Some bands thrive on being mysterious; they prefer you to constantly be wondering what they are thinking, or what they are going to do next. Mudvayne, and lead singer Chad Grey however, don’t fall anywhere near that group.
As the band returned to St. Louis from their three year absence from the touring music scene, Grey and the band let the crowd now from moment one what they were going to get, an trip deep into the dark minds of the bands past, and a look at where the metal band stands today.
Grey emerged in an outfit straight out of Stephen King’s classic It.
With a clown suit split down the middle, one side blood red, to go with the blood like substance creeping down the side of his face, and the other side so black that if it wasn’t for the incredible spotlights you would have thought only half of him made it to the stage.
Roaring through classics such as “Death Blooms”, “Nothing to Gein”, “-1” and “Dig”, off of their breakthrough record L.D. 50, let older fans know they were still very much so appreciated. As Grey said it mid way through the set, “We have some old time fan’s in the building tonight,” and they all loved every second of it.
Newer material from the short, but ear blasting set included, “Happy” and “Forget to Remember” off of 2005s’ Lost and Found, and “Do what you do” off of the bands latest release The New Game.
Though the band played just over an hour, much to the displeasure of many in the crowd, they made sure to stay after for over an hour to meet with fans purchasing their new CD.
Openers at the show, and recently reunited Snot, put on an incredible showing of brute strength as they pounded through old and new material featuring new lead singer Tommy “Vext” Cummings.
10 Years showed up with a rather dark, and odd set. The band just didn’t quite seem to fit sandwiched between the two much heavier acts, and fans showed it, causing singer Jesse Hasek to dive into the crowd on multiple occasions to try and rile the crowd up.
Musically the band played a great set of mostly new material off of 2008s’ Division, but it just couldn’t live up to the aggressive crowds temperament.
By the end of the show many a mosh had come and gone, but all were left standing, screaming, for their returned heroes, lead by Chad Grey’s urgent call to, “make all the noise you can, it’s not like you can do this everyday.”