Hollywood Undead have announced the second installment of their critically-acclaimed two part opus, New Empire. New Empire Vol. 2 produced by Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, Sleeping with Sirens) will be released on Friday, December 4th via BMG/Dove and Grenade Media. New Empire Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered here.
In addition to the new album announcement, Hollywood Undead have also released a new version of fan-favorite track, “Heart of a Champion” featuring special guests Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills. The long-overdue collaboration was created in January this year in anticipation of the three musical titans hitting the road in Europe. That release was subsequently delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which ground the touring world as well as their own highly successful European Tour, to a halt. Today, the long-awaited collaboration has been finally unleashed on the world.
“Heart of a champion is about digging in deep when things appear at their worst,” Johnny 3 Tears says. “Finding the strength to overcome any and all odds against you.”
“As soon as Johnny and Charlie and the boys floated the idea, we were in,” Jacoby Shaddix says. “The video shoot was like a reunion too – Last time we all saw each other we were blowing the doors off a show in Germany 7 months ago””
“I’ve always been a fan of Hollywood Undead and when we toured together this past winter we hit it off immediately,” Spencer Charnas added. “It’s an honor to be part of such a strong song and having Jacoby on it as well is just the icing on the god damn cake.”
Accompanying the new track is an official music video, reminiscent of 90s video games such as Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and the classic TMNT game on the NES. The video also features the debut of a new addition to the Hollywood Undead collective, but you have to watch to the end to find out who that is. Watch the music video for “Heart Of A Champion” above.