Chad Gray Assures Fans Mudvayne Is Not Over Yet

Hellyeah frontman "not ready to put a headstone on anything yet."

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Hellyeah frontman Chad Gray says that his other band Mudvayne is not over yet despite the fact that Gray's longtime Mudvayne bandmate Greg Tribbett was acrimoniously dismissed from Hellyeah prior to the recording of the band's fourth album, "Blood For Blood."

Asked in the new issue of Revolver magazine (via Blabbermouth) if Greg's exit from Hellyeah hit him especially hard, seeing as the two of them started off paying together in Mudvayne, Chad said: "Yeah, man. He has always been my right-hand man. He's been the back I look at when I'm writing songs and the sounding board for my ideas. When everything went sideways, it was like losing a great friend. I was filled with fear and I had mixed emotions. At first, I was like, goddamn, I don't know if I'm ever gonna be able to do this without him."

Questioned directly if Mudvayne is officially over, Chad replied: "I don't think so. We all still talk. I'm not ready to put a headstone on anything yet."

Back in March, Mudvayne posted a message on its Facebook page denying that the band had broken up (see below).

It's been almost five years since Mudvayne released their self-titled fifth album and little has been heard about the band since then. But in a late 2010 interview with the music blog Warwick, Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie discussed the group almost entirely in the past tense. When asked about the quartet's musical evolution, Martinie said, "I think that what we did is valuable. It's become a cog in the wheel of music in some sort of way. We are a piece of musical history now ... We were always just responding to our environment. I always saw the band to be important as an aspect of my life, as something that was supposed to take us places that are positive, and in that sense everything that happened with the band has happened for a reason."

Mudvayne did not tour behind its fifth album, which was barely promoted and sold weakly upon release.

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    twiggy3634
    Ryan should still be playing bass somewhere, with or without Mudvayne.
    TombOfHorror
    Ryan should be playing bass EVERYWHERE. Seriously, he's a monster bassist and should be in a band worthy of a bassist that talented
    cyclonus
    Mudvayne seem like a band who grew tired of themselves. They had completely dropped the facepaint, outfits and most of the odd time signatures by their third album, which at that point was generally bearing a mainstream metal sound, and from the fourth album onwards seemed to be writing music for the sake of it as most of it sounded generic at best. If they're going to come back, they need the right inspiration
    haifisch234
    Too bad Hellno isn't over.
    MetalRock4ever
    Their recent album was pretty good, I thought (though I still couldn't listen to the entire album, too much bro-metal for me in one day). Though, I'd still prefer Mudvayne over Hellyeah (at least they - members of Mudvayne - haven't completely quit the music industry/making music).
    Jehuty
    As little as I can appreciate their current sound, I still have good feelings about them; for me they were the first band that got me into heavier music. It just blew my mind and literally opened up a new world for me, which eventually lead to me picking up the guitar. The first two albums are still incredibly good, and to a certain degree the third album was quite solid as well.
    a drummer
    I've always thought their drummer (Matt McDonough) is the most underrated drummer in metal...like ever. The Self-Titled kicked serious ass and it seems like a lot of people don't even know it exists, or over look it because it followed the weak, watered down A New Game. I really wish they would release some music before their age becomes a factor.
    365_days_gone
    Their last album (the self-titled) was absolutely incredible and like someone else already said, most people don't even know that it exists. Seriously that album is ****ing amazing! And on another note...how the hell has Hellyeah released FOUR albums? That band sucks so bad I can't believe they have a following! Bring back Mudvayne!!
    MetalRock4ever
    First Slipknot is back and releasing music, and now Mudvayne have actually officially stated they are getting back... it just gets better