Bands Considered Nu Metal That Really Aren't

The Top Ten

1 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.

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

3 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 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 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 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). more.
7 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 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 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 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 Alternative 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 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.

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The Contenders

11 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. more.

I'm so tired of this thing everyone classifies every
90's - 2000's band with nu metal no nu metal is
more funk / rap metal sure slipknot rapped on a few songs but I don't the ther'e nu

12 Tool Tool is an American progressive/alternative/post-metal band, that was formed in 1990. 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!

13 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.

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15 Three Days Grace Three Days Grace is a Canadian rock band formed in Norwood, Ontario in 1992 with a line-up consisting of guitarist and lead vocalist Adam Gontier, drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson, and bassist Brad Walst. Their original name was Groundswell until they changed it to their current name in 1997. more.

Yes, believe it or not, there are people that call them nu metal. - 3DG20

16 Pantera Pantera was an American Heavy Metal band formed in 1981 by guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul. The band started out as a Glam Metal act in the 1980s with little success. After discarding their original lead vocalist and enlisting Phil Anselmo, the band signed a major record deal with more.

Yes, they may have had an influence on the genre, but in no way are they associated with the nu metal movement musically.

17 Lil Peep

Although experimenting with the sound on his 2016 hit song ''eat'' lil peep is emo rap not nu metal.

18 Chevelle Chevelle is an American rock band that formed in 1995 in the Chicago suburb of Grayslake, Illinois. The band was originally composed of brothers: Pete Loeffler, Sam Loeffler and Joe Loeffler.
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