Alongside their contemporaries like Slipknot, Korn, Deftones, and Limp Bizkit, Mudvayne was one of the prominent bands in the nu-metal scene during the 2000s. But, do the actual members of Mudvayne consider themselves to be a nu-metal band?
During a recent conversation the band took part in with Revolver, the interviewer brings up how nu-metal is experiencing a resurgence in popularity; they then go on to ask Mudvayne if they consider themselves to be part of the genre.
In replying to this question, Chad Gray admits that he doesn’t think the band can “deny” that they are nu-metal.
Regarding if he considers Mudvayne a nu-metal band, Gray says:
“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?”
The vocalist goes on to add:
“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.”
After being on hiatus for 11 years, Mudvayne has been making one hell of a comeback over the past few years. Not only are they actively touring, but Gray recently shared that the band is working on new music.
UPCOMING MUDVAYNE 2023 TOUR DATES
- 08/12 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
08/13 – Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
08/15 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/16 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
08/17 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
08/19 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
08/20 – Reno, NV – Grand Theatre
08/22 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
08/23 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
08/25 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
08/26 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre