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Known for their theatrical live show and the black masks that most of their members wear on-stage, Mushroomhead are one of the more unique and adventurous alternative metal outfits that emerged in the 1990s. And the Cleveland band's music is as interesting as its image; Mushroomhead's forceful yet melodic alterna-metal incorporates elements of hip-hop, punk, and goth rock as well as industrial and techno. The members of Mushroomhead have been performing incognito since 1993, when drummer Skinny founded the band. At first, Mushroomhead were only meant to be a side project. Their members were playing in various local bands at the time, and they wore the blacks masks (which look like a cross between S&M/bondage masks and World War I gas masks) so that people wouldn't recognize them. The only Mushroomhead member who doesn't wear a black mask opts for Kiss-like clown makeup instead. After a few years, Mushroomhead became one of Cleveland's top local attractions -- and the bandmembers kept wearing the masks when they saw how intriguing people found them to be. Mushroomhead's self-titled debut album was released independently in 1995, followed by Superbuick in 1996 and M3 in 1999. The Midwesterners signed with Eclipse in 2000, and their next album, XX, came out the following year. In 2001, Mushroomhead's members included drummer/founder Skinny, lead vocalists J-Mann and Jeffrey Nothing, guitarists Bronson and Gravy, keyboardist Shmotz, bassist Pig Benis, and sample provider Stitch when they signed to Universal Records to re-release XX. Their first proper effort for the label was 2003's dynamic XIII, but the band soon parted ways with not only Universal, but also vocalist J-Mann during a subsequent tour. Undeterred, Mushroomhead pressed on with their D.I.Y. ethos intact and welcomed new frontman Waylon, formerly of 3 Quarters Dead, into the fray. The DVD Mushroomhead, Vol. 1 followed in mid-2005 before the guys returned in September 2006 with Savior Sorrow, released through New York-based indie Megaforce Records. Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, the band's seventh studio album, arrived in 2010, followed in 2014 by The Righteous & the Butterfly. ~ Alex Henderson
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  2.   Solitaire Unraveling
  3.   Simple Survival
  4.   Come On
  5.   Qwerty
  6.   Out of My Mind
  7.   These Filthy Hands
  8.   Bwomp
  9.   Rumor Has It
  10.   Save Us
  11.   Burn
  12.   Our Apologies
  13.   43
  14.   I'll Be Here
  15.   Tattoo
  16.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  17.   Flattened
  18.   Episode 29
  19.   We Are the Truth
  20.   Holes in the Void
  21.   Just Pretending
  22.   12 Hundred
  23.   The New Cult King
  24.   Cut Me
  25.   Ego Tripp
  26.   Worlds Collide
  27.   For Your Pleasure
  28.   Son of 7
  29.   Idle Worship
  30.   Before I Die
  31.   Simpleton
  32.   Mommy
  33.   The Final Act
  34.   Indifferent
  35.   This Cold Reign
  36.   The Harm You Do
  37.   The Feel
  38.   Slaughterhouse Road
  39.   Darker Days
  40.   Burn the Bridge
  41.   Fear Held Dear
  42.   Big Brother
  43.   Embrace the Ending
  44.   The Fallen
  45.   The Need
  46.   Born of Desire
  47.   Slow Thing
  48.   Everyone's Got One
  49.   Beauteous
  50.   Inevitable
  51.   Damage Done
  52.   The Wrist
  53.   Snap
  54.   2nd Thoughts
  55.   Elevation
  56.   Graveyard du Jour
  57.   Devils Be Damned
  58.   How Many Times
  59.   Dark and Evil Joe
  60.   Exploiting Your Weakness
  61.   Conflict-The Argument Goes On...
  62.   Your Demise
  63.   Do I Know You?
  64.   Chancre Sore
  65.   Casualties in B Minor
  66.   Too Much Nothing
  67.   Childlike
  68.   Portraits of the Poor
  69.   Harvest the Garden
  70.   Your Soul Is Mine
  71.   Erase the Doubt
  72.   Never Let It Go
  73.   Xeroxed
  74.   Inspiration
  75.   Intermission

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