XX

XX

by Mushroomhead
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XX

No one will accuse Mushroomhead of not having an intriguing image; on stage, most of their members wear black masks that look like a cross between S&M/bondage masks and World War I-style gas masks. The exception is the member who wears Kiss-like clown makeup instead. Mushroomhead's unusual look is definitely an attention-getter, but having an interesting image wouldn't mean much if the Cleveland band didn't have some worthwhile music to go with it. Thankfully, Mushroomhead's music is as creative as their image; XX, in fact, is among the most ambitious alternative metal releases of 2001. Far from generic, this CD successfully fuses alt-metal with everything from hip-hop, punk, and goth rock to industrial and techno. Plenty of headbangers have jumped on the rap-metal bandwagon, but how many metal bands that incorporate a lot of rapping also incorporate goth, industrial, and techno elements? At times, XX almost sounds like Rage Against the Machine meets Ministry by way of Bauhaus -- with some techno
ave exuberance added to the mix. That isn't exactly the most conventional mixture in the world, and the nice thing is that Mushroomhead's experimentation always sounds organic rather than forced or unnatural. Anyone who is seeking something fresh and risk-taking from alternative metal should make a point of hearing this superb CD.

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Release Date: 12/04/2001
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0044001643026
catalogNumber: 016430
Rank: 28880

