More about MUSHROOMHEAD:
have been performing incognito since 1993, when drummer Skinny founded the band. It was meant to be a side-project so they wore masks to go unrecognized, but after only a few shows they developed a rabid and loyal fan base in Cleveland. MUSHROOMHEAD
released their 1995 self-titled debut album independently and it turned out to became an underground hit. This was history in the making since the band really had no proper distribution.
followed in 1996 and M3
in 1999, all released via an underground street effort. After the band felt its image and hyper-melodic, heavy style of music was being diluted by other bands jumping into this space, the band started to change their look to reflect nothing out there.
After a brief stint on Eclipse Records, a move to Universal Records saw the release of XX
(a combination of the past independent releases) in 2001 and XIII
The band’s last album sold over 200,000 units in the USA alone. MUSHROOMHEAD
released Savior Sorrow
for the pioneering rock label, Megaforce Records (Metallica, Anthrax, Ministry, Warren Haynes, Bad Brains) in 2006. MUSHROOMHEAD
released Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children
in the Fall of 2010 and it debuted at #44 on Billboard charts.
It can be said that MUSHROOMHEAD’s musical ascendance was a singular, original, aesthetic of eight guys decked out in matching jumpsuits and artsy masks, playing unbelievable, unsettling music. No other band was wearing masks and jumpsuits and purveying this type of ultra-melodic, ultra-dynamic music at the time – MUSHROOMHEADsounded like nothing else. The band’s merging of metal, atmospheric elements, rock, and theatrics mixed with a punk DIY attitude has inspired and spawned other bands. Even though MUSHROOMHEAD’s music is rock-leaning in thought, the group remains firmly committed to pushing the envelope and trying new things. Influences range from the driving rhythms and breakneck turns of Pantera, to the dark melodies of Faith No More, to the atmospheric stylings of Pink Floyd, but all done in MUSHROOMHEAD style.