Infected Mushroom's New Visual Display: Five Reasons Why They are the Must See EDM Act of 2012

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Infected Mushroom New Visual Display - Matt Oliver
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See pictures of Infected Mushroom's brand new visual display here!

Infected Mushroom has undoubtedly placed it's mark in EDM forever with the evolution of the psychedelic trance genre. In 2004, the Israeli duo took a leap of faith by moving their studios from Haifa, Israel to Los Angeles, hoping to expand their musical horizons and work a new album in America. Fast forward eight years to Saturday, Infected Mushroom launched their new visual display dubbed "The Unveiling" at the Avalon in Hollywood, adding a new chapter to their already-prolific career.

Infected Mushroom - Matt Oliver
Matt Oliver/OC Weekly

A recent signee to Dim Mak Records, Infected Mushroom chose to scrap their band and hanging mushroom format, opting to infuse some electro and dubstep to their unique brand of psychedelic trance. Released on May 8, Army of Mushrooms landed #1 on iTunes Dance Chart, stepping over legendary DJs Tiesto and David Guetta and dubstep phenom, Skrillex. Saturday night served as their album release party as well as the launch of their new visual display structure designed by Heather Shaw of Vita Motus Design Studio and 3D mapping orchestrated by Vello Virkhaus of V Squared Labs. The crowd was  filled with an army of fans who were engaged from the moment giant 3-D Mushrooms appeared on the stage till the end with where multiple colors and shifting shapes which sent the crowd in hysterics. A 10-minute, electro-operatic theme in "The Messenger 2012" kicked things off right, forcing the audience to dive into the mysterious underworld of mushrooms.

Throughout the night, the display ventured through space, futuristic cities, deep depths of the ocean, lightning stricken Mayan temples, coral reefs and endless tunnels to unimaginable realms. Not one soul stood still as Infected Mushroom introduced the audience to their newfound sound with a blend of dubstep, house and drum 'n' bass. The duo showcased new songs off of Army of Mushrooms, including "Nation of Wusses", "U R So Fucked", "The Rat" and "Never Mind" while performing classic Infected cuts like "Becoming Insane", "Pink Nightmares," "Cities of the Future" and "Muse Breaks Remix."

Infected Mushroom 2 - Matt Oliver
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Infected Mushroom contiunue to push the boundaries of the live experience. If you missed out on the premiere of "The Unveiling," they'll be kicking off a North American tour in two months. Here are our five reasons why Infected Mushroom is the must-see EDM act of 2012.

1. Theatrical music journey
The show starts off on a journey through a mythical world of mushrooms set to the tune of electro. A giant, god-like mushroom figure appears as you drop into a hole leading to the bottom of the ocean. The journey continues though a coral reef. All hell breaks loose once the screen morphs into a Mayan Temple. As lightning strikes, you hear an explosion of bass and enter a world where psychedelic trance meets dubstep and electro with a scary helping of fire and brimstone. With the sound of an Imperial march, you journey through the outer space galaxy where you are met by a space shuttle over head and an astronaut playing an electric guitar. Finally, just when the visuals seem to start settle down (that wouldn't take much), the visual screen blast the crowd into warp speed. System errors prompt the screen and it is as if you were in a scene with a mash-up of Resident Evil, Tron and the Matrix. You are now on the grid filled with twists and turns. Yet another portal opens up as the journey fittingly ends in the "Cities of the Future." Phew, what a ride.

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