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Left to right: Chad Gray (singer), Greg Tribbett (guitarist) and Ryan Martinie (bassist), three of Mudvayne's four members; the fourth is drummer Matthew McDonough.
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Origin Peoria, Illinois, U.S.
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Years active1996–2010
Labels Epic
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Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. [1] They are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms. The band has sold over six million records worldwide, including nearly three million in the United States.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Peoria, Illinois City in Illinois, United States

Peoria is the county seat of Peoria County, Illinois, and the largest city on the Illinois River. Established in 1691 by the French explorer Henri de Tonti, Peoria is the oldest European settlement in Illinois, and is named after the Peoria tribe. As of the 2010 census, the city was the seventh-most populated in Illinois, with a population of 115,007. The Peoria Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of 373,590 in 2011. Until 2018, Peoria was the global and national headquarters for Caterpillar Inc., one of the 30 companies composing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and listed on the Fortune 100; in the latter year, the company relocated its headquarters to Deerfield, Illinois.

Body painting

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The group consisted of Chad Gray (lead vocals), Greg Tribbett (guitar, vocals), Ryan Martinie (bass guitar) and Matthew McDonough (drums). Formed in 1996, Mudvayne became popular in the late-1990s Decatur, Illinois underground music scene. The band released an EP, Kill, I Oughtta , in 1997 and a successful debut album, L.D. 50 , in 2000. They had global success with The End of All Things to Come , Lost and Found and The New Game .

Chad Gray American singer

Chad Gray, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is the current lead vocalist and co-founder of the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah and former lead vocalist for heavy metal band Mudvayne.

Greg Tribbett American guitarist

Gregory Arnold Tribbett Jr., is an American musician and songwriter who is the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the heavy metal band Audiotopsy. He is also the lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Mudvayne and former lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band Hellyeah. He has been with Mudvayne since their inception in 1996. He has named Randy Rhoads as the guitarist who most influenced him. Tribbett is also the older brother of Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett, who previously played bass for Dope, and sang for Makeshift Romeo and Twisted Method.

Ryan Martinie American musician

Ryan Martinie, is an American bassist, best known for being the bass player of Mudvayne. He is well known for his playing style with complex basslines. He was with Mudvayne from 1998 until their disbandment in 2010.

Since 2010, the band has been inactive, with its members performing in other projects and making guest appearances. Chad Gray is the vocalist for the heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah, of which Greg Tribbett was also a member until 2014. Gray founded an independent record label, Bullygoat Records, which produces heavy-metal albums. In early 2015, Chad Gray noted that the band's return seemed very unlikely, unless "everybody licked their wounds and got over it".

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History

Early days (1996–97)

Mudvayne, formed in 1996 in Peoria, Illinois, originally consisted of bassist Shawn Barclay, guitarist Greg Tribbett and drummer Matthew McDonough. [2] [3] The band's original lineup finalized when Chad Gray, who was earning $40,000 a year in a factory, quit his day job to become its singer. [4] In 1997 Mudvayne financed its debut EP, Kill, I Oughtta . [2] [3]

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a stringed instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Electric guitar electrified guitar; fretted stringed instrument with a neck and body that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals

An electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more pickups to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. The vibration occurs when a guitar player strums, plucks, fingerpicks, slaps or taps the strings. The pickup generally uses electromagnetic induction to create this signal, which being relatively weak is fed into a guitar amplifier before being sent to the speaker(s), which converts it into audible sound.

Drum kit collection of drums and other percussion instruments

A drum kit — also called a drum set, trap set, or simply drums — is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player, with drumsticks held in both hands, and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums and idiophones – most significantly cymbals, but can also include the woodblock and cowbell. In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments. Also, both hybrid and entirely electronic kits are used.

