XIII Review

artist: Mushroomhead date: 08/30/2004 category: compact discs
Mushroomhead: XIII
Released: Oct 14, 2003
Genre: Rock
Tones: Rebellious, Visceral, Theatrical, Aggressive, Thuggish, Brash, Confrontational
Style: Alternative Metal
Number Of Tracks: 13
 Sound: 9.3
 Lyrics: 8.7
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9.3
XIII Reviewed by: sithian476, on november 13, 2003
1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: 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... // 10

Lyrics: 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. // 8

Overall Impression: 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? // 10

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overall: 8.7
XIII Reviewed by: pill2comawhite, on november 20, 2003
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: Mushroomhead's music in this album is great. Mushroomhead has matured with XIII in numberous ways. They have mellowed out in some songs and gone deeper then ever with their music adding acoustic sound as well as both J mann and J. Nothing singing simutaneously (in such songs as Thirteen) // 8

Lyrics: In the lyrical standings i would have to say it is relatively similar to past albums. J nothing has gone deep in such song songs as "no where to go" but hasn't there always been a deep meaning with mushroomhead? // 8

Overall Impression: Now this the main reason i wrote this review...Over the last month I have heard much disapproval of this album. Everyone seems to agree that it does not beat XX. There are aspects you have to see first though. XX is an album of their greatest hits, sorta speak, some of the songs are over 7 years old. XX was their ticket to combine 7 years of work in 1 album and grab the attention of such record companies as Universal. Well they did just that. Now this is a more recent Mushroomhead, it shows where they are today. They have great guitar riffs, skinny has gone crazy with his drumming and they have opened the gate for different style of music, from hip-hop to inustrial, acoustic to metal. Listen to the album for what it's worth and what it means, not if it compares to XX // 10

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overall: 10
XIII Reviewed by: unregistered, on august 30, 2004
0 of 2 people found this review helpful

Sound: This album has gotten a lot of bad reviews because people think that Mushroomhead are trying to sound and look like Slipknot. This is complete and utter B.S. Mushroomhead were formed and gigging long before Slipknot were formed, and this album sound nothing like anything that Slipknot have done. Both vocalists, J Mann and Jeffrey Nothing, have their own distinctive voices and make the crunching riffs and trembling drum and basslines stand out above all of the crap Slipknot have done. Not forgetting the samples and keyboards adding more melody to their already great songs. // 10

Lyrics: Nothing particularly out of the ordinary, however they don't go looking in the dictionary for "big" words like Slipknot have done on past albums, and they get you thinking about what they're both saying. // 10

Overall Impression: Now, as you are reading this review, you're thinking to yourself, "why is Slipknot mentioned twice if they sound nothing like them?" and I answer, So many people have compared these two bands looking for reasons to put Mushroomhead down, but the truth is, Mushroomhead are a truly amazing band, and it is undeniable from this album. If you haven't got this album, go out and buy it now! // 10

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