Not your typical Metal band.
- HELLYEAH (Chad Gray, Greg Tribbett)
Hailing from Peoria, Illinois, metal
band Mudvayne was formed in 1996, and is probably the only Metal
band to cite Stanley Kubrick
as an influence. Originally solely an Alternative Metal
band, a lot had changed by the time they got to their debut, L.D. 50
. The band members dipped into their extremely
technical backgrounds to combine elements of Progressive Rock
, Death Metal
, Thrash Metal
, Speed Metal
and Hardcore Punk
into something they called "math metal", which owed to the fact that the composition involved riffs chosen via numbers symbolism directly related to the song's subject matter (I.E., "Nothing To Gein", about Serial Killer
Ed Gein, uses a riff which alternates in bars of four and five, because nine is a lunar number and Gein's activities were usually performed at night).note
The band also performed in Horror
movie-inspired face paint and masks and called themselves Kud, Gurrg, RyKnow, and sPaG. The album involved themes inspired by human evolution and 2001: A Space Odyssey
, with samples taken from a recording of Terence McKenna discussing his theory that evolution was triggered by psychedelic mushrooms. The End of All Things to Come
had the band wearing alien masks and performing under the names Chüd, Güüg, Rü-D, and Spüg. Since then, however, they've performed without stage names or disguises.
Their Self-Titled Album
was printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink, which makes the inserts appear to be blank.
The future of Mudvayne currently remains unknown. In 2011, the band went on an indefinite hiatus which continues to this day. The members have made indications that they will return someday, but exactly when was not made clear. This is partially due to Chad Gray's involvement with Hellyeah.Members:
- Chad Gray – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
- Greg Tribbett – Lead Guitar/Vocals
- Ryan Martinie – Bass/Vocals
- Matthew McDonough – Drums/Percussion
- L.D. 50 (2000)
- The End of All Things to Come (2002)
- Lost and Found (2005)
- The New Game (2008)
- Mudvayne (2009)
This band demonstrates the following tropes:
- Alternative Metal
- Avant-Garde Metal - One of the bands that are most likely to come into mind whenever the term "math metal" is brought up.
- Angrish: Occurs in a few songs.
- Arc Number: The band uses numbers symbolism to create their riffs and music.
- Careful With That Axe: Chad and Greg stretch their vocal chords beyond most normal human beings.
- Cluster F-Bomb: As noted in an album review, they toss around dozens of F-Bombs, but fill up their liner notes with thank-yous to their families and mothers.
- Cover Version: By the People, for the People has the band covering The Police's "King of Pain"
- Esoteric Motifs: The End of All Things to Come references astrology, alchemy, Kabbalah, and various other esoteric subjects.
- The Faceless: Early on, the band was never seen without any kind of face paint, makeup or mask. This has since changed...
- Harsh Vocals: Chad and Greg both scream, roar and growl at various points.
- I Have Many Names: All band members (see above). Greg said in one interview that "if you hang with us for more than half an hour, you're going to get a nickname. It's just how we are."
- Indecipherable Lyrics: A few of their songs, particularly "Dig".
- Lead Bassist: Ryan is a Type A and arguably a Type C as well; after all, there are more than a few bassists out there who aren't particularly fond of Mudvayne's music as a whole but who are heavily influenced by his playing.
- Letting the Air out of the Band: At the end of "A Key to Nothing".
- Metal Scream
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Softer songs a 5-6; most songs a 8-9.
- Monster Clown: Their L.D. 50-era face paint.
- Murder Ballad: "Nothing To Gein", about Serial Killer Ed Gein.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Mudvayne often combines Alt and Progressive Metal with death, thrash or Speed Metal and elements of Hardcore Punk, Jazz Fusion and Hard Rock.
- Nu Metal
- Progressive Metal: Tribbett at one point got so tired of answering questions about the band's style that he jokingly said "It's math metal. Bring your abacus." Unfortunately, people jumped on the 'math metal' thing, to his irritation.
- Uncommon Time: A lot of their songs.
- Updated Re-release: Their demo Kill, I Oughtta was reissued with bonus tracks as The Beginning of All Things to End.
- The New Game was reissued with a bonus disc of rare material.
- X Meets Y: Voivod meets Meshuggah meets Mr. Bungle, with a bit of Korn and Tool thrown in for good measure.