YMMV / Ludo

  • Complete Monster: King Silias from Broken Bride is the King of what remains of civilization After the End. Not satisfied with his power, he makes a Deal with the Devil to destroy the rest of the world in exchange for magic. He uses this dark magic to burn and boil the dead into zombies with the sole purpose of wiping out the rest of the world. When a little boy suggests fighting back against the horde, he uses this magic to Mind Rape the mayor into a Despair Event Horizon and kill himself in front of said boy. Silias is amused by this and all his other crimes, never showing remorse, and using his dying breaths to still try to destroy the world.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • One tour video shows them on a day off, building an igloo. Once they're finished, long after the sun's set, they get their instruments and play a song in it.
    Matt: Why did we do this today?
    Andrew: Why didn't we do this every day?
    • In the final lines of "Rotten Town" (which involves a chorus of voices singing the lyrics in a round, already Crowning Music of Awesome material alone), Andrew Volpe holds one last note for a total of 24 seconds. He must breathe through his ears.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • "Anything for You." C'mon, admit it.
    • The protagonist's motivations throughout the entire Broken Bride album. He spends 15 years defying physics to build a time machine, not for fame, not for profit, but to bring back his deceased wife.
    • A real life example with the birth of Andrew's kid.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The last chorus of "Save Our City" counts. Oh yes.
    • There's also the reprise of Part 1 at the climax of "The Lamb and the Dragon".
    • This troper gets tingles when she listens to the Broken Bride album at all. Also, "Lake Pontchartrain."
    • I especially love "Cyborgs vs Robots". And "Skeletons on Parade".
    • Okay, can we all just agree that really any song coming from Ludo is a Crowning Music of Awesome? It'll save a lot of time, folks.
  • Epileptic Trees: "The Horror of Our Love" was subject to a lot of this, mostly relating to certain supernatural romances filling up the bookshelves, until it got out of hand and Andrew told everyone that it was just a song about obsessive love, and to please stop arguing about Twilight in the comment section.
  • Fridge Horror: "Lake Pontchartrain". When you realize that the song may not really be describing a supernatural experience, but may be a crazy story spun by a young man being interviewed about the disappearance and possible murder of his friends, it suddenly becomes a lot scarier.
    • Alternative, a story so crazy it must be true.
      • Missouri and Louisiana (where the song is set) still have the Death penalty. Should the narrator be convicted for the murder of his friends, he would be executed. Now, if his story was true, there even more Fridge Horror because that would mean NO ONE would have survived that encounter, and the Lake would be free to kill even more.
  • Ho Yay: A video in their tour blog features them all crossdressing. At one point, Matt Palermo strokes Andrew's behind. Andrew's only reaction is to tell him to not stop.
    • Andrew gets up to a lot of this really. Seems like he can't go a single tour diary without making out with a bandmate's elbow onstage, or just standing around holding onto their pelvic bones..."really hard".
  • Misaimed Fandom: "The Horror Of Our Love" is not supposed to be romantic. It's about murder, rape, necrophilia, and cannibalism, disguised behind a sweet melody to create eerie Lyrical Dissonance. But because it sounds pretty, people think it's the sweetest love song ever. There are Youtube comments of people saying they plan to dance to this song on their wedding.
    • Sorry, but that song isn't actually about any of those things. It really is meant to be a love song, albeit a macabre one. In Andrew's own words:
    Andrew: ""The Horror of Our Love" is not about violence or gore. Violence does not involve consent, but actually necessitates that the destruction be unwanted, while gore is a gratuitous and unceremonious exploitation of the body's component parts, particularly the insides. The only reason I consider the song to be "The HORROR of Our Love" is because death (or compromising the structural integrity of someone's body) is considered horrifying to most people. Here though, that "horror" is welcome. [. . .] This song is about profoundly loving (or lusting after) someone so overflowingly that it devastates you. Where your physical person cannot possibly contain your emotion, but that emotion still begs for physical expression. And even still, no affection or act or word can satisfy it. Climbing a mountain, crossing an ocean, building a palace - they don't do justice to the lengths to which you would go to be with that person. Kissing, touching, making love, jigsawing your parts together - none of it comes close to closing that horribly gaping divide that separates any one person from any other. [. . .] Salvador Dali once said of his true love: "I love Gala so much, if she dies, I will eat her." I understand feeling that intensely for someone. That inspired me to write this song. I - like you and everyone else - am alone. And it's all I can do to try and reach a little further through the veil." [1]
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The Horror of Our Love. So Yandere and twisted it's guaranteed to create some nightmares.
    • Lake Pontchartrain when you realise the Fridge Horror aspect. Hell, even without that - vengeful, murderous, crawfish ghosts who comandeer radio signals and forces of nature to trick you into driving to your watery doom? Scary as shit.
    • Save Our City may qualify at the zombie verse, as may The Lamb and the Dragon when it describes the dying Earth.
  • Tear Jerker: "Morning in May", "I'll Never be Lonely Again"
    • "Safe in the Dark". Tim Ferrell's sister commented on a video with this: "This song is about when our dad passed away. Its not about vampires or werewolfs or boyfriends or bandmemebers dying. Its about when our dad first got sick with MG and how we dealt with it."
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: How some fans are reacting to Andrew's side project, Hot Problems, because he's writing pop songs rather than a second rock opera.