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Old 01-14-2005, 07:58 PM   #1
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[DVD](Nu Metal) Mudvayne- "All Access to All Things"

Synopsis: All Access to All Things is a live concert DVD from Summer Sanitarium 2003, where Mudvayne was the first band to perform. A lot of people questioned the bands that were on the bill, which is justified; however, Mudvayne deliver a strong opening performance with songs from their platinum-certified "L.D. 50" and the gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come."

Besides a ten-song setlist from the concert, filmed on location in August 2003 at Usana Amphitheatre in Salt Lake City, Utah, Seahawk Stadium in Seattle, Washington, and Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California, the DVD features the "World So Cold" video, a making-of featurette, and various behind-the-scenes features in between songs.



Mudvayne is:

Chad Gray- vocals
Greg Tribbett- guitar
Ryan Martinie- bass
Matt McDonough- percussion

DVD Features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, PCM stereo, interactive menu (sorry, but I feel obligated to write that ).

Once you get to the Main Menu, you have these options: you can "Play Movie" (includes everything) or select thirteen other options (these are basically the behind-the-scenes movies played in between songs, you can jump right to a specific area [soundcheck, dressing room, etc.] or a specific band member interview). For this review, I'm going to [try to] include everything on the DVD in order for a full review. From this point forward, I will begin the review as if I had hit "Play Movie" from the menu, and I will go by chapters for convenience.

Chapter 1: Internal Primates Forever- Mudvayne open the show with this song about a drug addiction. Crowd doesn't look particularly large because it's early in the day, but there's fist pumps going on. One thing that's nice about the set is that each member is hooked up so each part is heard clearly, and the band moves around with energy on stage. Camera angles focus on each member and the crowd. The bass rings out clearly, the guitar isn't overly distorted, the drums are mic'ed up individually, and Chad's mic isn't on overdrive. Overall, the band sounds cohesive, although Greg can't sing back up vocals for his life; but no matter, Matt and Ryan fly on the drums and bass, respectively. Chad tries to get the crowd into the show to the best of his ability. 4/5

Chapters 2-12: Bus Ride to Los Angeles Summer Sanitarium- this is the first behind-the-scenes shoot of the band. They joke with the cameraman about being in their way. Their manager (Chuck Toler, Anger Management) jokes with the band in a mock interview ("How will it feel going from a club setting to opening in front of 60,000 people... do you think you can handle it?" asks Toler. "No," replies Chad sarcastically). Chad talks for a bit about being on the road all the time, while Toler remains light-hearted in introducing the rest of the band. Ryan then is placed in front of the camera and describes his stage experience and how the crowd size doesn't make him nervous or affect his playing; however, he goes on to say that there is a somewhat nervous vibe because he feels honored to play with Metallica, and how he grew up practicing songs such as "Seek and Destroy" ("It's a classic, I'm sure they [Metallica] are tired of hearing it, but it's a classic, it's a classic heavy metal song, I played it a million times myself... I was a big fan," he says). Scene cuts to driving on golf carts to get to the dressing room. Matt gets pissed at the camera for a quick second, camera shifts to Conder, the production assistant. More sarcasm. Cut to dressing room area, where some of their stage crew is making preliminary steps to begin the show. Cut to more dressing room antics and sarcasm ("There's no toilet paper in here, but we do have air conditioning," Matt quips). More pre-show light-hearted discussion about pussy and blowjobs, which cuts to more pre-show setup, walking to the stadium, interviews with a photographer and his thoughts about being on stage with the band, etc.

Chapter 13: -1- Mudvayne's second song is the slower "-1" which talks about one feeling isolated. Clean guitar intro, softer verses which explode into a crunching chorus. Chad tries to get the crowd into the song, Greg still can't sing backup. Song seems to drag a bit in the second verse, but gets restored back to tempo at the chorus. Crowd appears to be into the song. Bridge goes back to slower tempo with guitar effect, but bass drum kicks pulsate. Chad smiles and tries to work the crowd, final chorus explodes again. Bass rings quite clearly, although Ryan isn't exactly featured in the song. 4/5

Chapters 14-15: After the Show- Mudvayne speak with fans, sign autographs, Chad expresses some disappointment that the crowd was small, Toler asks Greg about the shows in Texas, Greg shows their "buffet" (Doritos, Mountain Dew, Pedialyte, etc.). More light-hearted discussion. Matt introduces stage manager G-Money and explains how he got the nickname (his name is Greg, and the guitarist is Greg, so they coined him said nickname since they didn't want two Gregs on tour); Matt then rattles off the rest of the proposed nicknames (G-Whiz, G-String, G-Willickers, etc.).

