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Origin Peoria, Illinois, United States
Genres Alternative metal, nu metal, progressive metal
Years active 1996–present
Labels Sony BMG, Epic
Associated acts Hellyeah
Chad Gray
Ryan Martinie
Greg Tribbett
Matthew McDonough
Former members
Shawn Barclay

Mudvayne is an American heavy metal band formed in Peoria, Illinois in 1996. Members are lead singer Chad Gray, guitarist Greg Tribbett, bassist Ryan Martinie and drummer Matthew McDonough. Signed onto Epic Records, Mudvayne has released five studio albums, two compilations albums, and two DVDs.

Mudvayne rose to fame in 2000 with their debut album L.D. 50, which peaked at number 85 on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified gold by the RIAA. The lead single from the album, "Dig", won the MTV2 Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001. This was also the first time the award was ever presented to a metal band. In 2006 Mudvayne was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards for the single "Determined" from the band's 2005 studio album Lost and Found. Mudvayne has four gold certifications by the RIAA, and has sold nearly 3,000,000 records in the United States, and over 6,000,000 records worldwide.



Mudvayne formed in 1996 in Peoria, Illinois.[1] The band's members met through the local music circuit, and often played in bands together, as well as in each other's bands.[1] One such case was Matthew McDonough's band Brainsaw, which featured feature Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray.[1] In 1997, after a year of performing on the local circuit, Mudvayne released its debut extended play, Kill, I Oughtta, which featured three studio tracks the band had originally recorded for a demo, and four live tracks.[1] The EP helped get the band a contract with No-Name/Epic Records.[1][2] L.D. 50 was produced by Garth "GGGarth" Richardson[3] and executive produced by Slipknot member Shawn Crahan.[2][4]

In 2003, Mudvayne participated in the Summer Sanitarium Tour, headlined by Metallica, and with the release of the 2003 single "World So Cold", Mudvayne abandoned their use of make-up entirely.[5]

In 2005, their third album Lost and Found was released with the band members' real names and without any gimmicks.[5] However, the band said that future use of make-up is not out of the question.[6]

In mid-2005, Mudvayne played on the main stage of Ozzfest. After this tour Mudvayne then started on a world tour which included Australia, North America and Europe. During their show in Sydney various Australian TV personalities made an appearance such as Nikolas Crowfoot, Mitch Jones and Craig Welton. These concerts were a great success.

By the People, For the People is a compilation album released on November 27, 2007 by Epic Records. The album features a track listing chosen entirely by the band's fans, with the band determining which version appears on the record (e.g. live, demo, acoustic), as well as two new songs, "Dull Boy" and a cover of The Police's song "King of Pain" (both produced by Dave Fortman and writen by Bradley Bower).

By the People, for the People is presented in a format where each song is introduced through a short interlude generally no longer than 30 seconds long, where Chad Gray debriefs the listener on surrounding facts such as where the song was recorded or performed live, or distinguishing a demo from an album version (obviously limited to in the case of demos). The album debuted at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 22,000 copies in its first week.

After the return of vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett from their touring commitments with side project Hellyeah, Mudvayne began the recording process for The New Game with producer Dave Fortman, who also produced their previous effort, Lost and Found.[7] Fortman reported to MTV that the album will be followed six months later by a second full-length record.[8] He also attested that while the album should please listeners, it will also incorporate a distinct rock and roll sound unheard on previous Mudvayne records. "It's heavy and has great hooks," said Fortman, "but it also has some moments that are a little more rock n' roll that are really cool. It's not anything drastic, but every now and then you'll catch a little hint of old-school rock. Also, the tones are a little more earthy sounding and somewhat warmer than Lost and Found. Although Mudvayne was going to follow up The New Game six months later with an album titled The End Game, the plan never came to fruition. Instead a self-titled album was released a year later.

