Sound — 10
Hands down without barely a listen, you know this is one of the best Metal albums to come out this decade. Mudvayne is so much more then the Nu-Metal they somehow get grouped with. The truth is, this is an exceptional album, by one of the most talented bands in the genre. Ryan Martine's funky bass groves and pops are almost unheard of in any music in this style. The drumming is also exceptional, full of double bass goodness, as he tries to keep up with time changes from hell. Chad Grey throws in beautiful vocals and pyschotic screaming, while Greg Tribbet cranks out just enough in the Riff department to keep any guitar player satisfied. And all these styles flow in an amazingly unique way. Face it you know Mudvayne when you hear them. That being said, although this album has a lot better sound quality, I think their debut "L.D. 50" is a tad better. There are still some great songs though, the title track, Silenced, The End of All Things to Come, Not Falling, and World So Cold.. seem to all be gems. Just not as many as on the first album.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are all over the place. Chad Grey has an undeniable style, full of what seems to be a dark past. Most of the songs deal with this, although none reach the depressing beauty of "World So Cold" a song I can barely believe came from them its so amazing in its lyrical content. All in all the lyrics to this album are an improvement to Live Dosage... when you get past Chad's depressed thoughts (the basis too most of them) There is a great song about censorship in "Silenced", a trademark kill for no reason song "End of All Things to Come" and a song on the more positive side in "not Falling". Great lyrics all around.
Overall Impression — 10
Definitely worth buying, it blows about everything out of the water recently. I highly recomend, but you must purchase L.D. 50 with it, because they are both just as good. Please, pass up the Godsmack and the Korn and give a new metal band a little more worth your money a show. They kick some serious ass.