Mudvayne - L.d. 50
Mudvayne's L.D. 50 is the epitomy of nu-metal in the early 2000's. Mudvayne was angry, pissed off, and looking to change the world. Nu-metal was still a relatively new and underground thing. Bands like KoЯn that have made it into the mainstream and bands like Slipknot that are still trying to make a name for themselves are what the kids were listening to, and somewhere off in a distant land, Mudvayne was preparing to bring the world to an apocolyptic end. Mudvayne was this entirely new thing that no one was prepared for. The tape traders that had heard their demo were completely blown away. Mudvayne was like the Metallica of nu-metal. When people heard that demo, they knew that something big was about to happen. Now that you have the whats what and the whos who lets get to the album.
L.D. 50 showed the world what it was like to become fully immersed in an album. Throughout every song you can feel the emotionality and the angry nature of the band. Whether it's Chad Grey tearing himself apart screaming in "Internal Primates Forever" or Ryan Martinie practically breaking his wrist while throwing down in "Dig" the intense feel sends a shiver down my spine every time I put this record on. The standout tracks without a shred of doubt in my mind are as follows: "Death Blooms", "Dig", and "Internal Primates Forever" but the whole album is a spectacle of head banging, door busting, mosh brawling madness. I have never felt more like breaking something than when I listen to Mudvayne.
L.D. 50 should be approached with caution. Nothing will terrify parents more. Nothing else will cause more broken bones in a mosh pit. L.D. 50 will cause unheard of amounts of rage and bliss. Not for the faint of heart. I tell you all of this because I'm absolutely positive that after hearing this album, you will have an all new perspective of nu-metal and math rock.
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