Monday, September 11, 2017

Mudvayne is not and has never been a nu-metal band

As a progressive rock composer, I have authority on what is and what is not progressive rock. Tool does not belong within this categorization, despite their reputation as a "technical" band, because Tool's riffs and composition structure fall more in line with alternative music. Pink Floyd is a pop band and doesn't have an itch in common with progressive rock.

However, it should be blatantly obvious to anyone with an ounce of sense that Mudvayne is a progressive rock band of the particular entity, progressive metal, with their music being rooted in the thrash and extreme (black and death) metal offshoots of prog-metal such as Voivod, Cynic, Atheist, Emperor, Death and Meshuggah, as well as the melodic progressive metal of bands like Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree.

Mudvayne's music is extremely technicality-based, using an assortment of time signature changes that are mathematically based, hence the frequently used label to describe the band, math metal, which originated as a joke made by the band (although math metal, sometimes called mathcore, is now a legitimately recognized genre thanks to bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between the Buried and Me, Protest the Hero and many others). Their composition structures are based in a combination of melodic progressive rock with aspects in common with jazz fusion (on tracks such as "Severed" and "Prod") as well as influences from extreme metal (black, thrash and death metal bands).

However, since there are those who do not believe in reality as it is, who reject facts and make up their own reality, Mudvayne has been miscategorized in a number of assorted metal genres of which it does not belong and I have sought to correct the errors made in the minds of non-absolutes.

Mudvayne was only known as a progressive metal band prior to 2014. Since the Internet's metal community is very troll-oriented, a lot of Internet trolls have gone through the process of changing Mudvayne's genre on various websites, have altered Mudvayne's genre to either include "nu metal", a genre in which the band has never performed, associated with or belonged to, or to make it, inexcusably and ridiculously, the band's primary genre. Since then, a number of media organizations and books have picked up on the regrettably false claim to assert that Mudvayne was a nu-metal band, despite having nothing in common with the genre.

To explain what nu-metal is, I will simply state that it is a style popular in the late 90s and early 2000s derived largely from combinations of alternative music, strong rhythm, sometimes with aspects of hip-hop or industrial music. The bands that defined the nu-metal style all have aspects musically in common: Deftones, Korn, Limp Bizkit and Slipknot are clear examples. Mudvayne's music does not and has never had anything in common with this style.

I decided to email and otherwise contact several of the sources, one of whom is Colin Larkin, author of the garbage tome Encyclopedia of Popular Music, a revised entry of which mislabeled Mudvayne as nu-metal. I gave a simple explanation, in fair detail, of why Larkin is wrong, and asked for a retraction. Larkin responded with this insulting, time-wasting email explaining all too well, that Larkin relied on uninformed, unpaid slave labor to produce his book, who got their information from "the Internet" -- websites who got their information from other websites who got their information from Internet trolls.

This kind of thinking is the rubbish produced by the "non-absolutist" mentality, the mindset that rejects evidence, rejects reason, the mindset that I have fought my whole life.

Progressive rock is the only form of rock music which is a product of the Enlightenment's influence of free thinking, and progressive metal the only Enlightenment-derived form of metal music. Progressive rock and progressive metal are rooted in symphonic, chamber (sometimes described as classical) composition and jazz music. Please keep watching this site as I continue to gather more evidence against the mockery of bad music journalism on display against Mudvayne and their output of 5 classic and influential prog-metal albums (L.D. 50, The End of All Things To Come, Lost and Found, The New Game and their 2009 self-titled release) and the assorted prog-metal singles derived from these releases ("Dig", "Death Blooms", "Not Falling", "World So Cold", "Determined", "Happy?", "Forget to Remember", "Fall into Sleep", "Dull Boy",  "Do What You Do", "Scarlet Letters" and "Scream with Me"). Please help all you can by leaving sources in the comments section (subject to approval to screen from troll responses) and help me restitute the dignity, respect and integrity of progressive rock and progressive metal that is under attack by such injustices of poor journalism.

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