XIII review by Mushroomhead

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  • Released: Oct 14, 2003
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 8
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.5 (24 votes)
Mushroomhead: XIII

Sound — 10
OK, to start this review off, you may have heard feuds between Mushroomhead and Slipknot, and everyone knows that Slipknot is more popular. But lets get the fact straight. Slipknot DID in fact take Mushroomhead's originality when it came to style. Slipknot simply did better in the music category at the time. Mushroomhead has been around for 10 years, and finally are starting to get some respect they deserve. Their latest album colaborates many elements of music you hear today, but in their own heavy kind of style. Some get all of your adrenaline going, some have soft touches, and then there are those that freak the hell out of you. You don't hear much like them due to the fact they have two lead vocals. Also, eight band members to top it off...

Lyrics — 8
The lyrics... nothing too innovative here, but definitely get you thinking what both of them are talking about (Jeffrey Nothing and J Mann). They both do blend into the music really well. J Mann (we'll describe him as the screaming vocals) is excellent in practically every aspect. Nothing he can't reach. At certain points, Jeffrey Nothing (the calmer one) rings his voice a bit too much. Don't get me wrong, he's a big part of what they are. But just sometimes, when he rings his voice, he can get annoying. Almost sounds whiney.

Overall Impression — 10
If you're really into metal, or Nu-Metal if your the type of person who likes to categorize music more than it should be ;), then you should definitely consider buying this album. They have dramatically improved their musical skills and shouldn't let you down. Every song is good to excellent. One side note though... if you do happen to listen to it or buy it, as you listen to the last song "Thirteen", just remember the actual good part doesn't begin til around 5:22 and ends at 9:30. Interesting?

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