MUDVAYNE had definitely caught my attention with their eclectic Nu Metal monster debut, but, as with all Nu Metal bands, one must be cautious of their consistency and longevity. Most of them tended to fade into oblivion after one or two release (honestly DROWNING POOL has yet to recover any shred of what good qualities they had) so I was going to watch my step with MUDVAYNE. Could they honestly recreate the chaotic concept that was “L.D. 50”?
Strangely enough, the answer to that question is no. Their sophomore effort “The End Of All Things To Come” is taking the band in a completely new direction. Where “L.D. 50” found the band playing a lot with Prog tendencies and conceptual ideas, “The End Of All Things To Come” is far more radio friendly and individualistic. The band might be moving towards a more ‘user friendly’ sound, but this second release has MUDVAYNE in a great form that still displays all of their amazing qualities but doesn’t sacrifice them for its friendly sound.
It is interesting to hear a band that was known for being somewhat of a fringe outfit to find and incorporate the ‘hook’ as often as they do on this album. MUDVAYNE have all kinds of different hooks built into their unusual style of music including more clean vocals that Chad Grey seems more the willing to add (just listen to most of the choruses) and even catchier riffs and song structures. The fact that the band pulled out the threading they had and went to individual songs of a similar style adds a ton of points to the idealism of the record.
A word of warning though, although the interesting polyrhythms and chemistry between the band members still make them a great listen, they are technically Nu Metal still. The combination of melodic work and heavy riff based music might turn you green, but their style is so ridiculously interesting that it kept me coming back for more. They have some heavier songs like the angry anti-censorship song “Silence” but they also have the personal ballad-esque “World So Cold”. It’s a combination that is quite well processed for the band but gives it even more of a Nu Metal vibe than before.
Overall though, I prefer this album even to their debut as this has songs that are able to stand alone without the entire album attached and the catchiness of the song writing combined with their interesting techniques (speaking of which, if you are a fan of bass playing then this is a must listen as Ryan Martinie has some of the most unique, interesting, and awesome bass work I have ever heard) make this a great album. If you hate Nu Metal then skip, but if you want some of the best of what the genre has to offer then pick this up.
Songs To Check Out: “Silenced”, “Not Falling”, “Mercy, Severity”.
(Online February 15, 2009)