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Mudvayne

The New Game

RS: 2of 5 Stars Average User Rating: 4of 5 Stars

2008

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Same old game is more like it. Over four albums, these new-metal rockers have remained on message, churning out poor-me songs that build from a whine to a godforsaken yowl. Their latest begins promisingly with "Fish Out of Water," which opens with a stuttering guitar and funky double-time falsetto vocals by frontman Chad Gray. But then the song hits the chorus and devolves, as Gray bellows nonsense like, "Who do you wanna be?/The summit of integrity/Or the bottom, the filth/The dichotomy?" Mudvayne write some decent guitar hooks (check the title track), but their imagination is parched, with most songs hewing to one formula: riff, whimper, shriek, repeat.



JODY ROSEN

(Posted: Nov 27, 2008)

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