Best Nu-Metal Bandsarmthehomeless06
The Top Ten
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 ...more
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Greatest band of this decade. Awesome. Chester's vocals and Mike's rap are out of this world.
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.
Soldier foreverV 276 Comments
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
Listen to anything from Korn to later stuff with them. Listen to songs with them like Twist (full version) to Spike In My Veins. Listen to the messages told in the songs mentioned as well as in Thoughtless and Daddy. They evolve slowly yet also well and steady and shows that no style is restricted fully in music.V 211 Comments
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!
This band should be the first nu metal ever not linkin parkV 235 Comments
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
bestV 98 Comments
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.
Deftones are probably the only nu-metal band that chose to evolve. They were Nu-Metal for a couple of albums but had such strong influences and a broad artistic vision they were able to provide something outside of a fad that lasted about as long as JNCO jeans and wallet chains were fashionable. I wore that but I'd never wear it today, just like I look back at bands like Limp Bizkit and Papa Roach and wonder to myself why did I and all my friends listen to that. Those bands didn't have the resonating power that the Deftones have had which is what makes them truly a great band.
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!
Nobody is better than the Deftones.V 53 Comments
Disturbed is the greatest band of all time. Draiman's voice with the heavy beats easily put them above amazing.
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...
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.
I don't understand how this band can be so high on this list. I understand that Linkin Park has this pop hits songs and teenagers can like them and push them higher on the lists. But Distrubed is so... its hard to say how they are, their albums, music is without any points on which You can say anything. Like they don't exist - dubbelvlaV 68 Comments
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.
THE BEAST!V 74 Comments
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.
Mudvayne should be in second and in first should be kornV 26 Comments
I love this band, they have so many different sounds, its something everyone can enjoy and listen to.
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
As much as I hate to admit it pod people from planet suck are definitely nu metal and are gonna have some payment on death to do because of how corny they are but I admit also that I don't hate all their music. Just a lot of it. Most if I'm being honest but that's my opinion. They just don't really do anything for me. They are just so on the nose with their sound and lyrics that it's corny to me. That doesn't mean to say they don't sound good and have talent. They belong on this list and even though I'm not really a fan I'd put them in the 20-25 area.
Love this band they are underrated.V 7 Comments
the best band ever. Jacob Shaddix has the greatest vocal nowadays. I think the band should play again in Brazil!
This is another example of text book nu metal. I admit, when they came out with their first album I bought it cause I liked it and I still like some of it to this day but then their second album came out and I couldn't believe the garbage I was hearing! Absolute trash. Horribly horrendous. Nothing like their first album. I understand bands trying new things but this didn't sound anything like the same band. It was a nightmare. They sold out so bad! They started banging it out to the cheap seats! Point made? Good. First album nu metal? Sure. Everything after? Not a snowflakes chance in Hell! Taking that into consideration I'd put them somewhere in the #55-60ish.
They were really a great nu metal band... Of course now they have changed their genre to rock... They were and they are awesome
Papa Roach on number 10? Seriously? It deserves to be among, at least, top 6.V 24 Comments
Not All Songs Are Great but Solitaire unraveling and XII Album Savior sorrow Are Killer... they are Better Instrumentally than Slipknot... though definitely less popular give them a try their sound will grow on you.
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.
I tried so hard to like these guys and I do on some levels but I just don't like the lead singer. Or better put, the way he sings. I like the music and when the other guy screams etc but the guy singing just ruins it for me. His singing style is just stupid to me. If he sang better I think they'd be up there with or at least near-ish slipknot. (I know, I know, mushroom head was around first. Wah, wah shut up about it.) It doesn't change the fact that slipknot is just all around better in every way. Anyway, these guys definitely have a place on this list. To me it's just farther down it.
I'm sorry to say this, but Mushroomhead is not a nu metal band. Mushroomhead has more characteristics of Industrial Metal than anything. The more you listen to them, the more mind-numbingly obvious it is. - ThatoneMetalheadV 16 Comments
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 definitely deserve to be here. They are really good. I can't say I like every song they've done but the majority is awesome. Honestly though I think there are a few other bands that deserve these top spots just a little more. I'd put these guys in the 15-20 space.
So underrated. But they have epic songs. Don't believe me, look up, This is War, Finger Painting with the Enemy, My Resurrection, Liar.
