Mudvayne - L.D. 50 review
03. Internal Primates Forever
05. Death Blooms
06. Golden Ratio
08. Nothing To Gein
09. Mutatis Mutandis
10. Everything And Nothing
12. Recombinant Resurgence
15. Under My Skin
16. (K)now F(orever)
17. Lethal Dosage
Nu-Metal arrived with ferocious anger back in the 90's or something, crappy bands such as Slipknot, Mushroomhead, Limp Biskit , and a long etc. drowned the metal scene with their idiotic songwriting, their dull execution and with the worst image a metal band can have (f.e. stupid dinosaur masks, ridiculous body paint, etc.) that's more o less why metal-heads fucking hate this genre. Well I said all this for one reason, I want to say that I don't fucking hate Nu-Metal because I've found a couple of bands with decent music, and right now I'll talk about one of them.
L.D. 50 proves all the metal-heads wrong, this album has good songwriting and interesting structures (f.e. the intro Monolith"). The songs presented here are catchy as most nu-riffs, but this time there are technical edges; it's actually great to hear funky bass-lines and irregular beats in songs like "Internal Primates Forever". Most of the songs have something interesting in them, even if it is a cool background or a weird effect, in the end it sounds just great; then there's the counterpart, a lot of songs, even when having some cool features, have also awful things (muddy melodies, annoying high-pitched tones, etc.). So if you think this in the positive way Mudvayne has balance in their album, inexperienced and irreverent balance, but balance nonetheless.
So what's so great about this band? Their ability to make different songs and original lines; there are some bands with superior originality levels of course (f.e. Korn), but Mudvayne had the guts to add bizarre tones, crazy bass-lines, asymmetrical drumming and chromatic vocals. That's exactly what makes this band better than most nu-metal groups doing the same Slipknot shit over and over again.
There's a song I highly recommend you to hear, it's called Prod and please try it with it's introduction called Recombinant Resurgence, you'll have then 2 minutes of weird sounds and creepy atmosphere to finally hear 6 minutes of amazing music. What I like the most of Prod is the layered scheme, the instruments can be fully appreciated both in separate ways and as a whole, the structure of this song is like nothing I've heard before, something like a simultaneous chord progression with at least 3 breakdowns between them to finally end with an explosion of every element presented in the entire song; yes it's nu-metal in the end, but a very good kind if you know what I mean.
This L.D. 50 trip is really implausible and amazing even in the layout and production; then I bought their album The End Of All Things To Come because I though they would do a fucking impressive work as a natural development and I was awfully wrong, I had to sell that album due to its crappiness, then I never had the guts to buy their last album called Lost And Found. But I still remember the old days when Mudvayne delivered one of the most original albums in Nu-Metal history, I still remember saying "damn, let me pick my brains and my shit up of the floor…" and actually I still say those things when I hear this album.
Best Tracks: You can actually divide this album in two, the first half (tracks 1-8) it's not THAT good, but damn the second half (9-17) fucking rules and that's why I'm giving this rating…"Prod", "(k)Now F(orever)", "Pharmaecopia", "Death Blooms"
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