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Mudvayne is an alternative metal band formed in 1996 in Peoria, Illinois and released their first EP in 1997. The EP received local attention, but it would be another three years until they would hit it big. At this time, bassist Shawn Barclay left the band, and was replaced by Ryan Martinie, who became one of the top metal bassists of all time. Every one of Mudvayne's first three albums has been certified Gold by the RIAA, along with the live performance (L)ive (D)osage 50 DVD.
The band earned their fame in 2000 with their first single Dig from their debut album L.D. 50. For this song, the band won their first ever MTV2 Award at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2001. The popularity of this song, followed by singles Death Blooms and Nothing To Gein paved the way for the highly successful album . The album received excellent critics, praising all members' contributions to the unique sound. In 2000, it was #1 at Top Heatseekers. The album is considered to be one of the best alternative metal albums.
With their second effort, 2002's The End of All Things to Come, they were named "alternative drednaught" because of their innovative approach to the sound of the band(the second album was quite different from their first one). The band changed make-up styles from multicolored face paint to dressing up as aliens, as seen in music video of a highly successful single, Not Falling. Mudvayne's reason for wearing such extravagant make-up was, according to the band, to add a visual aspect to their music and to set them apart from other run-of-the-mill metal bands. Mudvayne participated in the Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003 with Metallica, Deftones and Linkin Park. With the release of the 2003 single World So Cold, Mudvayne abandoned their use of make-up, because they were oftenly compared to other bands that wear make-ups and masks, which the band disliked. However, they do wear make-ups occasionally on stage, when they feel fit.
Mudvayne's 2005 album singles, Forget To Remember, Happy?, Determined and Fall Into Sleep from their top-selling album, Lost And Found have helped to increase their popularity further, as they were featured in many different occasions. It was the album that sold most copies, around million in the US.
In November 2008, Mudvayne released their fourth and least successful album, The New Game. Although it was praised for its balance of good songs, it was criticized for not pushing the boundaries as Mudvayne did with each previous release.
Mudvayne released a self-titled album, Mudvayne on December 21st.
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