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Album Review

Mudvayne boasts a couple of elements that distinguish it from most contemporary heavy metal outfits. The band adopts bizarre facial makeup that is less suggestive of Kiss than of a bunch of boys who, having failed to plan their Halloween costumes, threw something together by raiding their mother's vanity case. And lead singer Kud (they have funny pseudonyms, too) doesn't always sing in a typical hardcore howl, sometimes descending into a more conventional voice, as if he were auditioning to replace Sebastian Bach in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde. Such characteristics suggest that, for Mudvayne, the thrash style is something of a pose, a suspicion enhanced by reference to the CD booklet, which contains an acknowledgments section as lengthy and gushy as what you'd find on a teen pop album. Can these guys giving thanks and love to family and friends be the same ones performing aggressive lockstep metal, spewing obscenities, and singing about suicide? It seems so, but it's hard to take seriously. (The "L.D." in the album's title refers to "lethal dose," and the "50" refers to a level of toxicity at which 50 out of 100 test animals will die.) [A 'clean' version of the album was released in 2001 as well.]

Customer Reviews

A Bonafide Masterpiece

this 'album' is so unique that even mudvayne themselves couldn`t top it. im a huge mudvayne fan seen them 9 times & cant wait to see them again. the other albums are fantastic,but this one stands alone. it is a must have, just buy it !!!!!!!

One of my favorite albums ever.

This album is an amazing, it is a great mix of math metal, Thrash, alternative metal, and hooks. I would personally argue against calling this a nu metal album, as the similarities to the genre, such as brief rapping are fleeting. This is still Mudvayne’s best album which is saying a lot because their other stuff is good too. Here’s a breakdown on the tracks. 1. Monolith- Just sounds and a talk on human evolution, the bands solute to Stanley Kubrick 2. Dig- this is a great warm up track to get you pumped for the album. 9/10 3. Internal Primates Forever- this is another very intense song, more interesting than dig. 10/10 4. -1- this is a pretty good rhythm and some interesting instrumental, but isn’t a really important track.9/10 5. Death Blooms- melodic and emotional this is a very important turn in the album, great sing-scream in this song.10/10 6. Golden Ratio- like monolith but with no talking from a professor, it can blend right in to the beginning of the next song. 7. Cradle- This is another great sing-scream song, this is a very angry song and is one of the albums more profane tracks. I am reasonably sure it’s about child abuse. 10/10 8. Nothing to Gein- this is a song about the necrophiliac Ed Gein. It is very moody and emotional as well as angry, talking about how Gein’s mom was over protective.10/10 9. Mutatis Mutandis- more weird sounds. 10. Everything and Nothing- this is a pretty good song just to keep the album running smoothly though not one of the most important tracks.8/10 11. Severed- this is my favorite song on the album and by Mudvayne period. I think the point of this song is being cut off from everything, possibly inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey which the band sights as inspiration. This song is incredibly well executed great bass, cool guitars and drums, and the vocals really convey a depth of emotion. This song is Mudvayne’s gleaming multifaceted epic.10/10 12. Recombinant Resurgence- another sound collaboration. 13. Prod- this is a really good track which takes a break from the intensity of the rest of the album and is more melodic. This song has to do with Hal’s feelings in 2001: A Space Odyssey. 10/10 14. Pharmaecopia- this is my second favorite track on the album. This song is more intense than dig but also more melodic at the same time, it has to do with the whole drug mentality and the fact that people on drugs are always unsatisfied.10/10 15. Under My Skin- this is a really cool and heavy track that adds in slight elements of rapcore. This could’ve been in the beginning of the album though. 9/10 16. (K)nown F(Orever)- this is a really great track to end the album and combines many of the elements of the earlier tracks into one song. Also a very good instrumental piece. Cool lyrics, cool chorus, and the breakdown at the end is epic.10/10 17. Lethal Dosage- the title track (sort of), another song like Monolith. If you’re looking for a thought provoking album or just some good heavy metal buy this album.

amazing album

I love this album. This is my favorite mudvayne album. It has so many good songs and the album never gets old to rock out to. If you like metal, rock and insanity buy this album you'll love it.


Formed: 1996 in Peoria, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Heavy metal quartet Mudvayne formed in Peoria, IL, in 1996, its members adopting the unusual pseudonyms sPaG (M. McDonough) (drums), Gurrg (G. Tribbett) (guitar), and Kud (Chad Gray) (vocals). The group's original bassist was replaced after two years by Ryknow (Ryan Martinie). During their development, the bandmembers began the practice of applying bizarre makeup. After self-releasing their first album, Kill, I Oughta, they were signed by Epic Records and recorded their major-label debut, L.D. 50,...
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