MUSHROOMHEAD has just announced a new tour starting on July 1 2020, travelling from Germany, through the Netherlands and France, amongst other countries. This enigmatic, alternative nu-metal band is not only known for its stunningly theatrical live performances and artsy masks – being truly innovative, MUSHROOMHEAD has forged new ground in the rock/metal world and influenced many other to push the envelope by merging new forms of art into rock. The distinguished combination of metal, rap, rock and atmospheric elements draws the listener into a different cosmos, creating a desire for more.
MUSHROOMHEAD – are one of the most unique and adventurous alternative metal bands working today. Known for their stunningly theatrical live show and artsy masks, this innovative band has forged new ground in the rock world and influenced many other bands to push the envelope and bring art into rock. Formed in the late 80ies in Cleveland Ohio, the band’s combination of metal, rock and atmospheric elements has struck a chord with thousands of fans worldwide.
MUSHROOMHEAD have been performing incognito since 1993, when drummer Skinny founded the band. The band was meant to be a side-project so they wore masks to go unrecognized, but after only a few shows they developed a rabid and loyal fan base in Cleveland. MUSHROOMHEAD released their 1995 self-titled debut album independently and it went on to became an underground hit. This was history in the making because the band really had no proper distribution. Superbuick followed in 1996 and M3 in 1999, all released via an underground street effort. After the band felt its image and hyper-melodic, heavy style of music was being diluted by other bands jumping into this space, the band started to change their look to reflect nothing out there. After a brief stint on Eclipse Records, a move to Universal Records saw the release of XX (a combination of the past independent releases) in 2001 and XIII in 2003. The band’s last album sold over 200,000 units in the USA alone. MUSHROOMHEAD released Savior Sorrow for the pioneering rock label, Megaforce Records (Metallica, Anthrax, Ministry, Warren Haynes, Bad Brains) in 2006. MUSHROOMHEAD released Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children in the Fall of 2010 and it debuted at #44 on Billboard charts. MUSHROOMHEAD released The Righteous & The Butterfly in early Summer 2014, which also saw the first new release to feature J Mann since his return to the band in 2013.
It can be said that MUSHROOMHEAD’s musical ascendance was a singular, original, aesthetic of eight guys decked out in coordinated outfits and artsy masks, playing unbelievable, unsettling music. No other band was like it at the time. MUSHROOMHEAD sounded like nothing else. The band’s merging of metal, atmospheric elements, rock, and theatrics mixed with a punk DIY attitude has inspired and spawned other bands. Even though MUSHROOMHEAD’s music is rock-leaning in thought, the group remains firmly committed to pushing the envelope and trying new things. Influences range from the driving rhythms and breakneck turns of Pantera, to the dark melodies of Faith No More, to the atmospheric stylings of Pink Floyd, but all done in MUSHROOMHEAD style.
BLOODSUCKING ZOMBIES FROM OUTER SPACE
„B-Movie Creatures – that´s what we are…“
Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space – a name, to which there is not much left to add. At least to all that, what inevitably unfolds in your mind’s eye: zombies, massacres, and the apocalypse quasi – that much is clear.
However, the idea of a zombiesque horror show not even closely pays tribute to the four protagonists: Dead „Richy“ Gein (dr, voc), Mr. „Jim“ Evilize (guit), Dr. „He-Man“ Schreck (bass) and Reverend „Bloodbath“ (guit, keys) are not grotesquely painted puppets, rather a sophisticated stage quartet, which has much to offer to both the eye and the ear. Accordingly, it is pretty hard to classify them as a specific genre, as they serve various ones. To put it all in a nutshell, let’s call it Horrorbilly – and having establishing a new musical genre only a few musicians can claim. The conceptual stage show, the perfect musical interaction and all the fun that this not entirely earthly troop has been having in the original lineup for almost 15 years now, are probably responsible for ensuring a steadily growing fan base, sold out shows and ongoing success. This was rewarded in 2015 with the awarding of an Amadeus Austrian Music Award in the category “Hard & Heavy“.
Categorisations of the Bloodsucking Zombies from Outer Space are not that easy, as mentioned earlier. Although their by now eight albums and six EPs reflect a ghoulish tone wrapped in a sheath of splatter-humour, a certain musical diversity cannot be denied. The balancing act between dancing pogo to „Monster Mutant Boogie“ and singing “Der Kopf deiner Mutter” in Viennese dialect is a powerful and daring one. The good thing about it: it has worked out and is still going on!
Not only over here but across the stages of the European continent, whether in Finland or in Germany – the masses were immediately beguiled with the Zombie spell.
Besides they also decided to start their own label “Schlitzer Pepi Records” in 2011, on which in 2015 their album „Mörder Blues 2 – Die Rückkehr Der Pompfüneberer“ was released, with which they entered into the Austrian album charts for the first time. The musical Zombie Apocalypse has therefore already begun and the only thing you really have to fear is to perhaps also fall under their spell.
„Stay wild, sick and undead!“
Welcome to the show…
Maddison take raw angst, emotion and huge guitars, and add a crisp and modern shimmer to their music, which is driven by topics such as anxiety, depression, and loss. The band aim to uplift anyone who listens, anyone who has been through tough times, and send a clear message that there is hope, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Maddison released their debut album, ‘The Dark’ in 2017, and quickly amassed a large online following. Their follow up EP, ‘Recovery’, not only showed a solid evolution in their song writing, but with the execution in which they perform their music. Now with almost two million streams on Spotify and over 50,000 followers on Instagram and climbing rapidly, Maddison are a force to be reckoned with. The band are now set to unleash their second album ‚Keep On Breathing‘ on 10th April 2020, with the first single from the album, ‘Masquerade’ released on 10th January.