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Formed: 1996
From: Peoria, IL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Heavy metal quartet Mudvayne formed in Peoria, IL, in 1996, its members adopting the unusual pseudonyms Kud (C. Gray) (vocals), Gurrg (G. Tribbett) (guitar), and sPaG (M. McDonough) (drums). The group's original bassist was replaced after two years by Ryknow (Ryan Martinie). Always concerned with the visual aspect of their performances, the band developed bizarre stage identities, while their sound (dubbed "math metal" in an attempt to explain its intricacies) had little in common with most of their peers. Characterised by challenging arrangements and with influences ranging from new wave, electro to metal, the result was a compelling mix of staccato riffing, raging vocals, and electronica with jazzy flourishes.

Despite great reviews in the press, Mudvayne has seemed to take the roll of Slipknot follower. Both wearing make-up and use many pseudonyms. But considering the circumstances, Mudvayne has been a major draw at metal festivals and tours.

Mudvayne reached fame through the release of their sophomore album, LD. 50. (L.D. 50 referrs to the pharmacological count for lethal dosages) Through good reviews and worthwhile record sales, the band has created a following of their own.

Latest Mudvayne News

Below is our complete Mudvayne news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Black Friday Heavy Metal Deals Revealed

Looking for some quality metal for yourself or as a gift this holiday season? Many bands, labels, and music retailers currently have Black Friday and holiday sales going online for a variety of metal bands. Here's this year's roundup of Black Friday heavy metal and hard rock deals:

Instrumental metal act Odyssey is offering the "Schematics" EP as a free download Wednesday and Thursday only. Snag the digital download of the EP via the Odyssey Bandcamp page.

Savage Messiah has made the new album "Plague of Conscience" available online for free download. Download the album through Earache Records.

Mudvayne is offering a deal on merch through this location that lets fans order any three t-shirts for $40.

From today through this coming Sunday (11/20), Crucial Blast is offering a 10% off discount for any order placed through here or here over $25.00 by using discount code NOVCOMINGFIRE.

Hells Headbangers has a variety of special offers running, such as 10 CDs for $50 or three CDs for $15 on select titles. Check out the deals running right now at this location.

Throughout the month of November, Amazon is offering select MP3 albums for $5. While most of the titles aren't from metal bands, there are a handful of releases that may be of interest for metal fans, such as albums from In Flames, Volbeat, Suicide Silence, and more. See what's available by clicking here.

Xtreem Music has a deal running through the end of the month where all black metal cassette and CD titles available are 20% off. Check out the list of available titles here.

Every weekday until December 2nd, Relapse Records is offering one album for a mere .21 cents (with the purchase of an additional regular priced album). The album changes each day, and the offer today (Wednesday) is for Mastadon's "Leviathan." Head over to Relapse.com to check out each day's offer. More...

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Hellyeah Finishing New Album, "Stampede"

HELLYEAH is currently in Dallas, Texas putting the final touches on their sophomore release titled-"Stampede" (Epic Records), due out July 13th. Once finished, the band will hit the road for a worldwide tour throughout the summer (dates below).

"Stampede," the follow up to the band's 2007 self-titled debut, is being recorded, produced and mixed by Vinnie Paul and Sterling Winfield. Vocalist Chad Gray says of the album “I couldn’t wait to write this record. I can’t wait for our fans to hear it and I definitely can’t wait to hit the fucking stage and play it! Stampede represents every emotion that you’ve ever had and everything that screams HELLYEAH! There’s no smoke and mirrors with what we are. What you see is what you get. And what your get is Five guys bringin’ it, a head full of music, bleeding ears and most likely….Drunk!”

Check out Vinnie and Sterling’s report from the studio and hear a snippet of a brand new song on the band’s YouTube page (and below).

HELLYEAH will debut the first track from STAMPEDE to fans on April 21st.

To promote their upcoming effort, HELLYEAH hits the road for the following tour dates: More...

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Mudvayne Posts New Music Video Online

Mudvayne has posted their new music video for "Beautiful and Strange." The video has been banned from TV and is the first in a three-part series, with the video for "Scream With Me" being the last installment. Watch the video Below

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A Decade Of Metal In Review

On the 31 Dec 1999, no planes came crashing out of the sky, nuclear bombs went off or microwave ovens tried to eat anyone. However, times were about to change and in the metal scene change was already well underway. Let us take a stroll through the decade in metal that was.

Many of the 90s big names like Emperor and Pantera prepared to give their last venomous scream dying off in the wake of ever diminishing interest in the metal scene that had plagued the 90s. In the year 2000 a band named “Limp Bizkit” came out with an album called "Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavoured Water" and in a storm nu-metal took over the public perception of heavy music, changing the face of metal irreparably. Although nu-metal had already been pioneered by Korn, bands like Deftones, Disturbed, Mudvayne and Linkin Park all had breakout releases in 2000. More...

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Mudvayne Posts New Music Video Online

Mudvayne has posted a new music video for the song "Scream With Me" at this location. The video is part three of a three part video story. Check out the behind the scenes of all 3 parts here.

