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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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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.Read more ›
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.
Before I Die
These Filthy Hands
Never Let it Go
The New Cult King
Born of Desire
Fear Held Dear
Too Much Nothing
Fear Held Dear (live)
The Wrist (live)
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
No complaints, the album delivers what it promises, would definitely buy again.Published 7 months ago by Rowan Fitzpatrick
bought this album after hearing just 1 song of theirs, pretty good as this type of music goes, strange cover bit like slipknotPublished on 22 Aug. 2013 by graham harries
I have been the proud owner of this album for a few years now. I first heard Mushroomhead when I saw 'Solitare Unraveling' on Kerrang TV. Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2009 by Martin Newman
I've never heard anything quite like the likes of Mushroomhead and I have graced a variety of metal from older things like the qunitessential Metallica/ Megadeth / Slayer /Maiden /... Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2009 by James PA Garman
I was a bit worried when I ordered this cd as I did not know what to expect but what I got was a nice surprise. Mushroomhead are indeed metal and I like it a lot. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2009 by Gerald
released in 2001,XX is a compilation of the bands first three albums that are nigh on impossible to get so this is a greatest hits of such but also represents mushroomheads first... Read morePublished on 12 July 2006 by sean paul mccann
My main reason for writing a review is to stop the rubbish about Slipknot copying Mushroomhead or Mushroomhead copying slipknot. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2004 by wally