by Bwgrotha1s USER (33 Reviews)
April 16th, 2018 | 10 replies

Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

The recording and release of Mudavyne's eponymously-titled fifth album is shrouded in mystery. Hitting store shelves less than year after the absolute flop that was "The New Game," some spectators suspected the rush-release and lack of promotion for this record was consequential to the massive failure of its predecessor. The only statement released by the band prior to this 2009 release was that they "...were in the studio writing new material to be released later this year."

"Mudvayne," sheds most of the ailments that terrorized "The New Game," and re-instates their iconic shifting rhythms into most of the album's cuts. They rarely come close to matching the complexity of the best moments on "L.D 50" and "The End of All Things To Come," but the end result is something that stylistically sounds like the record that should have come before "Lost and Found."

"Beautiful and Strange," and "Beyond the Pale," recall the prominent rhythmic-drive that powered 2002's "The End of All Things To come." "I Can't Wait," and "Out to Pasture," excavate the chaotic atmostphere of "L.D. 50." Even most of the experiments that take place on "Mudvayne" prove successful. "Heard It All Before," showcases the group channeling the thrash-heavy vibes of Pantera, including a solo from Tribett that's as memorable as any recorded by 'Dimebag' Darrell himself. And closer "Dead Inside" (despite its outdated title) is an unexpectedly driven acoustic-only play.

There's drastically less to be considered filler on "Mudvayne" compared to "The New Game," but the band does not fully abandon their voyage for garnering radio-play and the fan-base that comes packaged with it. "Closer," and "Scream With Me," are both stronger than most of what is found on "The New Game," and "Lost and Found." The shortcoming is the blatant reliance on hooks in both tracks. "L.D. 50" had its share of catchy riffs, but they were usually delivered in small doses. On Sophomore effort "The End of All Things to Come," Mudvayne had truly seemed to hit their passion stride, ditching hooks almost entirely to favor a more progressive approach that fit their math-metal blitz like a glove. Both songs sound entirely compatible with the roster of "Lost and Found," which is not necessarily a con.

Ultimately, "Mudvayne," is a summary of nearly every trick the band has tried since their birth. Featuring the greatest elements of their LPs while also showcasing sincere growth within the songwriting of both guitarist Tribett and vocalist Gray (the notably weaker half of Mudvayne), this self-titled fifth album will undoubtedly satisfy Mudvayne fans new and old.

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Contributing Reviewer
April 16th 2018


Album Rating: 3.5

Nice rev man. pos.

I really enjoy this, best thing since End of All Things

April 16th 2018


Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this a lot too way back when, definitely better than Lost & Found. Wonder if they'll ever release another album. Also, good review!

April 16th 2018


Album Rating: 4.5

Always loved this album. It's their 2nd best next to ld50 in my opinion.

April 16th 2018


Album Rating: 2.5

your opinion is retarded

April 16th 2018


Without question Ryan and Matt were the most talented members of this band. LD 50 and End of all Things had some great lyrics and moments by Chad, but wtf happened to him later? Was it all just a marketing/image facade? He seemed like an intelligent dude that turned into a dumb hick after he joined Hell Yeah.

April 17th 2018


Album Rating: 4.5

Maniac, I couldn't give a fuck what you think lol. End of all things is a great album, but it's got like 3 songs to me that are skippable. Scream with me was the only weak track on their newest album.

April 19th 2018


Album Rating: 3.5

Haha. Faded sun, i want the same question answered. Chads lyrics on the first two lps are average at worst. Lost and found didnt tackle nearly as complex themes but he still was able to write without sounding like he had a gun ro his head while doing so. Then hellyeah happened, amd i guess he brought the lazy approach he sported in writing their debut straight to the new game

April 19th 2018


Album Rating: 3.5


April 19th 2018


Album Rating: 2.5

1000 mile journey still goes off

April 21st 2018


Album Rating: 3.5

oh no doubt rowhaus. I just wanted to avoid a full-on track by track review structure. Definitely one of the album's best songs, just didn't fit in with how i wanted to discuss the main ideas of this record.

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