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Mudvayne To Stream Listening Party Online

Mudvayne have announced they will be streaming online the listening party of their new self-titled album at Paul Booth's Last Rites Studio in New York City. The stream starts tonight, December 1st, an 9:00 PM Eastern and can be found here. The new album will be released on December 21st, 2009.

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Mudvayne Premieres New Song Online

MUDVAYNE has teamed up with the METALSUCKS.NET to give the fans a taste of their new self-titled album. METALSUCKS.NET is currently hosting an exclusive stream of the new MUDVAYNE track “Heard It All Before.” This is the only place you can hear the song until the album comes out in December.

MUDVAYNE is back with a self-titled release that will hit stores on December 22, 2009. The band's last record “The New Game,” produced two hit singles; the #1 ‘Do What You Do’ and ‘Scarlet Letters’ are continuing to receive massive radio airplay and video rotation on MTV2 and Fuse.

The packaging for the new album is revolutionizing album artwork design, as this is the first album to ever use black light reactive ink. Every bit of art and text in the packaging of the record will be printed on ink that can only be seen with a black light.

The album will be available in three formats. Those include, the standard jewel case edition, a deluxe edition that comes with a black light, and the super deluxe edition that includes a larger black light, a special edition black light reactive poster, and more.

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Hellyeah To Release New Album In 2010

Hellyeah, the southern tinged metal "supergroup" founded by members of Nothingface, Mudvayne and Vinnie Paul of Pantera/Damageplan fame, has announced that they will be releasing their second studio album around the April/May mark of next year with plenty of touring to follow. Drummer Vinnie Paul has also stated the album is half-done at this point in time. No-one is sure whether the band will release the new album through Epic Records again or through Paul's own label, Big Vin Records. The debut sold around 500,000 copies.

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Mudvayne Announces New Album Release Date

Mudvayne has announced that they will be releasing a new, self-titled studio album on December 22nd. The album will be available in three formats. Those include, the standard jewel case edition, a deluxe edition that comes with a black light, and the super deluxe edition that includes a larger black light, a special edition black light reactive poster, and more. Speaking on the album, drummer Matt McDonough states: "I feel that this album is the best that the band has recorded since our second album, The End Of All Things To Come."

To get a taste of the new record, you can hear the new song, "Beautiful And Strange" by heading over to the bands official Myspace page.

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Static-X Announces Headlining Tour Dates

Static-X announces additional headlining tour dates along with the Pedal To The Metal tour coming your way this summer 2009.

Static-X front-man Wayne Static says of the tour: “I’m very picky about who we tour with. I think Static-X slaughter most bands live, and I pride myself in our show – I refuse to open for a band that I don’t think is worthy, so that says a lot about Mudvayne, Zakk Wylde, and this entire package.” More...

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Black Label Society, Mudvayne Reveal Tour Dates

The tour dates for the previously announced, "Pedal To The Metal" tour have now been revealed. The trek features Black Label Society, Mudvayne, Dope, Suicide Silence and Bury Your Dead.

The tour dates are as follows:

July 24 - Portland, ME @ Cumberland County Civic Center
July 25 - Lowell, MA @ Tsongas Arena
July 28 - Reading, PA @ Sovereign Center
July 29 - Youngstown, OH @ Chevrolet Center
July 31 - Big Flatts, NY @ Tags Summer Stage
August 1 - Albany, NY @ Altamont Fairgrounds
August 4 - Fort Wayne, IN @ War Memorial Coliseum
August 5 - Battle Creek, MI @ Kellogg Arena
August 7 - Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center
August 8 - Rockford, IL @ Rockford Metro Center
August 9 - Madison, WI @ Willow Island
August 11 - Topeka, KS @ Landon Arena
August 12 - Mankato, MN @ Alltel Arena
August 14 - Omaha, NE @ Westfair Amphitheater
August 15 - Little Rock, AR @ NS River Water Park
August 16 - Wichita, KS @ KS Coliseum Lot
August 18 - Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheater
August 19 - Missoula, MT @ Ryan Creek Amphitheater
August 21 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
August 22 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
August 23 - Portland, OR @ Washington County Fairgrounds
August 25 - Eugene, OR @ Cubhert Amphitheater
August 26 - Reno, NV @ Events Center
August 28 - San Jose, CA @ San Jose Civic Auditorium
August 29 - Bakersfield, CA @ Rabo Bank Arena
September 1 - San Diego, CA @ San Diego Sports Arena
September 2 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheater
September 4 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
September 5 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Gardens
September 6 - Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Amphitheater
September 8 - Dallas, TX @ TBA
September 9 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheater

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More Bands Added To Black Label Society Tour

Black Label Society leader Zakk Wylde has revealed that Five Finger Death Punch and Seventh Void (featuring members of Type O Negative) will be touring with the band along with Mudvayne and Static-X later this year.

"It's a small world, so everybody knows everybody. I've known the guys since the OZZFest. So we're going to have a fucking blast. (It will be) Static-X, Mudvayne, a couple guys from TYPE O NEGATIVE started their own band (SEVENTH VOID) so they got that thing going on. FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. There's six bands on the fucking bill so we're going to have a good fucking time."

