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

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2. Fear Factory

Look at that barcode next to that human spine, eh? Very "balding dude with nappy long hair standing around by the mall water-fountain" style of art, right? Anyway, Fear Factory began as a fairly accessible metal band that provided a gateway for young struggling metalheads to get into more aggressive forms of music. With origins firmly planted in industrial and death-metal music, the Los Angeles quartet made a name for itself through the punishing record Demanufacture, an album that could be credited for starting the whole "I'm gonna yell during the verses and sing through the choruses" thing that still remains a defining characteristic in bad radio metal today. Regardless, the album still crookedly props itself up a little higher than the rest in the realm of the despised nu-metal genre.

On a personal note, I have a friend who once got fired from his job at a pizza restaurant for making fun of Fear Factory when the members came in to eat. I also once texted the singer over and over again, insisting I was Wes Borland from Limp Bizkit.

1. Tool

Tool is a nu-metal band.

I saw Tool once, but I spent the entire show smoking some homemade hash which was scraped from a pan lined with the cancer-associated substance known as Teflon. I got sick and was the only person sitting down in the entire arena. It was the most nu-metal thing I have ever done, and it serves as proof that Tool is a nu-metal band.

Oh, you don't like that? Need more proof?

- Tool's singer is bald, and the band has toured with Rage Against the Machine.
- Tool's members collaborated on various songs by Isis, which is a band that people who used to listen to nu-metal go on to listen to later.
- Tool's singer also makes wine, which is a beverage that Marilyn Manson drinks. Marilyn Manson has toured with a lot of nu-metal bands.

Therefore, Tool is a nu-metal band. Cry about it on your way to your community-college sociology class as you comb your goatee.

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15 comments
gerardpancake
gerardpancake

I feel like this list was just to piss Tool fans off by saying they're nu metal (which they aren't, they're prog). Also, Fear Factory isn't nu metal, they're industrial. I agree, where's Deftones?

Nic Clark
Nic Clark

Horrible! Please go away, "nu-metal"

mstoner82
mstoner82

The "reasons why Tool is numetal" list made me laugh. 

Teflon is fucking TERRIBLE.

wildebeest
wildebeest

"Therefore, Tool is a nu-metal band. Cry about it on your way to your community-college sociology class as you comb your goatee."

Looks like there's gonna be a lot of patients in the BURN UNIT today!

Lance Lingle
Lance Lingle

Slipknot is one of the most intense shows I have ever seen.

Kate Tabers
Kate Tabers

Should have probably checked the list out first........love all the bands listed.......Tool is probably my least fav, but still good. System and Slipknot put on AMAZING shows live!!!

Drew Walker
Drew Walker

Why do they all still sound like its 2001?

seanvaeth
seanvaeth

@gerardpancake  For all commercial purposes, Tool is Nü metal. You want prog? Look at home much more aggressive bands like Dream Theatre or Opeth are or how much lighter Rush is.Tool doesn't fit either spectrum, and for the love of God, do not give me that recycled Fibonacci Sequence argument

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