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

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There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country & Western and top 40 music, but 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: The Ten Most Metal Deaths of Metal Musicians

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 that Static X has the odds stacked against it 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 thirteen-year-old dreadlock monster walking through the jock hall that you once were.

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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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