During the EP's recording Barclay was replaced by Ryan Martinie, former bassist for the progressive-rock band Broken Altar. [5] After self-distributing Kill, I Oughtta, [2] [3] Mudvayne adopted stage names and face paint. [3] [6] [7]

L.D. 50 (1998–2000)

In April 1998 local promoter Steve Soderstrom introduced Mudvayne to its original manager, Chuck Toler, who helped obtain a contract with Epic Records and record the 2000 debut studio album L.D. 50 . [7] [8] For the album, Mudvayne experimented with a ragged, dissonant sound; a sound collage, prepared for the album, was used as a series of interludes. [3] [9] L.D. 50 was produced by Garth Richardson, [10] with executive production by Slipknot member Shawn Crahan. [3] [8]

Epic Records American record label

Epic Records is an American record label owned by Sony Music Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, Inc., the North American division of Japanese conglomerate Sony. The label was founded predominantly as a jazz and classical music label in 1953, but later expanded its scope to include a more diverse range of genres, including pop, R&B, rock, and hip hop. Epic has released music by artists including Glenn Miller, Tammy Wynette, George Michael, Shakin Stevens, Europe, Cheap Trick, Meat Loaf, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ted Nugent, Shakira, Sly & the Family Stone, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, ABBA, Anastacia, Boston, Dave Clark Five, Gloria Estefan, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine, and Michael Jackson. Along with Arista, Columbia and RCA Records, Epic is one of Sony Music Entertainment's four flagship record labels.

<i>L.D. 50</i> (album) album by Mudvayne

L.D. 50 is the debut studio album by American heavy metal band Mudvayne. Released in 2000, it is the band's first release on Epic Records, following the independently released extended play, Kill, I Oughtta. L.D. 50 was co-produced by Garth Richardson & Mudvayne and executive produced by Steve Richards & Slipknot member Shawn "Clown" Crahan. The band's elaborate visual appearance resulted in increased recognition of the band and L.D. 50 peaked at No. 85 on the Billboard 200. The album was appraised by critics for its technical and heavy style of music.

In music, montage or sound collage is a technique where newly branded sound objects or compositions, including songs, are created from collage, also known as montage. This is often done through the use of sampling, while some playable sound collages were produced by gluing together sectors of different vinyl records. In any case, it may be achieved through the use of previous sound recordings or musical scores. Like its visual cousin, the collage work may have a completely different effect than that of the component parts, even if the original parts are completely recognizable or from only one source.

L.D. 50 peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and No. 85 on the Billboard 200. [11] The singles "Dig" and "Death Blooms" peaked at No. 33 and No. 32 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. [11] Although the album was praised, [12] some critics found the band hard to take seriously. [13]

To promote L. D. 50, Mudvayne played on the Tattoo the Earth tour with Nothingface, Slayer, Slipknot and Sevendust. Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell became friends with Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, and they explored the possibility of a supergroup. The following year, Nothingface again toured with Mudvayne; although plans for a supergroup continued, they were put on hold due to scheduling conflicts. Gray and Maxwell had discussed five names for the group, and Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett approached Maxwell "out of the blue" to join it. Although Nothingface drummer Tommy Sickles played on the group's demo, the search for another drummer began. [14]

The End of All Things to Come (2001–02)

In 2002 Mudvayne released The End of All Things to Come , which the band considers its "black album" due to its largely-black artwork. [15] Isolation inspired the album's songs. During its mixing, Gray and McDonough stopped at Bob's Big Boy and Gray remembered overhearing someone "say something like, ' ... and he's got to cut his own eye out'". When he asked McDonough if he heard the conversation McDonough said he hadn't, and Gray thought it was someone discussing a scene from a screenplay. [16]

The album expanded on L.D. 50, with a wider range of riffs, tempos, moods and vocals. [17] Because of this experimentation, Entertainment Weekly called this album more "user-friendly" than its predecessor [18] and it was one of 2002's most acclaimed heavy-metal albums. [19] The music video for the single "Not Falling" demonstrated the Mudvayne's change in appearance from L. D. 50, with the musicians transformed into veined creatures with white, egg-colored bug eyes. [20]

Lost and Found (2003–05)

In 2003 Mudvayne participated in the Summer Sanitarium Tour, headlined by Metallica, [21] and in September Chad Gray appeared on V Shape Mind's debut studio album Cul-De-Sac . [22] The following year the band began work on its third album, produced by Dave Fortman. [21] [23] As for the previous album, Mudvayne withdrew to write songs; they moved into a house, writing the album in four months before recording began. [21] [24] In February Gray and Martinie expressed an interest in appearing on Within The Mind – In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner , a tribute to the founder of the metal band Death, [25] but the album was never produced.

