Best Nu-Metal Bands

The Top Ten
1 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 Rock, Hip Hop and Techno. Some of their influences include Nine Inch Nails, Deftones, The Roots and Aphex Twin. more.

Linkin Park provided enhanced nu metal bringing in more sounds (not the most default guitar tones, but the molten and a little downright music patterns) but I could dismiss those facts and disguise them in their deep music and compositions that set a high response among the listeners. They don't highly depend on guitar solos but other guitar riffs that brad delson has been giving us owing to the type of music they make. And I must say every music they have made has blend in well with the rock genre no matter if there is no real rock. Also they have given us variety exploring their music to another sound that also could appeal to the minds of the listeners. Their new album is not metal but alternative rock but again they could live up to their clout. Linkin Park are away from the other bands and are very fun to listen to. Folks should definitely listen to them.

Linkin Park isn't nu-metal. They sound like a mix of rap, rock and electronic in my opinion. I really think it's silly people call Linkin Park nu-metal. In fact, I think the whole label of nu-metal is silly. The sound of the bands under the label of "nu-metal" varies too much. Linkin Park, like I said before, sounds like a mix of rap, rock and electronic. Korn sounds like a funky hard rock band or something similar, and Deftones sounds like alternative metal or arguably experimental rock. Really the nu-metal label is pointless because the bands sound too different. Also, Slipknot shouldn't be in this list, they are terrible.

Linkin Park not only didn't capture fame, but they capture peoples attention and praise because there music is very modernised and sounded brand new. Although there first two albums were nearly 20 years ago which is weird to think to think about, Linkin Park made people compromised their sound and music three genres which is very rare to do, any they made people who like other genres like the one that Linkin Park were apart of which was Nu Metal. With Chester's immortal screaming and his vocals and also Mike's rapping and background vocals, everything just seemed to fall into place for them and that is why they are the best Nu Metal band ever and the best band in the past 20 years. RIP Chester Bennington

Seriously? SERIOUSLY?! You all picked them for number one?! Their first album was good, sure. Their second album was ok. Every thing else they've done barely deserves to be called rock music much less nu metal! Honestly I don't understand how people can even respect them anymore. I think they seriously sold out for the more trendy fans. The music they've been making is so tame and fake! Yet here they sit at number one on this list. I think it tells me all I need to know about this generation of rock music fans and why the music along with the bands and stations that play them have all gone

2 Korn Korn is an American nu-metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band's current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Brian "Head" Welch, and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, with the addition of Ray Luzier, who replaced the band's original member, David Silveria in 2007. Korn was originally formed by three of the members of the band L.A.P.D. more.

Huh how Linkin Park can be first? But for me korn isn't Nu Metal, it's neo metal (and NO they aren't the same).
I just wanted to say that Korn's music is way better and more powerful that what Linkin Park did in their two firsts albums (after it's not Nu Metal anymore). I'm not telling that Linkin Park is bad (I love them) but they are just not at the same level as Korn.
Also Korn created and popularized this underrated musical genre, who is without any doubt one of the most influent styles in Metal.
Finally Korn is better (in my opinion) because they have influenced generations of bands, and still do today. Linkin Park don't have this feeling that Korn have. The Korn's music is so powerful, so clear, that you can undertand it even if you don't understand the lyrics.
Korn remains unique, even in the Nu Metal genre, and that's why they're the best.

Very rarely can anyone beat the originators and founders of a new genre/sub genre.

Everything Korn has done has been profoundly unique and different sounding to anything that came before or after each album release.

Criminally underrated for their longevity and creativity. Even during the bleak years without Head and David.

They still innovated and created new sounds that mostly stand up listening to even today.

This band I have a very personal attachment to. Like many fans the lyrical content and heavy musicianship are very relatable to a lot of 90s and 2000s teens.

These guys ARE better than Linkin Park. Without a shadow of a doubt! Long Live Korn!

