end of all thingsOne of the coolest bands that I ever remember seeing in a live setting was Peoria, Illinois’s own Mudvayne. The first time I ever saw them live was when they were the openers for Rob Zombie and Ozzy Osbourne while supporting L.D. 50. The album that I chose for this week’s album of the week is the follow up to the very successful L.D. 50 in The End Of All Things To Come. The album featured Chad Gray (Vocals), Greg Tribbett (Guitars), Ryan Martinie (Bass), and Matthew McDonough (Drums) while the album was produced by David Bottrill. The band had a buck load of time to make the first record, but not a lot of time to make the follow up as McDonough explains, “We had all the time in the world to write our first album, but for the second one, we had about a month. I’m amazed how quickly we came up with the material.” While the time may have seemed short, it definitely paid off as the album peaked at 17 on the Billboard Top 200 charts while being certified Gold by 2003.

Mudvayne-The_End_Of_All_Things_To_Come-Trasera1. Silenced– Ryan Martinies amazing bass playing opens the track before the band comes in with the fury and intricate song structures. The song is one of the fiercest tracks on the album and a great track to hear live. 5/5

2. Trapped in the Wake of a Dream– McDonough revealed in an interview once that the verses were written in 17/8 while the chorus was done 11/8 time signature. McDonough says, “If I hadn’t pointed out which song was written in 17/8 I don’t think most people would have noticed. It’s a strange time signature but it works because it’s smooth.” 4/5

3. Not Falling– The first single off the record and one of my favorite tracks and it reminds me of a mix of Dig, but more mature and more mainstream conscious. The track itself is about being strong and never giving up on whatever it is that you face. 5/5

4. (Per)Version of a Truth– A great track that showcases more of the brilliance of Martinie and how he teams with Tribbett so well. The song is about how we are all seeking the truth in life, but in reality it doesn’t exist because society distorts the truth. 5/5

5. Mercy, Severity– an intense track right from the start before it mellows out for the verses. The track could have something to do with the tree of life which is found in the Kabbalah or it could be about creation or recreation. 4.5/5

6. World So Cold– A very different track for the time because of it’s more mellow nature, but it was the second single released off the record which talks about the band’s resentment towards society and how cold it can be. 5/5

the-end-of-all-things-to-come-4e805f94669bf7. The Patient Mental– A very Nu-Metalish sounding track right from the start that deals with the author talking about fame and why he doesn’t understand it fully as well as talking about the recording industry as well. 4/5

8. Skrying– They don’t let the foot off the gas as this one steamrolls ahead, but the lyrical content can be perceived as very dark. Skyring in Luciferian terms is all about reflecting on one’s own self, but he is not doing it in the occult way. Just check out the lyrics to the track. The one cool thing about the track is how it completely transforms at one point midway through the track. 4.5/5

9. Solve et Coagula– In alchemist terms, the song translates into dissolve and coagulate and the track is a reflection of how the band feels about society and how secular we are. The band is absolutely brilliant in the song writing department. 4.5/5

10. Shadow of a Man– A interesting track where the narrator is somehow displeased at the fact that there could be an alternate version of himself and how that version could be living a better life than him. 4/5

11. 12:97:24:99– a throw away track as there is no sound and it’s only 11 seconds in length. 0/5

12. The End Of All Things To Come– The title track is pretty intense in it’s thrash like nature in a track that is setting a point that things need to change in the world starting with our world leaders. 4/5

13. A Key to Nothing– The last track on the album comes in strong with it’s nu-metal sound about the fact that if we had nothing then there would be no problems. For example, no more/no less meaning if we have no more than 0 and nothing less than 0 then we have nothing. This is a world changing track y’all 4/5

mud-promoMy Final Thoughts– While L.D. 50 may be a brilliant debut from the band, I thought there sophomore release was up to par as a great successor. The singles were more radio friendly than Dig or any of the singles off the first, they were still great tracks. You should definitely give this one a listen if you want to get to know the brilliance of Mudvayne. I just wish they would reunite already! I am going to give the album 4.1 stars out of five for a final grade.

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