Mushroomhead’s A Wonderful Life album: Slipknot still have nothing to worry about

Nu metal also-rans Mushroomhead’s eighth album A Wonderful life is dated and downright clumsy

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We can argue all day whether Slipknot or Mushroomhead donned the masks first, but what we could never debate is who’s the better act. Eight albums in and the Cleveland nine- piece have pretty much been reduced to a side-note in metal’s history, and A Wonderful Life is evidence why. Over its ludicrously long, 17-track, 71-minute running time, the band do a fairly passable job of impersonating a not-as-good version of Faith No More, stripped of all the idiosyncratic originality and genre-bending creativity that make that band so special. Instead Mushroomhead plod along on tracks like The Heresy, sounding unremarkably ‘wacky’ at best, and dated and downright clumsy at worst.

Mushroomhead’s A Wonderful Life is out now

Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.