The Righteous & The Butterfly review by Mushroomhead

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  • Released: May 13, 2014
  • Sound: 7
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 5.9 (24 votes)
Mushroomhead: The Righteous & The Butterfly

Sound — 7
Mushroomhead formed in the mid '90s and were discovered and booked to open for GWAR pretty quickly after that, which helped to propel their career fairly quickly. They brought a mix of industrial and metal music which was still fairly rare at that time and made the band very unusual among their contemporaries. Initially, the masks and disguises used by the band were meant to distance them from the members' other projects/bands, but became an integral part of the band's live shows over time. This will be the band's first album in a long while without Gray and Pig Benis, who were replaced by Church and Dr. F, respectively. This will be the band's eighth studio album, and it contains 14 tracks with an approximate runtime of right around 51 minutes. The song "Qwerty" was released as the first single from the album in mid-April. 

The album opens up with the track "Our Apologies," which pretty much brings a straightforward heavy song, but from there the album mixes it up a little bit. "How Many Times" has passages that are reminiscent of Chevelle or Deftones, it has passages with stutter effects and has some straight up heaviness, as well. Then, you have tracks like the single, "Qwerty," which seem to be very heavily influenced by Faith No More. Think about Faith No More's "Angel Dust" era. "Portraits of the People" and "Childlike" are two more songs that seem to have some strong Faith No More influences going on in them. The band mixes up things as the album goes on, notably on tracks like "We Are еhe Truth" (which has Jackie Laponza from Unsaid Fate as a guest), which again seems a little bit like something Faith No More would have done. "Son of Seven" is heavy from beginning to end and doesn't really give much in the way of surprises, which at that point in the album is a surprise in and of itself. "For Your Pleasure" opens up with some heavy funk influences (because I'm getting tired of mentioning Faith No More in this review, but seriously though they're blatantly trying to be like Faith No More on some of these tracks) and kind of flirts with heaviness on the track, but then throws in some piano instead. "Worlds Collide" is another heavy song but is one of the more boring tracks except for some interesting stuff going on with the vocals. "Graveyard Du Jour" really seems more like a better marriage of Mushroomhead with their fascination with Faith No More - it still sounds like Mushroomhead, but the influences are still clearly there. "Out of My Mind" is another track that is all about the "heaviness" - nothing wrong with that! Then the album closes out with an Adele cover - yep, a cover of "Rumor Has It." It isn't a bad cover, but it doesn't grab me as hard as some heavy covers of pop songs do. I felt like this album was an experience to listen to, so that is a good thing, right?

Lyrics — 7
This album has some moments that remind me strongly of Mike Patton, in both vocal melody and lyrical content. To me, it is a welcome change as it just adds another layer to Mushroomhead but maybe they could use a little practice implementing these changes more smoothly. This is the first album with Jeffrey Nothing, J Mann, and Waylon Reavis all providing vocals. The payout of having these three vocalists together is a mixture of clean, dirty and rapped vocals running throughout the album. There isn't much to complain about regarding the vocal performances on the album. The lyrics may not be 100% correct, but here are some from the single "Qwerty": "One shot heard around the world/ gonna point it to the heavens/ gonna show the world that it was/ once said that whatever the cost we'll never surrender/ we will abandon the laws/ when the rich wage war and the patriotic whores dig their own graves for their own stake/ another casualty, another travesty." I like that the band is actually trying to say something, even though I can't make out every single thing that is said.

Overall Impression — 7
Mushroomhead's strength is that you can listen to this album and it feels like you are listening to a few different bands being shuffled, sometimes within the same track. Before I got a chance to listen to this album I had read a lot of negative stuff about this album, and I have to say that I strongly disagree with the negative opinions. If you listen to Mushroomhead like they're a secondary Slipknot, then no, you aren't going to like all of this album. But there is a lot of variety in the sound of this album and it is creatively adventurous in a lot of ways. My favorite songs on this album are probably "Graveyard Du Jour," "Qwerty," "Portraits of the People" and "Out of My Mind." Of course, one thing that can get old is the blatant attempt at copying one of their influences to the point where they almost don't sound like themselves anymore. Well, for some odd reason I want to go listen to some Faith No More now, so I'll wrap this up.

12 comments sorted by best / new / date

    As a native Northeast Ohioan and long time mushroomhead fan, i was really pumped for this release. This album starts off pretty strong but the 2nd half is fairly mediocre. Our Apologies, How Many Times, Devils Be Damned, Portraits of The Poor, This Cold Reign, and For Your pleasure are the only songs worth jamming. Also, this album suffers from the same issues the 2 previous shroomhead albums did. The mix and production are pretty bad compared to albums like XIII. My number one gripe is the muddy and bland guitar tones. it literally sounds like a 12 year old grabbed a bc rich with emgs and turned all the mids down and the lows on max. i know the guitars play 2nd fiddle to other instruments in the band but it isn't the sound you'd expect from a major band. j-mann sounds great as ever and so does waylon, but jeffrey nothing isn't represented enough on this album to me. its still a decent album but i find myself skipping many of the tracks. i never review an album until i have spun it for at least 2 weeks but thats my 2 cents so far. i guess i expected much more with the return of jmann
    I would disagree, Graveyard Du Jour lyrically is probably the strongest on the album. The song subject is also very powerful. Out of my Mind is a good one, and the Adele cover speaks for itself. Worlds Collide is a pretty strong track as well. I've given it a few complete listens with studio quality headphones and I thought the production was WAAAAY better than ANYTHING they've done. The tone you hear is intentional from the guitars, I thought they sounded a little harsh on "Graveyard" but I think it was intended to be that way. Listen to Beautiful Stories and tell me that album doesn't sound like a demo CD or something... I think this is their best album next to M3. I'd also say that Jeff Nothing sounds pretty heavily edited on this CD as compared to past releases. Would you agree? Cheers from NE Ohio \m/
    XIII is my fav mushroomhead album and the production and clarity on that record is awesome. it sounds like a major label record to me. BSFUC does sound like a demo cd to me as well. the other songs on TRATB aren't very musical to me and don't really go anywhere. They just aren't very creative. you would think that with so many band members and keys they could just "do more" with the song. instead, they have a few chugs on the muddy guitars and it stays repetitive. we are the truth is a perfect example. it keeps building up but doesn't "hit" the same guitar chords just played throughout the whole song. the songs i mentioned r written very well and flow great but savior sorrow had the same issues. there were some real standout tracks like 12 hundred save us and simple survival but others seemed rushed and boring. TRATB is still a decent album but i wasn't blown away by it or anything like i was XIII. I know most old school fans consider their early work the best but XIII was heavy and their wasnt a bad song on the record to me
    it's portraits of the poor, not people. u did mess up on some of the lyrics too.
    Son of Seven is by far my favorite from this album. The sound actually reminds me of that Nu-Djent thingy article few days ago.
    I still love FNM, but kinda fell off the Mushroomhead train very quickly after being very into them for a short period. I think Dillinger Escape Plan do it better and they only need one vocalist
    Psycho Pigeon
    stupid name
    the name represents their original guitarists j.j. righteous who passed away and their bands photographer and the drummers wife who also passed away. its a tribute album to them jackass