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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.   Come On
  4.   Simple Survival
  5.   The Feel
  6.   Out of My Mind
  7.   Qwerty
  8.   43
  9.   Bwomp
  10.   The Fallen
  11.   Never Let It Go
  12.   Our Apologies
  13.   Darker Days
  14.   These Filthy Hands
  15.   Portraits of the Poor
  16.   Burn the Bridge
  17.   How Many Times
  18.   Episode 29
  19.   Graveyard du Jour
  20.   The Harm You Do
  21.   Just Pretending
  22.   Erase the Doubt
  23.   Born of Desire
  24.   Slow Thing
  25.   Rumor Has It
  26.   Exploiting Your Weakness
  27.   Harvest the Garden
  28.   Flattened
  29.   Idle Worship
  30.   12 Hundred
  31.   Save Us
  32.   Before I Die
  33.   Simpleton
  34.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  35.   Everyone's Got One
  36.   Big Brother
  37.   The Wrist
  38.   Son of 7
  39.   The Final Act
  40.   Slaughterhouse Road
  41.   Embrace the Ending
  42.   The New Cult King
  43.   Worlds Collide
  44.   This Cold Reign
  45.   I'll Be Here
  46.   Holes in the Void
  47.   Do I Know You?
  48.   Fear Held Dear
  49.   Damage Done
  50.   Mommy
  51.   For Your Pleasure
  52.   We Are the Truth
  53.   Childlike
  54.   Devils Be Damned
  55.   Conflict-The Argument Goes On...
  56.   Your Demise
  57.   Inspiration
  58.   Cut Me
  59.   The Need
  60.   Tattoo
  61.   Xeroxed
  62.   Snap
  63.   Indifferent
  64.   Casualties in B Minor
  65.   Too Much Nothing
  66.   Inevitable
  67.   Your Soul Is Mine
  68.   Burn
  69.   Chancre Sore
  70.   2nd Thoughts
  71.   Intermission
  72.   Elevation
  73.   Ego Tripp
  74.   Beauteous
  75.   Dark and Evil Joe

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