This Industrial Alternative-Metal band started as a side-project in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio USA, originally comprising lead vocalists Jeffrey Nothing and J Mann, guitarists Dinner and J.J. Rightous, bassist Mr. Murdernickle, keyboardist Schmotz, turntablist + sampler player DJ Virus and drummer Skinny, legal name Steve Felton.
The intention was to create an eclectic blend of extreme music combined with theatrical show, in fact, all members of the group wore black or gas masks on stage; Mushroomhead soon made an impact on the local scene and released their self-titled debut album in 1995, originally available only at shows, the record was re-issued in 2002 with different cover-art.
During the second half the '90s, the band experienced several changes in membership: Gravy, real name Dave Felton and Bronson replaced the original guitarists, Pig Benis stepped in and took over on bass for Mr. Murdernickle, turntablist + percussionist & sampler player Stitch replaced DJ Virus. The group released two more independent albums, "Superbuick" in 1996 and "M3" three years later.
After performing a series of live concerts including opening shows for Marilyn Manson,
in 2001 Mushroomhead recorded "XX", which was first issued independently and re-released
via Universal Records that same year, this album smashed into the Billboard's
Top Heatseekers chart at #6.
Not long after J Mann left the fold and was replaced by singer Waylon Reavis.
Two years later, "XIII" debuted on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #40, while the first single, "Sun Doesn't Rise" appeared on "Freddy Vs. Jason" soundtrack.
In September 2006 Mushroomhead released its sixth studio record, "Savior Sorrow". The disc reached #50 on The Billboard 200 and the lead single, "Simple Survival", made it to #39 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart.
The masked metallers next outing, "Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children", arrived in September 2010 peaking at #44 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.
The core trio of Jeffrey Nothing, Shmotz and Skinny, reunited with J Mann, augmented by Waylon and Stitch as well as three newcomers lead guitarist Tommy Church, bass plater Dr. F and percussionist Roberto Diablo in 2014 self-produced and recorded in Cleveland "The Righteous & The Butterfly".
Mushroomhead will release the new studio album on May 13, 2014, via Megaforce Records.