Bands Considered Nu Metal That Really Aren't

The Top Ten

1 System Of A Down System Of A Down System of a Down formed in 1994 as an Armenian-American Nu Metal group from Glendale, California . The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. ...read more.

Despite what people say, the closest the band has ever come to Nu Metal was their Self Titled debut and even then they were closer to Faith No More than Korn.

2 Evanescence Evanescence Evanescence is an American rock band founded in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1995 by singer/pianist Amy Lee and guitarist Ben Moody.

Evanescence is more towards Alternative Rock/ Alternative Metal not Nu Metal.

3 Godsmack Godsmack Godsmack is an American rock band from Lawrence, Massachusetts, formed in 1995. The band is composed of founder, frontman and songwriter Sully Erna, guitarist Tony Rombola, bassist Robbie Merrill, and drummer Shannon Larkin.

Seems for the most part an Alternative Metal/ Hard Rock band heavily influenced by Alice In Chains, Metallica and Pantera. Their Self Titled debut had some Nu Metal influences and so did a bit of Awake but it didn't really outweigh the Alice In Chains influences.

4 Trapt Trapt Trapt is an American rock band that formed in Los Gatos, California in 1995, best known for their 2002 single "Headstrong".
5 Drowning Pool Drowning Pool Drowning Pool is an American Alternative Metal band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the film The Drowning Pool.
6 Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin Breaking Benjamin is a American post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in 1998. The bands members all changed in the time between 2010 to 2014, with the exception of Ben Burnley (Vocals). The Ex-Members included Chad Szeliga (Drums), Aaron Fink (Guitar) and Mark Klepaspi (Bass). ...read more.
7 Static-X Static-X Static-X formed in Los Angeles in 1994. The band had many lineup changes, but the main vocalist and guitarist throughout has been frontman Wayne Static. Other well-known members of Static-X include Tony Campos (bassist), Ken Jay (drummer), and Koichi Fukuda (guitarist). The final lineup of Static-X ...read more.

Most of the bands music is simply very catchy Industrial Metal, the most Nu Metal they have gotten was Shadow Zone, which had more Korn like riffs to it, but for the most part they have had their own sound.

8 Disturbed Disturbed Disturbed is an American nu metal/ alternative rock/ alternative metal band from Chicago, Illinois. The band comprises vocalist David Draiman, bassist John Moyer, guitarist Dan Donegan, and drummer Mike Wengren. They are known for songs like "Down With the Sickness" and "Stricken" .

Their first album The Sickness was definitely Nu Metal, even Believe had some Nu Metal influence in it, but ever since Ten Thousand Fists, they have been just regular Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Alternative Metal band.

9 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members currently include Mike Shinoda (vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture of Nu-metal ...read more.

Their first two albums could count as Nu Metal yes, but not any more. They seem more alternative/electronic rock now then they were before.

10 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine is a rock band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello and drummer Brad Wilk.

Nu metal and rap metal are two different things.

Well they are

The Contenders

11 Deftones Deftones Deftones are an American alternative metal band from Sacramento, California. The band, which was founded in 1988, consists of Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter, Frank Delgado, Abe Cunningham and Sergio Vega.

They used to be nu metal, but not anymore.

12 Slipknot Slipknot Slipknot is an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal during the late 1990s - 2000s and are distinguishable by the band's clothing choices, consisting of black/red jumpsuits and horror inspired masks. ...read more.
13 Tool Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative metal band, that was formed in 1990. ...read more.

Tool is an excellent band that is hard to categorize. They're definitely not Nu Metal. Progressive Metal, I doubt it. Shock Rock? I think its too heavy to be Rock, it's got to be Metal. I love Metal, but sometimes I think we hung up on metal genres. If you can't categorize it, then I would say its just metal!

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