Back with their first album since 2005,
progressive metal originals Lord Of Mushrooms
return with third album "Perspectives" on 27 Feb
Founded in the late 90’s by Laurent James
(guitars) and Julien Negro (bass), Lord Of
Mushrooms has always been a unique entity in
constant motion. From the first live covers
of the formative years to the foundations of
their new master work, the band motto has
always been to create its own rules and not
After a few years of uncertainty and a major
change in its line up, the quintet has
achieved today what will be definitively
considered its touchstone, having outshined
both its musical and lyrical potential with
Now fronted by Gus Monsanto (ex Adagio),
Lord Of Mushrooms is back to the front and
blessed with an incredible collection of
songs. “Perspectives” is, without any doubt,
the most ambitious and challenging work the
band has ever done. The main focus was
trying to get off the beaten track. The new
composition were deliberately smoothed to
have a more direct approach for the listener
but those looking carefully will find many
non conventional modes, rhythms and
“Perspectives” also has fewer old fashioned
sounding synth sounds and more simple and
crystalline pianos – incorporation of real
classical and exotic instruments. If the
essence of the band is still there, its
sound has expanded and the music on the
album can’t really be compared to anything
Crushing rhythms and mind blowing solos,
soft and eerie atmospheres supported by a
real string ensemble, harmonic originality
and beautiful lyrical work all thanks to
incredibly tight musicianship are just some
of the albums characteristics. Don’t try
putting a label to the music of Lord Of
Mushrooms, listen to these songs and enjoy
The obvious change between “Perspectives”
and the two predecessors (2002’s Lord Of
Mushroom & 2005’s 7 Deadly Songs) is the
line-up evolution. Three new members have
joined the band and have indeed brought
entirely new perspectives. Gus, on vocals,
has already showed his qualities with
renowned bands such as Adagio and is a much
more powerful and memorable singer. Both
Luca and Marco have played in an Italian
progressive metal band and brought their
unique background to the foundations of the
group. The music on this new album is far
more mature than Lord Of Mushrooms’ previous
works, sophisticated but more direct at the
Laurent James comments, “Concept albums
are a tradition with the band, and
“Perspectives” is definitively more
audacious and will encourage the listener to
dig deeper into the lyrics to understand all
the hidden meanings. “Perspectives” follows
the path of a strange character, and
analyses his thoughts during this initiatory
journey of his. As the key to the story is
only revealed at the end of the album, we
cannot clearly detail every chapter
specifically, but the goal of this concept
was mainly to bring contemporary human
matters to a different and somehow weirder
level, and let the listener understand that,
in the end, everything is but a matter of
perspectives ! Musically speaking this album
definitely has a much darker atmosphere, our
previous releases sounded very positive and
bright, we just needed this new balance.
Changes in the line-up of the band have
definitively matured Lord Of Mushroom’s
music. The songs are catchier, with a
harsher and more distinctive vocal delivery”.
“Perspectives” demanded quite a long time
for completion. Even if recording sessions
started mid 2009, the songs emerged between
2008 and 2009, the band was playing a few of
these titles live before the recordings
initiated. As its members are scattered all
around the globe, finalizing the project was
not an easy task, but the band managed to
make the best of what they had and
transcended the difficulties they faced to
deliver the best album possible. An album
that is the epitome of cosmopolitanism,
having two French musicians, two Italians, a
Brazilian singer, and being mixed in Canada
by Richard Chycki (Rush, Aerosmith, James La
Brie, Dream Theater) and mastered in the USA
by the critically acclaimed Andy VanDette
(Rush, Deep Purple, Porcupine Tree). The
icing on the cake is the unique sleeve
design by artist Travis Smith (Opeth, Devin
Overall, “Perspectives” is the most cohesive
work the band has ever done, and even if
they already had a strong musical
personality on the previous records,
“Perspectives” has achieved a new level of
musicianship and provided the band with its
own unique identity. This new album sounds
like Lord Of Mushrooms and no one else.
02. Warmth In The Wilderness.
03. Grace (Dedicated To…).
04. Circles On The Water.
05. The Missing Link.
06. Red Queen’s Race.
07. Light And Thunder.
08. Raindrops On My Wings.
09. Nyx’s Robe.
11. Falling (Bonus Track).
> Long awaited return and debut offering
with new vocalist Gus Monsanto.
> “Perspectives” is a well crafted slice of
progressive metal that transcends other
genres and is a rewarding listen.
> Mix and mastering by two of the leading
names in the business.
> Reviews in all leading rock/metal press.
>Lord Of Mushrooms are available for
interview in English / French / Italian or
Portugese. Please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org