Columbus, OH, Lifestyles Community Pavilion, December 7, 2005


Written and photos by: Jason Perlman

 

After spending a bulk of its summer playing Ozzfest's main stage, Mudvayne broke away from the giant summertime festival and planned a much smaller, yet just as raunchy winter show, The Masters of Horror. With Bobaflex, 10 Years and Sevendust as openers, Masters of Horror could not have been a more appropriate name and tour for Mudvayne, as its comic-style, old-school metal was put on display throughout the late Fall.

 

Mudvayne's lead singer Chad Gray came storming on the LC Pavilion stage complete with typical Mohawk and blood-drenched face, but rather than his fuzzy suits Columbus has been used to, Gray had a clown suit complete with giant boxing glove to complete the ensemble.

 

Although Gray's frontman presence is always something that commands most of the audience's attention, Mudvayne as a band is one of the tightest and cohesive units touring today, and its Grammy nomination finally lands some credence to the band's ability to play quality music and be an entertaining band as well.

 

Buried deep behind a massive drum kit sits Matt McDonough whom drum enthusiasts will claim to be one of the best in metal. Yet somehow, because of their stage antics and early costume-enthralled performances, Mudvayne was seen predominately as another gimmick. But with McDonough' drum tracks, bassist Ryan Martinie's almost mind-blowing finger picking and guitarist Greg Tribbet's solid chords, Mudvayne is slowly and methodically being taken serious as musicians as well as maintaining its quirky stage presence.

 

Coming on after Sevendust's set was not the easiest of tasks, but it seemed Mudvayne fed from the emotions set off by Sevendust, and the crowd was fueled to a fevered frenzy by the time Mudvayne got to songs like Happy and Not Falling.

 

Mudvayne's headlining performance during this Masters of Horror tour just may be the last spark that sets the bands thrusters into overdrive. With several successful runs on Ozzfest, Mudvayne was always on the cusp as a headliner, playing clubs just a bit too small for their sound and stage show, let alone the fans. But with a successful run with a quality opener like Sevendust, that could almost have been a co-headliner, Mudvayne just may have crossed the barrier between club bands and the elite metal acts that can play 5,000-seat venues.

Chad Gray
Chad Gray
Ryan Martinie
Greg Tribbet
Greg Tribbet
Chad Gray