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Mushroomhead @ Marquee Theatre

Metal act Mushroomhead is rarely mentioned in the mainstream music media, and if it is mentioned, it's usually because it's being compared to Slipknot. Not that the comparisons don't make sense — both bands are similar-sounding seven-piece groups in creepy masks. Except Mushroomhead has been around since 1993 (Slipknot was formed in '95), and its sound is closer to a fusion of Slipknot, Disturbed, and whatever Jeffrey Dahmer probably listened to in his apartment. Take, for example, "43" off the self-titled debut album, in which an off-key music-box melody is the backdrop for crunching drums and froggy, dragging vocals. Originally a side project for several Cleveland-area musicians, Mushroomhead was playing in front of 2,000 people alongside metal band GWAR by the time it had booked a second show. Over seven albums that combine industrial metal, hip-hop, goth, and punk, the band has sold almost a million units worldwide. With a new album in the works (rumored for an early summer release) and mask-maker Dave Henson Greathouse competing on the SyFy special effects competition Face Off, you can expect to see a lot more of Mushroomhead in 2013.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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