Is Mudvayne Nu-Metal? Chad Gray Says He “Can’t Deny It”


As someone who remembers buying L.D. 50 when it came out all those years ago, it’s wild to see Mudvayne back out on the road and making headlines in 2023. But nostalgia’s in these days, it seems, and with it comes all the music many of us grew up listening to.

During a recent Revolver interview with Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray and guitarist Greg Tribbett, the pair were discussing the band’s legacy and its place within the nu-metal scene. And while some people might not consider the make up wearing, brrrr-brrrrr-deng slinging band to be in the same category as Korn and Limp Bizkit, Gray suggested that they may in fact fall right into that subgenre.

“I mean, I don’t think we can deny it. We came up in the middle of all that shit. We do have a level of prog to us, and there were definitely some progressive elements. But I think that kind of stopped with the band, because what I brought to it was more… I felt like I had more of that nu-metally vocal [delivery]. [Greg] was into it, too. We were into nu-metal. Like, fucking Matt probably could give two shits, you know what I mean?

“Obviously, Greg and I are inspired by the Metallicas, the Slayers, the Panteras of the world. But we were also very much inspired by Korn, like the first album by Korn. Also Deftones and early Machine Head. Greg and I were inspired by a lot of music that came to be known as nu-metal or whatever. And I feel like that’s kind of what I brought to the table, those inspirations or whatever.”

So there you have it — straight from the source. Mudvayne are a proggy nu-metal band. Pretty cut and dry, if you ask me.

The band is currently in the midst of their headlining North American tour with Coal Chamber, Gwar, and more. You can get the full list of dates, as well as find a link to buy tickets to said tour.

Mudvayne North American Tour w/Coal Chamber, Gwar, Nonpoint, and Butcher Babies (Get Tickets Here)

8/12 Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis Pavilion
8/13 The Woodlands, TX @The Cynthia Woods Pavilion
8/15 Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
8/16 Phoenix, AZ @Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
8/17 Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/19 Concord, CA @ Concord Pavillion
8/20 Reno,NV @ Grand Theatre
8/22 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
8/23 Ridgefield, WA @ RV Inn Style Resort Amphitheater
8/25 Salt Lake City, UT @USANA Amphitheatre
8/26 Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

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