2008 has introduced me to a plethora of new hard rock and metal music. For whatever reason, I have not picked up any Mudvayne releases until now. I recently heard Mudvayne’s new single, “Do What You Do”, and I liked that song well enough to check out their new CD, “The Game”.
Dave Fortman, who produced Mudvayne’s last album, “Lost and Found” returns to helm for “The New Game”. He has also previously worked on albums by Evanescence and more recently “All Hope is Gone” by Slipknot produced this disc. I am familiar with the discs that he has worked on, so I took the plunge, and purchased this CD.
I must admit, with Mudvayne’s image, I expected this to be a disc that was more heavy metal than anything else. Most of the time, “The New Game” is more hard rock than heavy metal, but it does have its heavy moments. When the band slows it down, they remind of Disturbed mixed with a bit of Slipknot. When they crank up the tempo, they nearly fall into that hard core style. Singer Chad Gray, is another one of those singers that can sing in a pure voice, and then change over to hard core like screams. Typically, I can’t stand hard core vocals, but with Gray, I can understand what he is singing, so that is a definite plus. He occasionally reminds of me of ex-Pantera front man, Phil Anselmo, so that is kind of cool.
“Fish Out of Water” is the first song that is half hard core, half hard rock. I didn’t like this song on the first spin, and while I have warmed up to it somewhat, I can still do without this one.
“Do What You Do” is the first single, and was my introduction to the band. I like this song pretty well, and there are more songs in this vein on “The New Game. “Have It Your Way” is one of the songs in the same style. This song has a really cool rhythm and seems tailor made for radio.
I can see the mosh pits breaking out for the title track “The New Game”. This is more of a hard core tune which is really not my cup of tea. I do like the heaviness of the song, but as a whole, this isn’t a tune that I can get into.
“Dull Boy” originally appeared on the Mudvayne compilation CD, “By The People, For the People”. Strangely enough, I have heard this on the radio a few times, but I never realized that it was a Mudvayne song. This is another solid tune on this disc.
“Never Enough” has that typical heavy rhythm guitar style of playing that is so common place with today’s rock acts. This reminds me a lot of Corey Taylor’s side project, “Stone Sour”. This is a nother song that will find its way on the radio.
“We The People” closes out “The New Game” with a hard hitting number that will ignite your inner head banger. Each time I play this tune, I like it more and more. This is as good of an album closer as I have heard all year.
After listening to this CD, I read what some long time Mudvayne fans have said about this disc, most of which was not nice. Most have not liked Mudvayne’s change of direction in sound. While I can’t comment on the bands’ past work, I liked the majority of the songs on “The New Game”. If you are a casual fan, you ought to give this band a chance, you might like what you hear. The music might not be completely original, but it is definitely worth giving a spin. I believe the more mainstream approach on “The New Game” will mak this Mudvayne’s most successful album to date.
You can preview songs off of the “The New Game” on the Mudvayne myspace page.
- Fish Out Of Water
- Do What You Do
- A New Game
- Have It Your Way
- A Cinderella Story
- The Hate In Me
- Dull Boy
- Same Ol’ (Clean Album Version)
- Never Enough
- We The People
Chad Gray − vocals
Greg Tribbett − guitars, backing vocals
Ryan Martinie − bass
Matthew McDonough − drums