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“Mudvayne” by Mudvayne

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.
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Mudvayne @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza (12/16/2008)

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Artist: Mudvayne
Venue: The Fillmore NY (New York, NY)
Opener: 10 Years, Snot
Date: 12/16/2008
Label: Epic Records

Having seen them a number of times over the past couple of years, I had to say that with the show that Mudvayne puts on for their fans that they are worth checking out when they come to your town. Tonight’s fun would probably be my last Metal show of the year by the looks of it and it was the perfect closer to what amounted to be an incredible list of shows. December was quieter than some of the other months this year and I found it to be a bit of a reprieve in some sense. Last week we found In Flames visiting and that was fun and just this past weekend was the Trans-Siberian Orchestra who served up the Holiday heaviness in perfect order. Tonight’s Metal menu would not only feature Mudvayne, but also 10 Years and Snot. The fun would take place at The Fillmore NY and after some excellent pre-game hanging at the nearby Watering Hole, I would find myself with friends at a sold out venue. Here is how the story went for those of you who did not take part in it.
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Korn @ Continental Airlines Arena (3/28/2006)

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Artist: Korn
Venue: Continental Airlines Arena (East Rutherford, NJ)
Opener: Mudvayne, 10 Years
Date: 3/28/2006
Label: Virgin Music

Given this would be my first time witnessing them I would safely have to say that Korn is an interesting phenomenon up close and personal. The appeal that the band has to a segment of the music listening public is uncanny to behold. It is an allegiance that most bands can only hope for after many years of performance and not all find themselves being as lucky. Tonight at The Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford N.J., the levels of angst and teenage rage against the system would be at an all time high. Joining Korn on their journey into the psyche of American youth would be the bands 10 Years and Mudvayne.
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“Lost and Found” by Mudvayne

Artist: Mudvayne
Title: “Lost and Found”
Label: Epic Records
Release Date: 4/12/2005
Genre: Math/Technical Metal
Rating: 7/10

Mudvayne is one of those bands that you have to give more than a cursory listen to. I admit when I first heard them I also lumped them into the category of “Nu-Metal” and that was based on hearing only a couple of riffs and the vocals. Sadly I could not have been more wrong for in truth Mudvayne is one of the bands that play what is referred to as “Technical Based” or “Math Metal”. This is a genre that according to Wilkepedia “It is characterized by complex, atypical rhythmic structures, stop/start dynamics and angular, dissonant riffs. “ Despite the very Metal vocal styles of lead singer Chad, the guys making the physical music definitely fall into line with this description. The group has more in common with purveyors of Progressive or Funk music than many of their Metal peers and this ability on their instruments insofar as time signatures and riffing raises the bar on what is expected in most Metal bands today. With the release of “Lost & Found” the group delivers some fist throwing, head banging and jump worthy Metal to say the least. The band members used to sport garish costuming and makeup but have moved on from that in the recent past and instead focused more on the delivery of solid tunes. One might say it’s a sign of maturity, or perhaps the band realized after a few years that their music was not about costuming and gimmicks.
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Mudvayne @ Nokia Theatre Times Square (11/30/2005)

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Artist: Mudvayne
Venue: Nokia Theatre Times Square
Opener: Sevendust
Date: 11/30/2005
Label: Sony Music

Called “The Masters Of Horror” tour; Mudvayne would be performing a headlining set once again and in addition to the continued support of their release “Lost & Found” the band was also hot off their appearance on Ozzfest. They would also be showcasing their contributions to “The Masters Of Horror” program which currently airs on Showtime and takes the Horror film industry’s greatest directors and gives them an hour to work with. Directors have been John Carpenter and John Landis among many others and Mudvayne was one of the many bands whose music is appearing in the program. Developments in the bands career like these escalate their exposure in fantastic ways. Joining the band would be 10 Years, Bobaflex and the one and only Sevendust. I had just covered Mudvayne a few months ago and was really interested in seeing Sevendust live after so many years of hearing their music. I would miss the 10 Years and Bobaflex set but there will be plenty more times to catch them I am certain.
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