Mudvayne
The End of All Things to Come


4.5
superb

Review

by Bwgrotha1s USER (30 Reviews)
September 22nd, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On "The End Of All Things To Come," Mudvayne use new tools, sharpen ol' reliables, and get to work with stunning sense of confidence.

On their debut “L.D. 50,” Mudvayne's moderate usage of shifting rhythms, changing time signatures, and excessive heaviness defined their originality and trademark sound, but there is no doubt they owed credit to conventional alternative and heavy metal artists like Pantera and Metallica for the inspiration to write more than 50% of what they thrived on through the record.

With their sophomore album, “The End of All Things To Come,” the band couldn't be more unconventional, save for a few moments, (singles “Not Falling,” and “World So Cold.”) The credit is still due for brewing up the band's influence in the first place, but on TEOATTC Mudvayne abandons any attempt at a true “Hook-hunt,” giving the album few moments to look forward to strongly over others. That being said, it's Mudvayne in their finest hour by far.

“L.D. 50,” prevailed in establishing the outline of Mudvayne's audio arsenal, but on TEOATTC, the group twists the gears even further, by raising the incorporation of ever-rotating rhythmic patterns with bitter and bludgeoning guitar, while vocalist Chad Gray continues to thin out the line connecting heavy maniacal behavior and easy-going crooning. The end result, leaves little room for a shot at some sort of catchy groove to cling to. Instead, the album as a whole, comes off as one of the better albums to date, (in the genre) that strives for developing a listener-taste to hearing songs for their entirety, and not for any particular part; though some parts will naturally be more appealing to different listeners. Even the semi-mainstream cross-over single, “World So Cold,” though criticized for its drastically softer nature compared to the vast majority of Mudvayne's (at the time) existing discography, begins in agony and flows into a chorus that doesn't exactly bring out the tools to give its scene any beauty, but it illuminates the tattered landscape of their global distaste.

As noted earlier, the boys turn up the burner for their choice of fuel on this record, and the elements tend to lean toward a progressive edge on tracks like, “Trapped in the Wake of a Dream,” and “Shadow of a Man,” where the format is essentially verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus, but the endlessly grinding pattern-shifts almost make it difficult to keep track of where you're at. While that's a definite sharpening-job for the edges of their signature sound, elsewhere, the record works magic by perfecting the more-valued mechanics of their debut. Opener, “Silenced,” kicks and punches just as hard as “Dig,” on its chorus, then, after a sudden stop, re-starts its motor in a lower-gear for its verse, to allow Chad Gray some refreshing and honest singing time. “The Patient Mental,” is perhaps the tightest weave-job of sadistic metallic chaos and an actually smooth melody, that the band has produced thus far. The components with which one would identify Mudvayne's sound instantly are all at an impeccable balance on this song; Gray splits the blood-curdeling shrieks and that gentle lullaby voice of his up 50-50.

They might not embrace their benchmark-heaviness throughout the record as much as they did on its predecessor, but they prove they've most certainly “still got it,” on “Solve Et Coagula,” and the title track, “The End of All Things To Come.” The latter is a senseless yet epic pummeling that spits rants of chemical warfare and terrorism. “Solve Et Coagula” also rates up to snuff with an absolutely dreadful but beautifully basic main riff. The closer ,”A Key To Nothing,” cruises along jagged edges of polar opinions amongst the group's regular following. The song's music dices up relentless repetition and a structure that is borderline brainwashing; a combination that promotes a headache from time to time. On the other hand, the overzealous nihilism that floods the backdrop of Gray's lyrics triumphantly instills an inescapable devotion of attention to the apparently major proportion of his message's integrity. Taking his rant seriously is almost an innate ability.

If one were to stare threw a scope that assessed all fairness to musicians and bands everywhere, they would know that most artists, whether they're thriving along the plains of indie, underground, or mainstream, possess the talent to brew up truly unique, original, and most importantly, distinguishable material that sets them aside from the masses. On “The End of All Things To Come,” Mudvayne for whatever reason choose to take a crash-course on developing their maturity, as well as their surprisingly wide range of complexity that they all of a sudden seem to have a knack for. It isn't just an effortless task to set TEOATTC aside from just about every other nu-metal act surfacing prior, at, and after its chart time, but it's also easily the most one-of-a-kind record Mudvayne has recorded, within the rest of their major-label discography. There's too much experimentation in the right crannies of the genre to dismiss this outing as anything less than superb.



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SCREAM!
September 22nd 2014


15253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What year is this

renegadestrings
September 22nd 2014


1511 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album is as bleak its cover art. I always loved the little breakdown in Shadow of a Man. I rarely want to dance during a Mudvayne song, but when I do, its because of dat riff.



great review. takes me back

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
September 22nd 2014


13887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Disagree that this is better than L.D, but a solid review.



Have a pos.

Pestiferous
September 22nd 2014


1373 Comments


good review, i actually really like skrying and a couple others but no way this is better than l.d.50

WatchItExplode
September 22nd 2014


5303 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

love skyring

Digging: Screaming Females - All At Once

XingKing
September 23rd 2014


12814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No way in hell is this better than LD 50. This is a regression in every way, though I do enjoy this album while everything after is pretty awful. Good review though

Wizard
September 23rd 2014


20163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better than L.D. 50 agreed.



Some awkward statements throughout but I like the review.

emester
September 23rd 2014


8205 Comments


this and LD are neck and neck for me

Digging: Spectral Lore/Jute Gyte - Helian

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2014


13887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

neck

TzarChasm
September 23rd 2014


272 Comments


I never could really get into this CD. I don't know what it was, but many of the songs put me off somehow. Only "Mercy, Severity," and "Not Falling" stood out as truly enjoyable—the former being one of Mudvayne's best songs. L.D. 50 is ten times the album TEOATTC is.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
September 23rd 2014


13887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Took me a long time to half like this album too. Regressed is the only word for this album.

Bwgrotha1s
September 24th 2014


59 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no way

XingKing
September 24th 2014


12814 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes way

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2014


13887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[2]

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
September 25th 2014


13887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's still a great album, but after melting faces with LD.50, when ithe two are compared, this pale in everyway.

TzarChasm
September 27th 2014


272 Comments


L.D. 50 is still one of my favorite works of American metal to this day. That CD is absolutely blistering.

Muppelope
June 12th 2015


1443 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I love this but L.D. 50 is much better. Mercy, Severity, Not Falling and Skrying are the best tracks here. Pos for the review, despite some awkward sentences and odd comma placement.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
June 13th 2015


13887 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

World So Cold drags on imo.

SCREAM!
July 7th 2017


15253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Jamming this for the first time in years and enjoying the fuck out of it all over again



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