Nu-Metal is a genre of music generally filled with bands that tune their guitars ridiculously low and slam out power chords while their vocalist screams and yells about pent-up anger. It's easy to see why nu-metal is as hated as it is. However, there's a band that doesn't follow the pattern so many others have. And that band is Mudvayne.
Don't get me wrong, though. Chad Gray can
yell and scream about anger (Dig, Cradle), but he also can write much more varied than the typical Nu-Metal vocalist. L.D. 50 contains songs about drug addiction (Internal Primates Forever), death as an escape from suffering (Death Blooms), and life from the point of view of a psychopath (Nothing to Gein). These may not be the deepest lyrics, but compared to a good bit of nu-metal, it is. Gray also has a unique delivery. He uses clean vocals and a growl-like scream, both of which are rather distinctive. Gray also will overlap multiple vocal tracks in certain spots, giving the listener the sensation of schizophrenia.
Ryan Martinie employs many bass techniques into his playing, such as slapping and harmonics. The song “Severed” has one of his best basslines, featuring a semi-popping sound.
In conclusion, Mudvayne’s L.D. 50 is a truly original album, something rarely said when discussing nu-metal.