Mudvayne has an ugly stigma they need to overcome.
They've already been labeled as a mixture between Slipknot
and Tool by most listeners, and I find this branding
to be as equally true as it is unfair. While touting the honest
brutality inherent in bands like Slipknot, SoulFly
and Machine Head, they also manage a firm clarity and
quality of sound that's refreshing.
At the moment in which you find yourself figuring out Mudvayne's
pattern and style, they shift gears. At times, they can be
melodic and calm, only to instantly become enraged and violent.
While there are some immediately catchy tracks, like Dig
and Internal Primates Forever, the real gems of this
album are the ones you wait out, like -1, Death
Blooms, and Severed, which grow better the longer
you listen to them.
The best part of this album really is the variety of sounds
present. In between sonic vignettes, like Monolith
and Recombinant Resurgence, actual songs parade bass
sounds that are distorted one second and clean and crisp the
next. There are actual moments where it seems the band has
access to more than two strings and the drums don't seem to
going at 100bmp. Vocally, Mudvayne's lead singer, Kud,
is reminiscent of Fear Factory's Burton Bell, shifting
from trained harmony to raspy rage.
Mudvayne's L.D. 50 is an excellent album, especially
for the metal genre. If you go into this album expecting it
to sound just like every other aggro band, you'll come out
pleasantly surprised. Scratch the surface of this album and
you might just get something worth owning.