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The End of All Things to Come

Mudvayne

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Album Review

The artist credits on Mudvayne's second major-label album, The End of All Things to Come (not to be confused with the 2001 reissue of its 1997 indie album, Kill I Oughtta, retitled The Beginning of All Things to End), might suggest that the band has undergone a complete personnel change, but in fact the group members have just changed their pseudonyms. Singer Kud now calls himself Chüd, guitarist Gurrg has become Güüg, bassist Ryknow is R-üD, and drummer sPaG is Spüg. Otherwise, not much has changed for the band in the two years since its first album for Epic Records, L.D. 50. The musicians still churn out standard-issue heavy metal thrash à la Metallica to support Chüd's nihilistic pronouncements, usually sung in an enraged howl. But much else has changed surrounding the band. A year and a half's worth of gigs opening for others propelled L.D. 50 to gold status as Mudvayne's cartoonish costumes and makeup were embraced by metal fans for their novelty and, oh yes, the September 11 terrorist attacks altered the aesthetic climate in which the band functions. At least, you'd have thought it did. Mudvayne still thinks nothing of putting out lyrics like, "I need a barrel of cyanide, a pile of strychnine until the whole damn world is dead start over again" (from the album's title song), as if it hadn't become painfully obvious that there actually are people in the world willing to act on such ridiculous sentiments. The amusement value of such posturing is reduced when reality comes so close to dark fantasy. To Mudvayne, however, it all still seems to be a joke.

Customer Reviews

Solid Metal

Whenever a cd is chok-full of strong political opinions and over the top metaphors there are bound to be detractors (such as the itunes reviewer). But don't listen to those people!! Listen to the music. Yes, I just called this 50-minute death-scream, chugging guitar and odd effects mosh-mess music. Music should provoke a strong emotional response, prefferably a good one, and The End Of All Things To Come sure as hell fills that requirement. While Mudvayne doesn't get as much airtime as its peers, they certainly deserve it. "Not Falling" simply doesn't get old. Just listen to "Shadow of a Man" and tell me that it isn't awesome. Just try; you won't be able to with a clear conscience.

The Found Sound

2000 marked the release of Mudvayne's debut L.D. 50; ancient news as of now, seeing as they have released 5 studio albums. But The End of All Things To Come, Mudvayne's sophomore record, is without a doubt, their least forgetful, most atmospheric, and defining album, as well as what some would argue to be a Nu-metal masterpiece. While L.D. 50 brought a promising, maniacal, and intriguing sound to the scene for Mudvayne, a fair portion of the album was disorganized, choppy, unoriginal, or just out of control. Mudvayne were lovable because of their copious energy, but a little more control of the sound was neccessary to prevent the band from coming off as immature or unprofessional. With TEOATTC, Mudvayne have softened the sound a nickel, but don't panic! No band is capable of controlling the heavy progressions of L.D. 50, and while Mudvayne have softened their sound on TEOATTC, they've softened it as little as possible it seems. They now have managed their chilling metal atmosphere into more controlled songs, and the end result is a versatile album of memorable pain and agony. The opener Silenced, is a hard hitting censorship attack that is the immediate proof that Mudvayne are the same band they were 2 years ago. Trapped in the Wake of a Dream's swaying soothe to scream vocals are purely original, as well as the song's new sense of control using math-metal time signatures. Other notables are the conflict of the internal mind, Shadow of a Man, or the melodic but somehow onslaughtive Mercy, Severity. Every song is very different from the last, and has buried, but healthily rooted hooks that will grow on you, and nail this album into the back of any nu-metal fan's mind for eternity.

great album.

The End of All Things to Come This is yet another Awesome Mudvayne album! While it may be more mellow than LD.50 and Kill I Oughtta (the Beginning of All Things to end), it is still an incredible album that should be owned by anyone interested in metal made in the past 20 years. 1. Silenced- This is a good way to start off the album, like Dig it is a very fast song. I also has more point to it telling someone that they don’t want to be censored or silenced. 9/10 2. Trapped in the Wake of a Dream- This song is incredibly technical and well displays Mudvayne’s musicianship and signature Math metal sound with changing time signatures. played in 11/8 and 17/8. 10/10 3. Not Falling- This is probably Mudvayne’s first truly commercially successful song and is a very cool song. 9/10 4. (Per)Version of a Truth- this is a song that talks about, as stated by the title, the perversion of truth. Another excellent song that is emotional and a corner stone of the album. 10/10 5. Mercy, Severity- in my opinion, this is probably the best song on the album. It is melodic at some points and guttural at others. It also has very interesting lyrics, among mudvayne's best (and thats saying alot). 10/10 6. A World So Cold- this is another powerful song. It starts of very slowly and then speeds up and slows down till the end were it becomes really extreme for about thirty seconds. Another radio hit, for fans of Mudvayne and just music in general. 10/10 7. The Patient Mental- this uses a nice play on words in the title. I really love the interesting lyrics in this and it would make a really cool music video. 10/10 8. Skrying- I have no idea what this song is about, which doesn’t make it a bad song, just confusing. I think that this is were the album begins to lose some of its steam. 9/10 9. Solve Et Coagula- I’m not sure what the title means but I know it’s Latin. This song is actually not bad, it’s very intense but just not quite as good as the early songs on the album, very technical. 8/10 10. Shadow of a Man- from the title I thought this would be a really cool song, but it’s actually the low point of the album in my opinion. 6/10 11. 12:97:24:99- I’m not sure what it symbolizes but it isn’t anything really, it’s just something like 11 seconds of silence. 12. The End of All Things to Come- I have to say I love this song. It is just a very sadistic piece about ending the world. It might be a commentary on the kind of people who would actually do these things, not just a light hearted joke. This has the most guttural vocals on the whole album, extremely heavy. 10/10 13. A Key to Nothing- This is an interesting and depressing song, which I think is the speaks of the aftermath of the end of the world. This album almost seems to be a loose concept album when you think of it, all leading to this point. 8/10

Biography

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Nov 12, 2002
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