Mudvayne was produced by Dave Fortman's right-hand man Jeremy Parker and is "a little more retro for MUDVAYNE" from a songwriting point of view, according to Vocalist Chad Gray. "We've been kind of making this natural progression, and I think for this one, we just sort of naturally regressed," he told Noisecreep. "We took the smarter songwriting guys that we've become and mixed it with the not-smart songwriting guys that we were." The album is completely done and was recorded during Summer 2008 in El Paso, Texas.[9] However on October 7, 2009 Mudvayne posted a bulletin on Myspace saying that they will be releasing a self-titled album on December 22, 2009 followed by a tour. They also have two new songs called "Beautiful and Strange" and "Heard it All Before" on their official Myspace page."Mudvayne" has been described by drummer Matt McDonough as "the best" CD "the band has recorded since our second album,'The End Of All Things to Come'." The effort will be released in three different formats — a standard jewel case edition, a deluxe version packaged with a black light and a super deluxe edition that features a larger black light, a special edition blacklight-reactive poster and more. For those who pre-ordered the super deluxe edition they would receive a full album download two weeks before the album release. Only a 1000 of the super deluxe edition were available. [10]

The artwork for the CD will be printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink, making it only visible under a black light (a source of light whose wavelengths are primarily in the ultraviolet) In the limited edition packaging a key chain blacklight is included.[11]


Mudvayne was formerly known for its strong visual appearance. During the release of L.D. 50, the band performed in horror film-styled makeup.[2] Epic Records initially chose to promote the band without focusing on its appearance, and early promotional materials featured a logo instead of photographs of the band. However, the band's appearance and music videos increased recognition of the album.[2] The band appeared under the stage names Kud, Gurrg, RyKnow, and sPaG.[12] With their second album, 2002's The End of All Things to Come, the band changed make-up styles from multicolored face paint to dressing up as aliens and changing the stage names, now they were Chüd, Güüg, Rü-D, and Spüg.[13] Mudvayne's reason for wearing such extravagant make-up was, according to the band, to add a visual aspect to their music and to set them apart from other run-of-the-mill metal bands.[14]

Mudvayne is also known for performing a technical style of music which they have referred to as "math metal".[15][16] The band's music often contains what Matthew McDonough refers to as "number symbolism", in which certain riffs are used that correspond with thematic elements of the song's lyrics.[1]

Mudvayne was influenced by performers such as Emperor, King Crimson and Porcupine Tree.[16] Mudvayne's musical style incorporates elements of death metal, hardcore punk, speed metal and progressive rock.[1] Mudvayne's musical style has been described as alternative metal,[17][18] extreme metal,[19] heavy metal,[20][21][22] neo-progressive rock,[23] nu metal,[24][25][26][27] progressive metal,[28][29][30] and shock rock[31].


  • Shawn Barclay – bass (1996–1998)



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  18. ^ Byrne, Michael (December 10, 2008). "Music: The Short List". Baltimore City Paper. Retrieved 5 January 2009. "Well-calculated alterna-metal band Mudvayne makes a whole bunch of money at Rams Head Live with 10 Years and a band called Snot." 
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  20. ^ Potter, Tina (August 7, 2003). "Heavy metal's best ignite Seattle crowd on Metallica's Summer Sanitarium Tour". The Seattle Times. "Metallica, the elder statesmen of metal, assembled an untouchable lineup of metal acts to join them on a tour that reads like a who's who of heavy-metal heavyweights: Mudvayne and the Deftones, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit." 
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  28. ^ D'Angelo, Joe (September 19, 2002). "Mudvayne Reaches The End". Retrieved 2008-12-27. "The Peoria, Illinois, progressive metal quartet has named their new album The End of All Things To Come" 
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  31. ^ "Deftones just want to have a blast". Telegram & Gazette. July 3, 2003. Retrieved 5 January 2009. "And fans will witness Mudvayne trying to remake itself from a costume-wearing shock-rock act into a just plain menacing hard-rock act." 

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Mudvayne is a hard rock band. They formed in Peoria, Illinois in 1996. They play under Epic Records.

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