Mudvayne Side Project Gets Name

Ryan Martinie

I know what you’re thinking: Mudvayne is so fucking awesome on its own, how could a side project be any better?

Trust me. But give Kurai a chance.

Give Kurai a chance!

The band boasts Mudvayne bassist Ryan Martinie, ex-Head guitarist Scott Von Heldt and drummer Abel Vallejo (who is a Korn drum tech).

The group will release an EP in December on their own Sonic Velocity Records label, called Breaking The Broken.

Wait. If they’re broken, how can you break them? I hope the EP answers that question.

Says Von Heldt: “Kurai is a term that I came across almost 20 years ago in a Japanese martial arts encyclopedia. It means to achieve a state of mind in which you become one with your art. That really embraces the sentiment of our music and where we are as artists. We want to create music with the intention of stirring up emotion and bringing some raw passion back to metal and we hope that transcends to the listener with this new EP.”

Word.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

  • Nuno Marce

    Ryan Martinie is one of the most underrated bass players out there. Seriously with his skill I’m surprised he’s not playing for a fusion band instead of these crappy projects he seems to align himself with.