, many, many beautiful melodies sung in a very good and professional way. The songs on this album have serious musical structures. The lead vocalist for this band is Jared Gomez, who calls himself MCUD, which is short for MC Underdog.

      The MC part of his nickname does not apply much to this album. Jared has a very beautiful voice. He is a great singer. His voice is very powerful indeed. One of the most remarkable features of his vocal talent is how versatile he is in his delivery.

      He can rap, really well, where he has not issues dealing with the speed of delivery and also articulating the sounds very well. He can scream, he can shout, he can roar with all his might. His aggressive loud screaming is particularly evident on songs such as Suck

      it Up, Bury Me, Dangerous. In the choruses of these songs he is screaming very loudly and aggressively, and in these parts he sounds truly scary, intimidating, emotional, convincing. It feels like his throat is machine for producing this noise.

      He can also deliver remarkably soft and melodic vocal lines, where he shows how well he is in charge of his vocal pitch. He can be dynamic and agile, smooth. This style of singing is particularly evident in such places as the verse sections of songs Get Away, Half the Man, and on the whole song Other Side. The versatility of the vocal delivery on this album is remarkable. I purchased this album pretty much in the year it was released, and at the time I was about 14 years old.

      I remember how ecstatic I was to find this album in a local music store,


      • Blackout, 2003 Music Album by Hed PE
      after I had been impressed strongly by the band’s previous album called Broke. And when I was listening to this album then, I truly believed that there are several vocalists on this band. I could not believe that so many types of vocals could be performed by single human being. The sound on this album has expanded massively since the previous record. They have revamped their sound in a big way.

      The thing is, their previous album was really good, really strong. And with this record, Hed PE have managed to change really significantly, to the extent of almost being a different band, but they have become better, and have not lost any of their strong suits. Hed PE create a very good sound here. It is basically a high quality rock sound, with great and solid guitar riffs, drums, deep and active guitar bass line.

      But on top of that they add great electronic effects, great beats, great mixing etc.

      Almost no song is alike on this album. But, with only a few exceptions, they are all good. Songs Get Away, Blackout and Other Side are catchy and easy, they can be liked by almost anybody, very friendly for the mainstream public. Yet other songs are hardcore metal, and others are complex melodic rock pieces, other songs are interesting hybrids and experimental pieces. Hed PE is a band that has a cult following.

      They have a limited but stable fan base of people who like their rap core music. But this album occupies a special place in their discography. It was released at the time when it was commonplace for metal acts to go mainstream. And, probably to their own surprise, the guys have actually turned out to be pretty good at mainstream music. They have created a very strong record.


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