'Feel life slipping away? Stand in the corner and scream with me," invites Mudvayne singer Chad Gray on the band's new single, "Scream With Me." That pretty much sums up the Midwest nu-metal outfit's approach and appeal on "Mudvayne" (Epic). Mudvayne is all about catharsis, with guitarist Greg Tribbett simply providing the churning riffs to get everyone worked up so that Gray can scream. The most effective song to explain all the angst, though, is the quietest one. "Dead Inside," with its acoustic guitar and minor-key harmonies, shows how solid hooks are what keep the band's fans happy, er, raging.
THE GRADE B-
BOTTOM LINE More hooks, hollerin' and hard rock