Mudvayne’s Chad Gray Reveals His Personal Issues With “L.D. 50”


Mudvayne‘s 2000 debut album “L.D. 50” laid the foundation for a successful career for the progressive nü-metal band, quickly catapulting them into the mainstream on the strength of the memorable gold-certified video for the lead single “Dig“, with the album itself going gold several months later.

Speaking recently with Revolver, vocalist Chad Gray ranked the group’s catalog thus far in his order of preference, and revealed what he doesn’t like about that debut bow.

“Everybody loves L.D. 50. The reason why is because L.D. 50 is the first fucking thing that they ever heard by Mudvayne. But me, personally, I’m not a huge fan of L.D. 50 because I’m not a big fan of the mix. I think the mix is very bass-heavy.

To me, it doesn’t feel like a band mix. We’re a metal band, it needs to be guitar-centric. It should be very guitar-forward, and it wasn’t.

I mean, I love L.D. 50. It’s a great album and it was a fucking hard album to write. Greg [Tribbett, guitarist] and I were in the studio the last three days, in there every night, all night, finishing the last three songs.

So, everybody left and went to mix, and me and him stayed and we literally walked out of the studio at 10:30 a.m. after being up all night the last night, [and] we were supposed to be out of the studio at noon.”

Gray‘s ranking of his band catalog ran as follows:

05. “Mudvayne
04. “The End Of All Things To Come
03. “Lost And Found
02. “The New Game
01. “L.D. 50

You can find more from Gray on his reasoning behind the other choices in his list over at Revolver. As it currently stands, there may yet eventually be another entry in the list at some point in the future. The group have been hammering away on new music this year, with four new songs in the works so far.

Ahead of getting back to focusing on that, they’ll be finishing up their ongoing summer tour with Coal Chamber, GWAR, Nonpoint and Butcher Babies, the final dates of which can be found below:

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

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