After two recordings which I found to be this band's weakest in comparison to earlier albums, Cleveland's Mushroomhead appear to be revitalized if The Righteous & The Butterfly is any indication. While their eighth full-length release is certainly no Superbuick nor M3, it can very well be considered a healthy continuation to the acclaimed XIII. J Mann's presence is felt as early as the first track off this outing, with Jeffrey Nothing and Waylon not far behind him. The musicianship is adequate enough to suit the tone these guys were going for, if downright unsettling at times; Mushroomhead's cover of Adele's "Rumor Has It" is a glaring example. The vocal interplay is also a bit weak, for there seems to be a lot of focus on J Mann's overall performance. But in the end, The Righteous & The Butterfly is most likely that one album which should've came between the aforementioned XIII and Savior Sorrow.