Lord of Mushrooms – Perspectives

February 7, 2012 in Reviews by Dagg

Lord of Mushrooms

Wasn’t really sure what to expect going into this one. With a name like Lord of Mushrooms and cover art that might feel more at home on an indie rock record, I might have envisioned some type of progressive stoner thing, lots of twists and turns certainly. On the other hand, hearing that Gus Monsanto had joined the band as lead vocalist, my only experience with him was the two albums he did for Revolution Renaissance. If that’s your experience as well, throw it out the window, because Monsanto has a lot of tricks up his sleeve that I didn’t see coming. Similarly, if your experience was negative with the previous effort Seven Deadly Songs , I’d throw that out the window as well, because this is a whole new ballgame. Listening to the previous record before diving into Perspectives left me a little off put by the band’s need to pitch violently between aggressive and soft passages with little regard for transitions or flow. On Perspectives, however, listeners are treated to something that is generally pretty heavy, but with all the eclectic craziness I love from my prog metal.

First of all, while I die inside every time I hear progressive metal that exists for no other purpose than to just be really complicated and “impressive”, my faith in life is restored by the soothing noise of an organ. I will openly admit to having a deep musical love affair with the organ. So on the second song “Warmth in the Wilderness”, it says something that for the first few listens I was so distracted by the creativity in the guitar presentation that I didn’t immediately swoon over the organs in the background. It’s pretty consistent through the album that these instrumentals are downright captivating.

Where the band does fall to ‘lighter’ tracks (Like the third song, “Grace (Dedicated To…“), they manage to fill the space admirably with a wash of beautifully intertwined composition, mostly from the lead instruments, but I couldn’t honestly call myself bored for any part of the 10 songs (bonus track included). One might do well to understand though, that even with the title and album artwork, there are virtually no psychedelic elements. This expectation had left me quite excited, and quite surprised at the product, but I was impressed nonetheless. for a prog fan this is absolutely worth checking out. I mean, who else but the French would do something so completely out of left field like this?

Dagg’s Rating: 4.0 out of 5