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

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