Ill Nino is such an underrated band! They should be in the top 10!V 5 Comments
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!
Very underrated band. Check out their first two albums for some of the best Nu Metal
They're talented sure. Nu metal? I wouldn't say that.
Should be much higherV 3 Comments
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
Korn definitely did not come up with nu metal. Nu metal was started by these guys, Coal Chamber. Look it up.
Dez Fafara's vocals have an aggressive sound, really dark and it has what makes it perfect for nu metal.
Coal Chamber was the first nu-metal band to add in influences taken from black metal, such as their vocals. This is most apparent in their "Dark Days" album (my personal favorite). However, while they do have a plethora of good songs: Rowboat, My Frustration, Fiend, Empty Jar, Big Truck, etc.
They also have a few bad ones: Alienate Me, everything from Chamber Music (except Shock the Monkey). - ThatoneMetalhead
I don't know how a band can sell out any worse than they did. Oh and they don't belong on this list at all. I love their first album. It is a masterpiece. Really, It is. Then album number two came and it was this radio friendly, wonderfully catchy album and I hated it. That's not to say that it's not good. It is. I admit that. Most of the stuff they've done has been great. But when you consider what kind of band they most likely would have been if not for them selling out and making radio songs instead of staying true to the music and making the music they wanted to make and not what all the douche bags who have taken over the rock stations and music television channels want to hear, it really makes you loose all respect for them and their music. Look I understand that you want to be successful in the music industry and make some money too but selling out is not the way. They still would've been big if they would have continued making the music the way they had been. It just woulda ...more
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.
Mike's chunky guitar riffs is like an orgasm to listen to. It's SO GOOD! (dunno if that made sense). But most notably what makes Staind so significant is Aaron's vocals and lyrics. He has such a cool voice which I don't know how to describe which suits the lyrics of the songs based on depression, isolation and many other feelings of his. Staind is definitely is one of my favourites with Korn and Limp Bizkit. The one word to describe them is UNDERRATED.
Son terrible wenosV 8 Comments
I like taproot. Good stuff. I guess you can just barley set them on the nu metal shelf. I picked up their first album back when it came out. From beginning to end it is really good. The albums afterwards are ok, though I find I don't like any of them near as much as the first. I'd put them into the #25-30.
Taproot is a great band, they should be at least in the top 10, if not the top 5. They have awesome tunes like Poem, Again & Again, I, Fractured etc. - UltimateHybridX
Taproot is like Korn or Slipknot. If you like those you'll like Taproot too. Great songs like Like Time and Poem can get you off your feet. Very good band
They are a lot better than people give them creditV 9 Comments
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
Amazing band for the first two albums then they went down hill :(
Drowning Pool literally drowned after the death of Dave Williams. R.I.P. - PhantasmV 5 Comments
In my opinion staticX should be like top 5! If they aren't nu metal then no one listed here is. RIP Wayne static. Let me say that that statement (about them being in the top 5) was in no way influenced by Wayne statics passing. They truly are the embodiment of nu metal! I've been listening to all types of metal/rock since I was 11 and I'm 33 as of 7/28/15. A lot of music has passed through these ears. The first beginnings of the nu metal genre was starting at the time I started taking a interest in music and after a few years as the genre became what is roughly today, static x is definitely the embodiment of that genre. It's just sad that today it's a dying, dwindling breed of music.
Static-X is tried and true. My favorite band out there. They give it all on every song.
I think of Static-X more like Ministry than associating them with Nu-Metal acts. They definitely have some elements of Nu-Metal but I don't know that I would lump them in with Nu-Metal.
Dale again yes it's so sad that wayine isint around eny more he was really cool he had good hair and a good voice and good music and I am very influents by his music RIP Wayine static and push it is my favorite work out track in the gym.V 9 Comments
Skrape was really good at what they did. I wish they were still around..V 1 Comment
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
They're lyrics are inspiring and have a true meaning alongside their rhythm and beat
Honestly this band should be higher up on the list. They have quite a bit of diversity in their music. From rap-rock to party bumping as well. Charlie does most of the party music while j3t does the inspirational or deep feeling parts. Granted they have change their style on their last album. They still have great music such as: we are,hear me now, undead, and a whole lot more. Swan songs it their best album to date in my opinion.
Best band after linkin parkV 32 Comments
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