Originally released back in 1997 as “Kill I Oughtta,” Mudvayne’s debut was re-released in 2001 as “The Beginning Of All Things To End” (which cleverly connects with the title of their 2002 album) with a few extras tacked on the end. It’s always fun to hear the earliest music possible from established musicians, and Mudvayne’s debut is no exception. The big surprise is that it actually turns out to be a bit better than their later efforts (not to slight them in anyway). Despite the fact that the line-up is missing Ryan on bass, their signature sound is established pretty early with this effort.
“Poop Loser” — yeah, you heard me — opens the album up on a somewhat awkward note, but soon after, “Seed” picks this album up and keeps running. The best cuts from here would be “I.D.I.O.T.” and “Cultivate,” which are just as good as anything off of their official debut album, “LD 5.0.” The music on “Kill I Oughtta” is simply streamlined Mudvayne. If you want to hear the band just rock out without too much dramatics or showing off, this is where you want to be. The bonus tracks include not only two remixes of “Dig,” but a track titled “LD 5.0″ which weaves all the interludes from that album into one song. Definitely an interesting listen. The remixes themselves are actually quite impressive. Both are done by Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly, Fear Factory) and are actually listenable, even to the most discriminating ear.
So, aside from it’s production values and moderate sound quality, “Kill I Oughtta” is among Mudvayne’s best work. Any serious fan should own this, even if they aren’t a completist. There isn’t much else to say about this release. The music just speaks for itself.