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Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children

Mushroomhead

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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

Awesome

I have listened to it a few times and I think it's great

Bands Evolve these guys transcend

There are a lot of detractors out there who criticise a band for not continually producing material like their first album. I on the other hand like bands who produce albums that sound different from each other and show creativeness this album is one of those. I've listened through this album about half a dozen times already and I've only had it 2 days. Bands styles change and some time that works and some time it doesn't on this occasion its worked. Just listen to Inspiration and you'll be glad you got this album can't wait for the next one and hope you guys plan on touring the UK some time its been too long since I last experienced the MRH live

Mushroomhead is dead!!!!

it took four years for this rubbish to come out and it wasnt worth the wait. Im a huge MRH fan but seriously this is twice as bad as Savior Sorrow which was bad enough, oh how i wish for the good old days XIII was flawless and XX was brilliant.
This album is too JNothing heavy and not enough Waylon save your money this isnt anything like their old stuff. listen to Pitch Black Forecast instead!

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Rock

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

Known for its theatrical live show and the black masks that most of its members wear on-stage, Mushroomhead is 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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