The New Game - Mudvayne
Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Some of the fierce headbanging that is Mudvayne's stock in trade can still be found in 'The Hate in Me,' 'We the People' and 'Dull Boy,' but the bulk of the record finds the group playing its New Game with hard-hitting exuberance.
  2. Mudvayne used to be viewed as somewhat of a joke band with its costumes and makeup, but they're more out front and naked now, with markedly more genuine results.
  3. This fourth album finds them repeating the nifty trick of simplifying Tool's complex musical equations. Math metal for dummies, anyone? [Jan 2009, p.113]
  4. With a winning opener (the familiar but nonetheless brutal "Fish Out of Water") and a handful of other keepers (including "A New Game" and the surprisingly subtle "Never Enough"), fans looking for a repeat of L.D. 50, Beginning of All Things to End, End of All Things to Come, and Lost and Found will be more than pleased, but those looking for actual growth would be better off cleaning out their refrigerators.
  5. 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.
  6. The New Game signifies Mudvayne's transition from elite metal juggernaut to their inevitable fade into obscurity.
  7. The album's gooey, mid-tempo grind at best evokes System of a Down stripped of ambition and eccentricity, and might elicit sympathy with whatever culprit is running around that no-stoplight town.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Ken
    Aug 3, 2009
    8
    OK the album is not Mudvaynes best, Buts they must be making sales. Personally, I like The New Game. When it comes to songs like "Have it OK the album is not Mudvaynes best, Buts they must be making sales. Personally, I like The New Game. When it comes to songs like "Have it your way" or "Do what you do", It gets back down to the roots of what made Mudvaye good in the first place. Blasting out good metal tracks. OK yes, both of those songs are "secure" when it comes to the sound of Mudvayne but not all artists come out with something fresh and new. But Chad has deffinitly put a lot into this album vocally (compared to L.D. 50). Just listen to "A new game", it thrives on what Chad Grey has learned in his years with Mudvayne (and Hellyeah). Mudvayne have progressed through the years, They have come a long way from "Kill I Oughta" and "L.D. 50". Not to mention, they have progressed for the better. Look at it from their point of view, If they stayed with the sound of "L.D. 50", they wouldn't have half the fan base that they have today. And if they did stick with the sound of "L.D. 50", then everybody would complain that its the same old sond over and over again. Mudvayne have done well to reach as many fans as they possibly can while keeping they existing fans happy. I like the new Mudvayne album "A New Game". Keep up the good work. Full Review »
  2. JacobP
    Apr 9, 2009
    8
    Not as good as I was expecting, but it's not bad. I think they went too soft on this album. The songs are good, but it's not the Not as good as I was expecting, but it's not bad. I think they went too soft on this album. The songs are good, but it's not the Mudvayne I was used to. There we're softer songs on other CD's, but this one is dominated by them. While it's still a good CD, I hope they go back to the old style for their next album. Full Review »
  3. VBS
    Dec 13, 2008
    9
    Great Album - Mudvayne have stepped up there game and put out lean, heavy, sometimes progressive, and catchy record.