This week’s submission for Bands That Made YOU Heavy comes from a friend of mine, Epi. If you want to share your story about how you got into heavier music, we want to hear it! Shoot an email over to mail(at)heavyblogisheavy(dot)com!

Back in 8th grade, I was listening to some rap, 80’s rock, and mainstream rock. Metal was a genre I wasn’t familiar with yet. One day while in class a friend of mine shows me a magazine—Revolver, I believe. Mudvayne was featured in one of the articles.

My friend turned to the page of the Mudvayne article and I looked at it; they were dressed in the alien makeup that was used around the time of The End of All Things to Come. I was fascinated by the imagery. Before I knew it, that same friend loaned me their first album, L.D. 50. That album kicked open the door to Metal genre for me. For some reason, that album just grabbed my attention and held it with a incredible grip. Chad Gray’s vocals and lyrics , Ryan Marinite’s bass, Greg Tribbett’s guitar, and Matt’s drums were sang and played unlike anything I’ve heard before.

Before too long I was listening to their sophomore release, The End of All Things to Come. That album just pushed me over the edge and I became a Mudvayne fan forever. Their sounds has intrigued me with release after release. That single band introduced me to the Nu Metal scene with bands like Slipknot, Korn, & Disturbed. These bands are bands I still follow to this day. It was roughly 8-10 years ago when I was introduced to Mudvayne and the Nu Metal scene.  A lot can change in that amount of time, but these bands remain constant in my iTunes playlists.

Mudvayne will always remain top of the list, because they inspired me and helped me find the courage to write lyrics, poetry, and stories that I have kept up with over the years. Without Mudvayne I wouldn’t be the person that I am today.


– Epi

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