Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Mudvayne: L.D. 50

L.D. 50 by Mudvayne was an album that spent a lot of time in my cd player upon its release in 2000.

I was stoked that a metal band was utilizing fretless bass and combining ferocious hostility with complex time signatures and lockdown precision.

Chad Gray roared out his vocals like a possessed demon, while he and the rest of the band wore customized face paint to demonstrate their over the top personalities.

The video for Dig demonstrated the core of what Mudvayne would provide as a live act and helped the band secure a headlining slot on the second stage at Ozzfest.

I secured a front row spot at their appearance in Noblesville and witnessed the colossal mosh pit action these “math metal” maniacs created.

Some highlights from L.D. 50 include Dig, Everything And Nothing, -1, Nothing To Gein, Death Blooms, Cradle, Severed, and Prod.

They would go on to have some commercial success with their next couple of albums, but L.D. 50 remains the one that I always go back to when I’m in that Mudvayne mood.

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