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BLS To Tour With Mudvayne And Static-X

Hard rock group Black Label Society will be teaming up for a tour with Mudvayne and Static-X later this year. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Big thanks to all of you dedicated crazy SDMF'rs that came out to a show on our Black Label Bash Tour! Much thanks to those of you who purchased meet and greet packages, your generosity is making a difference in the lives of children at St. Jude's. God bless all of you for making this tour a successful one! We are at home now and are going to spend some time with our families and then we will see you again this summer! We have another US tour lined up with MUDVAYNE and STATIC X! As well as some overseas festival dates! Stay tuned for more details!"

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Hellyeah To Enter The Studio Next Month

Hellyeah, the Southern flavoured supergroup featuring former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul as well as members of Mudvayne and Nothingface, has announced that they will be entering the studio next month to record their second album. The band will be hitting the studio on May 15th.

Speaking on label situations, Vinnie Paul states; "We don't know. We're free agents right now. We had a one-disc deal with Epic, and they're practically begging us to come back. We sold nearly 500,000 records for them, which is practically unheard of these days. That's like going platinum 10 years ago."

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Mudvayne Announces Headlining Tour Dates

Mudvayne has announced the first batch of tour dates for their headlining trek of North America. Joining them on the bill will be Nonpoint and In This Moment.

The tour dates are as follows:

2/03/09 - McElroy Auditorium (Waterloo, IA)
2/04/09 - Ramkota Exhibit Hall (Sioux Falls, SD)
2/06/09 - Mayo Civic Center (Rochester, MN)
2/07/09 - The Venue @ The Hub (Fargo, ND)
2/09/09 - Riverside Ballroom (Green Bay, WI)
2/10/09 - The Capitol Theatre (Davenport, IA)
2/13/09 - Sokol Auditorium (Omaha, NE)
2/14/09 - Shrine Mosque (Springfield, MO)
2/15/09 - The Pearl Room (Mokena, IL)
2/17/09 - Prairie Captial Convention Center (Springfield, IL)
2/21/09 - Piere’s (Ft. Wayne, IN)
2/28/09 - Starland Ballroom (Sayreville, NJ)

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Mudvayne Enters Billboard Charts

Mudvayne has entered the Billboard Album Charts at number 15 with their their brand new studio efort, "The New Game." The album sold 48,000 copies in it's first week on sale in the United States.

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Mudvayne Streams New Album Online, Posts New Video

Mudvayne's upcoming album, "The New Game," is streaming online in its entirety on Yahoo Music. The album will be in stores next Tuesday, November 18th.

Mudvayne have premiered the video for their single "Do What You Do" at MTV2.com, which you can also watch below. More...

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Mudvayne To Film Three New Videos

Mudvayne has announced that they will be working with director Frankie Nasso, who has previously directed videos for Hatebreed, All That Remains and Brian "Head" Welch among others, on three new music videos for the songs "Fish Out Of Water," "A New Game" and "Do What You Do." All of these songs come from the bands new forthcoming album, "A New Game" which will be released through Epic Records on November 18th.

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Mudvayne Invites Fans To Be Part Of Video Shoot

Mudvayne has announced that they will be filming a music video for the song "The New Game" this Saturday (October 4th) in New Jersey and want their fans to be a part of the shoot too.

Any fans interested must RSVP with full name to casting@bluestreakent.com

Details for the shoot are as follows:

Date: Saturday October 4th
Arrival time: 11:00 AM
Location: Roller Coaster Studios
1 Merry Lane
East Hanover, New Jersey 07936
Phone number: 973-428-6009

Please note that all fans are asked to wear white t-shirts with no logos and jeans or dark pants.

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Mudvayne Impacts Radio, Plans Concert Webcast

MUDVAYNE has slammed onto the charts with "Do What You Do," the fastest-rising single of their career. Garnering over 75 radio adds out of the box--in the first 36 hours the track became available this week--the song is #1 most added at the Active Rock chart and #2 most added at Modern Rock.

As the band prepare to release "The New Games," their first studio album in three years (due out November 18 via Epic Records), the band is working even harder to get the best possible deal directly to their fans in light of the tough economy by opening up ticket sales of their upcoming tour to all outlets and partnering with Best Buy to add a free live web cast of their concert to fan club members who pre-order the album at bestbuy.com/mudvayne.

"We want fans that cannot afford to see us live or that live outside our tour markets to still get the benefits of our 'The Album Is The TicketTM' program," says singer Chad Gray, "and by adding the live webcast and releasing ticket sales to the general public, we are now able to offer fans even more value and options for their money in this rough financial time."

The concert webcast will be from one of the tour stops (TBA) on the first leg of "The New Game Tour 2008." Meanwhile, all tickets will be released at all outlets by Monday, September 29th. All current "The Album Is The Ticket" members are entitled to a free meet and greet at their selected show.

The current dates for "The New Game Tour 2008" are as follows: More...

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