The Righteous & The Butterfly by Mushroomhead

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Mushroomhead: The Righteous & The Butterfly

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Mushroomhead released The Righteous & The Butterfly on May 14, 2014 and would be dedicated to John “JJ Righteous” Sekula (Mushroomhead’s original guitarist who passed away in 2010) and Steve “Skinny” Felton’s wife, Vanessa Solowiow (passed away in 2013 aka the Butterfly). After 4 years of no playing and acquiring several new members, Mushroomhead does a great job on the return.

The Righteous & The Butterfly is by far their heaviest album to date. In 2012, Mushroomhead would release a statement that they are working on the new album and would later premier “Qwerty” as a pre-release taste of the album. “Qwerty” alone had serious power behind it and would tell the world that Mushroomhead is back and they mean business. The album overall gives the listener the feeling of pain and anger that the members had “built up” from the death of JJ Righteous and Skinny’s wife.

Recording of the album would take place at the Filthy Hands Studio, their own studio that was ultimately established in the 1990’s under the name Shroomco Records. The sound of this album is not only Mushroomhead’s heaviest album, but still has the “ballad-esque” songs. Do not let the word ballad deter you from taking a listen to the album though. (Remember the glam metal bands of the 80’s did it and they’re still being played on the radio today!) The ballads featured on the album are still powerful and the listener can definitely hear the pain that the band held for 4 years. Such songs are “Childlike” and “Portraits of the Poor,” but they both are worth a listen. The heavier songs definitely exemplify the anger the band has felt through the years. Such songs are “Our Apologies” and “Qwerty.” Mushroomhead also covered the acclaimed song “Rumor Has it” by none other than Adele. This was a surprising cover on Mushroomhead’s part, but none the less offers the listener with something borderline crazy to listen to. I suppose it is no different than when they covered Seal’s “Crazy.” The album itself has its own “story line” to it. It starts out climatic with “Our Apologies” and peaks with the “Childlike” and “Portraits of the Poor,” both the ballads of the album as mentioned above. Finally the song ends on a heavy note with their cover of “Rumor Has it” by Adele if you have the regular version of the album.

The members featured on The Righteous & The Butterfly include:

  • Jefferey Hatrix – clean vocals
  • Jason Popson – harsh & rap vocals
  • Waylon Reavis- clean & harsh vocals
  • Tommy “Church” Church – guitar
  • Ryan “Dr. F” Farrell – bass guitar
  • Steve “Skinny” Felton – drums, assorted percussion
  • Robbie “Roberto Diablo” Godsey – drumd (tracks 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 12), assorted percussion, water drums
  • Tom “Schmotz” Schmitz -keyboards, assorted electronics
  • Rick “ST1TCH” Thomas – turntables,assorted electronics, assorted percussion, water drums
  • Jus Mic (also lead singer of 10,000 Cadillacs) – lead vocals on “Childlike”
  • Jackie LaPonza (also the lead singer of Unsaid Fate) – vocals (tracks 8, 15, 16, 17)

Track Listing:

1. “Our Apologies” 3:24
2. “How Many Times” 4:50
3. “Devils Be Damned” 3:16
4. “Qwerty” 3:30
5. “Portraits of the Poor” 3:31
6. “Childlike” (feat. Jus Mic of 10,000 Cadillacs) 1:45
7. “This Cold Reign” 4:04
8. “We Are the Truth” (feat. Jackie Laponza of Unsaid Fate) 4:05
9. “Son of 7” 3:29
10. “For Your Pleasure” 4:12
11. “Worlds Collide” 4:19
12. “Graveyard Du Jour” 3:20
13. “Out of My Mind” 3:35
14. “Rumor Has It” (Adele cover) 3:39

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