Album Review: Jeffrey Nothing – The New Psychodalia
[Danimal or Buffalo is back, this time with his take on The New Psychodalia, the recently released solo album of Mushroomhead frontman Jeffrey Nothing. This stuff is psycho, as you’d expect, with a dark undertone and plenty of freakiness. Strictly speaking it’s not “proper” Metal, but that has never put us off. We’ll let DoB explain to you what he thinks of it!]
Band: Jeffrey Nothing (US)
Album: The New Psychodalia (2011)
Genre: Alternative Metal
Well here we go. To all those out there that are into Mushroomhead, this album is defiantly for you. Jeffrey Nothing recently came out with his new solo album, titled The New Psychodalia, a top notch album from the moment I pressed play. It was a little strange for me at first hearing Jeffrey without Waylon Reavis or J. Mann, but I can say that this album is for sure worth every second the band spent writing and recording it. If you like Mushroomhead on the whole, this is for sure something you want to check out.
You won’t regret adding this album to your collection with its talented members he couldn’t have created a better sound for a solo album. To me it was one of those special albums that made me wipe the dust of some of my old Mushroomhead albums and listen to them again. With great range in the vocals, with great variety in the band’s sound and with lyrics that are actually meaningful and very dark at times, there is something for every Metalhead out there.
This ass kicking CD contains 13 tracks, each one with its own flavour and creativity. Ranging from two to six minutes in length it’s a great full length album and that is always a delight. I mean, who really wants to spend the full load on a album with only six tracks on it, right?
There was one song in particular I enjoyed and it happens to be the first track on the CD, Dear Departed. With a nice and dark intro it’s almost as if Jeffrey is in your head, then some crazy effects come into play. Suddenly it smashes into some brutal guitar riff combined with some crazy sound, like hitting the side of the snare. This song utilizes effects in a nice way and the guitar has a slight squeal to it during the chorus. The drummer delivers the song a nice groovy beat and does great to maintain the feel through the whole song. Pretty much my pick on the album.
You should also not skip the track Pychodalia. I has a nice acoustic feel to it in the beginning and its great laid-back feel grabbed me like a grappling hook. It’s very well composed and Jeffrey uses his voice in a great way. He has always been to be a great singer and his lyrics have always seemed to mean something. In this song he is the star, really showing his skill.
Not the track we’ll be serving you today though, as that’s Deathbed Masquerade. Eerie, freaky, creepy, dark with a certain crunchiness to it.
To close off, all I can say is that this album is very well composed, arranged, produced and mastered. Great feel to every song with a really nice groove and that nice dark feel. The use of effects along with the great groove of the drums, and of course the influence of Mushroomhead, make for something really special here.
My Grade: 8/10
Buy this when:
- you’ve been a Mushroomhead fan before
- you don’t mind the fact this is “Alternative Metal” and so not heavy as fuck for a change