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by Mushroomhead
When Mushroomhead signed with Universal in 2001, fans' reactions ranged from elation to knee-jerk pessimism. Some followers were thrilled that Cleveland's best-kept alternative metal secret had hooked up with a major label and hoped that the headbangers would finally receive the sort of national success they deserved; pessimists feared


When Mushroomhead signed with Universal in 2001, fans' reactions ranged from elation to knee-jerk pessimism. Some followers were thrilled that Cleveland's best-kept alternative metal secret had hooked up with a major label and hoped that the headbangers would finally receive the sort of national success they deserved; pessimists feared that a corporate powerhouse like Universal would neuter Mushroomhead and try to take away their risk-taking spirit. On a creative level, XIII is the first album that really tests Mushroomhead's relationship with Universal; it's the first album they actually recorded for Universal, whereas their previous album, XX, was originally an indie release before Universal remastered and re-released it. As it turns out, the pessimists had nothing to worry about; XIII is no less adventurous than Mushroomhead's pre-Universal output. XIII sounds quite focused but never comes across as contrived, and longtime followers will be happy to know that this 2003 release is state-of-the-art Mushroomhead -- forceful, loud, and in your face, but melodic and intricate as well. Bombast is still an important part of the picture, although not at the expense of musicality. And true to form, Mushroomhead continues to find inspiration in a variety of music. Metal remains the foundation -- they're an alt-metal band first and foremost -- but punk, rap, industrial, techno, and goth are still effective, tastefully applied ingredients. XIII has inspired a variety of interesting comparisons; reviewers have mentioned everyone from Marilyn Manson to Evanescence to Slipknot and Sevendust when describing XIII. But truth be told, Mushroomhead had a distinctive, recognizable sound (and a devoted cult following in Cleveland) long before Evanescence, Slipknot, or Sevendust broke through commercially -- and it would be a huge mistake to think that Mushroomhead is actually trying to emulate any other artists. XIII is the work of metalheads who have never been afraid to be original -- a band that, creatively, doesn't lose a thing on this Universal disc.

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Performance Credits

Mushroomhead   Primary Artist
Jens Kidman   Vocals
Devon Gorman   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sammy Hagar   Composer
Michael Anthony   Composer
Mike Roberts   Pro-Tools
Eddie Van Halen   Composer
Alex Van Halen   Composer
Matt Wallace   Producer
Mike Landolt   Engineer
Dan Murphy   Composer
Jocke Skog   Engineer
Bill Korecky   Engineer
Tadpole   Engineer
Mushroomhead   Producer
Mark Adelman   Management
Johnny K   Producer,Engineer
Dave Felton   Composer
Steve Felton   Composer,Producer,Pro-Tools
Stu Sobol   Management
Marko Vukcevich   Composer

