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

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