Six Nu-Metal Bands You Shouldn't Be Ashamed to Like

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It is OK to admit that you like System of a Down. Just admit it.
There's a lot of bad music out there, and at the end of the day, the most reviled and defenseless genre of all is nu-metal. Too whiny to be intimidating and too dumb to be complimented on its wimpiness, nu-metal is generally not much more than a relic of the '90s and early '00s that we're all still trying to forget. It's hard to get people to take you seriously when they find out that you genuinely enjoy the stylings of greaseballs with seven-string guitars. Believe it or not, though, some of these oft-maligned acts actually have some talent, and are worthy of a little appreciation. In keeping, we've produced a modest-size list to encourage people to get down with the sickness*.

*Note: Disturbed is not a nu-metal band you should ever admit to enjoying.

See also: Morrissey on His Hatred of "Cell Phone Nation," His Skin of "Perished Rubber," and Why He Loves System of a Down


6. Static X
The singer looks like the Slim Jim mascot. The band was indirectly formed by the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan. Its former guitarist was jailed for kidnapping and sexual assault. You could say Static X have the odds stacked against them as a band. So why does it make this list? Because of 1999's Wisconsin Death Trip--an album that tapped into the huge nu-metal groove while still remaining tight and catchy. The result is a musical force akin to slamming a 24-pack of Mountain Dew and then abruptly having a seizure. On weed.


5. KoRn
While it's hard to say how the flimsy garment worked with their chain-wallet sporting fan-base, the members of KoRn should be honored for their great societal advances in the art of wearing tracksuits outside of New Jersey. Led by Jonathan Davis (the only man still sporting eyebrow piercings in 2013), this crew of Californians stomped through the CD players of every single self-pitying seventh- and eighth-grader across America with 1994's self-titled record. It sucked. However, KoRn eventually dropped some of the contrived cheesiness and embraced a more melodic approach on some of its mid-era albums like 1999's Issues and its 2002 record, Untouchables. You'll still get made fun of for listening to angst-anthem songs like "Falling Away from Me," "Here to Stay" and "Thoughtless," but be bold and fearless like the 13-year-old dreadlock monster walking through the jock hall you once were.


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17 comments
samanthajustus
samanthajustus

I am a Korn Fan and I do think they are NuMetal, But Fear Factory is not, A friend turned me onto them years ago and I fell in love with them. But my favorite band is KORN.

tooooothick
tooooothick

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jclaussftw
jclaussftw

What a hack piece. First off, Fear Factory is not remotely a nu-metal band; they are industrial-tinged groove metal. They made a nu-metal album in 2001, yes, but around that same time, so did Soilwork (Figure Number Five), In Flames (Reroute to Remain), Machine Head (The Burning Red, Supercharger), Judas Priest (Demolition), Slayer (Diabolicus in Musica), and God-knows how many others.


Second, the list omits the nu-metal bands that don't actually suck. Where are Nothingface, American Head Charge, Soulfly, Disturbed, Unjust(ly forgotten), and Vacant Stare. The latter reminds me that the UK produced a number of obscure but decent nu-metal.


I didn't mention Mushroomhead because I think they're solidly within alt-metal, not nu, despite the Slipknot-like masks.

NationalTVonFire
NationalTVonFire

Deftones has always been a pretty respectable nu-metal(ish) band.


As for the list:

6 - Never heard of. (And based on the fact that they're nu-metal, I'm not gonna check them out.)

5 - More of a guilty pleasure in small doses thing. Great riffs, stupid songs.

4 - More the opposite. SOAD is not a band i'm ashamed of liking.

It's a band i'm sad i can't enjoy anymore, because I've grown up to a point where all of their (politically charged) lyrics seem simplistic and immature, even though the music is still great.

3 - Same as with Korn. I don't get why "real" metalheads don't enjoy this band, since they basically play metal riffs and solos and metalheads don't generally care about lyrics or songwriting.

2 - More of an industrial band, right? I don't see how Slayer mixed with Skinny Puppy makes nu-metal. All the songs I've heard by them are also very traditional metal themed, no angst filled whining.

1 - Actually more nu-metal(ish) than Fear Factory, because of their angst filled lyrics. But seriously, nu-metal or prog-metal, why shouldn't people be apologetic for liking this band? Because they play odd time signatures? I'm not saying I hate Tool, I like their musical build ups, but I can't take any of their songs seriously. Lyrically that is.

Nope
Nope

Linkin Park...that is all

MetalVic
MetalVic

I was going to criticize aspects of this list then realized it should never have been created in the first place.

mrmartye
mrmartye

I don't think that Tool or Fear Factory qualify as "Nu Metal."

The Deftones certainly do, though, and should definitely be on this list.

Korn....never did it for me.

navypablo
navypablo

Save for tool (and I am no tool fan), I can honestly say that I hate every band on this list right down to my marrow. 

nobodyspacial
nobodyspacial

This is quite shittily written. Please, don't give yourself the right or the voice to speak about music ever again. Good day. 

hownice
hownice

This is laughable. No one gives a rat's ass about Static-X, who were terrible. While not my fave band in the world, Korn is THE quintessential nu-metal band, and should have been #1. System is awesome, and should be 2. Slipknot could arguably be #2 also. Fear Factory, nu-metal? Get the FUCK outta here! Awesome band, but not a trace of nu-metal to be found. Tool, nu-metal?! Ridiculous.

JoeD
JoeD

No, jerk-off, Tool is not a "nu-metal" band and pre-date the genre by a good 8 years. You're a typical hipster douche who really wanted to write for Pitchfork but wound up at the Voice while it circles the drain. 

Haha! LOSER!

anonymous
anonymous

Anything released after 1985 is nu-metal to me, so...

johnorfizz
johnorfizz

Tool, really?  no, they have more in common with King Crimson, post-punk and other parts of Prog Rock to be considered nu-metal.  i can agree with the other bands on this list but in no way is Tool a nu-metal band.  this could have been 5 bands.  you could have used Godsmack instead but it's too late now.

Michael Hellmann
Michael Hellmann

This list is so terrible and is clearly written by someone who doesn't know much about Metal

jclaussftw
jclaussftw

@NationalTVonFire Fear Factory made a nu-metal album in 2001. It wasn't horrible but it was still nu-metal. There was a rap metal song featuring B-Real of Cypress Hill that could have appeared on the Judgement Night soundtrack in 1993.


As for Static-X, I don't think they're really nu-metal per se. Their first two albums were mildly nu-tinged speed industrial metal. Simplistic but kind of fun. Good for driving.

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