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  • Audio CD (8 April 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B0000636MZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,662 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Before I die
  2. Bwomp
  3. Solitaire unraveling
  4. These filthy hands
  5. Never let it go
  6. Xeroxed
  7. The Wrist
  8. Chancre sore
  9. New cult king
  10. Empty spaces
  11. Born of desire
  12. 43
  13. Fear held dear
  14. Too much nothing
  15. Episode 29
  16. Fear held dear (live)
  17. The Wrist (live)

Product Description


Although classifiable as nu metal, on XX the nine-piece Mushroomhead don't rest on the sugar hooks or one-shot blasts that are associated with the genre. Instead, they expand upon and twist ideas in a manner that's genuinely bizarre and thoroughly entertaining.

"Before I Die" is a furious headbanger, while "Never Let It Go" is reminiscent of Faith No More circa Angel Dust, and "Born of Desire" is like a head-on collision between Slayer and a symphony orchestra. For those who love a raw, serrated riff with no interference, "Episode 29" is 1 minute 35 seconds of pure nectar. Ultimately, this Cleveland group's effort to expertly integrate styles and strains is 98 per cent successful. This artistically progressive metal ensemble deserves attention. --Steffan Chirazi

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Format: Audio CD
I was a little skeptical when I picked up "XX" by Mushroomhead. Mainly, because I had never heard anything by them and the way the band looked lead me to believe that they were going to be another Slipknot. Still, something intrigued me about them, so I picked up the album. I'm happy to say that these guys sound NOTHING like Slipknot. The two bands sound nothing a like. Don't let the costumes fool you, as that's the only similarity that I see between the two (reports are that Mushroomhead has been doing this for a few years now, so it's not like they decided to dress up in masks and overalls all the sudden). When you listen to Mushroomhead, you are presented with a very melodic industrial/metal band that is unlike anything you have ever heard.
It's amazing how unique these guys are. I have listened to a lot of bands, and I have NEVER come across anything like these guys. All of their songs have many different layers to them instead of just following the same tired formula. Each song is a living and breathing thing that has a look and feel of its own. And while being very melodic, these guys are great at being extremely dark, as well.
What really stands out the most is the keyboards. This was a brilliant move on their part. The keyboards really make the songs come together and give them their originality and haunting sound. The singing is great too. There's a combo of yelling, rapping and yelling (done by the two vocalists). The guitars and drums are also outstanding and really make the songs come alive.
The entire album is a great listen. There are certain songs that I listen to more than others, but this is really an album you can pop into your stereo without having to worry about always fumbling about with the track buttons.
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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
Solitaire Unraveling
These Filthy Hands
Never Let it Go
The Wrist
Chancre Sore
The New Cult King
Empty Spaces
Born of Desire
Fear Held Dear
Too Much Nothing

Bonus Tracks:
Fear Held Dear (live)
The Wrist (live)
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I first heard of Mushroomhead on Kerrang! TV (the brilliant Solitaire Unravelling song) and I was blown away. Mushroomhead offer a different look at the nu-metal/heavy rock genre. Songs vary from fast and furious headbangers (Before I Die) to slower, yet still heavy songs (Never Let It Go). However, I must say that the best song on this album is the upcoming single, Solitaire Unraveling, which is a brilliant song filled with heavy guitar riffs, superb drumming and vocals that will blow you away(as well as all the keyboards and stuff). If you are a grunger (like myself) or just a fan of these types of songs, then buy this album now. My other favourite bands are Static-X, Deftones, Korn and System of a Down (just to give you an idea of what other bands that people that like Mushroomhead listen to). Also, these people are not Slipknot wannabes, because they have actually been around far longer than Slipknot.
1. Before I Die: Fast and loud, very good for headbanging (I've tried). 9/10
2. Bwomp: Long, but a superb song alternating between very, very fast singing and slower, more melodic singing. 9/10
3. Solitaire Unraveling: Beyond words. The best song of all time... 10/10
4. These Filthy Hands: Nothing special about this song, although it isn't too bad. 6/10
5. Never Let It Go: Nice guitars and vocals. 9/10
6. Xeroxed: A good song. Enough said. 7/10
7. The Wrist: Doesn't stand out on its own, but fits in well on the album. 7/10
8. Chancre Sore: An addictive tune, which can get stuck in your head for weeks. Maybe. 8/10
9. The New Cult King: Again, doesn't stand out on its own, alothough after listening to it a few times you will grow to like it. 7/10
10. Empty Spaces: Cover of a Pink Floyd song. Nice guitars, but very few vocals. 8/10
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