6 Nu-Metal Bands You Shouldn't Be Ashamed of Liking

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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. 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.

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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32 comments
flipty
flipty

I declare this article to be 14 karat internet gold.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

SoaD dude has to be one of the ugliest specimens of humanity ... he makes Gene Simmons look handsome.

ewest305
ewest305

in most cases, metalheads don't give a crap what other people think. I brag that I listen to both Fear Factory and Rob Base and even Tracy Chapman. I don't care! That's what metal is all about. 

Jennifer Duron
Jennifer Duron

Why would you be ashamed of liking System? That's pretty stupid.

Ry Gavin
Ry Gavin

Thanks for providing us with music critic comedy, intentional or not.

BrewtusBuckeye
BrewtusBuckeye

I am so happy that the deftones' reputation wasn't tainted by this God awful article. And Tool isn't a nu-metal band just because you bitched out at one of their concerts. You suck, dude.

Arturo Yescas
Arturo Yescas

WOW!! Tool?? That wasn't even funny as a joke, which is what I hope you were going for. Althoug it was most likely comment bait, which I am now choking on. hehe

Mike Destron
Mike Destron

Remember when you guys didn't just do shittier versions of Cracked.com lists?

Jimmy Cruze
Jimmy Cruze

Tool and Fear Factory existed long before Nu Metal was a thing and are Prog Metal and Industrial Metal respectively. Also, any list that is pro KoRn and Slipknot while anti Disturbed deserves little to no respect.

EazyIan
EazyIan

Um, Drew Ailes. Disturbed is a pretty awesome band, Korn's first album was their best album IMO. And I am a big fan of the rest of the bands on here with the exception of Static X. I am not a huge Type O Negative fan as I see you are but different strokes. You know what I'm saying? Seriously, writing about what you like is cool. Writing about Bands that you say suck or poke fun at isn't. Just my 2 cents.

Dustin Mitchell
Dustin Mitchell

The writer should be ashamed for putting this list together and making it public

Nico Moon
Nico Moon

I've come to appreciate them :)

Nico Moon
Nico Moon

No one should be ashamed of the music they like

Stevil Graham
Stevil Graham

Calling Fear Factory nu metal is like calling Dr Dre death metal.

Jack Lucas
Jack Lucas

Who cares what New Times thinks about music? You're not the Arbiters of Cool.

Charles Harrington
Charles Harrington

These bands have been around for over 10 plus years! Who wrote this article? Grandpa from the nursing home!

Stanford Max Leef
Stanford Max Leef

this is how the Phoenix New Crimes gets people to read their garbage: by writing an article full of garbage. #theygotmeagain.

Brian Embree
Brian Embree

If you wear skinny jeans....THEN you should be ashamed.

Keith Piske
Keith Piske

Lol. I'm calling shenanigans.... SOAD is an embarrassment to music,,,, kind of like nickleback. Be ashamed... be very ashamed.....

Josh Tracey
Josh Tracey

Why would ANYONE be ashamed of liking these bands? I would think only new wave hipsters would talk bad about any of these bands. And only because they're a dumbass

Timothy D Little
Timothy D Little

who the f*ck would have anything against some of the best music of the 2000's?

Michael Brownlee
Michael Brownlee

Tool and Fear Factory are NOT nu metal. Who writes this shit?

Sean Sederstrom
Sean Sederstrom

Never be ashamed for liking something. If you enjoy it, then enjoy it. Worrying about people judging you is just silly.

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