Chapter 16: Silenced- Mudvayne's third track is the opening track from "The End of All Things to Come." Ryan and Matt begin the song, with an explosion ten seconds in. Ryan flies on bass, crowd gives a good reaction to the set. Both Greg and Ryan vibrato strongly, good close-up of Ryan's fretwork in the bridge. Chad sort of runs out of breath towards the end of the song, but crowd still cheers. Drums and guitar drive to the conclusion until the song ends abruptly like the CD. 4/5

Chapters 17-19: Tour Promo Interview- A radio show from New Zealand (The Axe Attack) comes in and interviews Matt and Chad and asks them about tour life, recording in the studio, and how much work the band puts in to their work. Chad says it can feel like a "rock and roll nightmare" because of all the movement of touring and not seeing family. Matt talks about production of the albums, all three men joke around. Axe asks what they would be doing if they weren't making music (Matt says "reading and staring at walls," Chad says, "in the bar."). Interview ends.

Chapter 20: Death Blooms- The fourth song of the set is the second single from "L.D. 50." Chad gives a brief intro to the song, Matt hits the highhat and Greg goes into the familiar bar chord-natural harmonic intro. Ryan again shines on bass, as does Matt on drums. The vocals of the chorus are also good; they don't match the CD's level, but they ring clear. Song keeps its tempo, Chad works the crowd a bit, band kicks back in with pre-chorus riffs and vocals. The conclusion of the song is performed very well, although the shouted vocals tend to be a bit raspy, although one can argue that this song was performed late into the tour. The higher notes are hit well, song ends with familiar poem-esque lyrics, Chad thanks crowd. One of the best songs from the set. 5/5

Chapters 21-25: Bus Ride to San Francisco- Interviews with the bus driver and tour manager, Greg insults the bus food and talks about how being on the road is rough, Greg jokes about being the sole decision-maker of the band. Toler asks about previous bands that Matt and Greg were in, Matt drinks a bunch of Pedialyte during the interview. Jon Cohen from Anger Management goes through a comical word association game, where he names off various food items for each band member. Ryan gets on camera but refuses to be interviewed. Toler lays down a $100 bill, but Ryan still refuses to talk.

Chapter 26: Mercy, Severity- Chad asks if the band can play them "some new shit," crowd answers yes. Intro to the song is pounding double bass, simple guitar riffs, and intricate bass work. Chorus is also explosive, verses are softer and with clean guitar. The drums being hooked up individually is a plus because each strike is heard clearly. Bridge is more furious double bass and cymbal work, guitar and bass is accelerated, vocals are shouted, then drop off into verse-like sound for a short bit, which gives way to more intense instrumentation and vocals. Chad thanks crowd, which gives a good reaction. A stronger song from the set. 4.5/5

To be continued on to the next thread...

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Old 01-14-2005, 07:59 PM   #2
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... continued from first post:

Chapter 27: Arriving in San Francisco- camera films the band arriving at the stadium, Greg gives some details about the tour. Nothing else to report.

Chapter 28: Cradle- the second half of the set is kicked off with "Cradle" from "L.D. 50." Random shots of James Hetfield smiling on stage watching the band. Clean guitar for the intro, with an intense buildup which drops for the verses, but the chorus is shouted with some heavy riffage and double bass. This song doesn't match the album level as much in terms of vocal accuracy, but the tempo is noticeably faster than the album version. Greg's single fret riffs, Ryan's bass, and Matt's double bass and percussion work drive the song instrumentally. Chad does a peculiar headbang with the mic and rushes the words, but it's still decipherable. There are some brief shots of the crowd headbanging and moshing, but it isn't very extreme as in the later chapters. Song ends, crowd gives a small reaction. Chad asks, "Is that all you got?" and crowd gives a more definitive reaction, with Hetfield still on stage, laughing at Chad's question. 4/5

