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Album Review

Every decade seems to bring approaches within the realm of heavy metal that serve as the blueprint for countless other bands to follow. And in the early 21st century, it was certainly angry/hollered vocals, pissed-off lyrics, and chug-chug-chug...chug-chug-chug guitar riffing — as well as bands that opted to hide their identities behind scary masks. And all of these aforementioned ingredients have been well represented in the work of Mushroomhead, who continue to specialize in these approaches on their 2010 release, Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children. You can certainly make a valid claim that Mushroomhead are too derivative of bands such as GWAR and Slipknot (although with the latter, there has been some debate regarding who "borrowed" from whom...Slipknot or Mushroomhead), but Mushroomhead have carved a niche for themselves within the "masked metal" genre. And on Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, you get just what you'd expect — songs that serve as a checklist of the aforementioned musical descriptions (the album-opening "Come On" plus "Slaughterhouse Road," "Harvest the Garden," "Darker Days," etc.). Elsewhere, you'll find the melodic "I'll Be Here," which is an obvious attempt at radio acceptance (à la Godsmack and Disturbed), as well as two tracks that turn out to be more tranquil/slow-building, "Holes in the Void" and the album-closing "Do I Know You?" If musicians wearing masks and freely expressing their anger gets your head banging, then Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children should provide a suitable soundtrack. But for something a little more original and not as same-sounding as Mushroomhead's competition, you'll probably want to look elsewhere.

Customer Reviews

Mushroomhead

This album may not have been very original and standout like some of their past efforts like XX,XII or even Savior Sorrow. That being said, this album delivers really well done songs and a very good atmosphere around the songs which Mushroomhead is well known for. I give this a 4.5/5, solid work

After a long break, a strong release.

There are many solid songs, and a few standout tracks on this album. My second favourite of Mushroomhead's releases...first being XIII of course.

Dreadful

This album is a massive departure, and disappointment, for any Mushroomhead fans who enjoyed the uniqueness offered in the band's earlier records. This album is aimed at hard rock fans, not their original fan base.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Known for their theatrical live show and the black masks that most of their members wear on-stage, Mushroomhead are one of the more unique and adventurous alternative metal outfits that emerged in the 1990s. And the Cleveland band's music is as interesting as its image; Mushroomhead's forceful yet melodic alterna-metal incorporates elements of hip-hop, punk, and goth rock as well as industrial and techno. The members of Mushroomhead have been performing incognito since 1993, when drummer Skinny founded...
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Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, Mushroomhead
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock, Hard Rock
  • Released: Sep 28, 2010
  • Parental Advisory

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