Why Chad Gray Doesn’t Fully Love Mudvayne’s ‘L.D. 50’

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Mudvayne, the nü-metal band that skyrocketed to fame with their 2000 debut album L.D. 50, continues to remain a significant name in the rock industry. While the album established a robust foundation for the band’s career, leading them quickly into the mainstream and earning a gold certification, vocalist Chad Gray has some reservations about it.

In a recent conversation with Revolver, Gray ranked L.D. 50 as his top pick from the band’s catalog. However, he expressed concerns about the album’s mix. “Everybody loves L.D. 50 because it’s the first thing they heard by Mudvayne,” Gray noted. “But I’m not a big fan of the mix. It’s very bass-heavy. For a metal band, it should be guitar-forward, and it wasn’t.”

Despite this criticism, Gray’s love for the album remains undeterred. He spoke about the intense work behind L.D. 50, recalling the strenuous hours he and guitarist Greg Tribbett put in. “Greg and I were in the studio the last three days, finishing the last three songs. We walked out of the studio at 10:30AM after an all-nighter,” he said.

Gray went on to rank the band’s other albums:

L.D. 50
The New Game
Lost And Found
The End Of All Things To Come

For a deeper dive into his rationale behind these rankings, fans can head to Revolver’s feature.

In more exciting news for Mudvayne enthusiasts, Gray confirmed in April that the band, after a hiatus of 14 years, is working on new music. “This will be the first music we have released in 14 years!” he exclaimed in a social media post, emphasizing the astonishing gap.

As for what’s next, Mudvayne is currently on tour, sharing the stage with the likes of Coal Chamber, GWAR, Nonpoint, and Butcher Babies. With their legacy and a promise of fresh tracks, the band ensures they remain a force to reckon with in the rock world.