"The New Psychodalia" (Suburban Noize; 2011)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Jeffrey Nothing is the lead singer for the band Mushroomhead. This release is a solo project and it's entitled "The New Psychodalia."

I've never been a huge fan of Mushroomhead but I've heard some of their stuff so this solo project is my complete introduction to the mind meld of Nothing. The music sways from alternative metal to really weird and then it might stop right in the middle for a great rock song. The disc has some talking on a few of the intros and I'm not sure who is speaking; it could be Nothing but some of the voices sound like celebrities.

The music is different because it moves in and out of a traditional rock record. There is some industrial metal on this disc. I like how it's presented, there are usually some background sounds and with a crunchy guitar backing the vocals it gives the record a unique sound. I'm sure it will take a few listens to juice out your faves because some songs are so cool that you'll be hovering over the repeat button. No songs are so odd that anything is worth skipping but some might have to grow on you.

The guitar can be jazzy, bluesy or hard rock. There are a lot of styles to absorb and it's well played on every level. Nothing's vocals are more toward the spoken song. He does sing, but it feels like he's telling a story so each word is pronounced with clarity. Fans of Mushroomhead should find this disc to their liking.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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