Mushroomhead
Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children


2.0
poor

Review

by Hunter Ramirez USER (39 Reviews)
October 6th, 2010 | 40 replies | 15,522 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm pretty sure even ugly children deserve something better to listen to.

4 of 6 thought this review was well written

Mushroomhead is one of those bands that despite whatever is going on in music today manages to stand out, and it's not just them wearing masks either. They do have a very original flow and creative energy that separates them from your average metal band with electronic sounds. I remember listening to XX back in my nu-metal craze and it instantly stood out with it's duel vocals, use of sampling, and creepy atmosphere XXI also did not disappoint me in the slightest and managed to keep the ball going for them. After vocalist J-Mann left, they found hope in Waylon who much to his credit sounded very much like J-Mann and even has a wider range then his former, but the creative energy stumbled. A lot of the songs sounded very dull and most of the things that separated itself from the pack felt forced. Many saw Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children a redeemer of sorts, but it simply shows the band plummeting further into obscurity.

What makes this album a further disappointment is the fact that the band has become what seemed to be something beneath them, they became predictable in the worst way possible. Most of the songs on the album seem to ramble on with pretty basic and simple riffs, while Nothing and Waylon trade off vocals, occasionally they happen to throw in some bleeps and bloops of electronic sounds for good effect, but it just seems to ramble on. There are softer moments to be found on the album as well, but again they seem to have no imagination to them and only incite that sleepy feeling you get when you're reading a textbook. However there is occasionally a song or two that manages to work with the new style of the band.

From the first song in I'm already worried “Come On” seems to be the band trying it's hand at simple bar thrash metal with a little electronic doodle thrown in occasionally, it's sure to please your average metalhead, but I was left unsatisfied. However like aforementioned there are some songs that manage to work with this new simpler style, “Slaughterhouse Road”, “The Harm You Do”, and “Holes in the Void” the latter of which is admittedly the best balled-esque song they've performed to date. However the rest seem to carry on in too much a boring drone of thrash-riffs, and predictable samples and vocal patterns.

Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children is an ironic choice for an album title for them as they have less “beauty” in this record and more straight up ugly. This isn't a record for people who aren't raving mask-wearing, face-paint inducing fans of the sensation of Cleveland (and yes they actually have those). This is a record to please their fans which is sure to do effortlessly (the album opens up to form an upside-down cross if that's any indication of this). While for everyone else, you'll just skip over this as intended.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThePalestMexican
October 6th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Just a quick write up
Don't bash me too hard

BallsToTheWall
October 6th 2010



44164 Comments


Avaialable at 7.99 at Best Buy. Seriously almost bought it. Curiosity killed the cat, not this time.

Spec
October 6th 2010



27055 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I'm gonna neg out of anger for the negs I got.

Maniac!
October 6th 2010



26246 Comments


pos'ded

JWT155
October 6th 2010



9205 Comments


After the first single I'm avoiding this like the plague even though I like their past stuff to a
small extent. 12 Hundred and Sun Doesn't Rise Rule.

Spec
October 6th 2010



27055 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Pos'd as well.

Spec
October 6th 2010



27055 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I thought about checking this out. Now I know not to.

ThePalestMexican
October 6th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Yeah
Pretty boring

bloc
October 6th 2010



34675 Comments


Great summary, I knew this wouldn't be too hot. But then again, these have never been too great.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

ThePalestMexican
October 6th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Their first two albums were pretty awesome
everything else has been pretty bad, especially their "demos"

XulOnerom
October 6th 2010



1818 Comments


XX was awesome

Mike Patton-esque nu metal

Static
October 6th 2010



1643 Comments


it's too bad about this band. XX and XIII were pretty good nu metal albums. they definitely have a feel for melody and catchiness. guilty pleasures.


good review

OvrotLivesAgain
October 7th 2010



1501 Comments


In a fistfight with slipknot these guys would win.
Then be raped by GWAR.

Dryden
October 7th 2010



12928 Comments


space probed

XulOnerom
October 7th 2010



1818 Comments


They always had incredibly stupid lyrics

AbyssalCreation
October 7th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I was so disappointed in this, especially after the great Savior Sorrow.Only songs I enjoy from this are Burn the Bridge and Harvest the Garden.

linchpin313
October 7th 2010



813 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

the songs are ok, its just the terrible production that ruins it for me... just like their last album... i swear they are doing it on purpose...

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2010



8318 Comments


Not surprised that this sucks, because, you know, it's Mushroomhead afterall. Only interesting part of this band is St1tch (the keyboardist), and I much prefer him in Ventana anyway.

Good review Palest.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
October 7th 2010



7315 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nah. It's pretty good. Not on par with XIII, but still decent and more melody-driven.

Digging: Dog Fashion Disco - Sweet Nothings

LG
October 7th 2010



3049 Comments


You Serious Styles? Pig Benis use to be a great bassist. This is the only album where I'm not impressed by him.



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