Infected Mushroom ‎– Legend Of The Black Shawarma

HOM-Mega Productions ‎– HMCD64, Perfecto ‎– HMCD64
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© 2009 Infected Publishing/ASCAP. Administered Worldwide by Wixen Music Publishing
except Riders On The Storm © 1971 Doors Music Co./ASCAP. Administered Worldwide by Wixen Music Publishing. ℗ 2007 Elektra Entertainment. Produced under license from Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

Recorded and Mixed @ Infected Studios, Los Angeles, CA

℗ & © 2009 HOMmega Productions

Packaged in a jewelcase in a slipcover.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 881034406682
  • Barcode (Text): 8 81034 40668 2
  • Matrix / Runout: HMCD64 D1 3174625
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LB82
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5F32
  • ASIN: B002ODS5LM

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ADM 101157 Infected Mushroom Legend Of The Black Shawarma(2xLP, Album) Perfecto ADM 101157 US 2009 Sell This Version
N CD 0 120 Infected Mushroom Legend Of The Black Shawarma(CD, Album, Unofficial) Art Optimum N CD 0 120 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
JTR 8557-2 Infected Mushroom Legend Of The Black Shawarma(CD, Album) Justin Time Records JTR 8557-2 Canada 2009 Sell This Version
ПРЗ CD27117 Infected Mushroom Legend Of The Black Shawarma(CD, Album, Dig) Psy Hi Records, World Club Music ПРЗ CD27117 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
BRRLP009 Infected Mushroom Legend Of The Black Shawarma(CD, Album) Bandroom Records, Perfecto BRRLP009 Australia & New Zealand 2009 Sell This Version


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October 12, 2018

Definitely not their best album, possibly their worst. But no matter how much their music changes, traces of genius can always be found. Saeed is one of their best tracks not just on this album, but generally. I also enjoyed Slowly, especially the latter half.
The album titular The Legend Of The Black Shawarma was also quite enjoyable, with somber melodies and vocals with lots of feelings.
The final song is a bit different, it's a remix. They seldom bring us remixes, which is sad, because they're good at remixing.
Most of the album is forgettable, but there are goodies here.


October 28, 2015
Commercial stuff 4 commercial people.Anyway as an old IM fan I still enjoy Project 100 quite much---Dancing With Kadafi Rock Version :D


September 22, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
I'm a Fan of old IM sound and old school Goa trance in general but this album isn't bad, good arrangement, excellent production, a lot of trippy shroom sounds.
I don't like the most comercial tracks but songs like "slowly" or "end of the road" have a lot of psychedelic feeling for me.



November 4, 2011
Infected Mushroom has lost it


July 31, 2011
Good album but definitely not their best though. If you are looking for a great album during their transition period Vicious Delicious surpasses this album in every aspect. Also i have come to a conclusion that the vinyl press of this album is not the greatest its mostly just for show if anything.


July 28, 2011

NOT recommemented for someone who has good taste in music(in general)


May 14, 2011
The second half of track Project 100 is actually very good.
Otherwise it's all top quality commercial stuff for commercial stuff listeners.


January 30, 2010
Commercial. These guys have lost it. Whats with these guys toady. Do they think that they can put out any old shit and we will accept it. Not worth a review.


October 17, 2009
edited over 9 years ago

Infected Mushroom's latest continues where their previous album left: fusing the energies of their live-acts with studio-work. This time, however, IM brought forth their oldschool electronic sound to compliment their guitar riffs more prominently, at times accompanied by Erez's famous melodies or Duvdev's infamous vocals. Fortunately, IM have also enlisted professional singers to create a deeper and more sensual feeling in some of the tracks. This works very well in some (Smashing & Sa'eed), but can sound rather lame and tasteless in others (Legend & Poquito). This shows the problem is not the vocals but the melodic content which seems shortcoming, despite - or perhaps as a result - of the vocals.

While the overall feeling is still quite trancy and uplifting, IM build their tracks experimentally, altering the up-beat in a fashionable style. The melodies take on many break-bits and funky trip-hop tempo changes that show how talented this duo is. Just like their vocal songs, though, the result is charged and explosive at times (Franks & Project 100) and degenerative and boring in others (Cant Stop & Herbert). IM incorporate electronic guitars almost stubbornly, overwhelming the delicate build-ups they are so well known for with hollow, screechy noises that lack sensitivity. The harmony is obtained only momentarily in some tracks, and it is fantastic, but then it is gone. The unformulated compositions also mean they are not coming back, you must press rewind.

As the BPM varies through-out and between each track, the overall resonance is distinctly compact, typical of the sound you hear in live-show rock bands, incorporated with - or dominated by - IM's synths. Digital effects mimic the sound of distorted guitars even when the latter are not present. This consistency may appeal to some, but the tracks overall lack individuality, a unique quality well-reserved in IM's earlier work. There are, however, plenty of violins, chorus and acoustic guitars mixed-in, all processed with IM's top-quality production and attention to detail, delivering a sharp and crisp psychedelic effect. This definitely helps break-up the monotone sound of the album, but it misses the rich compositions and lush sonic environments IM are famed for.

Infected have not yet been able to find the right balance between their new approach to music, both stylistically and instrumentally, and their innate compositional abilities behind the knobs. Almost all the songs have great moments that are subsequently ruined by unnatural guitar riffs or discordant singing. It is as if IM sacrifices melodic content in favor of these two elements, putting them up-front, at all cost, and expecting them to fill in for the rest. This may work in live-shows, where energies build-up differently, but not here. The best parts of the album are where melodies and rawring guitars meet diligently - like in the ending of Franks - and that shows Infected can make it work. Can, but not often enough.