The Press Release:
Mudvayne–one of the most creative and distinctive bands in the aggressive music world–has announced that they’re reuniting after a 12-year hiatus, and will be performing at all four Danny Wimmer Presents U.S. festivals in 2021: Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival (a headlining performance) in Ohio, Louder Than Life in Kentucky, Aftershock in California and Welcome To Rockville in Florida. These dates mark the band’s first shows since 2009 and their only dates this year.
Watch the Mudvayne announcement video below
Mudvayne formed in 1996 and has sold over six million records worldwide, earning Gold certification for three albums (L.D. 50, The End Of All Things To Come, Lost and Found). The band is known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms. Mudvayne is Chad Gray (vocals), Greg Tribbett (guitar, backing vocals), Matthew McDonough (drums, synthesizer) and Ryan Martinie (bass). Continue reading Mudvayne Reunites After A 12-Year Hiatus→
The folks in the band Hellyeah have unveiled their brand new video for their song “333” and the cooking track had this clip filmed in Duffs Bar which is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Let’s check it out and offer up some opinion about the clip afterwards.
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Speaking of the clip primarily I had to say that I liked this one a lot since it was done in a popular local establishment that is known for catering to the Metal Legions. The clip flips back and forth to shots of Chad walking the mean streets of Brooklyn to clips inside the popular bar where the fans in attendance surround the players (Kyle, Tom and Christian) and look to be having an excellent time. They turned this around quick as it wasn’t too long ago I saw a call to arms across the Metalheads of NYC to come to the famous bar for a video filming. The track is rather good and at times cooks at a great velocity. The drumming on the track and of course the album is the last recorded work by the late great Vinnie Paul who we lost back in 2018. As the song plays we see representations of Paul around the bar and the songs video closes with a respectful memorial to him. He will be missed for sure and was a larger than life personality for the Metal scene. The song itself moves along rather quickly and while it is named “333” it also runs for three minutes and thirty three seconds. Coincidence? I think not. I’ll aim for discussing the musicality of the track soon so stay tuned for that. Let’s all try to rally behind the track in honor of Vinnie Paul.
The fine folks who handle the press for the Synergy Entertainment Group asked me to share this video with you readers and since we just knew that you would eat it up, we kindly obliged. The short video features the band Buckcherry (an often mentioned favorite of That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk) as they discuss the upcoming 2011 Jagermeister Music Tour which they will be headlining. To make matters more interesting this event will feature Hellyeah as their direct support (you know, that Outlaw Metal band that features Vinnie Paul of Pantera and a couple of the guys from Mudvayne). To kick things up a notch we also get All That Remains who kick many levels of ass and the brand new project from Anthrax and Fall Out Boy members with The Damned Things. Check out the video and make sure you get your tickets for the performance in your town before they sell out.
Artist: Hellyeah Title: “Stampede” Label: Epic Records Release Date: 7/13/2010 Genre: Heavy Metal/Southern Metal Rating: 3.75/5
Before I begin this review I have to think back to my comments about the bands self-titled debut that we saw back in 2007. I’ll admit that it left me wanting a little bit more based on who was actually involved in the project and of course with most bands of this kind, I hardly expected a second release to ever see the light of day. That being said, Hellyeah has indeed returned and delivered unto those acolytes to their cause the album “Stampede” and after a couple of listens I had to say that the group seemed to be getting more comfortable in their skin. I know you might be ready to stone me for saying that but lets face it – just because members originally hail from Pantera, Mudvayne and more does not mean at all that their working together was going to make greater musical sense. I think that a lot of the reservations people had with their first album was that they expected too much from the Pantera/Damageplan side or too much of the technical Mudvayne side and I might have been guilty of that as well. What we get with Hellyeah is pure and simple drinking, rowdy, fist in the air Heavy Metal music. If you needed to lock in a particular genre for them I suggest we run with “Outlaw Metal” since it has a lot of rebellious drive to it. Continue reading “Stampede” by Hellyeah→
Artist: Mudvayne Title: “Mudvayne” Label: Epic Records Release Date: 12/21/2009 Genre: Math Metal Rating: 4/5
The fifth Mudvayne release is actually self-titled and musically finds the band taking a step back in the direction that their fans expect them to follow while also being one that calls to mind their earlier years in terms of some of the ideas that they are presenting. If this is confusing you then should realize how their previous release of “The New Game” had a more Rock and Roll vibe to it and was something that might have left the longest standing Mudvayne fans scratching their heads in wonder about where their favorite band was going. Now back to brass tacks on “Mudvayne”, I am happy to report that the album is an infectious one, and a very consistent listen that finds each and every track fulfilling your specific Mudvayne needs. The technical displays of Math Metal prowess are there but the album does not adventure so deep into that territory that it risks losing your interest and instead delivers a number of catchy hooks and solid riffs that when paired together in this fashion give you some great tracks. Chad seems to be singing better than ever and had me sold on the album by the time they reached “Scream With Me” which came as my first favorite on the release. “Closer” is also good and “1000 Mile Journey” as well – the latter track being probably the heaviest of the albums offerings. Continue reading “Mudvayne” by Mudvayne→