Infected Mushroom
Vicious Delicious


4.5
superb

Review

by IceColdSunshine USER (9 Reviews)
September 1st, 2012 | 20 replies | 6,935 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Maybe not be everyone's cup of coffee, but undeniably one of the most powerful and innovative psy-trance albums of all time.

Of all the albums I’ve ever owned, whether CD, mp3, or tape cassette (I’m not quite old enough to have ever had anything on vinyl), Vicious Delicious is by far my favourite. It is the first Infected album I’ve ever heard, and has been with me since 2008, when I first took an interest in electronic music.

In 2008, I was 16 years old, and was really into metal and hard rock, and all things related. I became interested in electronica when I saw Aphex Twin’s music video for “Come To Daddy,” which sent me on a search to find more music that would melt my brain which bizarre synths and sound effects, while still satisfying my craving for that heavy metal distortion sound that I loved so dearly.

So, after all that, you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across such wonders as “Heavyweight,” Suliman,” and “Becoming Insane,” three psytrance-based tracks slathered with heavy rock riffs that get stuck in your head for days and days. After doing some research on the album, and especially after seeing that the cover art had been designed by David Ho, using the same morbid Asian girl from Seether’s album, Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces, I knew I had to get it on my CD shelf.

Don’t get me wrong, though; I didn’t buy the album just for three tracks mentioned above, one of which was a radio hit single, and the cover art. That would be kind of superficial, wouldn’t it? No, I had a long, thorough listen to the album as a whole, multiple times before actually going out and spending money on it, and the three features that made me fall in love with it are as follows:
1. The musical experience. Each track flows beautifully with both the following track and the previous. Nearly every track blends into the next one, although sometimes it’s not as obvious as in others. This gives the album a unifying quality, making it seem much more like an experience, or a journey, if you will, rather than a mere playlist.
2. Variety and versatility. Each track on the album is unique in its own right, yet still maintains that signature Infected soundscape that makes each track both mind-bending and dance-inducing at the same time. In addition, each track seems to have a special feature that makes it stand out from the other tracks, such as the smorgasbord of heavy but catchy guitar riffs in “Suliman,” the build-up in “Vicious Delicious,” which may be the longest, most intense and emotional build-up I have ever heard, and the build-up in “Special Place,” which gradually picks up tempo as it goes on, but constantly adds more and more layers of percussion throughout, making it seem like the tempo isn’t actually increasing, but consistently resetting itself, like a motorcycle shifting gears.
3. Heavyweight. If, for some reason, the rest of the tracks don’t appeal to your senses, this one might just make you change your opinion. I would require a full page just to explain everything I love about this track, but briefly speaking, from the looming “danger overhead” tone set by the ominous “gongs” in the beginning, to the orchestral guitar synths and modulated vocal samples, to the sudden change in mood dead in the center of the song, which leads up to one of the most profound and passionate guitar solos of the decade, this near 9-minute musical manifesto of emotional havoc is an adventure all on its own.

There are, however, some short tracks on the album that stand out from the rest, which potential listeners should be warned of. These include the melancholy rock ballad known as “In Front of Me,” as well as “Artillery,” the hip-hop track featuring Swollen Members, made famous by the Adam Sandler movie You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, and the pop-oriented, semi-sarcastic anthem called “Forgive Me.” Tracks like these, which stray unnervingly far from the band’s psytrance roots, may be a problem for some of their earlier fans.

This album may never get the review it deserves, but I think it’s sufficient for now to say that while it is a far cry from Infected Mushroom’s more “pure” psychedelic works, Vicious Delicious is still one of their most powerful albums to date. The variety of genres explored in this album makes it a widely accessible piece of electronic art, opening up more minds to the psychedelic side of electronica than ever before.



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CaptainDooRight
September 1st 2012


29127 Comments


My bro my work digs this, pos

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Brostep
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2012


3449 Comments


Love this album. Is the new one (Army of Mushrooms) as good? I've heard less-than-positive things about it...

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
September 1st 2012


8817 Comments


Of all the albums I’ve ever owned, whether CD, mp3, or tape cassette (I’m not quite old enough to have ever had anything on vinyl)


it's like grating my brain :[

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Acanthus
September 1st 2012


9542 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Album is perfect. That being said, I hate when people over play this at shows/venues.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2012


31158 Comments


I never understood what people saw in these guys. I find their stuff to just be really boring and derivative

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KILL
September 1st 2012


71750 Comments


classical mushroom has some good tracks but yea agreed

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YankeeDudel
September 1st 2012


9313 Comments


They're good when you're high

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 1st 2012


31158 Comments


Yeah, but so can 90% of all music

mindleviticus
September 2nd 2012


8229 Comments


Viciously tedious is what it is.

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Acanthus
September 2nd 2012


9542 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@Dev - I'm not sure myself sir, perhaps it was a generational thing when raves were still around?

I enjoy psytrance so this is fun for me.

NightProwler
September 2nd 2012


6339 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Remember when this came out, and yeah much better when you're high. I enjoyed it's follower even more, though - Legend of the Black Shawarma.

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666Micrograms
January 29th 2013


923 Comments


Only high. Only. only only only only

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2013


8817 Comments


you can convince yourself anything is good when you're high so what's the point

YankeeDudel
January 29th 2013


9313 Comments


yea but id say psychedelic music much moreso no?

666Micrograms
January 30th 2013


923 Comments


not really actually. honestly when I'm tripping hard, classicaly inspired music like Kayo Dot, or extremely complex music like Blotted Science is the best. When you can hear EVERYTHING, bands' music takes a
whole nother form. Unless your REAALLY high, in which case something simple and dreamy like pink floyd is best served in a hammock 'neath a summers' afternoon

LungButter
September 1st 2013


171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Saw these guys last night. They closed with Becoming Insane which made my night. Oh yea, and a 3D laser/light show built into the stage. Amazing stuff, twas candy flippin hard that night.

MAGNIFICENT
October 5th 2013


191 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

In Front Of Me is epic.

Artuma
October 5th 2013


12957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

heavyweight is superb

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Nikkolae
April 17th 2014


4847 Comments


Heavyweight is a masterpiece

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BelchingSlime
May 1st 2014


23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah heavyweight is hngghhh



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