Mudvayne-(L)ive (D)osage 50-L.I.V.E. in Peoria (2001)

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Released 11-Jun-2002

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Main Menu Audio & Animation
Biographies-Cast
Gallery-Photo
Music Video-Death Blooms-Director's Cut Video Version
Featurette-Behind The Scenes-4 clips on camcorder of the band crusing around Peoria
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2001
Running Time 66:36 (Case: 90)
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 1,2,3,4,5,6 Directed By Phil Tuckett
Studio
Distributor

Sony Music
Starring Matthew McDonough
Greg Tribbett
Chad Gray
Ryan Martinie
Case Soft Brackley-Transp
RPI $29.95 Music MuDvAyNe


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Linear PCM 48/16 2.0 (1536Kb/s)
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (448Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.70:1
16x9 Enhancement
Not 16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio Unknown Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles None Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Imagine morphing Red Hot Chili Peppers with Rammstein and adding a few of the leading demons from the TV series Charmed and there you have it: MuDvAyNe. Formed in 1996 in Peoria, Illinois this four piece group churn out heavy, heavy music dude, with relentless grinding-chord sequences, high-octane bass and growling, screaming vocals. Sounds like your scene ? - certainly the frantic appreciative crowd loved it - the mosh pit heaved with a sea of sweaty, tattooed flesh. Tongues protruded, shaven heads glistened and the adulating masses mouthed the lyrics of desolation and despair:

"If I soak my hands in other's blood am I sick,
If I wash my hands in other's blood am I sick,
If I drench myself in other's blood am I sick,
If I bathe myself in other's blood"

From: "Nothing to Gein" (Ed Gein = serial killer)

    The band members are Kud (looking like a refugee from a Mad Max movie) on vocals, Ryknow (the orange-haired punk) on 5-string bass, Gurry (the demonic one) plays flying V rhythm guitar and sPaG, who looks normal (!), plays drums. Note that the names have just been changed in celebration of their forthcoming album. The stage persona apparently developed spontaneously over the years and no doubt enhance the transforming process of the music (it's somewhat reminiscent of the tantric images of Buddhism - the fiendish devils supposed to scare and carve the badness away).

    The live concert was filmed at the Madison Theatre, Peoria on June 14, 2001. The DVD features 13 songs, principally from their debut LD 50 album and is interspersed with backstage and pre-performance footage of the band. There's obviously a pharmaceutical influence in the band - LD 50 stands for lethal dose : 50% and is used to describe the dosage of a substance needed to kill half of the unfortunate recipients. Hung high above the stage there is an enormous scored tablet, the flashing spotlight highlighting the inscriptions - MuDvAyNe and LD:50. The musical experience of MuDvAyNe is likened to the evolution of mankind as experienced in 2001:A Space Odyssey when the monolith appears to the primitive, then 20th Century man. Like the LD50 concept it is thought that exposure to MuDvAyNe's music may well have a terminal effect on an unlucky 50% whilst the remainder blow their f***ing minds and evolve to a higher plane. Kubrick is alleged to be a favoured director of members of the band with A Clockwork Orange gaining a special mention.

    There's no doubting the musical talent of the band members and the considerable energy generated by the band and audience is frightening - no doubt if Genghis Khan was alive today MuDvAyNe would feature high on his list of favoured entertainers. For this unfortunate reviewer, whose musical taste includes the likes of Rammstein, The Stranglers and who revelled in the revolution of the New Wave movement, the culture of MuDvAyNe overdoses my limited comprehension and puts me in the toxic 50% - so long and thanks for all the fish!

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Track Listing

1. Also sprach Zarathustra
2. -1
3. Internal primates forever
4. Pharmaecopia
5. Death blooms
6. Under my skin
7. Severed
8. Dig
9. Prod
10. Nothing to gein
11. (K)now F(orever)/monolith
12. Cradle
13. Lethal Dosage

Transfer Quality

Video

    The nature of the video was rough, in keeping with the nature of the music, and the quality deliberately degraded and subjected to video special effects. Unfortunately, the average MuDvAyNe fan seems not to have understood this!

