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4.0 out of 5 stars lost gem, 16 Dec 2012
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A band who were not unfairly compared to Slipknot in the early days, that's not to say that they are straight up clones, because they aren't even if there is a familiar feeling which runs through you every time you listen to this album, `Solitaire Unraveling' especially can't help but remind you of Corey Taylor. Mushroomhead do it with a bit more pop feeling to it. Even if stylistically they spread their net more widely than Slipknot did some of it is a bit more plodding and its never as interestingly busy as Slipknot.

Worth buying if you wished that Slipknot had taken a lighter, less direct approach instead of releasing the beast that was Iowa. I think that it is a bit surprising that Mushroomhead didn't get huge after they released this album because apart from a few missteps the music is quite good and it is dynamic and varied enough to hold your interest for quite a while.

Opening track `Before I Die' is a straight ahead stomper which is actually a bit misleading, it is the second track `Bwomp' where Mushroomhead put forward their manifesto for a chocolate box mix of an album; most of the time the mixed flavours are a success but there are the odd messes that will get chucked out with the box.

On the whole it is an album that with a little work you will get a lot back, but the sound probably leans a bit too far in the pop direction for it to be a truly good album.

Track list:
Before I Die
Bwomp
Solitaire Unraveling
These Filthy Hands
Never Let it Go
Xeroxed
The Wrist
Chancre Sore
The New Cult King
Empty Spaces
Born of Desire
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Fear Held Dear
Too Much Nothing

Bonus Tracks:
Fear Held Dear (live)
The Wrist (live)
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