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Album Review

As the title By the People, for the People implies, the track listing of this comp was left up to Mudvayne's people, so to speak. The band's faithful fans voted on their favorite songs, via, submitted and selected the artwork for the album, and left the group to pick their favorite unreleased versions of the songs — live versions, rarities, demo versions, or other. With a new original song "Dull Boy," an acoustic version of "Forget to Remember," a new cover of the Police's "King of Pain" (that's about as good as you might expect), eight demos, and a few live songs, this is the type of for-fans-only CD that should bring great excitement to Mudvayne collectors and very little to others. If you are, in fact, a fan of the band, there is still one shortcoming to the disc. Every other track on is a ten- to 30-second explanation of the upcoming track, provided by vocalist Chad Gray. This is frustrating as it breaks up the continuity with "behind the music" factoids that never manage to be very insightful. For example, before "Death Blooms (Demo)" is played, you learn that it was originally recorded at Signal Sound Source in Chicago, March through April of 1999, and was one of the first songs to create a buzz about Mudvayne. While a description of how the songs were created could be interesting (albeit, disruptive to someone only wanting to hear music), the facts provided here are short enough to fit neatly in the liner notes. That said, the sound quality is great, and hardcore fans will enjoy the opportunity to hear some alternate songs from their favorite nu-metal band that sometimes dress up like scary aliens.

Customer Reviews

a decent compilation album.

okay i'm a huge Mudvayne fan but i think that the track listing could have been much better (where's Severed?). I feel more obligated to comment because of the stupid and ignorant comments about it. first off if you're some big Rap fan you shouldn't come and comment about Satan music just go listen to stuff about iceing people and slappin' B****es and W***s this isn't Satanic so there's a stereotype about Rap. Next Mudvayne doesn't play Dropped D they play Dropped B i've read their tabs and neither sound bad. Last, for everyone who thinks this is their new album they should check the internet. Their new albums supposed to come out next February and its called Shades of Grey (pretty easy to find this out). Otherwise, this is an okay compilation but i think it could be better.

By the people...

I think its really a great idea for mudvayne to go out and let the fans decide what their "filler" album will consist off. Its interesting to hear whereand when these tracks were recorded. For the people that complain about no new material... Mudvayne will be back in the studio after Chad wraps up his tour with Hell Yeah in January. Theoretically, Mudvayne could have a new album in stores next week if they wanted to. Problem is, the alterna-metal outfit doesn't want to. They're not ready to part with it yet and won't be for a while — despite earlier reports that the band's fourth studio LP would be finished in time for an early 2008 release. That's because frontman Chad Gray has had a change of heart. He'd like to tinker with the songs the group has worked on, and he wants his band to come up with even more material he can work with.

A Little Disappointed (just a little)

I thought this was going to be a new Mudvayne album, when I heard Dull Boy, I thought to myself, after being with Hellyeah, Chad Grey rocks for making another Mudvayne album. This is more like a greatest hits cd, except with song demos and live and acoustic versions. but still they have come a long way and have done a lot of hard work, I mean Chad Grey and half of the band must be exhausted from doing 2 band cds, one for Hellyeah and this new Mudvayne cd. I mean Hellyeah was on Family Values tour with Korn, and after doing all that touring, they came back and left Vinny to do another Mudvayne cd. So let's give'em a break cuz they're tired, but if you are a true mudvayne fan like me, get the cd, i mean some of the demos are heavier and stuff, pretty cool even if you are new to mudvayne!


Formed: 1996 in Peoria, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Heavy metal quartet Mudvayne formed in Peoria, IL, in 1996, its members adopting the unusual pseudonyms sPaG (M. McDonough) (drums), Gurrg (G. Tribbett) (guitar), and Kud (Chad Gray) (vocals). The group's original bassist was replaced after two years by Ryknow (Ryan Martinie). During their development, the bandmembers began the practice of applying bizarre makeup. After self-releasing their first album, Kill, I Oughta, they were signed by Epic Records and recorded their major-label debut, L.D. 50,...
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