Mudvayne accepted its MTV Video Music Award decked out in masks, bloodstained tuxedos and outlandish outfits. It's a staple for the heavy metal quartet.

With other bands wearing costumes (i.e. KISS and Slipknot), why would another band decide to do this?

"It's always been a part of the band," drummer Matt "Spüg" McDonough said. "Because we can ... a lot of it's tongue-in-cheek."

Mudvayne will be blasting its testosterone-driven rock at 7 tonight in the Bryce Jordan Center as openers for Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution tour.

This won't be the first time the metal-rockers were slated to play in State College. Mudvayne has played shows early in its career at Crowbar, 420 E. College Ave., and was scheduled to play the Pledge of Allegiance tour with Slipknot and System of A Down at the Bryce Jordan Center, but because of routing problems, the band could not come.

The band is ready to get on the road, touring in support of its latest release, The End of All Things to Come . This album marks new territory for Mudvayne, which explored sonic landscapes and worked with producer David Bottrill (who has previously worked with King Crimson and Tool).

"Initially anyone who listens to it will notice the change in our attitude," McDonough said. "We were going for a more atmospheric and more textual album."

DJ and program director at WQWK-FM (97.1), Qwk Rock, Jason "Fish" Miller said he would describe the band's sound as a nü-metal Dream Theater.

"There's some stuff on the new album that's more accessible," Miller said. "There are some really good harmonies and melodies, along with the loud crunch."

The band dubbed its music "math rock," but now the name seems a hard thing for Mudvayne to break.

"I think it's a pretty funny comment," McDonough said. "How many different contexts that comment was used in, now it's been proliferated so much. I think it was more just a joke."

The term grew out of the band's fascination with mathematics. McDonough said he has a long-held interest in numbers.

"Numbers to me represent the cross-cultural language," McDonough said.

Mudvayne, using dense texture and alternate time signatures, formed its own identity in the world of metal. Inspiration for Mudvayne came from bands such as Emperor, King Crimson and Porcupine Tree, McDonough said. The band has no influence from other metal acts. "I don't generally compare our band to other bands," McDonough said. "I wouldn't listen to my band if I wasn't in it."

The future for Mudvayne includes another year and a half of touring, including the Summer Sanitarium tour with Metallica. McDonough is looking forward to playing with the reigning kings of metal.

"I think anybody asked to play with Metallica would do it," McDonough said.

Radio stations are spinning Mudvayne's single "World So Cold," which he said is a song that is completely different for the band. Also, Mudvayne's "Not Falling" video can be seen on MTV and MTV2. McDonough said the process for recording music videos is often a grueling, multi-day affair.

"I try not to remember it," he said. "It's definitely not enjoyable."

Making videos would seem to be a necessary action for the group, since its recognition from MTV. But McDonough said this isn't so, especially with recent trends in music and possibly because of who the band's fanbase was at that time.

"I guess ... I question ... I wonder ... we live in a fast-food world," McDonough said.

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