Best Nu-Metal Bands

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The Top Ten

1
Linkin Park
Greatest band of this decade. Awesome. Chester's vocals and Mike's rap are out of this world.
Linkin Park defined the Nu Metal genre. You shouldn't argue about taste and that's why this list isn't really that important but what Linkin Park have achieved nationally and internationally with their style has contributed to the entire audiovisual history as a whole. All the bands in this list are amazing bands with amazing fans. But they just can't top the revolution that Linkin Park sparked and the one they still lead to this day.

When they released they're first music no one wanted to have anything to do with it because it was different and groundbreaking. Just like now, while albums like Hybrid Theory and Meteora are praised for their revolutionary sound. But guess what? Those albums are 10 years old, and only now, in a time of Disney crap and barbie doll teenage stars flying around our ears, we start to appreciate that wonderful noise. Right now it seems like if they are degrading they're own musical style but in reality they're re inventing music. Something they've always done and will continue doing to the very end.

It will probably take another 10 years for most of the simple minds to catch up with they're new style. By that time they will probably already have changed it to something we bitch for now.
Listen! These guys may have not created nu-metal but they sure took it to another level. Slipknot is good, no doubt about that, but compared to linkin park (chester and Mike ) they have to settle for the #2 spot.
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2Slipknot
Slipknot is the best band in this list. The band plays awesome music. Each and every member of the band is awesome. Korn are pioneers of nu-metal but slipknot carried to the some other level. Mudvayne and ill nino also carried to different level. LB and LP aren't nu-metal now. But they kicked asses when they were..
1. SlipKnoT 2. KoRn 3. MudVayne 4. Limp Bizkit/Linkin Park 5. Ill NiNo

Slipknot are the kings of Nu metal, they make best Nu metal songs that are melodic and catchy.
Shaped the genre single handed. Pinnacle of nu-metal artists. Linkin Park and the others are no longer metal. Slipknot all the way!
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3Korn
KoRn are the creators of nu metal. They have the most original and creative ideas and are able to express these with ease. Now that is what we call talent. If there was no KoRn then this nu metal list would have been empty.
So remember if there was no KoRN then there would not have been any nu metal band on earth!
Nu Metal wouldn't exist if it wasn't for KoRn. And none these bands would exist either.
Best band around none of the others in this list come close to the epicness that is KoRn
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4System of a Down
no dude no one sucks it's just that system of a down is the best! serj's vocals are far better than the others and their music is really expressing what the song should feel like
S. O. A. D. pissed off awesomes albums! I can say all songs are greats, or better, I can't hate any song! Songs like Cigaro, Radio/Video, Chop Suey, Vicinity of Obscenity, Chic 'n Stu, F*** The System made history of rock music!

