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Mudvayne are often said to be the “new” Slipknot. Slipknot wear masks and are very famous; Mudvayne wear makeup and are getting there. And they both fit snugly into the new-fangled rock genre known as nu-metal. What’s nu-metal? It’s old metal but louder, faster and much more pretentious: It makes the all-conquering Limp Bizkit sound like your grandmother choking on a pistachio.

The first time I saw Mudvayne was on the sleeve of the debut album, “L.D. 50,” which the record label sent me prior to the band’s first gig in Japan at Shibuya’s Club Quattro last week.

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