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Music / Mudvayne

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The band post-facepaint.

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  • HELLYEAH (Chad Gray)
  • Audiotopsy (Greg Tribbett, Matt Mc Donough)
  • On the Shoulders of Giants (Matt Mc Donough)
  • Soften the Glare (Ryan Martinie)

Mudvayne is an American Progressive Metal band from Peoria, Illinois, known for complex, polymetered song structures, loud, savage, bass-heavy riffing, unusual compositions and precise musicianship. They formed in 1996, and cite film director Stanley Kubrick as the only influence on their music.note 

The band originally started playing music that had more of a Hard Rock sound, with very little of the Jazz, experimental or Progressive Rock elements that they would incorporate later. This early sound was displayed on Kill, I Oughtta, an EP of early studio recordings and some live tracks that was later subject to Fanon Discontinuity. Ryan Martinie joined the band when original bassist Shawn Barclay quit during the EP's recording. Martinie had been a member of a Dream Theater-style band called Broken Altar, and subsequently Mudvayne's style would shift to a mixture of Progressive Rock and Thrash Metal, which drummer Matt McDonough described as "Math Metal" to an interviewer.note 


On LD 50, the band 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. It also had a nearly all-black cover, which led the band to describe it as their "black album". Since Lost and Found, however, they've performed without stage names or disguises.

Self Titled Album was printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink, which makes the inserts appear to be blank. Which would make this Mudvayne's white album.


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, though statements from Gray have made it apparent that serious personality conflicts are the main reason why nothing has happened in a while. Tribbett and McDonough are also busy with the Progressive Hard Rock supergroup Audiotopsy, and while Martinie has largely kept out of the spotlight aside from the occasional visit to the Warwick booth at NAMM, he currently plays in another Progressive Rock supergroup, Soften the Glare, a jazz fusion act, this time with guitarist Bon Lozaga, formerly of Pierre Moerlen's Gong.

A more detailed biography of the band can be found here, courtesy of the Progressive Rock Database.


  • Chad Gray – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
  • Greg Tribbett – Lead Guitar/Vocals
  • Ryan Martinie – Bass/Vocals
  • Matthew McDonough – Drums/Percussion


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