I also love other nu metal groups, for example KoRn, P. O. D. and Limp Bizkit, but I still prefer S. O. A. D. , 'cuz they've got more experimantal lines, instruments and they always searched new sounds! In my opinion, S. o. A. D. 's the best group! And not only Toxicity and Steal This Album! are great works, everyone can easily love CDs like S. O. A. D. , Mesmerize, Hypnotize and unofficial works and B-Sides like Toxxic Traxx,... The #1 S. O. A. D. fan in Italy ;) m/
Band with its own characteristics, all personnel are very concerned about the world, from their maneuver that helps to Japan, Iraq, children with cancer and of course the Armenian genocide, etc
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5Disturbed
Disturbed is the greatest band of all time. Draiman's voice with the heavy beats easily put them above amazing.
Disturbed are the best band ever. There is not an album that I have been disapointed with. Slipknot are my 2nd favourite band.
Where is trivium in this list and As I Lay Dying they are really good bands, but Disturbed tops the chart.
1. DISTURBED-every song is great from them
2. BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE-your betrayal, tears don't fall, scream aim fire, waking the demon, hand of blood, the last fight, all these things I hate, fever, eye of the storm, heart burst into fire...
3. AVENGED SEVENFOLD-beast and the harolt, scream, bat country, nightmare, afterlife, almost easy, unholy confessions, welcome to the family...
4. SYSTEM OF A DOWN-chop suey, toxicity, sugar, byob, aerials, hypnotize, lonley day, pluck, atwa...
5. SLIPKNOT-wait and bleed, before I forget, psychosocial, eyeless, sulfur, left behind, the nameless, pulse of the maggots...
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6Limp Bizkit
Great band, very definition of Nu Metal, not the best but definitely deserves to be in the top 5 with Linkin Park, Slipknot, Deftones, and Korn
Limp Bizkit are genuine, other bands like linkin park just followed the trend at the time for with a clear commercial purpose..
Limp Bizkit should be number one. My Way, My Generation, Boiler,... just great.
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7Deftones
This list sucks! Deftones is the best Nu metal band. The started back in the 90s and still playing. They even go to central America a few times.
I agree the Deftones are the creators of this genre PERIOD! The melodic imagery the depict in their songs are absolutely unreal! The new album Koi No Yokan is amazing, but all their albums deserve a listen. I agree this list sucks! DEFTONES SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE not Linkin Park!
Deftones CREATED bands like Linkin Park, Evanescence, and Avenged Sevcnfold. This what the list should be: 5. ) Disturbed/Slipknot, 4. ) Korn 3. ) Rage Against the Machine 2. ) System of a Down 1. ) Deftones
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8Mudvayne
Every song is uniquely perfect. If you were to define Nu Metal, this would be it. Mudvayne has a good grasp on the concept of Nu Metal. Though they sometimes use riffs more than once, I can agree they are one of the best Nu Metal bands my ears have ever been graced to listen to.
MUDVAYNE IS AMAZING! Seriously if you haven't listened to them, you're missing out
mudvayne is the best band ever, they kick ass and every album they made is different to each other.
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9Rage Against the Machine
PRETTY SURE THAT RAGE IS THE BEST NU METAL BAND EVER! THEY WERE THERE IN THE START TO BUT BANDS SUCH AS Linkin Park OR HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD IN FRONT OF THEM IS A SMACK IN THE FACE OF NU METAL!
First off they were there from the start they have a more succesful than any other nü metal bands. Bottom line is after songs like take the powe back, sleep now in the fire, bulls on a parade and others they are just the best
This list is disgusting. Linkin Park isn't the top ten of any list there is except "Top ten most over-rated bands that actually suck. ' Rage Against The Machine's are as legendary as they are influential. They pretty much created the idea of rap in metal. Fan-girls everywhere.
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10Evanescence
Best band EVER. Its so good. Linkin Park and this band are #1. Amy Lee is the best chick in nu metal music. Every song is so original and deserves to be at least number 2 on this chart
Number one on this list for sure!
Limp Bizkit above Evanescence? Really?
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The Contenders

11Papa Roach
They should be in the top 5! Not 11! WTF? They belong with Korn, System of a Down, Slipknot, and LP at the top. LAST RESORT! Limp Bizkit can't compete with that. No more Wes Borland no more limp bizkit. Plain and simple
the best band ever. Jacob Shaddix has the greatest vocal nowadays. I think the band should play again in Brazil!
They were really a great nu metal band... Of course now they have changed their genre to rock... They were and they are awesome
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12Breaking Benjamin
Probably the best balance between power, lyrics and tone. Brings something out of our guts. No only one song, but all on all of their albums!
Breaking Benjamin is amazing and deserves a better spot than 16th. If you wanna hear some good songs by them listen to Diary of Jane, Breath, Give Me A Sign, I Will Not Bow... All of them. BB should be #1 because of their great tone and powerful lytics! Go BB!
BREAKINK BENJAMIN HAS AWESOME VOCALS AND AWESOME SONG WRITING... TEL ME WHY THEIR NOT ON TOP

13POD
Great band with an even better message, all of their albums are completely good albums, not ones that you just torrent for one song, also they haven't sold out like linkin park and korn, also they use a variety of sounds from rasta sounds to deep sounding guitar riffs, incredible band, chec em out, one of my favorites, and that saying something
I love this band, they have so many different sounds, its something everyone can enjoy and listen to.
The rap and singing of the same person... It never feels like it... When he raps it feels he is a pro only rapper... When he sings he feels just like a singer and when he screams he puts the level of chester in it 8)
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14Mushroomhead
Not All Songs Are Great but Solitaire unraveling and XII Album Savior sorrow Are Killer... they are Better Instrumentally than Slipknot... though def less popular give them a try their sound will grow on you.
Most original deep and dark band ever. They feel really special to me. First the music of course, The industrial rap and the guitars and keyboard are great, but they manage to take me away to the nightmares in my childhood. The illustrations in scary books about forests and witches come to life when I listen songs like Soitaire Unraveling and 43. Mushroomhead deserves to be in the top 10. They are to my opinion the only good Nu-metal band.
Mushroomhead is one of the most original and unique bands out their. The only reason I can think of not to give them a chance is because of peoples prejudice against Nu-Metal. But trust me even if you don't like them at first keep listening they'll grow on you.
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15Staind
How is Staind only 45th on this list? They are an amazing band, that made a great comeback to their older style with their newest album. Linkin park's music style is getting worse. Staind deserves to be in the top 10.
Staind have hit heavy and they have hit soft. They honestly don't sound like any other band. The combine the many elements of Nu Metal and mix it with Post-Grunge
Why is Staind #44? They definitely deserve the type five spot along with System of a Down, Linkin Park, and Slipknot!