Chapters 29-38: Sound Check, San Francisco- Greg's guitar tech Miles gives the interviewer a hard time about being interviewed and sounds genuinely pissed. The guy is huge and extremely pissed. Random shots of the set being organized and constructed. Cameraman interviews Grape (Ryan's bass tech), who is cleaning and re-stringing the bass, and compliments Ryan's technique and overall musicianship. Geoff (Matt's drum tech) is the next crew member to be interviewed. He also compliments Matt's musicianship, and talks about how Matt took him to an art museum in Toronto and give him a brief history of art. Random shots of Miles and Geoff sound-checking. Rick, the monitor engineer, is seen flipping out about sound check. This gives a pretty good background of what a band goes through for soundcheck, by no means is it extremely in-depth, but it's satisfactory. Shots of Greg's guitar equipment, and Geoff dissects Matt's drum set and explains how he individually mics up the drums and tests them in sound check. More interviews with the monitor and sound engineer, with an explanation of ProTools digital recording, which was used to film the DVD. Cuts to San Fransisco police, who explain security at the show, but one of them quips that he hopes he can just listen to the music.

Chapter 39: Nothing to Gein- this song is about the serial killer Ed Gein from "L.D. 50." Verses are softer with another frenzied chorus. Verses have guitar effects, bass, and soft drumwork. Random shot of James Hetfield playing air drums. The band is very energetic on stage moving around, but they run out of gas in some spots in the chorus; for example, Chad's voice tends to go in the shouted chorus. Ryan once again stands out on bass, as does Matt on drums. Guitar is strong. The song took a bit too long to end, which is somewhat understandable: on the album, the song fades into an instrumental; unfortunately, the song takes awhile to end with drum work, soft guitar, and Chad whispering "soiled" a bunch of times. It builds up to an ambiguous scream session with a cymbal roll. Chad then starts the opening lines over again, but then finally ends the song. A bit torturous, the crowd looked annoyed, but gave a good reaction when it finally ended. 3/5

Chapter 40: Meet and Greet Fans, San Francisco- self-explanatory. Cameraman gets some fans on camera. The band takes pictures, signs autographs, interviews with more rock stations.

Chapter 41: World So Cold- Greg and Chad start off the song, with Ryan singing backup vocals (he can sing so much better than Greg). Opening verse builds to a steady crescendo, with an explosive chorus. This is probably the best song from the entire set, with clear vocals, steady guitar, and phenomenal bass and drum work (for the genre, people... I'm not insinuating that they are the best at their instruments, but they are very good at what they do ). The bridge is the highlight of the song, with excellent percussion, strong vocal work, steady bass and guitar work, and a mini guitar solo from Greg that fits in the song quite well. Greg sings a bit of backup and does much better than his previous work, Ryan also sings a bit of backup as well. The song builds and builds until its conclusion, which kind of drifts away from the album conclusion and into a somewhat ad-libbed conclusion. Chad thanks the crowd, which gives a good reaction. 5/5

Chapters 42-43: Sitdown with Matt- Matt bitches about how the camera is always on, but then finally sits down. He first asks that he doesn't make porn. The interviewer asks about the advancements of technology, especially in recording. Matt talks about how computers and anyone with ProTools can basically make an album, and how much more accessible music can be. He goes on about his personal music tastes and how sampling back in the '80s was mind-boggling to him as a teenager, but how common it is today. He hopes that artists don't lose sight of producers, even though computers are helping out in the process, he feels that producers have a creative element that computers can't emulate. He also is asked about artwork that the fans send in, and he talks about how artists in the '60s were influenced by an idea or creative process and not just by the final product itself, and how he would be disappointed if that happened in music. Matt comes across as a very intelligent person, both in music and in other areas (for example, taking his drum tech to the Toronto art museum and giving him a history).

Chapter 44: Not Falling- Chad works the crowd, who gives a very loud cheer. He introduces the song, which starts off with pounding double bass, guitar, and bass. The band is energetic on stage, bouncing around across the stage. This appears to be the crowd favorite from the set, based on the pit and the crowd reactions. Random shots of fans running around and into each other, moshing, and devil horns. The song's tempo is noticeably faster than the album version, with plenty of gusto, ranging from the double bass to Greg's vibratos and slides in the bridge. Crowd gives a big reaction at the end of the song. 5/5

Chapter 45: Showtime- camera shots of the band walking out into the stadium, with the crowd chanting the band's name. Extremely brief.

