MUSHROOMHEAD — XX

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Album · 2001

Filed under Nu Metal
By MUSHROOMHEAD

Tracklist

Original Eclipse Version tracklisting:
1. Before I Die (3:13)
2. Bwomp (6:23)
3. Solitaire / Unraveling (4:37)
4. These Filthy Hands (5:22)
5. Never Let It Go (4:41)
6. Xeroxed (2:52)
7. The Wrist (5:09)
8. Chancre Sore (2:35)
9. The New Cult King (5:12)
10. Born of Desire (4:00)
11. 43 (5:01)
12. Epiphany (2:55)
13. Episode 29 (1:35)
14. [silence] (0:05)
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43. Bwomp (remix) (14:51)

Total Time: 71:25

Universal Reissue tracklisting:

1. Before I Die (3:13)
2. Bwomp (6:26)
3. Solitaire Unraveling (4:27)
4. These Filthy Hands (5:23)
5. Never Let It Go (4:41)
6. Xeroxed (2:57)
7. The Wrist (5:09)
8. Chancre Sore (2:36)
9. The New Cult King (5:10)
10. Empty Spaces [Pink Floyd Cover] (1:51)
11. Born Of Desire (4:01)
12. 43 (4:32)
13. Fear Held Dear (2:18)
14. Too Much Nothing (3:10)
15. Episode 29 (1:36)
16. Bwomp (Extended Version) [Hidden Track] (9:58)

Total time 69:22

UK bonus tracks:
16. Fear Held Dear (live) (2:24)
17. The Wrist (live) (5:32)

Line-up/Musicians


- Pig Benis / Bass
- Bronson / Guitar, Sampling
- DJ Stitch / Sampling
- Gravy / Guitar
- J-Mann / Vocals
- Jeffrey Nothing / Vocals
- Skinny / Drums

About this release

Originally Released by Eclipse Records on May 8, 2001. Reissued by Universal Records on December 4th 2001. This reissue version was remixed with alternate tracklistings.

Mixing by Elliott Blakey and Toby Wright.
Produced by Steve Felton and Mushroomhead
Engineered by Bill Korecky and Pat Lewis
Mastering by Stephen Marcussen.

Thanks to Unitron for the updates

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Unitron
Mushroomhead's always been one of the most interesting bands in my opinion, there's really no other band quite like them. You can hear where their influences may have come from, but they craft their music in such a way that I've never quite heard before.

A clear point of reference is Faith No More, particularly Angel Dust. The orchestral and keyboard based atmosphere, as well as the vocals bring it to mind. Unlike the transitional album Angel Dust though, Mushroomhead has a much better focus on how exactly they want to sound. There's no awkward deviations, even with the varied range of sounds they have on display. The two vocalists work really well together, the clean vocals sounding like Mike Patton mixed with James LaBrie of Dream Theater if he didn't kill his voice after Awake, while the gruff vocals in a Matt Holt of Nothingface style compliment them well.

Mushroomhead may be the best atmospheric metal band, as they just wrap the listener in this ominous and haunting sound. This is mostly done with the great electro-orchestral and piano work, but it combined with the vocal performances and the rest of the instruments strengthens it. Take the stabbing piano in Chance Sore, the fantastic cover of Pink Floyd's Empty Spaces, or the Kraftwerkian orchestral backing of These Filthy Hands and Born of Desire that sound right out of Trans Europe Express, it's all so good. The best part is that they don't sacrifice any heaviness, and have everything work perfectly together.

One of the most underrated metal bands out there, and one of the best at having a varied approach while knowing exactly how to put all the pieces together.

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