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Mudvayne Finds Success Playing Without Rules

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Here are a few excerpts from an article from Reuters.com on Mudvayne playing without rules in what they do:

During a telephone conversation with Billboard, Mudvayne drummer Matt McDonough makes this pronouncement:

"I have to file my official disclaimer," he says. "At some point in this interview, and it's probably already happened, I have told you at least one lie."

McDonough's comment isn't as straightforward as it seems, and that's exactly his point.

"It's important to remember that there are no rules," he explains. "There is no right answer to a question in an interview. There's no right way to write a song. There's no rules for what we're doing. As an artist, I think it's exciting for us as a band to explore and to have the freedom to go into the space, to turn the lights on and to look around."

Indeed, the metal band prefers keeping things open-ended so people can draw their own conclusions about its music on its new Epic set, "Lost and Found," which was released April 12. (A CD/DVD DualDisc of the album was released simultaneously.) Even though such plain-spoken lyrics as "There's no voice in freedom" or "Turn off the radio/turn off the TV" seem to be direct mandates, McDonough and vocalist Chad Gray say that isn't the case.

"We don't want to tell people what anything's about, really. I think it takes something away from the listener," Gray says. "Like handing you a box wrapped up and telling you what's in it before you open it."

McDonough adds, "We have enough respect for our audience to give them the opportunity to think for themselves. We've never wanted to think of ourselves as being arrogant enough to know or to think that we could tell people what they should be thinking about or what they should assume songs are about. We leave it ambiguous."

Source: Reuters.com

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1. The_Gas writes:

Mudvayne's latest album is simply genius.They don't recieve the respect and praise they deserve.I think that, after this album, all of that will change.

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. the_man writes:

dude, they're headlining ozzfest. They recieve all the respect and praise they deserve right there.

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 4:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. The_Gas writes:

I was unaware of them headlining Ozzfest.

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 6:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. PorcupineOpeth99 writes:

It is good, great by the standards of most rock/metal albums launched this year....I like their more long form songs with the time changes and odd ball song structure in their first 2 major label cds....and "Lost and Found" has those, but not in hefty quanity....

Still their bassist and drummer are top notch and the guitarist is actually mixing melody with rhythm full time now, which is awesome...with any luck the next album will be just as impressive.

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. doobie666 writes:

MUDVAYNE SUCKS!

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 7:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. liquid_pryo9 writes:

f*** you doobie666, you suck, if you don't like them then don't read their news

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 8:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. pigpiles writes:

mudvayne rules and all of their albums have been great

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. JT writes:

mudvayne f***in kills.Im very f***in greatful they didnt get soft and suck the money c*** like the band they have been said to RESEMBLE and COPY. mudvayne has proven them all wrong.

and, im talkin about slipknot, f*** slipknot

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 9:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Negatyve_One writes:

Jt it was obvious who you were talking about.

doobie, ure the idiot who likes Bodom, real "music". Ha.

# Apr 17, 2005 @ 10:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. gothgirl07 writes:

lost and found kicked a$$ but i am ashamed to say i had to get the edited version because aparently best buy has something aginst keeping the good sh** stocked and they were sold out but htey rock and i hope to god there is a mircale and i get to go to ozz fest

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 12:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Andrew writes:

I loved mudvaynes previous album, lost and found is taking its time to grow on me, has anyone seen them live here? i have the chance to see them but everyones telling me they suck live, but im sure you people will have more grown up answers.

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 1:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. cRaZyKiD writes:

who ever says they suck live is f***ed up in the f***in head i saw them at the rave and they were awsome as f*** lost and found is their best album yet

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. bradispissed writes:

they've also found it playing without talent


what dumbass sh** for brains likes mudvayne but hates children of bodom. f***ing mongoloids

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 2:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. cRaZyKiD writes:

i got the cd the second day it came out and at best buy and they had no edited vesions there

# Apr 19, 2005 @ 3:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. sbsp54 writes:

andrew... you've been talkin' to the wrong crowd! i've been a fan since they came out w/ their 1st album & main radio stations where anal & wouldn't play their sh**! i had not seen these guys in a long a** time & i recently went to see them in chicago w/american head charge, & they f**kin' tour it up!!! it was worth the wait, go check them out & find out for yourself

# Apr 20, 2005 @ 9:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. becka writes:

mudvayne rocks my sock

# Apr 23, 2005 @ 11:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Queen_Nothing writes:

Mudvayne sucks a c**k!
...lol... just thought it'd be a fun rhyme...
But truthfully, the new one isn't very good.

# Apr 24, 2005 @ 2:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. nutter writes:

you're not very good!