In 2005 Chad Gray established independent record label Bullygoat Records and Bloodsimple's debut album, A Cruel World (with a guest appearance by Gray), appeared in March. [26] On April 12, Mudvayne released Lost and Found . The album's first single, "Happy?", featured complex guitar work and Gray described "Choices" as "the eight-minute opus". [21]

In August former Mudvayne bassist Shawn Barclay released his band Sprung's debut album, mastered by King's X guitarist Ty Tabor. [2] That month rumors spread that Bullygoat Records would release We Pay Our Debt Sometimes: A Tribute to Alice In Chains , with performances by Mudvayne, Cold, Audioslave, Breaking Benjamin, Static-X and the surviving members of Alice in Chains. A spokesperson for Alice in Chains told the press that the band was unaware of any tribute album, and Mudvayne's manager said that reports of the album were only rumors. [27]

In September the band met with director Darren Lynn Bousman, whose film Saw II was in production and would include "Forget to Remember" from Lost and Found. Bousman showed them a scene of a man cutting his eye out of his skull to retrieve a key. When Gray told Bousman about the conversation at Bob's Big Boy two years earlier, Bousman said he holds his production meetings at the restaurant and Saw II was based on a screenplay he wrote years earlier. [16] Gray appeared briefly in the film, and the music video for "Forget to Remember" contained clips from Saw II. [16]

The New Game and Mudvayne (2006–09)

In 2006, Gray, Tribbett and Tom Maxwell were joined by former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul for the supergroup Hellyeah. On March 8, when Mudvayne and Korn performed at the KBPI Birthday Bash in Denver, Thornton waitress Nicole LaScalia was injured during Mudvayne's set. [28] Two years later, LaScalia filed a lawsuit against radio-station owner Clear Channel Broadcasting, concert promoter Live Nation, the University of Denver and members of Mudvayne and Korn. [28] During the summer, Gray, Tribbett, Maxwell and Paul recorded an album as Hellyeah. [29] After a tour with Sevendust, Mudvayne released the 2007 retrospective By the People, for the People (compiled from selections chosen by fans on the band's website). [30] The album debuted at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 22,000 copies in its first week. [16] [31]

After Gray and Tribbett returned from touring with Hellyeah, Mudvayne began recording The New Game with Dave Fortman. [32] After the album's 2008 release, Fortman told MTV that it would be followed in six months by another full-length record. [33]

For its self-titled fifth album Mudvayne hoped to create a "white album", describing its cover art. [15] Mudvayne was recorded in the summer of 2008 in El Paso, Texas. [34] The album, printed with blacklight paint, was only visible under a black light (a light whose wavelength is primarily ultraviolet). [35]

Hiatus and break-up (2010–present)

In 2010, Mudvayne again paused to allow Gray and Tribbett to tour with Hellyeah, and because of the supergroup's album releases the band would be on hiatus until at least 2014. [36] With Hellyeah, Tribbett has recorded three albums: Hellyeah , Stampede and Band of Brothers . [37] Gray has contributed to an additional fourth and fifth albums, Blood For Blood and Unden!able . [38] In 2012, Ryan Martinie toured with Korn as a temporary replacement for bassist Reginald Arvizu, who remained at home during his wife's pregnancy. [39] The following year Martinie played bass on Kurai's debut EP, Breaking the Broken, [40] and in 2014 Tribbett left Hellyeah. [41]

