Mudvayne’s Chad Gray Laments The Lack Of Individuality Among Heavier New Bands: “They Sound The Same”


A recent interview conducted by The Underground Australia found Mudvayne/HELLYEAH vocalist Chad Gray lamenting the lack of individuality in the current heavy music scene. In particular, Gray had the following to say of the recent rise of popularity in nü-metal and seemingly the state of the heavy metal scene as a whole as it currently stands.

That nü-metal scene of course helped give birth to Mudvayne in the mid-90s, with that genre’s commercial heyday propelling the progressive nü-metal band to land several gold certifications in the United States.

Speaking on how he views the latest revival of that genre, he stated:

“Dude, maybe I shouldn’t say this, but I don’t give a fuck. Because I’m me and I’ve got stuff to say, and I’m gonna say it. Music now to me, God bless them, new bands, but they sound the same. All new music reminds me of the same fucking thing. There’s nothing separating it, one band from another. It’s, like, one band kinda does something, a hundred bands follow that band, then another band does something, then a hundred bands follow that band and sound just like that fucking band.

I was on Ozzfest 2001. So you had Slipknot, Manson, Papa Roach, Disturbed, Mudvayne, Drowning Pool… Every fucking band, every band I just named, none of them sound the same. None of them. And I think that’s why it was such a special time in music, because everybody was bringing what they were bringing to the table. You had System Of A Down and shit-tons of bands, man. And all very original and all doing their own thing.

We were part of that. We were more progressive than a lot of our counterparts from that era. So we were doing our own thing. Just a lot of really good fucking music and a lot of people really digging into what they were. Nobody was fucking following somebody else. We just didn’t see a lot of that. A couple bands here and there, maybe, you know what I mean? But for the most part, bands were doing their own thing and really pushing the boundaries, really challenging the listener. And that’s what music’s all about, right? It’s individuality.”

After explaining at length how he himself drew influences from musicians from decades past rather than copying the latest thing, Gray, went on to say:

“…What bands do when they look at this new band and everybody follows that new band, it’s not even an influence really because they’re current. My influences, even when I came out in 2001, with ‘L.D. 50‘, my influences were from 1981, 1983 — like 20 years, almost 20 years prior of me dropping my first album. I wasn’t ripping off a band from 1999 and releasing my album in 2001. My influences were long — my influences were 18, 19, 20 years. The people that inspired me — James Hetfield with his ‘yellody’, the way that James — he basically yelled in key, which I do a lot in my music. And my scream. I definitely think of all the screamer people — Philip Anselmo. It’s my scream now, but it started being his scream. I just took it and twisted it and made it something else.”

“I think that that’s what was happening then. I think that everything that was happening in the late ’90s, 2000 was coming from a very pure place with all the musicians that were creating it at that time. I think it all came from old influence that over time had been cultivated and nurtured turned into something completely different. And it takes time in order to do that.

I can’t be influenced by somebody that just came out with an album that’s brand new last year. I don’t have time to process that to be something different than probably what it was a year ago. But over 20 years, I can 100 percent absolutely process that and turn it into something that just now belongs to me, that’s Chad Gray‘s, what he offers the music world, which I think is very important.

Music is truth. It should be truth. It is for me. That’s where I get my fulfillment from music, is the honesty and the love that I put into it. So whether people like it or not, it doesn’t fucking matter to me. It is what it is. I do what I do. I’m honest about what I do. I love what I do. I care about it. I protect it. I nurture it. I cultivate it. And then I put it out. And if you like it, cool. If you don’t, eh, whatever.”

Gray may soon have to put his money where his mouth is, as Mudvayne having been working on their first new material since 2008 in recent months.


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