# Apr 24, 2005 @ 4:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Queen_Nothing writes:

lol... I'm f**king awesome!

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 12:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Queen_Nothing writes:

Sh*t man it was just a lame-ass joke... lol... youguys are funny...

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 12:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Leon writes:

If you dont like Mudvayne you just cant understand, only the small and few people like us and Bryan Ottoson could ever understand (R.I.P my friend) as mudvayne was one of his favorite bands. Its not hard to see why because when you feel a certain way words can hardly explain its like treasure to find a band like mudvayne who can express almost exactly what you think and feel in such non illusive power because what we feel think and have felt is not a erroneous perception of reality, everything inside us all are emotion is very real indeed.

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 1:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Queen_Nothing writes:

I don't dislike Mudvayne overall... like I said it was just a purposefully lame-ass joke... sh*t... overreact much???

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 1:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. FeebelFrail_and_rotting writes:

If you dont like mudvayne then you probably just cant relate or even begin to understand what the muscial poetry is all about. All you people who down mudvayne can go f*** your selfs "no one could ever understand" and no one will most of you ignorant f***s probably dont know what its like to feel so hopeless, empty, ruined,worthless, its not just about ozzfest and moshing and headbanging and rock on dude bullsh** its about the powerfull poetic emotion and feelings put into each verse wich most people just look right by and dont even notice or take the time to notice. f*** ALL OF YOU who dont undestand and cant perceive f*** the big f*** the many f*** the poplular I like being part of the small the few the unpopluar, heres a poem Id like to recite in honor of mudvayne.

Virulent Dysphoria

They say where theirs A will that theirs a way
I guess I just can’t open the right door
The door that opens the freedom from darkness & grey

Betrayal of life by premeditating my demise, I’ve divorced the concern
One day I will lay in ruins boiled down to just a memory
Enslaved by my feelings & pain escaping to a place of no return

I lay rotting in my abyss of never ending pain
My dreams and memories haunt me
All my attempts fail to prove my suffering’s not in vain

Pushing through a existence so devoid of everything except sorrow
Waking up to a new day to only be living just the same
Never wanting to move forward because the fear of what comes tomorrow

Meandering through A life, so plethoric with scars
Trying to re-piece an interminably shattering heart
But my life never will be blessed with ain soph aur…

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 1:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Leon writes:

Sorry my comment wasnt directed towards you queen nothing, its was directed to the whole body of people who are ignorant and cant understand, I agree totally with FeebleFrail_and_rotting...most of you probably dont know a damn thing about a tragic life so go listen to your happy music, and hes right its not about entertainment its about "the powerfull poetic emotion and feelings put into each verse" that only us the small the few the unpopular can relate to, by the way nice poetry.

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 1:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. MuDvAyNiAn writes:

Agreed.

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 1:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. StainedSoul writes:

Finally fellow people who speak the truth, I first go into mudvayne when they played at a bar I was getting wasted at before they were even signed to a label and from that night on I been a die hard Mudvayne fan cuz they dont just write about stupid sh** like so many other bands MY GOD so many bands singing about stupid sh** I could care less about like system of a down "I want to f*** my way to the garden,cuz everone needs a mother" pointless rambling of stupid sh** or u get bands like green day "i walk this empty street on the blv. of broken dreams" yeah right greenday we all know your not depressed trying to be all gothic now and look oh so sad in your dumb music video with your makeup haha what a bunch of fake clowns.

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 2:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Queen_Nothing writes:

I didn't mean to offend you insane Mudvayne fans... really... and btw I do like some of their stuff... I just wasn't a big fan of some of "Lost and Found"

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 4:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Queen_Nothing writes:

... a lot of "Lost and Found"...

# Apr 25, 2005 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Ill-vayne_grl writes:

Hey. I've seen Mudvayne in concert. They were f***ing awesome! I caught a drumstick from one of the other bands while there. But, I have a question. Does anyone know who Mudvayne's Manager is? My dad was mistaken as their manager a lot. Even MUDVAYNE waved at him.. the security guards addessed him as "sir" and opened doors for him. It was crazy. And a lot of people at the concert ran up to my dad screaming, " omg, you're mudvaynes manager!". So, he must look an awful lot like him. I'd appreciate anyone who can tell me his name, or provide a picture. Thanks

# Apr 29, 2005 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. abandon.all.hopes. writes:

MUDVAYNE KICK S MOTHER EFFIN ASS!!! sooo mad cuz there gunan be at ozz fest!! and i dont get to go cuz ill be in ontario!! pfffft.. daamn owell.. U GUYS EFFIN ROCK

# May 10, 2005 @ 10:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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