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XX 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead: XX is originality at it's best, they have a uniqe blend of hard smashing riffs, bizaree sampling, and with Jeffrey Nothing and J Mann adding to opposite ends of the vocal spectrum and playing off of each other. This is a must have for any metal fan out there, song topics vary from inner turmoil to politics of everyday being, don't settle for a band that is just looking to get paid, try a band that actually uses their inrelligence and talent, if mushroomhead was runnin' for prez, i'd cast my vote.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While XX may only be a Mushroomhead ''greatest hits'' album, with almost all of the tracks being dated back to their prior, independent releases (Mushroomhead, Superbuick, M3), without a doubt, it exemplefies a true musical masterpiece. As J Mann's screams and Jefferey Nothing's monotonous melodies lead you into a blistering black metal heaven, you can't help but be lost in the digital effects, put forth by Shmotz and Stitch. that Mushroomhead has become well known for. Almost a year ago, I picked up the Eclipse Records release of XX, and was amazed. Now that it's been released on Universal Records, anyone who wishes it has access to the album, and with that knowledge in hand, I strongly encourage ANYONE to go and give it a listen today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I was to pic one metal album from the last 5 years to call my favorite, this would be it. The advanced metal sound that is mushroomhead can not be dicribed. It's intense and insightful lyrics are mached by layer apon layer of pulsating & pounding insturmentals. XX is an instant classic for any metal lover out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead is a great band and their album (XX) really shows this. I got the CD and it is one of my favorite CDs. I recommend it to anyone that has good taste in music. XX is a great album by a great band and is definitely worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
controversy has it saying, that slipknot copyed mushroomhead, if u are a huge underground fan of slipknot, u know that they came around in 1992 under the name Painface, w/ masks and all. Mushroomhead came out around the same time, so that ends that. Great album, lots of unique tracks w/ great vocals and sound
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead's debut album ''XX'' is definitely a great way to enter the entertainment world. The music is dark, but it's got an awesome sound. If you enjoy listening to Slipknot or Coal Chamber even, you'll love Mushroomhead! Check it out...
Guest More than 1 year ago
i gotta say this band is pretty awesome i love the bassist the most in this group big benis you make mushroomhead a whole lot better i love you guys keep makin music mushroomhead you guys are doing such a good job in the metal world
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mushroomhead is metal at it's best. XX is their first hit cd and is slowly moving up the charts to make them famous. The music is fast & intricate. It's adrenaline pumping. It's an album that really can't be described. You need to listen to it yourself to know what you really think about the album. All I can say is there is nothing else like it and you might not hear anything like it for a long time. To see them play this cd in a concert is a great experience. All I can say is that they are very theatrical with lights & their masks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
good cd. must have
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
this band is alot better than trivium also this band is 100XXX more melodic than trivium mushroomhead is one of very few metal bands to come out of clevland ohio this band features very talented guys playing instruments i love this band alot more than trivium we got bronson and gravy on guitar pig benis on bass jeffery nothing and j mann on vocals and stitch on samples and turntables and shmots on keyboards this band is alot better than trivium at least this band is just as good and just as heavy as slipknot iv been a fan of both slipknot and mushroomhead since both bands started releasing albums mushroomhead and slipknot are both amazing bands you gotta check out mushroomhead also slipknot
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is a combination of several different types of music. They have the guitars that make it very metal. They have two good singers. One can sing very fast and scream. The other singers voice is more meodic and creepy. Then you have the industrial part with the samplier. In some songs it even gets classical thanks to the keyboardist. All these forces combine to form a new kind of music. Every song is different. You have songs that are straight metal others that are industrial. With the two vocalist singing interesting but mysterious lyrics you get one good band.
Guest More than 1 year ago
is a good band, with lots of talent, originality, but i'm gonna touch a subject no one wants to here.... they are similar to slipknot and Korn... but no one copied anyone, they just got the same ideas as each other, but i must say, one of their lead singers IS copying John Davis of Korn w/ his vocals, HIGHLY RECOMENDDED to slipknot fans
Guest More than 1 year ago
The term ''nu-metal'' is often used to describe Mushroomhead, however, after listening to XX it is nearly impossible to place them into one category. They take hold of every instrument in the band, sometimes a song revolves around the keyboard while other times around the guitar or vocals. ''Bwomp'' takes elements from metal, techno, rap, and other genres of music and blends them into one awesome masterpiece. ''Solitaire Unraveling'', the first single off of XX, leaves you speechless and ready for more; Jeffrey Nothing's gothic-like vocals chill your spine and J Mann's thunderous growling crushes you down. On the other hand, songs like ''Xeroxed'' and ''Before I Die'' show how Mushroomhead can thrash unlike any other ''nu-metal'' band out there. This album is definately the best of the year, I give it 3 thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS CD RULES YOU HAVE TO GO OUT AND BUY IT. WHEN I BOUGHT IT I GET STOP HEARING IT!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
mushroomhead is a great band there very original i love to hear new things and the more original the better... their music's great and the cd is among my top 5 !!! everyone needs to listen to it
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the sh these people are the sh**'' no-1 would ever have the voice of jmann.these people are so incredible.once you listen to the song these filthy hands.it's going to become your favorite band ever.people say they are trying to copy slipknot? that's all bull.these guys came in 95 and slipknot came in 98.so you got any problem bring it'''' mushroomhead #1 for sho''
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great album but is pretty much a greatest hits to those who know mushroomhead. All of the songs on this album were taken off previous mushroomhead albums. To get them go to www.mushroomhead.org and go to the store. They have self-titled remake, superbuick original, remix remake as well as M3 a remake. Also don't forget they have a new album coming out on 10/14/03 which is promised to be a good one. The new single "sun doesnt't rise" is featured on the freddy vs. jason soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mushroomhead is one of the greatest bands out there... there original and everyone always likes to hear something original from most people ... you don't always wanna hear the same things all the time... xx is a great cd .. it should be a must have in everyones collection
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved this album just as much as xiii but this album had alot better songs than xiii did this album has alot of talented guys playing instruments cant wait till savior sorrow comes out
Guest More than 1 year ago
mushroomhead is one of the best metal bands or atleast most original. they come at you with awesome keyboards/synths, heavy guitars, pounding drums, lots of awesome bass, great vocals (two vocalists might i add), and top it all off with freaky samples, it's like eight nightmares coming together, and scaring the piss out of you, but at the same time making you go insane. the album XX really shows you what the band is all about by bringing songs from past independent cd's, and putting them on one cd to show you the best they can be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
XX is a must-have in any metal collection. With songs like Solitaire/Unraveling and Born Of Desire, Mushroomhead has created a musical force to be reckoned with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every once in a great while a band will pool their talents for the common goal of creating a masterpiece that will stand up against the test of time.Well right now as your reading this review an eight man masked army from Cleveland is rewritting the rules of heavy music with the help of their album XX.This amazing unit is like no other when it comes to melding together diferrent styles and genres.With the use of two vocalists,Jmann and Jefferry Nothing,this group is able to be heavy and loud at the same time as they are being deep,moody and melodic. The lyrical content of XX is unlike the average angst ridden content of their peers. In fact when you listen to XX you will find yourselves thinking and puzzling over each and every verse. I myself strongly suggest a listener to sit down and read the lyrics as they listen to the great investment they just made.Besides the lyrics there is also plenty of heavy beats to make you want to bounce.There is even some technoish influence on these intense beats that are provided by Skinny the drummer and the sampler Stitch. Plus on top of all that is a thick layer a fresh guitar riffs from the bands guitarists Gravy and Bronson. This all seems to be formed around the moody organ work of Schmoltz.Then there is my favorite member Pig Benis and he lays down some insane bass lines.The band has really out done themselves by creating their own style.XX is a non-stop rollercoaster ride. Every single track is a journey into the mind of Mushroomhead.There is a single called Solataire Unraveling which can be seen in video form on your local video station.The whole cd rocks from start to finish but some of my favorites are BWOMP, When I Die,and a Pink Floyd cover Empty Spaces that goes right into Born of Desire. This is this year's breakthrough album. So before the whole world knows who Mushroomhead is get ahead of the game and check out XX. Once you listen to the album you will ask yourself. Why didn't I buy this sooner. So buy XX you won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for a long time for a new hard core sound to come out. this cd is awsome. it's got a hard sound that doesn't go flat in the middle.Like some other cds do.it's as hard in the end as it was whan it started. no comercial pansy music here. simply pure hard core joy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very intense massive sound ! Different and creative! So buy it now!!!!!!!