Mushroomhead, and Dope

Don a mask, add a little paint, and rock

Oof, tough times for nü-metal these days, huh? Skinny, Schmotz, Pig Benis, and the rest of the Cleveland octet Mushroomhead may be feeling a bit like Donnie, Joey, Jordan, Danny and Jon circa 1992, but that just won't stop these masked, malevolent misfits -- these punk-thrash provocateurs -- from soldiering onward for their small but rabidly loyal following. Ask any devotee and they'll maintain with every beer-and-weed-polluted breath that the mighty 'Head was around long before Slipknot or Mudvayne. That's true. The band has been rockin' the jumpsuits and bondage-cum-gas mask headgear -- and appropriating the styles of Gwar, Faith No More, and Ministry -- for 12 years and counting. But they're still the Carl's Jr. of masked, horror-show metal.

Carl’s Jr. is more interesting, anyway: Mushroomhead outshines Slipknot’s McDonald’s routine.
Carl’s Jr. is more interesting, anyway: Mushroomhead outshines Slipknot’s McDonald’s routine.

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Scheduled to perform with 40 Below Summer on Friday, January 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12. Call 480-829-0607 for more information.
Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill in Tempe

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Dope, on the other hand, is like an E. coli-infested burger joint that inexplicably doesn't get shuttered by the health department. These clowns-without-makeup were nü-metal bottom feeders even during the genre's heyday, and since then, they've only managed to get worse. Bassist Sloane "Mosey" Jentry appears to be the smartest of the bunch -- he quit the band five days before this tour.

 
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