Six nu-metal bands you shouldn't be ashamed to like

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It's okay to admit that you like System of a Down. Just admit it.
There's a lot of bad music out there. There are always people debating genres like contemporary country and 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 with that notion, we've produced a modest-sized list to encourage people to get down with the sickness*.

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

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 track suits 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 album, like 1999's Issues and 2002's 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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sonicbluezx3
sonicbluezx3

I don't get why people hate on nu-metal so much. It's still way better than any of the poppy crap on the radio these days.... and it's especially better than the hipster crap that keeps coming out. Just because it doesn't have solos and doesn't always constantly have screaming doesn't make it suck.... 


Fear Factory is definitely not nu-metal..... they are industrial metal. Big difference. Also, Disturbed is more hard rock nowadays. Get a grip.

Theo Sangster
Theo Sangster

Thats one of my favorite groups of all time Maissaa! What u know about that? Lol

Brian Caldwell
Brian Caldwell

How about not being ashamed of ANYTHING that you like... don't let anyone tell you what is/isn't cool. Like whatever you wanna like... and if people think you're lame, then fuck em.

Gabriel Velez
Gabriel Velez

Tool is not Nu Metal. Whoever wrote this is a fucking idiot. I feel like the writer was trying to piss of people. I expect nothing less from a bad newspaper.

Chelsea Johnson
Chelsea Johnson

It's a good thing I have this music snob article to tell me what I should and should not be ashamed to listen to.

Dom Panic
Dom Panic

Be ashamed if you don't like system of a down

Brian S Young
Brian S Young

System sucks ass! You people at westword have no clue what the fuck you are talking about 80% of the time do you?

Sean Pazier
Sean Pazier

Yu can tell nu metal from metal because nu metal sucks.

Jame Koopman
Jame Koopman

I would have been happy to have recorded the album "The Sickness." It was only certified 4x platinum. I could retire with such a recording.

Thomas Martinez
Thomas Martinez

What the Fuck are you talking about disturbed is the shit

Reece Bennett
Reece Bennett

On second thought...maybe you should. I've never thought of Tool as nu-metal, but if so they're the only good one on the list.

Tai Kahn
Tai Kahn

SOAD rules, the rest of your list is piss poor and TOOL is NOT fucking nu-metal. Pretty sweet journalistic endeavor we have here. /Sarcasm.

Felicia McBain
Felicia McBain

I have a feeling this is a trick article to expose all of the people who listen to shitty music...

Brandon Gonzalez
Brandon Gonzalez

Haha, this is pretty funny. You know what I love about going to hard rock/nu metal/metal shows? There isn't a shred of PRETENTIOUS ass hats complaining about the sound or how there isn't enough hops in the beer. Go think about that while trying to fit in your Febreezed sister's jeans while riding your fixed gear to the next Arcade Fire show.

Alexandra Ankele
Alexandra Ankele

I like all these bands BUT system of a down - just could never get into them....

Matthew Nelson
Matthew Nelson

thanks for giving me permission to like what i like

Chloé Michelle
Chloé Michelle

Like seriously. These metal articles suck and whoever writes them, doesn't know shit. I'd do it for free, with actual need/want to know info.

Chloé Michelle
Chloé Michelle

These bands shouldn't be on here. Nothing about them is "nu" genre. You guys need a new metal writer.

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

So many posers in one place lololololol......

kurohoshid
kurohoshid

please, do yourself a favor…


kill yourself

Ileana Gallegos
Ileana Gallegos

System of a Down will always be one of my fav bands!

Mike Skeel
Mike Skeel

Brendan Flynn...your lack of taste in music is astounding

Mike Skeel
Mike Skeel

uhmm...neither tool, nor fear factory is nu metal...what idiot wrote this article? and fyi, if you listen to korn, slipknot or static x, you should be ashamed

Trevor Sholders
Trevor Sholders

Tool and Korn in the same genre? That really is not appropriate nor acceptable. A journalistic travesty.

שרי אורדאז
שרי אורדאז

Didn't even know that was a thing. Always loved SOAD and still do, never hid it from anyone... just like I can honestly say that I USED to like the Backstreet Boys back in the day. Then I grew up. Yeah, I said that.

Philip Grove
Philip Grove

First concert I ever went to, at the Ogden, still one of the greatest shows I have ever been to

David Montalvo
David Montalvo

Oh... and TOOL is not "Nu Metal". TOOL is either Progressive Rock/Metal. Adam Jones would be very disappointed.

David Montalvo
David Montalvo

TOOL is my all time favorite band. Nothing really comes close. SOAD is another great band though. Grew up listening to those guys.

Nicholas C. Naranjo
Nicholas C. Naranjo

Yeah why would anyone be ashamed of listening to SOAD? You guys are on crack I swear FUCK OUTTA HERE!

James Bullard
James Bullard

Tool is still my favorite band, and when i say favorite, i mean i can listen to every album straight through without wanting to skip anything. korn was only good on their first and second album. static x was a 1 hit wonder. SOAD is and always will be great. Slipknot is amazing. how can you even put Fear Factory on this list? they aren't even nu metal...

Brendan Flynn
Brendan Flynn

Static X was more industrial metal if anything

sonicbluezx3
sonicbluezx3

Pretty much sums it up. Hipsters are so annoying.

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