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Infected Mushroom – Army of Mushrooms

on May 10, 2012, 7:57am
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Let’s get one thing straight right away: Infected Mushroom has not sold their psy-trance soul to the dubstep devil. Granted, two tracks on their newest LP, Army of Mushrooms, feature the downtempo beats and signature womp-womp bass sounds that immediately suggest EDM’s red-headed stepchild of a genre. Yet Infected Mushroom, the Israeli-born duo of Amit “Duvdev” Duvdevani and Erez Aisen, infuse their dubstep experiments with plenty of psychedelic touches and unexpected twists.

The tracks in question, “U R So Fucked” and “Wanted To”, aren’t the only deviations from the classic Infected Mushroom psy-trance sound. Army of Mushrooms returns Duvdevani and Eisen to more of a dance club style, foregoing the live band aesthetic that characterized their 2009 album, The Legend of the Black Shawarma. The lead track, “Never Mind”, pushes their sound into a brighter space with a joyous main riff, while both bass and drums seem to contain much more treble than the subterranean bass lines of their 1999 debut, The Gathering. It works as an announcement that this album has a straighter techno flavor, redolent of old-school synths and ’80s-styled industrial noise.

The rock vibe of past albums comes out in force on a badass cover of the Foo Fighters’ “The Pretender”. The duo infuses the track with a drum ‘n bass beat and bathes it in layers of their signature electronic fuzz, while an epic, metal-styled synth solo midway through the song creates a true electronic/rock hybrid. ”Nation of Wusses” features a big four-chord jam with a tension-filled build that drops into a thick trance beat, pulsating with analog timbres.

The brainier, more intricate side of dance music hasn’t disappeared, either. Quick cuts, juxtapositions, and tempo changes are frequent techniques, while the duo often pulls the track apart and then builds it back up, never content to simply bring the music to an ecstatic peak and headbang behind the console. “The Rat” comes off much louder and more techno-centric than their previous psy-trance efforts, but then an eerie, minor mode melody enters, heavy with effects, ping-ponging across the stereophonic field, accompanied by ethereal synths. Times like these remind you what the “psy” in psy-trance represents.

Essential Tracks: “Nation of Wusses”, “The Rat”, “The Pretender”, “Never Mind”, and “Wanted To”

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Anonymous
November 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

This album is pure crap, gives me a headache. I was tolerant to IM’s previous experiments, there were pearls amongst the pile of turd on last 2 albums but Army of Mushrooms unfortunately crossed the border…

Anonymous
April 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm

best ever loved them for 12 years now. they always lead

anon
July 24, 2012 at 2:25 am

amazing album. Very different and still has a great imushroom feel to it.

dinky-dee
July 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

previous 7 albums were the best, so is this one….

CatCar
July 9, 2012 at 2:07 am

Terrible.. I miss the crazy experimental guitars and not this stupid Dubstep electro.

Sten Slobodan Došenovi?
July 23, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Are you high on disappointment and dissatisfaction or something? They do better music with each and every new coming album. Do not underestimate the power Dubsteppy electronic psytrance!

Lum2r
June 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

First IM album I didn’t like.

LOUIS
June 20, 2012 at 11:09 pm

I don’t like this album.

Alissa Proctor
June 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

I hate it when people say “I want the old IM back!” They are always changing, there is no “old.” Changing is what they do. Besides, I believe this is a fantastic album. Others can say whatever they want, but hell, there is a lot of heart put into this as far as I’m concerned.

Pip
July 27, 2012 at 2:52 pm

agree

brenno_1023
September 8, 2012 at 12:16 pm

This. This this this this this! How can people not comprehend that everything IM does is so different to the last thing? There is no stagnation, no ‘conventional’, no old, only new. More and more and so much more new….
@ those begging for the ‘old’ IM…*cue track 04’s lyrics*

Dsd
June 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

im a old time listener to infected mushroom and goa / psy / chillout in general and i have to say this album has a few good parts but overallt it sucks… bring back the old IM………

Gues
June 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

this album is crap

xavier
May 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I prefer the Legend of the Black Shawarma and Vicious Delicious – with the more exposed guitar riffs they had a refreshingly rocky style.

QueensGambit
May 13, 2012 at 10:58 am

If its half as good as Viscous Delicious, I’m getting this. 

Dragonfly
May 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Interesting review but misspelling Erez’s last name make you seem unprofessional. It’s *Eisen*

GhanaianAgent Lion
May 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

What About the overall epicness of the album and how it feels? It is more awesome, powerful, and mind-blowing than other piece of music I have ever heard. Drum n Bassa is holy and blessed. 

PaXx
May 10, 2012 at 1:43 pm

A:W:E:S:O:M:E Album!!! 

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