MAY 22nd 2014

Review by Ruben Mosqueda

I don’t like the name I don’t like the gimmick but I do have a newfound respect for Mushroomhead on their latest album ‘The Righteous & The Butterfly.’ For years this band has been looked upon as a ‘Slipknot’ clone by clueless old school metal fans. Things couldn’t be father from the truth; in fact Mushroomhead have always balanced melody with aggression with fantastic results. I just simply didn’t think their previous albums as a whole are that strong.

Mushroomhead has suffered from some key losses however the machine has kept rolling. The lead off track "Qwerty" hit radio in mid-April and received critical acclaim; it helped create a nice buzz leading to album release date. In years past the guys in Mushroomhead laid claim that Faith No More and Mr. Bungle have been instrumental in shaping and influencing the band into what it is today. While in years past I would have disregarded such a statement; in 2014 I think I can finally hear it in their music. ‘The Righteous & The Butterfly’ is to date Mushroomhead’s strongest album and is destined to blow the doors wide open for them. The tracks; "Graveyard Du Jour," "Qwerty," "Portraits of the People" and "Out of My Mind” are evidence of this and should crowbar their way into their set list if they haven’t already. If you haven’t listened to the band before this would be a great place to start. If you have listened to them in the past and were turned off, try again this time around. You won’t be disappointed.