POISON: I’m Sold On Angel Dust’s New Voice

jasonseacord
4 min readJan 5, 2024

The YouTube channel Vivziepop, most well known for their ongoing animated web series Helluva Boss, has recently dropped their latest video, a second music video related to Hazbin Hotel. Hazbin Hotel, for those who don’t know, is an upcoming series set in the same universe as Helluva Boss, both being situated in Hell, which is rather unique considering I can’t think of that many stories, at least in the mainstream, that are predominantly set in Hell. That’s kind of odd when you think about it.
But anyway, if you read my last post about Hazbin Hotel, you may remember that there was a controversy about the announcement that Michael Kovach would not reprise his role as Angel Dust. This was heartbreaking news for any diehard fans of both the pilot episode and the first music video, ADDICT, which still remain the top two most viewed videos on the channel to this day, with ADDICT taking the number one spot with more than twice the amount of views to the pilot at the time of my writing this.
It wasn’t announced immediately who would be taking over as Angel Dust, but eventually, we did get an answer, and that was Blake Roman. Considering Helluva Boss is a diegetic musical (though they’ve been stretching the boundaries of what counts as diegetic), whereas Hazbin Hotel is a straight-up musical, it does make sense to go with someone with at least a background in musical theatre, which, as far as I could find out Kovach does not, and Roman currently does.
I have seen the trailer for Hazbin Hotel at least once (I don’t want to analyse trailers for potential spoilerific clues), and based on that, I was not as endeared to Roman’s take on Angel Dust but could see myself adjusting to it over time once I heard it enough. However, the music video for POISON has lifted my spirits immensely despite it’s subject matter and somber moments.
While I love Kovach in ADDICT and still listen to it all the damn time once you’ve listened to POISON just once, it’s undeniable that Roman is a far better singer (though to be clear Kovach can sing). And that does matter because while it’s unclear if Angel Dust or Charlie Morningstar will be THE protagonist, Angel Dust will still be an essential part of the story either way since the creator, Vivienne Medrano, has made clear that Angel Dust holds a lot of importance to her. And for a musical, choosing someone who can sing as the character the best is vital…

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