The End of All Things to Come

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The End of All Things to Come
Studio album by Mudvayne
Released November 19, 2002
Recorded Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Length 52:22
Label Epic
Producer David Bottrill, Mudvayne
Mudvayne chronology
L.D. 50
(2000)
The End of All Things to Come
(2002)
Lost & Found
(2005)
Singles from The End of All Things to Come
  1. "Not Falling"
    Released: 2002
  2. "World So Cold"
    Released: 2003

The End of All Things to Come is the second studio album by the American group Mudvayne. Released on November 19, 2002, the album expanded upon the sound of the band's debut, L.D. 50, with a more versatile range of sounds, dynamic, moods and vocalization.[1]

The band wrote the album's songs in less than a month, drawing inspiration from their self-imposed isolation during the songwriting process, and crafted a more mature sound which drew from jazz and progressive rock influences, as well as elements of death and thrash metal. The album's strong sales led to it being certified Gold by the RIAA in 2003.[2]

Production[edit]

The album was recorded at Minnesota's Pachyderm Studios during 2002 with producer David Bottrill, who had previously produced albums for groups such as Tool and Silverchair.[3] The band had very little time to make the album, in contrast to the recording of the band's previous album L.D. 50.[3] Drummer Matt McDonough stated "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."[3] With the creation of the album's artwork, Mudvayne hoped to create the band's "black album".[4]

Musical style[edit]

The End of All Things to Come derives influence from multiple styles, including death metal,[1] progressive rock,[1] thrash metal,[5] jazz fusion[1] and classic rock.[1]

During the album's songwriting process, the band intentionally isolated themselves for inspiration.[6] The album expanded upon the sound of L.D. 50 with a wider range of riffs, tempos, moods and vocalization.[1] Matt McDonough has described the songs on the album as "even weirder" than those on L.D. 50,[3] and also believes the album is more mature.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 48/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Blender 2/5 stars[7]
Entertainment Weekly B−[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[9]
Spin 3/10[10]

The End of All Things to Come was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2003.[2]

Positive reviews came from Entertainment Weekly, who deemed it to be more "user-friendly" than L.D. 50,[8] and Launch.com, who said that "While the group attacks things with great velocity and singer Chud shreds his larynx at regular intervals, the always difficult follow-up album features actual melodies and mature textures that make the band's eventual transformation into a progressive rock band nearly inevitable."[7]

The Daily News Journal also gave the album a positive review, writing "The End of All Things to Come captures Mudvayne at a time when the band has found its voice and is hitting its stride with confidence."[11]

Mixed reviews came from Allmusic, which wrote that "The musicians still churn out standard-issue heavy metal thrash à la Metallica to support Chüd's nihilistic pronouncements, usually sung in an enraged howl"[5] Blender, which wrote, "The End is rather ordinary--severe, belligerent riffs and vocals that sound as though singer Chud gargles molten lava"[7] and Rolling Stone, which wrote, "Enjoy the band's extraterrestrial makeover; it's far more amusing than the music."[7] A negative review appeared in Spin, which simply stated "No."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Mudvayne. 

No. Title Length
1. "Silenced"   3:01
2. "Trapped in the Wake of a Dream"   4:41
3. "Not Falling"   4:04
4. "(Per)version of a Truth"   4:41
5. "Mercy, Severity"   4:55
6. "World So Cold"   5:40
7. "The Patient Mental"   4:38
8. "Skrying"   5:39
9. "Solve et Coagula"   2:49
10. "Shadow of a Man"   3:55
11. "12:97:24:99"   0:11
12. "The End of All Things to Come"   3:01
13. "A Key to Nothing"   5:07
Total length:
52:22
Bonus DVD tracks
No. Title Length
14. "On the Move"   3:54
15. "Goodbye"   6:12

Personnel[edit]

Band
Production
  • David Bottrill – production, mixing
  • Aimee Macauley – art direction
  • Nitin Vadukul – photography

[12]

Chart positions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Wiederhorn, Jon (October 24, 2002). "Mudvayne's New Look Coincides With New Sound". MTV News. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "RIAA certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "MUDVAYNE: New Single To Go For Radio Adds In October". Blabbermouth.Net. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  4. ^ "MUDVAYNE Frontman Sees The (Black) Light". Blabbermouth.net. November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "The End of All Things to Come – Mudvayne". Allmusic. 
  6. ^ Montgomery, James (Mar 2, 2005). "Mudvayne Lose The Makeup, Find Inspiration In Isolation". MTV News. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "The End of All Things to Come". Metacritic. 
  8. ^ a b Farber, Jim (November 29, 2002). "Music Review: The End of All Things to Come (2002)". Entertainment Weekly (684). 
  9. ^ Cherry, Robert (December 12, 2002). "Mudvayne: The End of All Things to Come : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 12, 2007. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Breakdown". Spin (SPIN Media LLC) 19 (1): 99. January 2003. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 26 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Mudvayne will play at BuzzFest Saturday". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. 2003-09-01. Retrieved 2013-05-04. 
  12. ^ "The End of All Things to Come - Mudvayne: Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Australian chart positions". australian-charts.com. 
  14. ^ "French chart positions" (in French). lescharts.com. 
  15. ^ "Chart Log UK (1994–2006) M – My Vitriol" Zobbel.
  16. ^ "The End of All Things to Come – Mudvayne". Billboard. 
  17. ^ "Mudvayne Alternative Songs Chart History". Billboard.