Got Mudvayne’s new CD, Lost and Found. I’ve liked these guys ever since I saw them at Ozzfest 2000. Dig was their big song then and they turned out to be one of the better bands that survived that short-lived era. They have that precarious balance of thundering heaviness and a weird melodic softness. Sure, they wore make-up but so what? It was a gimmick they were stuck in, but they’re over it now. It has nothing to do with the sounds that are coming out of my stereo.
Mudvayne, despite their image, wields atmosphere and anticipation masterfully. Take a song like Fall Into Sleep. It starts out pretty light and melancholy, a bit A Perfect Circlish even and then it explodes into an emotional and unbelievably heavy chorus. And yet, it still remains melodic, even with all that screaming. So far, it’s my favorite track on the record.
Then there’s a song like Determined, which calls to mind a young Pantera from the Far Beyond Driven era. The caustic vocals are infused with enough bile to eat through your speakers, and you can sing along too.
The single that the corporate programmers are pushing of course is the safe and ultimately boring Happy. Sure, it’s an okay song. It hits all the “woe is me” points that a sad little ballad should have, and it has a nice groove, but it’s not the strongest song on the record.
That distinction goes to IMN, which might not be the song that gets them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it certainly qualifies as the one with the most muscle. Only a drummer like Matt McDonough could pound through those rhythms.