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A look back at Mushroomhead’s lunar performance in Paris

I’ve been waiting for this concert for a year. Following the postponements to July 2020 and July 2021, La Maroquinerie and Paris finally hosted the event on July 30, 2022.

Tonight’s lineup reflects all the diversity Metal has to offer: Skarlett Riot, Sickret, and Mushroommhead.

Text and photos by Tetralens (tetralens.com)

Skarlett Riot

It was a pleasure for me to see the British discovered a few years ago, but this time in Paris. Although the stage seems impractical and the space is quite small, Chloe Drinkwater, aka Skarlett, and the other musicians give a rather energetic performance.

For the record, the Alternative Metal band was formed on school benches, and released a first EP in 2010, then did it again in 2013 with the single Villain, then an album, Tear Me Down, which offered them more visibility. In 2017, the single Feel, a very well received nugget, preceded the release of a second album, Regenerate.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

During this tour supporting Mushroomhead, they came to defend their third album released in 2021, Invicta.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

The performance largely highlights the new album, with only two tracks from Regenerate. We recognize the style of the group, with the pretty clear voice of Chloe on a musical structure without great complexity but full of passages with effective rhythm.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Small disappointment not to have heard Feel or Break. Invicta, without denying its big brothers, does not have the same depth and the same fluidity that we particularly appreciated.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Set list:

  • Breaking the Habit
  • Gravity
  • The Storm
  • Black Cloud
  • To the Flames
  • Warrior
  • human

sickret

Radical change of style with the entry on the scene of the Nu Metal group formed in 2010, and coming from Switzerland, Sickret. The collective shows a good stage presence even if it remains very rough, with a rather linear musical signature, but the performance is compensated by a powerful drums and a raw rage which awakens.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Admittedly, it’s not my favorite style but I appreciate some of the titles where you can perceive the influence of Korn, and I let myself get carried away in the atmosphere that spreads in the audience.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Mushroomhead

The stars of the evening appeared in general euphoria in the Leather Goods room.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

The American formation originally created in Cleveland (Ohio), with impressive longevity, and which has the dizzying ability to renew itself artistically while remaining avant-garde, comes to offer us at home (for the first time in Paris) its unique, totally hybrid musical identity.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

A sort of decoction at the crossroads of nu metal and industrial metal, with a pinch of Death Metal and alternative metal, with the added bonus of an almost symphonic dimension on certain tracks from the fantastic album A Wonderful Life (from 2020).

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Nice introduction with A Requiem For Tomorrow, opening track of the aforementioned album, which puts you in the bath very effectively with a powerful sound, and which after a short intro of hymn singing flies away in a tornado of Industrial metalcore, with choruses marked by two voices.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

As for the protagonists, I don’t hide from you that it’s difficult to find yourself in the composition of the group in general, and even more so on this tour…

But it works. Two singers including probably Mr. Rauckhorst (at this stage, I still hope to see the singer make a delayed appearance during the set…).

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Besides the singers, the musicians are so energetic and mobile on stage that they seem to change positions and instruments, which is the case for some of them. In any case, drums and percussion are not lacking, in addition to guitar and bass, and even a keyboardist officiating in the shadows on the side of a stage too small for the American formation.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

During the performance, they manage to make us forget this constraint and even to turn it to their advantage, by constantly interacting with the public, getting on the speakers, and slamming several times, sometimes with three musicians at the same time!

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Of course, the concert is not sold out, but the audience present has a large proportion of loyal fans. And so the evening continues in a rather crazy atmosphere.

The staging, both of the masks and of the lighting, which potentiates their visual impact, is an integral part of this supercharged show.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Faced with such a stage presence, especially on titles like Sun Doesn’t Rise or 43, when the conditions aren’t the best, one wonders what Mushroomhead is doing in a room of this size. We would love to see them on a bigger stage!

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Without falling into the eternal comparisons of masked groups (having been the subject of small tensions at the end of the 90s with Slipknot, finally especially between the fans of the two groups at the start), we note that Mushroomhead possesses, in addition to a unique musical imprint, and a long career, the human proximity that makes the difference.

For example, several band members come out to meet fans after the show to sign autographs and take selfies, and to chat – really. A simplicity which is in line with the direct continuity of the exchange with the public throughout the set.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

A frankly positive assessment, even if I remain frustrated not to have had the presence of Ms. Jackie, the talented singer, nor, as a direct consequence, the performance of more titles from the latest album A Wonderful Life (representing only three titles this evening). Beyond The Flood, Seen It All and the opening track, I would have liked to see the live versions of these tracks, each more interesting than the other: The Heresy, Cary On, Pulse, What a Shame…

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

In short, it deserves a return to France as soon as possible to defend this eighth opus, concentrated (concentrated, it must be said quickly, 17 titles all the same…) hypnotic melodies, furious rhythms, vibrant bass lines and dark and lugubrious coating at will, carried by the balance of their vocal multiplicity.

A look back at Mushroomhead's lunar performance in Paris

Set list:

  • A Requiem for Tomorrow
  • Seen It All
  • Our Apologies
  • Qwerty
  • Sun Doesn’t Rise
  • Solitaire/Unraveling
  • 12 Hundred
  • 43
  • Kill Tomorrow
  • Destroy the World Around Me
  • Before I Die
  • Bwomp
  • The Flood
  • The Dream Is Over
  • Empty Spaces (Pink Floyd cover)
  • Born of Desire

About Tetralens

This article was written by Tetralens, who is also the owner of all the photos you have seen above.

Tetralens is a photographer based in Paris. If you want to chat with her about her work and/or collaborate with her, you will find all her information below!

TETRAlens brings together all the expressions of my photographic work, recent or dating back several years. I mainly present an extract of my captures of live concerts, mainly from the Metal and Rock scene, as well as a small overview of my other photographic subjects, such as landscapes, details and architecture. As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to capture through my lens what my eyes wanted to immortalize: the sharpness of a light, the strength of a moment, the softness of a gaze, the energy of a moment, those things that make the world more beautiful. From a very young age, this passion has followed me in my daily life or in my travels, my eyes constantly looking at nature, cities and people as a source of inspiration to nourish my artistic expression. The most emblematic channel being live music, the events through which the human is a vector of the most positive vibrations.

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