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nothingcdreviewWith THE NEW PSYCHODALIA (out this week via Suburban Noize Records), MUSHROOMHEAD's JEFFREY NOTHING brings listeners his first full-length solo effort. A few years in the works, the debut album from NOTHING serves up nearly an hour's worth of music in a set that contains a lucky 13 songs that manage to both captivate and disturb.

Jeff's unmistakable voice finds new territory to travel here, with more sonic variation than MRH typically offers. From the schizophrenic riffing of Sin 'O Cism (a little SYSTEM OF A DOWN-ish) to the techno-bass of Devil,  there's a lot of musical exploration taking place. The voice of Church of Satanfounder Anton LaVey opens Goodbye, and his words about "abstinence vs. indulgence'' are eerily appropriate when used in the context of THE NEW PSYCHODALIA - an album which allows NOTHING to himself indulge in musical pursuits that may have been held back from the confines of his primary band.

There's a straight-forward rocker called Eyez of the Righteous, while Enough brings a little hip-hop flavor into the mix. The shift at 3:41 in Wormwood is impressive, capping off what is one of my favorite songs on the record. Despite all the good, Darkseed stands out as the worst song on the album - mainly due to production. The instrumental track comes off like something from a cheap Halloween CD as played through Chip Davis' Moog. 

THE NEW PSYCHODALIA plays a little uneven at times, but over the course of repeated listens those rough patches find themselves smoothed over. October is the perfect month for this to have been released. I'd be surprised if the sounds of NOTHING aren't permeating the darkness of at least a few haunted attractions this season.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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