In a new interview with Songfacts in 2015, Gray said that Mudvayne's return seemed unlikely: "I don’t know if the full band will [ever reunite]. Who knows — they might be putting something else together. We were talking for a while and that whole thing with Greg [Tribbett's 2014 departure from Hellyeah] went down and everything kind of fell apart. Our relationship, which was the only truly solid relationship in the group, although Matt [McDonough] and I are still great, Ryan [Martinie] and I still briefly talk. I mean, the only way I personally would want to do Mudvayne is if everybody licked their wounds and got over it. There's a lot of things in that band that tore us apart. Maybe Mudvayne was the martyr for people that stopped supporting music. You sell 159,000 records the first week, and then the next record is like, 'Whatever, f--k it.' Maybe it's a subliminal message if you don't support things... Mudvayne's probably bigger now than it ever was. So, people want what they can't have." [42]

In 2015, former Mudvayne members Tribbett and McDonough formed the band Audiotopsy with Skrape vocalist Billy Keeton and bassist Perry Stern. Audiotopsy describes its sound as "progressive hard rock."

Musical style and influences

Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie is noted for his complex playing. RDMMusikmesse.jpg
Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie is noted for his complex playing.

Mudvayne is noted for its musical complexity, [43] [44] complex meters and polyrhythms. [45] The band's music contains what McDonough calls "number symbolism", where certain riffs correspond to lyrical themes. [7] Mudvayne has incorporated elements of death metal, [7] [17] jazz, [46] [46] jazz fusion, [17] [47] progressive rock, [7] [17] [48] [49] [46] speed metal, [7] thrash metal [46] and world music. [13] [50]

Mudvayne's influences include Tool, Pantera, King Crimson, Genesis, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Carcass, Deicide, Emperor, Miles Davis, Black Sabbath, and Rush. [51] [52] Mudvayne have repeatedly expressed admiration for Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey , and were influenced by the film during the recording of L.D. 50. [53]

Although Mudvayne has described its style as "math rock" [54] and "math metal", [50] [55] [56] drummer Matt McDonough said in 2009: "I honestly don't know what 'math metal' is. I made a joke early on in Mudvayne's career that we used an abacus in writing. It seems I should be careful making jokes in interviews. I don't really see Mudvayne as an innovator in anything." [57] Music critics and journalists have categorized the band as alternative metal, [58] [59] [60] [61] experimental metal, [61] extreme metal, [61] [62] hard rock, [63] [64] [65] [66] [67] heavy metal, [45] [28] [55] [68] industrial metal, [50] math metal, [56] [61] metalcore, [69] neo-progressive metal, [61] neo-progressive rock, [70] nu metal, [71] [72] [73] [74] progressive rock, [7] [48] [49] progressive metal [48] [56] [61] [75] and shock rock. [64]

Appearance

Although Mudvayne was known for its appearance, Gray described its aesthetic as "music first, visuals second". [21] When L.D. 50 was released, the band performed in horror film-style makeup. [8] Epic Records initially promoted Mudvayne without focusing on its members; early promotional materials featured a logo instead of photos of the band, but its appearance and music videos publicized L. D. 50. [8] The members of Mudvayne were originally known by the stage names Kud, sPaG, Ryknow and Gurrg. [3] At the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards (where they won the MTV2 Award for "Dig"), the band appeared in white suits with bloody bullet-hole makeup on their foreheads. [76] After 2002, Mudvayne changed makeup styles (from multicolored face paint to extraterrestrials) and changed their stage names to Chüd, Güüg, Rü-D, and Spüg. [77] According to the band, the extravagant makeup added a visual aspect to their music and set them apart from other metal bands. [78] From 2003 up until their dissolution, Mudvayne largely abandoned the use of makeup. [79]

Band members

Timeline

Mudvayne

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

MTV Video Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2001"Dig"MTV2 AwardWon

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2006"Determined"Best Metal PerformanceNominated

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