The ten shittiest nu metal bands

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Nu metal is the non-alcoholic beer of metal. Why waste your time? Altering, developing and tweaking metal is fine (see sludge or progressive metal), but nu metal strips away everything that is good about metal and somehow makes it sound tepid and miserable, with generic words describing the collective dejection. Here's the ten shittiest nu metal bands.

See also:
- The ten best faceless metal bands
- The ten most disappointing metal albums
- Fred Durst on joining Cash Money and being the same guy with the backwards red hat


10. Staind
Staind as in shit stained skid marks of Fat Bastard's underwear in the middle of summer. Not only are they musicians that don't know how to spell, they also don't know how to sing about anything else except bitching about their lives. Music geared towards teenagers sucks ball sacks to anyone who isn't a teenager. Frontman Aaron Lewis is one of the only nu metal musicians who actually knows how to sing, which makes him an idiot for wasting his voice on such a shitty band. He should have just stuck with doing acoustic shows.


9. Korn
With its first two and a half albums, Korn was experimenting with a new metal sound. Who knew it was going to turn into a soundtrack for kids whose parents grounded them for whatever heinous atrocities it is that suburban teens commit. This isn't the first music to be run into the ground for record labels to make money, but it was definitely the worst.


8. Limp Bizkit
Limp Bizkit honed their craft at generating generic lyrics, "Give me something to break. How 'bout your fucking face." Something? I hate things and stuff, I want to break some stuff. I hate stuff. I want to break things. Limp Bizkit broke into the mainstream with a cover of George Michael's "Faith," and eventually even their fans figured out that they suck and stuff.


7. Godsmack
If a metalhead asks you what kind of bands you like and you say Godsmack, expect them to pour a whole can of PBR on your head. Godsmack is one of the leaders of shit metal that gets overplayed on the radio. If God smacks anybody, it should be them.


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theSaint2788
theSaint2788

what the hell are you talking about!? Half these bands aren't even nu metal!! They're rock!! Linkin Park? Rock. Papa Roach? Rock. Staind? Rock. KoRn is the only nu metal band on this list, maybe Limp Bizkit, and KoRn is a really good band!!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Fred Durst has more balls IN HIS MOUTH, that's for sure.

Cody Truesdale
Cody Truesdale

Irrelevant. Shitting on nu-metal was soooooo last decade. Try listening to some of the djent/deathcore bands that are popular nowadays and you'll go running back for the Limp Bizkit CD you bought in 1999 before pretending to hate them became trendy.

Henry Kelsey
Henry Kelsey

WOW, I can't believe some of those bands are on that list, I guess there is no taste for talent in critics.

Keeks Crosbone
Keeks Crosbone

We say "cock rock" but I will be introducing "butt rock" to my friends very soon.

HP Stacks
HP Stacks

You want good music? Gza - liquid swords album.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

You still don't get it, do you? Popularity & sales simply means that one excels at MARKETING their product/act. It is NOT indicative whatsoever on the actual artistic QUALITY of said product/act. (It is often the case that a previously edgy, up-and-coming act tends to become formulaic once they establish wide mass popularity in the hopes of not alienating any particular demographic. In the end, nobody is satisfied as their new material ends up sounding like their old -- or worse -- and, thus, they become obsolete.) In simpler terms, popularity makes one a better businessperson, not a better artist. Either you are truly naive or are a possible industry shill. My bet is on the latter since it is obvious you are the least bit articulate in your posts.....DWEEB.

Marcus Jimenez
Marcus Jimenez

Those were even cosidered metal? Always thought they were hard rock. Bring me the horizon is the worst

HP Stacks
HP Stacks

True, but they still make money from popularity. If they were bad, then why would they have more than 5 likes. It makes no sense how there bad. If Justin Bieber was bad, then why does his songs go number one on the billboard charts? I dont know what your babbling about.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Laste time I checked, Justin Bieber's' FB page had nearly as many (worthless) "likes"/followers as all of the bands on the list combined (after accounting for overlap since a fan of one of the shitty bands tends to be a fan of multiple other shitty bands). Popularity is NOT a confirmation of talent....DWEEB

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

I doubt you even know what the fuck you're babbling about anymore, DWEEB.

HP Stacks
HP Stacks

Last time I checked. Each of the bands pages had way more fans/followers than the Westword page or local colorado metal band stillness before the storm.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

Every hater had all these albums back in the day. Don't pretend you didn't like limp bizkit

Jarrod J. Perrott
Jarrod J. Perrott

Couldn't agree more, Denver Westword. Thanks for posting this!

Nicki Knight
Nicki Knight

I loved most of the bands on the list. Still to this day will sign along when they come on the radio. They were written for teens dealing with teen problems. If that make them crappy so be it. It is funny to watch you guys spend time on something you hate. Stop hating start loveing! What bands do you like?

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Are you fucking retarded sterling Meeks? I don't think you know what the word "relevance" means.

Marc Khan
Marc Khan

"Nu metal"? My friends and I just call it "butt rock".

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

The entire basis of your article is flawed. It assumes there were/are good nu-metal bands.

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

korn, slipknot, limp bizkit, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin..just sayin'.

Holly Raichart
Holly Raichart

I happen to love most of these bands and have seen most of them live, and liked them just as much. While I respect everyone's opinion and can appreciate the fact that we all have different tastes in what constitutes good music, I must say that I am quite baffled as to why some of these bands are even on here. First off, there are far worse bands in my opinion who fit the "shittiest" top ten, and second, when the hell did Vanilla Ice even come close to fitting into the genre of ANY branch of metal??? Ummm... NO. Rock on Limp Bizkit! At 40 you guys still are awesome performers!

Kevon Lei
Kevon Lei

Hey Worstword, Dare I put my 2 cents in? This is yet another shitty article written by a 2 bit, hack reporter w/nothing relevant to write about. I bet all my morning doughnuts that this lameo has absolutely no good taste in real music. Who's your favorite band? Mackelmore & Ryan lewis or MGK perhaps? You're fired! I'm taking your job! Have your editor in chief contact me...

Seven Dclxvi Lights
Seven Dclxvi Lights

All bands that focus on profit and see music as business are the worst of all time.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

And yet, you feel the need to comment on such an "irrelevant" site. That certainly speaks volumes about your own "relevance," DWEEB.

Ryan Knaub
Ryan Knaub

further perpetuating the myth that metalheads are arrogant pricks, thanks.

Ryan Hart
Ryan Hart

@ Jose Ladis Sotelo - you HEAR enough, not here * *

Ben Mcgraw
Ben Mcgraw

What is this a 2001 Highschool newspaper? DAE hate when someone else likes something I don't ?

Ryk McDorman
Ryk McDorman

If you don't like these bands, I'd hate to see who you DO like!

Jose Ladis Sotelo
Jose Ladis Sotelo

You know who else is shitty the person who did this article! You would think he would make good points instead of talking crap.... I here enough complainers on FB already

Pheenix Wonder
Pheenix Wonder

One I saw play Thursday night...#thechurchnightclub

Jason Arb
Jason Arb

I don't want to be Snoopy! I want to be a pretty girl!!

Adam Aedro Drotar
Adam Aedro Drotar

Good lord. How about kicking a dead dog? This is like if ten years ago I mAde a list of the gayest new wave bands. It wouldn't have been relevant than and this list is far from relevant now.

Bianca Joy Hurtado
Bianca Joy Hurtado

First off vanilla ice IS NOT METAL! even if he tried lol him and limp bizkit could suck my ass. Paparoach and Korn should not be in this category. Plain and simple!!

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

not a nu-metal band dumb ass, they were around before you were born.

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