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June 26, 2014
 

Mushroomhead’s “The Righteous & The Butterfly”

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Written by: pazzma5
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Mushroomhead, the influential industrial metal band from Cleveland, OH, has been burning up the road promoting their most recently released and eighth studio CD “The Righteous & The Butterfly”  much to the fist pumping delight of ravenous fans. The CD, released via Megaforce Records and recorded in Cleveland, was self produced with longtime co-producer Bill Korecky. The CD consists of 14 tracks, ranging from songs about survival and balance to emotionally charged anthems to a riff heavy rendition of Adele’s #1 hit “Rumor Has It”.
The CD is Mushroomhead’s first to reach the top 20 of the Billboard Top 200 chart in the United States, reaching #20, selling around 11,000 copies the first week. The album also, reached #1 in the Billboard Indie chart, their first album to do so. The Righteous & The Butterfly also, reached #5 in the Top Rock Albums and #1 in the Top Hard Rock Albums.
The album’s title “The Righteous & The Butterfly” is a dedication to original guitarist, J.J. Righteous and the band’s former photographer (and drummer Steve “Skinny” Felton’s wife) Vanessa Solowiow who both passed away too soon. “J.J. was a key member of our band” says Skinny. “He played on the first three records and Vanessa was our photographer and the mother of my children. They were both huge pieces of Mushroomhead and this record is dedicated to them.”
“The Righteous & The Butterfly” marks the return of vocalist J Mann and the debut of new guitarist Church and bassist Dr. F. “This album damn near wrote itself” proclaims Skinny.  “With J mann’s return, this album is a fresh twist on a familiar vibe. It’s also the first album with Church and Dr. F. They brought in fresh blood while keeping the integrity of the band’s sound and vision intact. This is the 20th year of Mushroomhead and this album is us getting back to our roots.”
Mushroomhead is currently comprised of drummers Skinny, Robert Diablo and Stitch, Vocalists J Mann, Jeffery Nothing & Waylon, guitarist Church, Keyboardist Schmotz, and bassist Dr. F.
The band will take over Piere’s in Fort Wayne, Indy on December 18th just in time share some righteous holiday mayhem!

 

*** As an important aside, we want to give mad props to some of the folks who help Mushroomhead look as fan-tab and unique as they do – David Henson Greathouse (“House”), Blind 7 Photography and Monobloc Studios. We’re big fans and followers of their creativity and passion!



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