Mudvayne (album)

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Mudvayne
MudvayneSELFTITLED.jpg
Cover art when seen under a black light
Studio album by Mudvayne
Released December 21, 2009
Recorded 2007–2009
Genre
Length 48:17
Label Epic
Producer
Mudvayne chronology
The New Game
(2008)
Mudvayne
(2009)
Singles from Mudvayne
  1. "Scream with Me"
    Released: November 17, 2009

Mudvayne is the fifth and final studio album by American metal band Mudvayne. It was released on December 21, 2009. The material from the album was recorded simultaneously with the material that appeared on The New Game. "Beautiful And Strange", a single from the band, was made available for streaming on the band's website and MySpace page on October 7, 2009. There was no tour to support the album, which had little promotion; sales were also weak.[1]

Production[edit]

Following the release of Lost and Found in 2005, Chad Gray and Greg Tribbett formed the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah. They released their self-titled album in 2007. The following year Mudvayne released their fourth album The New Game to lukewarm reviews. Chad Gray has said "I love being in two bands. I really do. You get to explore both sides of yourself. I think everybody has this severed half. The kind [that] co-exists outside of your work. I was able to kind of climb into that skin."[2]

The album was produced by Jeremy Parker and David Fortman.

Musical style[edit]

The album's style has been described by critics as nu metal,[3][4] hard rock[4] and alternative metal.[3] Phil Freeman of Allmusic believes that the album is heavier than the band's previous album The New Game,[3] and has compared its sound to Tool and Linkin Park.[3]

Release[edit]

On October 7, Mudvayne revealed a new song, "Beautiful and Strange". The song creates a mix of styles used in The New Game and older albums as well. It was also revealed that the first single from the album, "Scream With Me", will begin receiving airplay on November 17, 2009. However, a week before, it premiered on Noise Creep at 12:01 AM. Another song, "Heard it all Before" was made available for streaming. On November 10, iTunes released a 3 song set from the new album, titled Mudvayne - EP with the songs "Beautiful and Strange", "Scream With Me", and "Heard it All Before". A digital download of the full album was released on December 7, 2009 to those who pre-ordered the album.

The album was released through Epic Records on December 18, 2009 in Germany and three days later in North America. The album art for Mudvayne was printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink, including the cover and liner notes, that can only be seen when under a black light. The cover art design was created by tattoo artist Paul Booth. Booth commented on the art: "This project has been absolutely killer to work on! The whole black light concept was totally experimental and quite the challenge, so of course, as an artist, I was drawn to it like a moth to a bugzapper. I am happy to see bands focusing more energy on their album art... something I thought the Internet had killed.[5] Mudvayne considers their second studio album, The End of All Things to Come, to be the band's "black album". For the release of their self-titled album, the band hoped to create their "white album", which would be reflected through the cover art. Without a blacklight present, the entire album packaging appears to be blank white paper.[6]

There are different release editions of Mudvayne available; a standard edition, vinyl edition, deluxe and super deluxe edition. All release editions feature blacklight-reactive ink, and the super deluxe edition is only available through Mudvayne's online store.[5]

Features Release edition
Standard Vinyl Deluxe Super Deluxe
Blacklight-reactive artwork Yes Yes Yes Yes
Special blacklight-reactive packaging No No Yes Yes
Album on CD Yes No Yes Yes
Album on glow-in-the-dark vinyl No Yes No Yes
LED, keychain-sized blacklight No No Yes Yes
24-inch blacklight No No No Yes
A blacklight-reactive sticker and poster No No No Yes
Quantity N/A N/A 100,000 1,000

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 53/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Fangoria 3/4 stars[8]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[9]
Thrash Magazine (7.1/10)[10]
411mania 7.5/10 stars[11]
Spin 2.5/5 stars[12]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[13]

The album has received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with Metacritic giving the album a score of 53%.[7]

The Boston Globe gave the album a mixed review, writing "Mudvayne’s fifth studio album at times sound[s] clumsy."[7] Another mixed review appeared in the Los Angeles Times, stating "Mudvayne has by and large returned to what it does best (or at least do frequently) on its new self-titled album."[7]

Phil Freeman of Allmusic gave the album a two and a half star rating and wrote in his review "There are some surprises on Mudvayne, like a surprisingly Slash-like guitar solo on "Closer" and the death metal intro to the Slipknot-esque "I Can't Wait," but too much of it is more of the same from the band."[3]

Spin gave the album a mixed review, writing "These guys once flailed like a future-prog version of Slipknot (whose Shawn Crahan served as executive producer on L.D. 50), but now their doomy riff-o-rama comes equipped with mellow-bellow butt-rock choruses."[7]

The album debuted at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 selling around 34,000 copies.[14] However, the next week it peaked at No. 53 but the sales dropped 59% and only 14,000 copies were sold.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Beautiful and Strange" 5:05
2. "1000 Mile Journey" 5:56
3. "Scream with Me" 2:52
4. "Closer" 3:21
5. "Heard It All Before" 6:05
6. "I Can't Wait" 3:03
7. "Beyond the Pale" 4:47
8. "All Talk" 2:52
9. "Out to Pasture" 5:47
10. "Burn the Bridge" 3:36
11. "Dead Inside" 4:55
Total length: 48:17

Personnel[edit]

Mudvayne

Production and design

  • Jeremy Parker − production
  • Paul Booth − art direction and design

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MUDVAYNE 'On Hiatus' For At Least Two More Years". Blabbermouth.net. 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2013-03-19. 
  2. ^ a b "Mudvayne Frontman Using Downtime to Expand His Horizons". Noisecreep. 2009-12-18. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Phil Freeman. "Mudvayne - Mudvayne | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  4. ^ a b McLennan, Scott (December 21, 2009). "Mudvayne, 'Mudvayne'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Exclusive: New MUDVAYNE Album Artwork Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. November 6, 2009. Retrieved November 6, 2009. 
  6. ^ "MUDVAYNE Frontman Sees The (Black) Light". Blabbermouth.net. November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 14, 2009. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Reviews for Mudvayne by Mudvayne". Metacritic. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
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  9. ^ Henry, Dusty (2010-01-10). "Mudvayne – Mudvayne | Album Reviews". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ "Mudvayne – Mudvayne Review". 411mania.com. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  12. ^ Wood, Mikael. "Review of Mudvayne". Spin. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Album review: Mudvayne". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  14. ^ "MUDVAYNE: New Album Cracks U.S. Top 50". Blabbermouth.net. December 30, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Metal By Numbers 1/6/10: We're Baaaaack…". MetalInsider.net. January 6, 2010. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 

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