Mudvayne is an American metal band from Peoria, IL. The musical styles of their first two albums were highly innovative, combining various progressive metal elements with nu metal and were considered to be a math metal band for this sound, however the band’s later albums have adopted a more mainstream alternative sound. The band is best recognizable by their strong drumming, complex bass playing, heavy, gruff and usually angered vocals, strong, heavy guitars and riffs, complex time signatures and frequent rhythm changes. Mudvayne sold over 6,000,000 copies worldwide.
Mudvayne’s first album, L.D. 50, was released in 2000. It received very positive critical acclaim, being most praised for its technical elements, which were uncommon for the rest of the bands in their genre. The album was #1 at Top Heatseekers, and sold over 500,000 copies in its first four months after release (thus certified Gold by the RIAA). “Dig”, the album’s lead single has won first ever MTV2 Video Music Award. Besides “Dig”, the album’s two other and also highly successive singles, “Death Blooms” and “Nothing To Gein” paved the way for the album. At that time, the band was recognizable for their somewhat bizarre image. In 2001, the band released a live DVD entitled “(L)ive (D)osage 50”, that was recorded in 2001 in their home town of Peoria. The DVD was also certified Gold by the RIAA, selling over 500,000 copies.
Mudvayne’s sophomore release, The End Of All Things To Come, proved that the band was more than capable of progressing from a highly praised record successfully. The band took a totally different approach to songwriting.