16Drowning Pool
Honestly, Avenged Sevenfold is not nu metal. They are officially metalcore, heavy metal, and hard rock. Drowning Pool deserves to be at the TOP Tens. Try listening to Bodies and Sinner. They are great nu metal songs to listen.
Their career died with the amazing vocalist known as Dave Williams. Seriously their first album "sinner" was a killer album
Awesome songs like Tear Away, Killing Me etc. put them on the 6th place.
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17Children of Bodom
CoB is melodic death metal. What are they doing here? Also some of these bands are alternative metal

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18Five Finger Death Punch
Five Finger Death Punch to me has really catchy songs that I can keep on repeat. No album dissapoints. A few songs that are really good examples are Bad Company, Coming Down, Far From Home, Under and Over it and 100 ways to hate. FFDP is fo sho one of my top Nu Metal bands right up with Korn, Slipknot, P.O. D and Mushroomhead.
Great band I like their double bass and their brute vocals and they have very meaningful songs, one of the best bands of our time I really recommend to anyone who doesn't know them to check a song or two from them.
My all time favorite band, Love 100 ways to hate, and every song by them, I own every album, they should be top 5 at least, I mean really guys, this band is awesome.
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19Ill Nino
As far as nu-metal goes, nobody does it better than Ill Nino. No metal band fuses together radio friendly hooks, beautiful melodies, aggression, variety, and overall balance better than these guys. And their Latin influences only make them even more unique. Even if you aren't a fan of nu-metal, anyone who likes any kind of metal owes it to themselves to check out these guys.
These guys are so good. But it looks like no one knows them. That's a shame because they really make catchy, melodic and heavy songs.
1 Ill Niño
2 Slipknot
3 System of a Down
So underrated. But they have epic songs. Don't believe me, look up, This is War, Finger Painting with the Enemy, My Resurrection, Liar.
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20Taproot
To be honest, at least Taproot tries to stay with true heavy metal roots unlike Linkin Park and Slipknot
No one better that TAPROOT
Their lyric are true and metalic.
Their tune is fast and slow, melodic and espeicaly heavy

21Hollywood Undead
Really like this band's style. Not putting down other bands but this band's lyrics just speak to me on a personal level and I like that they have songs for all occasions
What a band danny has great vocals and charlie scene funny man j dog and johnny 3 tears are insabne rapers best rapcore band and 10th best nu metal band they are cool as.
They're lyrics are inspiring and have a true meaning alongside their rhythm and beat
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22Coal Chamber
They are creators of this true nu metal sound, which is based on really simple and raw riffs supported by very fast and powerful drums. They are also creators of that unique dark image and haircuts, which is copied by another million of nu metal bands. They have done a lot for nu metal music and they deserve better position in this list
Half of the bands on this list aren't even nu metal. What is that and why are people voti g for bamds not even in the genre?
Korn definitely did not come up with nu metal. Nu metal was started by these guys, Coal Chamber. Look it up.
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23Incubus
I like the song stellar ^^ Drive even it's more like pop than the others but It's Catchy and sounds cool
Mike Einzinger is holy! Last album sounds scary for the future of incubus :-)
Nowhere fast is one of my fave and redefine
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24Adema
One of the best bands ever formed sad lyrics moving guitars awesome bass and hard hitting DRUMMING
I honestly think they should be higher on the list. But they aren't as good as they used to be when they changed the singer.