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XIII 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Any fan of Mushroomhead's first album will LOVE their sophomore release. "Sun Doesn't Rise" is an amazing song! And if you think that rocks, wait until you hear the others! Awesomeness! I RECOMMEND THIS CD TO EVERYONE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's the most hardcore CD of the year. Mushroomhead provides those lyrics that help you get through the day. At first I thought nothing could be better than their first debut album "XX". But I was WRONG! XIII is such a great album I bought three copies of it. One for work, one in the car, and one at home. That way its never away. If you haven't bought this CD yet do it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great metal album. Mushroomhead kicks butt.
Guest More than 1 year ago
once again, the metal community has been slammed in the face with another incredible album from mushroomhead. ever since i had heard the first album so long ago, i had anticipated the birth of another from the masters of metal. unique and purely satisfying, XIII is one of those albums where you can set the repeat on your cd player and listen for hours, enjoying every second. without doubt, one of the very few albums that shatters the jaws of millions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautiful music from a group of dedicated individuals with true love of their art. Guaranteed to make you bob your head and shake your fist like a maniac.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead is one of the greatest bands out there now. I have had the privilage of having all of the albums that they made and every album gets better. To me, "XIII" is a masterpiece both musically and lyrically. With songs like "Sun Doesn't Rise", "Nowhere To Go", "Eternal", and "Crazy" (which is a cover of Seal's "Crazy"), this album is a must have for any Metal fan. It comes to show that Metal is not dead, it is slowly rising and with a band like Mushroomhead, it will only help Metal to rise. Mushroomhead's new album "XIII" is a great album and they get better everytime. Who ever said that thirteen is an unlucky number?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Again! Mushroomehad puts out another Great CD! XIII is one of the best CD's of 2003. Extremely worth buying. Nothing but great songs throughout the entire album. If you liked their previous albums you will Love XIII.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirteen is a great release from clevelands mushroomhead, Its full of hard hitting edgy metal.. the entire album is very well written. From the start of Kill Tomorrow til the end of Crazy, you will love this cd. Becoming cold and The war inside are probably the best songs on it, both are amazing and very catchy. Crazy, which appears during the end of Thirteen, is an absolutely astonishing cover of Seal. Thirteen itself is another great song, being the instrumental on the album, people will probably overlook it. Overall this cd is one of their best, second only to Superbuick. Do yourself a favor and pick up this cd. [Filthy Hands Crew] [lociferx]
Guest More than 1 year ago
"XIII" marks Mushroomhead's first album of new material since 1999. Their 2001 major label debut, "XX," was a compilation of earlier material remixed for national release. But "XIII" contains all new songs. Better yet, it obliterates the "sophmore slump." They've delivered an album that feels more like a cohesive record that "XX." They succeed with metal aggression on "Kill Tomorrow" and "The Dream is Over." They suceed with thier patented attack on "Sun Doesn't Rise" and "Becoming Cold (216)." They succeed with ethereal, omnipotent feeling on "One More Day" and "Nowhere to Go." They even pull off a cover of Seal's "Crazy," which stands as the best heavy cover of a pop song since Alien Ant Farm did "Smooth Criminal." The album simply succeeds on so many levels. I urge all metal fans to buy the ablum. Right now. Run. It's that good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is off the Wall! It hasn't left my cd player since oct 14!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Actually for those of you who think Mushroomhead is copying Slipknot with the mask thing, Mushroomhead actually started wearing masks before slipknot did. So technically Slipknot Is Copying Mushroomhead. Still Great music but a little bit controlled then Slipknot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THe band that everyone mistakes for a Slipknot wanna be. It's not true and their new album XIII proves it. Mushroomhead is absolutely great on this album. Whether you hear the soft melodic tones of the song titled "XIII" or the death metalish sounds of "Becoming Cold," Mushroomhead is always a mind trip and a great CD to listen to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If You buy one album this year make it xiii with an awesome line up and lyrics that will crash a hole in your head... This is the one we've been waiting for go out and get it now
Guest More than 1 year ago
People, believe me when I say this is truly Mushroomhead at their best. The guiatrs, the bass, the drums, all worked out to a fine art. Heavy, soft, rappish, classical. This album has it all. It's truly unbelievable how far Mushroomhead has come and how long they've been un-noticed. If you haven't picked up this album, you'd better. They aren't Slipknot wanna-be's. Listen it and find out...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead. Probably one of the greatest bands of all time. These guys have seen and conquered it all. From their first album that was self titled, all the way to XIII these guy know their $#*!. EVERY song on this album is grand beyond beliefe. Also The guest vocals on this album that appear on songs like "One More Day" and "The Dream is Over" blow you away. I conclude my review with these words, "GO BUY XIII"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album, i hate how everyone thinks that they copied off of slipknot. they are much better than them infact, and atleast mushroomhead uses all their members.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead surprised me when their first cd ended up rocking. Stil i've been a slipknot fan for 3 years, and i can't get over the fact that they were the masks, and have so many up front band members. Respectfully, i give this cd a four out of five, because it does rock, but still, if they do ever make more music, they have to quit with the slipknot act. Mushroomhead's music is completly different that Slipknot's. So don't get the two band confused, but i recomend it for non-slipknot fans
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new CD done by Mushroomhead is amazing. It was very well mixed, with nothing too heavy, or too light.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead's new cd XIII explores a different side of rock, moving away from the samples and keyboards but still managing to pull it off with rock guitars, drums and great great vocals. Mushroomhead's XIII has a Faith no more feel to it and for all whom don't know FAITHNOMORE ****ing innovated rock making room for more than..hair bands. I give Mushroomhead's XIII 5 stars cause it's simple perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't have the new MUSHROOMHEAD, buy it now. This is their best work you'll will ever hear. All the tracks have that feeling or presence in the tracks. Like your watching them live but, in your CD player. There should be more than a 5 stars to give.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead is a band that is able to nearly transcend the talentless nu-metal scene they are associated with. XIII shows this perfectly. The progressive elements of early 90s alt rock is definitely present throughout the album. The keyboards are perfectly integrated, and the two singers contrasting styles make for a very interesting listen. This album is excellent but it certainly borrows heavily from Faith No More, who also integrated keyboards with melodic song structures, and the soft-scream vocals sound like King For A Day era FNM. Of course, of all the Mike Patton imitators to come along in the past few years, these guys are the best, and add a lot of their own style to it. A highly recommended listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love mushroomhead these guys are a whole lot better than slipknot simply talented and also they stay true to their sound j mann youll be missed in mushroom waylon good luck you guys are awesome keep making music
Guest More than 1 year ago
XIII is extrordinary. The beats and melodies of the entire album are dope. Mushroomhead could not have delivered us with a more better album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the greatest CD's to come out... I recomend that everyone should buy this... also buy "XX" if you havnt already... the guys from mushroomhead are great... very talented... great band to listen to.