The End of All Things to Come

Mudvayne

Review score: 65%

Review Date: February 2013
Reviewer: Tali
Source: Rock Hard Reviews
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Mudvayne has a different style to most musicians. These artists from Illinois should be noted for their complex metal as much as their once-sported imaginative warpaint. Their songs often switch from light and melodic to screamo. Even though I don’t usually get along with screamo, I do like this band because they have a tune while being heavy and some effort went into making the lyrics worth listening to.

I must have listened to this band many times off Last.fm without really noticing them (because a lot of songs come up, not because I didn’t like their music). So, when watching the movie ‘Ghost Ship’ and one of their songs (Not Falling) came up I spent the rest of the movie trying to remember where I heard it before.

Some music:

Silenced

This is a strong start to the album. The start is heavy and screaming, then clever use of silence splits it off before heading into a lighter section. Silences between sections of the song keep you on edge waiting for what comes next. The song is mainly about censorship and society. It’s fitting that this song ends suddenly mid-sentence.

Not Falling

This song is another good one, and also Paul Jack's favourite from the album. It’s got the perfect balance of slow, melodic verses and heavy choruses that make it fun. It’s got less screaming than the other songs. The chorus is one where you can sing along (at least to one half of it, there are two sets of overlapping vocals) and the words are motivational, of the ‘you can’t keep me down’ variety.

When it came up in ‘Ghost Ship’, I couldn’t help liking the character who was listening to it. It’s just a shame they cut it up because they kept switching between two settings.

World so Cold

This one is a bit slower than the others. It’s a loneliness song full of depression and beautiful vocals. Further into the song it picks up and develops an angry side. Even so, it’s a pretty song, if bleak, and still nice to listen to.

12:97:24:99

I’d say something about how brilliant this song is; it’s complexity, deep meanings and unique sound (like the “helpful” people of Youtube), but that would be cruel for people who were thinking of buying individual MP3s. This is 11-13 seconds of silence. The word printed in album booklet seem to be written in ‘nonsense’ font, but there are sublime translations available online, so someone must have deciphered them.

A Key to Nothing

A strong intro using heavy guitars/ drums with whispered vocals, which grow bolder as it gets further into the track. It’s not as melodic as the rest of the album, but it’s creepy. The lyrics were probably easy to write. Start a line with ‘no more’ and stick anything after it. It’s an end of the world song, so fits well with the theme of the album. It ends with a sound like someone forgot to recharge the band.

Album Art

They’ve honoured the AC/DC ‘Back in Black’ style with shiny black on un-shiny black for their cover (and an explicit content sticker, just to go with the lyrics in ‘Silenced’). The booklet that goes with the CD has an odd picture of aliens / robots emerging from cocoons; at least, that’s how I see it. They also give each song an astrological sign. The significance? Wikipedia says something about songs representing personality types linked to star signs. I just thought it was kind of cool.

Conclusions

It’s an angry album, but it’s got tune as well and lyrics with some meaning to them. It’s heavy and got me though quite a few business lessons. While they talk a lot about the end of the world, I hope it’s not too soon; I want to listen to this album a few more times.

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Track List (may vary)

  • Silences
  • Trapped in The Wake of a Dream
  • Not Falling
  • (Per)Version of a Truth
  • Mercy, Severity
  • World so Cold
  • The Patient Mental
  • Skrying
  • Solve Et Coagula
  • Shadow of a Man
  • 12:97:24:99
  • The End of All Things to Come
  • A Key to Nothing