25Godsmack
Awesome drums and really unique voice.
There is no way Godsmack should be 27. Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my Valentine are not nu metal. Godsmack deserves to be somewhere in the Top Tens. This was just an incorrect list. THis list sould look like this:
1. Slipknot
2. System of a Down
3. KoRn
4. Limp Bizkit
5. Disturbed
6. Linkin Park
7. Mudvayne
8. Godsmack
9. Drowning Pool
10. Papa Roach
This should go way up.. Vote guys!
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26Maximum the Hormone
Unbelievably creative band, Daisuke(SInger)can scream and rap, Ryo(Guitarist)can rap and sing in a melodic voice, Nawo(Drummer)she can play drums really fast and also sing, Uehara(Bassist)HE IS AMAZING, one of the best bassists of all time, and also does backing vocals, shouts.
There better than slipknot and slipknot are my favourite band for 5 years now. The songs are brillent with the pop chorus's and heavy verse's, all of their songs are different but sound like them haveing 3/4 different vocals in one song takes ball but these guys do it and sound great.
Awesome one it should number 1 because no one do screaming with rapping
it blows my mind when I hear it please just try it one
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27Three Days Grace
3DsGrace is as beasty as you get! Maybe more alternative metal than nu metal, but definitely still deserving a higher spot on the list than Mushroomhead, SOiL and Children of Bodom. Btw Bodom is Melodic Death Metal. Get your subgenres right...
Best music and lyrics out there I love every song and every album. They've been around for a hell of a long time
I have every cd from therm and they don't have even 1 nu metal song.
They are HARD ROCK. They are awesome.
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28Soulfly
Prophecy is the Best album, it is much better than Slipknot, Linkin Park & Korn combined...
Primitive a great Album...
How can it be that Soulfly is only in 30th place? Their style is unique, their music is great! This list sucks.

29Stone Sour
slipknot's vocalist corey taylor's side-project and this band is FREAKING AWESOME! In my opinion, people say linkin park is the best, but I would think that if people had listened to stone sour, they would like it better than linkin park :P

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For all the slipknot haters here's the band that will surprise you, Corey Taylor shows his incredible range as a singer, It's a slipknot-Staind mix.

30Skrape

31Static X
Static-X is tried and true. My favorite band out there. They give it all on every song.
How is it down here..

32Trivium

33Sevendust
They have lost a step in the past few years, but the 6 previous amazing studio albums more than make up for it. No other band has even 4 albums that good, collectively. 7D rocked from '97 to '06... Longer than anyone did, at that level. 37'th is a disgrace. Some of the other bands higher plain suck!
The best live performing band!
Playing from 90's and it's alt metal, but 7Dust is awesome.

34Trapt

35Shinedown
Although there are some better bands shinedown is REALLY good and doesn't deserve to be down here at 33, maybe not in top 10 but not anywhere beyond 15. I would say their best album is sound of madness ( my own opinion ) and the amaryllis at second ( own opinion again ) if you haven't you should listen to their work really good and you wouldn't be wasting your time because you can't go wrong with any of their work
This band I believe is the best band of the last decade and today. Brent Smith's powerful, wide-range vocals are absolutely amazing. No to mention lyrically they hit on everything. There live shows are also a must see. Shinedown should easily be in the top 5.
They're great and deserve much more
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36SOiL

37Parkway Drive
Parkway Drive The Best. But it's Progressive Metalcore

38A Day to Remember
This band isn't even Nu metal. Half of these bands on the list aren't even nu metal.

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I'm IN LOVE with ADTR! they deserve top 10 at LEAST along with Avenged sevenfold! Both bands are so brilliant, its mind blowing!
Favorite all time band. They do a bit of everything.
Want a hard song? - 2nd Sucks.
Want a soft song? - It's complicated/If it means a lot to you

Better said: A Day To Remember > everything else.

39Saliva

40Alien Ant Farm

The smooth criminals


41Crazy Town

42Atreyu
Atreyu is one of the founders of the metalcore. Though they never got as big as Avenged Sevenfold they are just as good if not better. Top 10 for their contribution to the metal world I think is deserved
Atreyu is still my favorite band!

Look how pretty she is
When she falls down
But there's no beauty in
Bleeding Mascara
ATREYU DESERVES TO BE IN THE TOP TEN LIST! All of their songs are amazing and they're amazing when they play live!
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4340 Below Summer
Can't believe now one knows! Easily Numero uno...! Follow Max Illidge's Tracks to a band called Black Market Hero and Now With daggers Drawn... Long story look it up!
Awesome band, so underrated.
Follow the sun!
That band have to be in top 15, just listen to their last album Fire at Zero Gravity!
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44Machine Head
Amazing music, lyrics and live performances. This is THE band for me, been with them since 97'-98', and they keep producing highquality albums. Every time I think they can not possibly top themselves, they.. Just do exactly that. With albums like Burn my Eyes, Through the Ashes of Empires, The Blackening and Unto the Locust, Machine Head have truly left behind a legacy they can be proud of. I hope Machine Head will be to my kid, as Iron Maiden and Metallica was to me when I was 12-13.
Originally a Post-Thrash(or "Groove" Metal)band after Nu-Metal hit it big they kind of crossed over and created some decent Nu-Metal albums.
Great live shows, music has grown and improved over the years

45Stereomud

46Level
Best unknown band ever a must must listen to

47Sepultura
Sepultura are way better than black veil brides
Sepultura are classic thrash metal not nu-metal. Roots Bloody Roots is their only nu-metal album!

