Dude, these dudes are on acid… Everything’s like subliminal and all mixed-tunes and shit. It’s weird, man.
Mushroomhead’s second full-length album Superbuick was released in 1996 and is commonly referred to as being the band’s greatest work. Featuring familiar elements that carry over from the first album along with some new twists and turns, Superbuick is another trip down the dark, cracked and bleary streets of Cleveland, Ohio. Utilizing biting guitars, crisp piano playing, various TV & movie snippets and the unmistakable growl and shriek of co-singers J Mann and Jeffrey Nothing, Mushroomhead spend 46-minutes in the odd world of avant garde metal music that they know all too well.
If Mushroomhead’s first album was the kind-of-fun, hillbilly-house-party rave, then Superbuick is the post-date-rape, wake up feeling groggy not knowing where you are, trapped in a box in a cellar, soundtrack to a murder scene. This album definitely has a sinister overtone to it all. Somebody is having fun but it definitely isn’t the victim.
1999. Oh how I wish I could go back. Nu-Metal was in full swing. Rap was still decent. I had no bills/responsibilities/cares other than walking/feeding a dog. Fun times. In all of my youthful ignorance I was watching a lot of TV and I can still recall all the lead-up to this album’s release. Korn played two unfinished songs from the album at Woodstock ’99 (“Falling Away From Me” and “Beg For Me”). The band debuted the song “Falling Away From Me” on the South Park episode titled “Korn’s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery”. When the album was in the can, Korn played a special concert at the NY Apollo Theatre on the eve of it’s release. They had a special backing band and played the full album in it’s entirety and streamed the audio over the radio. Video was also captured but I honestly don’t remember if it was ever shown anywhere. Want to check it out? It’s at the end of this post. MTV was also flooded with Korn-centric programming at the time. There was the Korn Cover Contest that offered a fans a chance to design the album’s main artwork. This was won by Alfredo Carlos. So, yeah, Korn was ruling the popular heavy-music landscape in the late 90’s and I (being all of 14 years old at the time) ate this stuff right up.