Mudvayne is an American heavy metal band. Their work is marked by the use of sonic experimentation, innovative album art, and elaborate visual appearance, which has included face and body paint, masks and uniforms. They have sold over 6 million records worldwide, including nearly 3 million records in the United States.

The band consists of Chad Gray, Greg Tribbett, Ryan Martinie and Matthew McDonough. Formed in 1996, Mudvayne became popular playing in the Peoria, Illinois underground music scene in the late 1990s, and released an extended play, Kill, I Oughtta (1997), and a successful debut album, L.D. 50 (2000). Mudvayne achieved worldwide critical and commercial success with The End of All Things to Come, Lost and Found and a self-titled album.

Mudvayne formed in 1996 in Bloomington, Illinois, and originally consisted of Chad Gray, Greg Tribbett and Matthew McDonough.[6] After a year of performing on the local circuit, the bands line-up was finalized with bassist Ryan Martinie, and they self-financed the recording of an extended play, Kill, I Oughtta, which the band independently released themselves. Following the release of the EP, the band adopted stage names and facepaint.[6][7][8]

To promote the album, Mudvayne played on the Tattoo the Earth tour alongside Nothingface, Slayer, Slipknot and Sevendust. Nothingface guitarist Tom Maxwell became friends with Mudvayne vocalist Chad Gray, and they talked about the possibility of forming a supergroup. The following year, Nothingface toured with Mudvayne and talks to form the supergroup continued, although were constantly put on hold due to scheduling conflicts. At this time, Gray and Maxwell had brainstormed five band names. Mudvayne guitarist Greg Tribbett approached Maxwell "out of the blue" and wanted to join the band. Nothingface drummer Tommy Sickles originally helmed the drum kit for the bands demo, however, things did not work out and the search for a new drummer began.[16]

The music video for the single "Not Falling" revealed the transition from the bands makeup design from their previous album by having the band members being transformed into veiny creatures with white, egg-colored bug eyes.[21]

During the mixing of The End of All Things to Come, Gray and McDonough stopped at Bobs Big Boy, and Gray recalled that he overheard someone "say something like, ... and hes got to cut his own eye out". When Gray asked McDonough if he had heard the conversation, McDonough said that he hadnt, and Gray figured that it was someone discussing a scene from a film screenplay.[24] In September 2005, the band met with film director Darren Lynn Bousman, whose film Saw II was in production and would feature the single "Forget to Remember", from Lost and Found. Bousman showed them a scene depicting a man cutting his own eye out of his skull to retrieve a key. Gray told Bousman about the conversation at Bobs Big Boy two years earlier, and Bousman revealed that he holds his production meetings at the restaurant, and that Saw II had been based on a screenplay Bousman wrote years earlier.[24] Gray appeared in a small role in the film, and a music video was produced for "Forget to Remember", which featured clips from the film.[24]

In 2006, Gray, Tribbett and Tom Maxwell were joined by former Pantera and Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul for their supergroup Hellyeah. During the summer of 2006, schedules were clear, which allowed members to take the time to record a studio album.[25] Following a tour with Sevendust, Mudvayne released the retrospective compilation, By the People, for the People in 2007, which was compiled from selections voted for by fans through the bands website.[26] The compilation debuted at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling about 22,000 copies in its first week.[24][27] After the return of Gray and Tribbett from their touring commitments with side project Hellyeah, Mudvayne began the recording process for The New Game with Fortman.[28] After the album was released in 2008, Fortman reported to MTV that the album will be followed six months later by a second full-length record.[29]

For the release of their self-titled fifth studio album, Mudvayne hoped to create their "white album", which would be reflected through the cover art.[17] It was recorded during Summer 2008 in El Paso, Texas.[30] The album was printed entirely in blacklight-reactive ink, making it only visible under a black light, a source of light whose wavelengths are primarily in the ultraviolet.[31] In 2011, the band once again went on hiatus to allow Gray and Tribbett to tour with Hellyeah, and because of the new Hellyeah record, Mudvayne will be on hiatus at least until 2014.[32]

Mudvayne is noted for musical complexity.[33] The bands music often contains what McDonough refers to as "number symbolism", in which certain riffs are used that correspond with thematic elements of the songs lyrics.[8] The band has incorporated elements of death metal,[8][10] jazz fusion,[10][34] and progressive rock.[8][10] In addition to these styles, L.D.