XIII (Mushroomhead album)

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XIII
XIII (Mushroomhead album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Mushroomhead
Released October 14, 2003
Recorded Mars Studio (Ohio)
Genre Alternative metal, industrial metal, experimental metal
Length 58:00
Label Universal Records
Producer Mushroomhead, Steve Felton, Johnny K, Matt Wallace
Mushroomhead chronology
Remix 2000
(2002)
XIII
(2003)
Savior Sorrow
(2006)
Singles from XIII
  1. "Sun Doesn't Rise"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Eternal"
    Released: 2004
  3. "Kill Tomorrow"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

XIII is the second major label release and fifth album overall by industrial metal band Mushroomhead, released on October 14, 2003. The album debuted at No. 40 on the Billboard 200 and sold 400,000 copies worldwide making it the band's most successful album to date. It was the band's last album with singer J Mann before his return in 2013.

XIII includes the single "Sun Doesn't Rise." Its music video was directed by Vincent Marcone and features dark elements like a scarecrow and swarming crows. The video aired frequently on Headbangers Ball upon release. "Sun Doesn't Rise" was also featured on the Freddy vs. Jason soundtrack.

Reception[edit]

The album received positive reviews, with critics stating that it was a much more improved version of XX. It could be seen as the first major release of Mushroomhead to review, as XX was only a compilation album featuring songs from their past 3 self-released albums. Some critics complimented on Mushroomhead's extensive use of piano solos and various other instruments.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mushroomhead, except for "Crazy" written by Seal and Guy Sigsworth

No. Title Length
1. "Kill Tomorrow"   3:45
2. "Sun Doesn't Rise"   3:12
3. "Mother Machine Gun"   4:16
4. "Nowhere to Go"   3:42
5. "Becoming Cold (216)"   4:25
6. "One More Day" (featuring Devon Gorman) 3:36
7. "The Dream Is Over" (featuring Jens Kidman) 3:15
8. "The War Inside"   2:58
9. "Almost Gone"   4:01
10. "Eternal"   3:12
11. "Our Own Way" (featuring Devon Gorman) 3:40
12. "Destroy the World Around Me"   8:21
13. "Thirteen" (Hidden Track "Crazy" starts at 5:23) 9:31
14. "Treason" (UK Bonus Track) 2:34
15. "Loop #6" (UK Bonus Track) 3:34

Bonus tracks[edit]

The song "Crazy," which appears at the end of track thirteen, was a Best Buy exclusive. The standard version of the album contains the song "Along the Way," originally released on the soundtrack for The Scorpion King, in place of "Crazy."

British copies of the album include the song "Treason" and the instrumental "Loop #6". Enhanced copies were said to have "Along the Way" and "Simpleton" as bonus tracks available for download through a CD identification process from a secret page on Universalmotown.com. Since Mushroomhead left Universal, the page has been removed.

Credits[edit]

  • J Mann - vocals
  • Jeffrey Nothing - vocals
  • Pig Benis - bass
  • Bronson - guitars
  • Gravy - guitars
  • Shmotz - keyboards, samples
  • ST1TCH - electronics, samples, turntables
  • Skinny - drums, percussion

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2003 The Billboard 200 #40

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