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Kurai Singer Speaks On Backlash From Mudvayne Fans, Says They Aren’t “A Nu-Metal Korn Wannabe Band”

Kurai frontman Scott Von Heldt has addressed the criticism the band has faced from Mudvayne fans unhappy. The issue stems from Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie‘s involvement with the group, which has been revealed to be a temporary arrangement. Speaking on that Von Heldt offered:

“Well our new single Breaking The Broken has been out for about a week now and although some are really digging the heavy groove & vibe of the tune it’s been very apparent that Mudvayne fans are not impressed and furthermore after seeing lot’s of “c’mon Ryan what’s this shit” remarks I feel the need to clear the air and make sure everybody knows the real deal.

Ryan is a GUEST on this EP and he agreed to do it as a friend to Abel. He did not write the songs but had full freedom to compose his parts and he did some amazing work on it. If your a true fan of Ryan‘s playing then don’t be so quick to judge this book by the cover and just enjoy his work on it without pre-conceived ideas of what he should be doing or who he should be doing it with.

Nobody would rather see a new Mudvayne record more than us because we love the guy and all that he’s done with them, that’s why we wanted him on the record, but this AGAIN is not Ryan‘s new band and he fully intends to do another record with Mudvayne. He simply helped us with this EP and respectfully will not be a member of the band moving forward because it’s not his cup of tea.

As for our music, regardless of whether people like the riffs or my vocals are really irrelevant to us because we are experimenting with all types of music and those that get it will get it and those who don’t won’t and that is perfectly fine by us. We are all entitled to react to music in our own way and some styles and sounds resonate with some more than others so it’s all good.

The first single is the most stripped down “single-ready” tune and may not be what people expected out of the gate with Ryan‘s name attached to it, but there are MANY levels of heavy music and we are focused on exploring all types of styles and molding them into grooves and vibes that span beyond any of the forms or labels people have had to throw on everything for years.

The concept of Kurai came from many years of study in Bruce Lee’s art of Jeet Kune Do which stresses taking things from all styles to create a style of your own that stresses simplicity with a furious attack that’s driven by emotional content. That’s what we do; a little prog with a dash of death metal, some doom/stoner vibe mixed in, and dare I say, yes there are some nu-metal influences obviously, even some world elements. So again, don’t be so quick to dismiss this because it didn’t blow your head off like LD.50 did and try and enjoy Ryan‘s artistic contribution to it.

Furthermore, to simply view us as a nu-metal Korn wannabe band kinda shows the lack of vision in the metal community. We all use to be a family of souls connected through a genre of music we all relate to, but when you get on these news sites and blogs and see literally everything posted about any band anymore getting all these hateful comments it just makes me wonder what the hell metalheads do like anymore and where did all our open minds go?

We don’t expect to make music every metal fan will like, that’s impossible, but I’m one of those guys that has never tried to be anyone else or mimic what’s popular. The stuff I write comes from real experiences and emotions that I know allot of people can relate to and we deliver it in a raw way with no-frilly things attached.

Music is living and Kurai embraces the life that music creates and the power we have as individuals to mold and create our own experiences and fully express our experience while we are in these bodies. With that being said we appreciate everyone’s honest feedback and encourage people to express themselves from the soul and not just make superficial remarks that may get a quick rise outta some dude sitting on You Tube all day but be true to yourselves.

If that means leaving a negative remark about everything people work hard to create and that’s true to your character then go for it, no real harm done. I appreciate your time and hope this is received with the kind intention it was written with and we look forward to sharing the rest of the EP in a few weeks!”

Musically Yours,
SVH

Kurai‘s debut EP “Breaking The Broken” will see a December 17th release. You can hear the title track here.

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    • Telecatastrophe     December 4, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      “We all use to be a family of souls connected through a genre of music we all relate to, but when you get on these news sites and blogs and see literally everything posted about any band anymore getting all these hateful comments it just makes me wonder what the hell metalheads do like anymore and where did all our open minds go?”

      ^^This. What’s the rules for a “trve” metal album these days, anyhow? Do you have to be recording on the highest, most frostbitten peak of the Xjsclbrgnivt mountains while fighting off a pack of wolves with your guitar while doing furious high-speed grim sweep-picking? Rules are for sports, not music.

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      • MyDarkPassenger     December 4, 2013 at 1:29 pm

        You seem as lost as he is. The internet is full of diversity, where a vocal majority isn’t going to enjoy your output. Its being able to filter all the BS out and find the fans that makes sense. The community hasn’t changed, the world has. These guys just don’t get it.

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        • Telecatastrophe     December 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

          MyDarkPassenger, your explanation would make a lot more sense if you weren’t doing more pointless bashing of your own in your other comment in this story. You wouldn’t be writing off what this dude has to say as an explanation of “why (his) band doesn’t suck” if he was in some tech-death band that was riding Chuck Schuldiner’s nuts, and ThePRP wouldn’t have posted it, because all the elitist trolls wouldn’t fill the comments section with “hurr-durr theyz aint’ teh METAL!” comments. Just my opinion, which is worth what it cost you to read it.

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        • MyDarkPassenger     December 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm

          Yes, I absolutely would because tech-death sounds AWFUL. If I don’t like it, I will say so. That’s OK, this is the internet. We’re free to say whatever the fuck we want but that doesn’t mean anything “happened” the metal community. I would’ve said the same thing hanging out at a Tower Records listening station 15 years ago. That’s my only point. And I know SHIT about this band, I’m not trying to take ‘em down a peg, but it’s truly a bad sign when he takes to the internet to defend the one song people have heard, as well as distance the big name in the band from the actual band. That’s not good.

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        • Telecatastrophe     December 4, 2013 at 3:57 pm

          Touche, I suppose trying to make an assumption on your taste was a bit off, I should have made that comparison more with the people who act like genre Nazis. And you saying:

          “it’s truly a bad sign when he takes to the internet to defend the one song people have heard, as well as distance the big name in the band from the actual band. That’s not good.”

          is something that I completely agree with, but perhaps for a different reason than what you mean…there would be no need for any kind of statement to this effect if there wasn’t so many people bashing on their project for not being as heavy as Mudvayne was (for one album, for that matter), and that, IMO, is also not good. I also don’t really know jack about this band, but having different influences shouldn’t be something to get bashed on for.

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      • Nothing has drastically changed among the metal community, only the means of interaction amongst it. As with any community that doesn’t demand a certain level of intellect to be a part of it, a lot of that increased interaction is gonna come from dipshits and assholes. And dipshits and assholes have a habit of making their voice heard the loudest.

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        • myownsake26     December 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

          This is what sucks about growing up and going to metal shows because the viewpoint of a “crazy metalhead” has switched context from someone that was expressing themselves and now it feels like.. redneck-nascar-fan-sleezy…. like gathering of the juggalos sleezy.

          Did anyone else have that phase in high school where the goth/emo/punk crowed turned into the dirty/obnoxiou kids over time?

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    • You know it’s getting ridiculous when a humbly written post about toxic input is met with a vat of acid.

      And leave that “that’s how the internet works deal with it” stuff to 4chan.

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