This is an Enhanced CD, which contains regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Producers: Steve Felton, Mushroomhead, Johnny K.
Personnel: Devon Gorman, Jens Kidman (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Matt Wallace .
Recording information: Fear & Loathing La Spanga; Filthy Hands Co Studio; Groovemaster Studios, Chicago, IL; Mars Recording Studios.
Don't let the makeup and masks fool you; while Mushroomhead appear on the surface much like a band of comic book villains, it's obvious that this Ohio octet are serious about their brand of bleak metal. Their previous release, XX, made a quick jump from the indie realm to a major label, and they secure that status with XIII. "Sun Doesn't Rise," "Kill Tomorrow," and "Eternal" feature Pantera-inspired, stop-on-a-dime riffing while "Mother Machine Gun" seems to borrow some swagger from the Cult.
The piano-driven "One More Day" bristles with emotional urgency, while "Nowhere to Go" is reminiscent of ANGEL DUST-era Faith No More. The heavy use of keyboards sets Mushroomhead apart from the nu-metal pack, and the departure from predominantly rappy vocals shows that the band is clearly evolving. The enhanced content on XIII features Internet links to non-album bonus tracks and other exclusive content.