Mudvayne – “The New Game” (2008)

mudvayneIf you don’t know already, Mudvayne is a band that has been a contributing factor in redifining the sound of contemporary metal for nearly a decade.  Beginning in 2000 with their initial release L.D. 50, Mudvayne has been on a non-stop roll creating hard hitting, gritty, nasty, and even catchy metal that has earned them their rightful place among bands like Lacuna Coil, Shadows Fall, Sevendust, and even yes, Metallica. 

In late 2008 Mudvayne released their fifth studio album The New Game; the first track released to the public was the both melodic and heaving hitting “Do What You Do”.  This teaser track was released two weeks prior to the albums release, and provided a mere peek into what promised to be another doozy of an album for the power-foursome.  Lead singer Chad Gray’s vocal’s, as always, are tight, gritty, and complimentary to the blistering maelstrom of guitar and bass; the delightful  Mudvayne signature sound. Among the  album’s highlights include songs “Do What You Do”, “Scarlet Letter”, and “Dull Boy”. Personally, I think every song is a winner.

For The New Game, Mudvayne teamed up with producer Dave Fortman for a second time.  Fortman had produced Mudvanye’s Lost and Found (2005) with great success; in this newest venture Fortman helps them create a more earthy sound for The New Game. Fortman had worked with both Evanescence and Slipknot assisting them in producing award winning albums, and he doesn’t fall short with this album either.  Mudvayne just finished a U.S. Tour promoting The New Game, somehow they played at a local fair in August..how did I miss that one? Ugh!

Mudvayne has announced the next album is due on 12/29/09!  Jeez, these guys are just machines!

Regardless, these guys rock and are one of my favorites in today’s metal arena. Do yourself a favor and get any album, get comfortable, and turn it up really, really loud!

If you want to check out some select songs from The New Game  go to Mudvayne’s website and click the free player on the top right of the homepage.

The New Game gets 4 out of 5 stars.


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