    The video and bonus extras are presented in an aspect ratio of 1.70:1 and are not 16x9 enhanced.

    The video was slightly below average in sharpness and subject to a fair amount of grain, presumably to enhance the raw feel of the presentation. Similarly, shadow detail was very limited in stage shots but more evident in auditorium footage. There was considerable low level noise in some of the stage backdrops (e.g. at 24:50).

    At least the stage show wasn't bedevilled with the usual blue-red rinse; green and white floods were used with good effect. The rendition of colours was reasonable but hard to judge as extensive use was made of video effects including pastel coloration and posterization. There was also frequent video oversaturation. There was a mild level of chroma noise evident but this was also hard to spot due to the coarseness of the grain.

    There was mild aliasing evident throughout but this wasn't distracting. There were no film artefacts.

    There were no subtitles which is a great shame as I couldn't decipher many of the lyrics apart from the references to death and the usual expletives. Judging by the excerpt from "Nothing to Gein" featured above I guess you're not missing much but if you really want to know you could check out AZ lyrics.

    The disc is a single layered, single sided DVD-5.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    In contrast to the video, the audio quality was very good.

    There were two audio tracks, a default stereo LPCM 48/16 track and a Dolby Digital 5.1 version. I listened to all of the surround mix and sampled the stereo version during each song. Both tracks were very good mixes and all the threads of the performance were easy to follow. The surround mix, as you would expect, gave greater depth to the performance but in some ways I found the more 2-dimensional LPCM track less unpleasant to listen to.

    The dialogue and lyrics (when sung) were in thick American and I found them difficult to understand - much of the vocally chundered lyrics were growled or screamed and pretty much indecipherable. These observations are more a feature of the performance than any technical shortcomings.

    As far as I could judge there were no lapses in audio sync.

    This music and culture is very much a specialist area and would appeal to a specific audience. Whereas the Chilis and Rammstein both have melody as a feature of their music, this was largely absent in MuDvAyNe's compositions. It would make a great accompaniment to some of the gothic horror movies (Dig is featured on Resident Evil) or maybe Dante's Inferno as it really conveys a heavy, metallic, grunge feeling of despair and torment.

    The surrounds were very effectively used to increase the soundfield depth by well-mixed audience and reverberation feedback and had occasional special effect use in projecting the vocals around the soundstage.

    The subwoofer chugged away continuously throughout the set enhancing mostly bass guitar but I also thought there was some presence of the kick-drum.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
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Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

Menu

    Usual selection of features with live footage video backdrop.

Biography

    10 pages of notes about the band and their theory on evolution and change.

Behind Scenes

    6:56 total of footage from the mosh pit and the band cruising around Peoria in their beat-up Chevy, visiting the local coffee house and hub-cap dealer and getting pulled over by the cops in an obviously staged search.

Photo Gallery

    Six half-page shots of the band presented in random order.

Music Video

    Director's cut of "Death Blooms" running to 4:32 of footage of an old lady getting buried on the beach and her evolution beyond.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The R2 and R1 versions appear to be identical to our multi-region R4 version.

Summary

    This is a well-produced art-video of a live performance of MuDvAyNe.

    The video quality is pretty poor but appropriate for the genre of music.

    The audio quality is good and both stereo and surround listeners each benefit from a well-presented soundtrack.

    The extras are basic but likely to appeal to the group's fans. I would have liked to have seen some lyrics and a discography included.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© John Lancaster (read my bio)
Wednesday, November 20, 2002
Review Equipment
DVDEAD 8000 Pro, using RGB output
DisplayNEC MP3. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Ultimate DVD Platinum.
Audio DecoderNaim AV2. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationTheta Digital Intrepid
SpeakersML Aeon front. B&W LRC6 Centre. ML Script rear. REL Strata III SW.

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