New Jersey has always been a stomping ground for up and coming new talent. Somewhere, throughout the populated mass, emerged a band called mudBox, hailing from central New Jersey. Since the birth of mudBox, time has shown the growth of a group that continues to bombard us with their own style of modern heavy music. Music that is indeed straight from the heart that captures emotions and expresses them without pulling any punches. It is obvious that it's the hard times that inspire mudBox to create new music. After several member changes, it was fate, and a shared vision that brought these four members together. Being compared to such major acts as Sevendust, and Staind, it's no wonder the bands hard-hitting live show is nothing short of intense. Frontman Kevin Schormann verbally assaults you with his own style of harmony and effusive aggression. Leaving you with powerful, melodic vocals that blend with the music perfectly. Guitarist Tony Hermosilla fills the spectrum with his earsplitting tone, uncompromised playing ability, and back-up vocal harmonies. Bass player Joey Crap combines punchy bottom end, solid bass lines, and growling back-up vocals that drive through you with a massive approach. And drummer Rob Kubik acts as the perfect counterbalance, playing with unmatched intensity, and hard hitting, driving beats. As a whole, the creativeness and writing style of mudBox will leave a scar on any listeners' memory. Their full length CD, “Dead Comfortable Feeling” was recorded in the summer of 2001 at The Carriage House Studios in Stamford Conneticut. The CD offers a vast collection of songs satisfying the most skeptical of listeners, from the blistering opening track, “Face in the crowd”, to the vigorous, concluding track, “Tolerance”. In early 2002, mudBox entered the studio to record their new 6 song EP “Becoming”, which proves to be their finest work to date. “Becoming” indicates the growth and potential of the band, focusing more on melody and song structure. Opening tracks “This time” and “Temptation” demonstrate just that, by capturing both of these elements, and more. Track 3, “Letting Go”, is a musical journey that holds no boundries or limitations, and expresses true emotion in its most raw form. The title track, “Becoming” is a perfect example of a good, solid rock song that will have you in a groove in no time. Closing tracks “Far Away” and “Headtrip” are proof that mudBox stay true to their roots with their unique combination of musical styles. Still straying from the rap/metal crossover, and living in an age where the 4 piece band seems to be a dying breed, mudBox continues to push the envelope even further, and prove that less…..is more.
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