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48Spiritfall

49Kittie

50As I Lay Dying

Not Nu Metal like most of the bands on this list but oh well still good band. 1. Slipknot 2. Korn. 3. Ill Nino 4. System of a Down 5. Linkin Park

They are brilliant! listen to confined.. you'll know what I'm talking about


51Powerman 5000

52Puddle of Mudd
What is this doing down here? This band has produced some of the best songs of nu metal!

53Lostprophets
How are they so low with songs such as 4am forever, last train home, a town called hypocrisy, rooftops and basicly all of liberation transmission

54Nonpoint
I see most people voting here do not understand what genre music acts fall under, and worse many people are just a bunch of posers voting for bands like Linkin Park. Nonpoint, though not a pioneer has consistently put out the best music for the longest time.
Korn hasn't put out a good song in a decade.
Deftones have jumped back and forth from making great music to making mediocre and back again.
Coal Chamber and Static x the best nu metal had to offer for the intense moshing sound.
Then there are many bands that came and went such as Darwins Waiting Room and Downthesun.
Nonpoint may not be the best but they are on the that list frontlines is an epic song!

55Thousand Foot Krutch
Love this band; got me into this kind of music!
83 WHYY?!?! COME ONE GUYS! THIS BAND IS AMAZING
I can't believe tfk is place 78! Are you guys kidding?

56Nothingface
One of the best bands that never got any credit. Max Holt is an amazing vocalist on par with Phil of All that Remains. The depth of his range is unmatched. His rage is a drug that comes through the speakers and leaves you wanting more and more.
Amazing band all there albums were very good matt's voice is amazing I can't put it in words that are in my head!
I have 3 of their 4 cd's. I love this band. I wish they would have made more. I never seem to get tired of them.

57Anew Revolution

58Black Veil Brides
At least top 25!

59Dir En Grey

Really similar to Korn in some songs so thats why I like them Kyo is a really good singer but I find Daisukes vocals to be more brutal and heavier...


60Trust Company

61Slapshock

62Dope

63Snot

SNOT RULES SHOULD BE IN TOP 20 AT LEAST!
R.I.P LYNN STRAIT AND DOOBS


64Nu-Matix
NEW german band just formed and is one the most best acts hope they get signed NU METAL

65All That Remains
OH MY GOD! ALL THAT REMAINS LYING HERE?! This is not upsetting, it is disturbing to see a divine band of such godly caliber languishing down here at 77! ONce you listen to some of their insane songs with their insane riffs, drumming and choruses, you'll realize the epicness of metal that your eyes were oblivious to. Bring them to at least top 20 or else the Metal Gods will not be pleased.

66Switched

67Fear Factory

68Celldweller
The best compare of awesome voice, beutiful music and deep lyrics

69Dry Cell
Check their album Disconnected, expecially the songs Brave, Body Crumbles and Sorry. They are such an amaizing band, it's such a shame they're so underrated.
Dry Cell Slip Away in Freekstyle ps2 game was so amazing!

70Core 10
Working towards being as original as possible!

71Blindside

72Hinder

73Dead Guy'z Rock

74Linea 77

75Lacuna Coil

76Sidilarsen

77Love and Death
Brain welch is to me one of the best stage performers I have ever seen

78Karnivool

79Faith No More
How is this band not in this list?! They started Nu-Metal! Without them, Nu-Metal wouldn't be here.

80Hed PE
Really good mix of sounds like so many other unknown bands like snot, motograter, 36 crazyfists, cold, no-one and dry cell

81Dead by Sunrise

82Rage Hybrid

83The Union Underground

84Blue Stahli

85Evans Blue
I just love this band to death, they should be so much more popular than they are. Evans Blue are in a league of their own.
Very good band. Not a lot of people know them but trust me very good band.

86Emil Bulls

87Pathfinder

88Orgy
Amazing vocals, catchy hooks, and awesome use of syth and metal guitar. Stitches, Blue Monday, Fiction (dreams in digital) all amazing songs

89Red 13
"They r new but absolutely Awesome band & perfect nu-metal band... I love there song is 'failure'... Mohaiminul Kabir AMIO from Bangladesh, Dhaka...

90From Zero
What an underrated band such great songs like check ya, jeer, sorry, myself

91Passenger

92Crossbreed

93Motograter

94Red

95Entity Paradigm
A Pakistani nu- metal band

96Mr. Bungle

97Burn Season

98Ra

99Media Lab

100Seether

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