Chapter 46: Dig- the final song is "Dig," which is a great live song, but shouldn't be the reason for Mudvayne's popularity. The song is ferocious, with various camera shots of the band and crowd. Double bass is pulsating, with a rather large pit and crowd involvement. Chad works the crowd during the bridge, with intense guitar and bass work. This is the shortest song on the set, but Matt, Greg, and Ryan ad-lib for a bit while Chad tells the crowd to "Enjoy their day of music." After all, again, they were the first band to open. Matt throws his snare head, sticks, and other stuff into the crowd. Greg and Ryan throw their picks, crowd gives them a big approval reaction. 4/5

Chapters 47-49: Credits- fanboy is back stage and talks to Chad, asks for an autograph and asks about the setlist. The fan went a bit overboard with the makeup, he sort of forgot that they ditched the makeup thing after the second album. Camera follows fanboy out to the stage, interviewer asks about how it feels to be backstage with the bands. Interviewer asks a couple more questions, fan gives some light-hearted remarks. Random shots of preshow crowd, fan works the crowd a bit while walking out. A bit bizarre. End movie.

Bonus stuff:

"World So Cold" music video, also a making-of featurette with laid-back goofiness. One can also jump to any specific part of the movie itself from the interactive menu.

Final tally:

Setlist: 4/5
Behind-the-scenes stuff: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

Fans of the nu metal genre, concert DVDs, and/or Mudvayne should definitely pick this up. However, if you despise music like this, don't spend (or, in your eyes, waste) your money. I feel that Mudvayne is one of the more superior nu metal acts within said genre today, but of course, that's not going to persuade anyone... but again, fans of the genre or band should definitely pick this up.

I hope this review was satisfactory, as this was my first DVD review
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Old 01-14-2005, 08:16 PM   #3
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Congratulations, that was very good. It was out of my genre plus I've never seen it (or heard anything by the band, for that matter) but your review was nice and thorough.

I didn't even know DVDs were allowed...if that's the case than I can have a Shadows Fall DVD review up quite soon.
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Old 01-14-2005, 08:26 PM   #4
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Ryan threw a pick?

I didn't think he even used one...
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Old 01-14-2005, 08:27 PM   #5
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^ Well, maybe it wasn't a pick, but it sure looked like one. He threw something small and black from his pocket into the crowd before he walked offstage at the end.
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Old 01-15-2005, 04:54 AM   #6
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Couldn't have been a pick, about half of the song Dig is slap.
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Old 01-15-2005, 05:03 AM   #7
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There are very few nu-metal bands worth listening to, and Mudvayne for me are the pick of the bunch. Ryan is just a phenomenal bassist. Good review.
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Alright, I took a look back at that song, and he didn't through a pick, he threw something else.

I was typing notes on the computer while watching it, so I kind of saw both things back-to-back.

Whenever I write reviews, I take notes, then use my notes to complete the review.

Sorry for the mess up
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Great review! Very in depth, you obviously put alot of work into it. I've always thought that Mudvayne had alot of potential as a band, although they need to work on their live sound a bit (often too much distortion on guitars, when I saw them you couldn't hear what the hell was going on) and the vocalist perhaps needs a bit more training on how to scream properly without losing his voice or running out of breath. Still, they've written some interesting stuff.
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Alright, I took a look back at that song, and he didn't through a pick, he threw something else.

I was typing notes on the computer while watching it, so I kind of saw both things back-to-back.

Whenever I write reviews, I take notes, then use my notes to complete the review.

Sorry for the mess up


It's no big deal man. I just was kind of surprised to hear that Ryan, who's quite adept at slap and fingerstyle, would use a pick.

...Then again, he could take the Stu Hamm route and use a pick because it's just another technique. But this discussion has nothing really to do with Mudvayne, now does it?
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^ I think I did a double-take, and just assumed it was a pick.

In my college room, my laptop faces away from my TV/DVD... as I type, I look back. I guess I was typing some notes and saw him throw something, so I just assumed it was a pick.

/is stupid

It turns out, it was a cloth of some sort, like for cleaning the bass.

/feels really stupid

, Stu Hamm indeed
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Honestly i think mudvayne's songs all sound the same (whos dont nowdays) but "world so cold" is pretty sic. excellent review, very in-depth. btw- does anyone know if those are EMG 81's he uses in his les paul? just curious
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Great review. I might even buy this DVD now.
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I have the DVD, and Ryan doesnt use a pick in any song, it was greg who threw his black pick to the crowd, ryan threw a piese of white cloth that he had up in the head of the bass.
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Uh, yeah... I fixed it a bit ago...

Ryan and Greg put cloths at the heads of their instruments so the strings don't buzz.

/found this out on TEOATTC bonus DVD
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