Their first two albums were groundbreaking for hardrock/heavy metal in general. I think it wasn't till their third album that I would call them nu metal. I like korn (for the most part) except for most of the untouchables album (Jon D actually says he doesn't like that album himself in an interview) but I really miss their old style. I've basically split them into two separate bands in my mind: the first two albums and then everything else they've done. I like both but really would like to see Jon D go back to his dark as Hell roots for an entire album. They deserve the top 5.

How. I repeat HOW. Are Linkin Park Number 1. Korn invented NU Metal (according to music "professionals") but Korn are not the cliche nu metal sound. Korn pioneered the sound and hit fame before Linkin Park were even a thing. Not only are Korn the inventors but they are have much more quality and talent than LP.
But that being said. What I know Nu Metal to be are bands like Limp Bizkit, Saliva, Papa Roach and Drowning Pool. Korn are more Hard Rock/Alternative Metal.
Plus. 20+ year career with consistently high record sales and debut chart entries. Linkin Park may have started in the Nu Metal genre but are now the polar opposite.
Korn have stayed true.

3 Slipknot Slipknot is an American metal band formed in Des Moines, Iowa in 1996. The band is best known as one of the pioneers of the New Wave of American Alternative 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.

When it comes down to it, Slipknot does not consider themselves nu metal. But, they very much are. Slipknot is, in my opinion and many others', the best nu metal band to grace music. They have the perfect combination of talent and originality to influence any other metal band who wants a huge fan base. If you listen to their early music: Iowa, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. , Self-titled (Slipknot), then you will understand what I mean when I say nobody really touched where they were; even today nobody has. All I can say is listen to everything by them and everybody else on this chart as I have, then tell me they don't deserve the top. In my opinion, System of A Down is more Metal than they are Nu Metal. Same goes for Slipknot. But... When it comes down to it, Slipknot had the biggest influence on Nu Metal. Thank you. R.I. P Paul Gray.

My username is one of their songs, I think you know how I feel about them. I mean honestly Linkin Park can't even compare to the raw power that these guys create together. Slipknot and Iowa established their rip-your-face-off-with this song attitude and then Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses established their more melodic side. All Hope Is Gone and.5 the Gray Chapter were worthy additions to their discography as well, if not as good as the first 3 albums. Anyone who says Korn or Linkin Park can compare to Slipknot is clearly lying. I mean, just go to one of their concerts if that is what it's going to take, because they are about the best concerts you can go to (really they're awesome). Bump Slipknot up to number one please. They are the best.

What made Slipknot stand out from most Nu Metal artists is that they take more influence from Extreme Metal sub-genres (Namely Thrash and Death), which made the band stand out more and develop its own identity and fame, which heavily worked in its favor (Most Nu Metal bands were more influenced by 90s Grunge acts).

And while Slipknot were primarily Nu Metal from their self-title debut to "Iowa", they took a more Traditional Heavy Metal/softer route with "The Subliminal Verses" and went straight Heavy Metal with "All Hope is Gone".

While aggressive, Slipknot has a few songs that are stylistically Alternative Rock (Namely "Snuff" and "Vermillion Pt. 2") as well, thus their musical direction is quite varied.

Personally, only the first two albums are primarily Nu Metal. While Nu Metal elements can be found in later works except "All Hope is Gone", Slipknot it for the most part, a Heavy Metal band with influences from Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Thrash Metal and Death ...more

Linkin park sucks like hell. Slipknot is #1 and always will be. Duality, Sic, Wait and Bleed, Before I Forget, Psyhcosocial, Snuff, Eyeless, Vermilion pt. 1 & 2, Dead Memories, those are just a few but, Linkin Park is not metal anymore, nu-METAL not nu-ALTERNATIVE. Only stupid people would vote for Linkin Park. Slipknot has arguably the greatest metal singer alive, THE greatest metal drummer alive, some amazing guitarists, a dj that is still metal, percussionists who are beast, and an amazing bassist. It doesn't get better than slipknot.

4 System of a Down System of a Down, formed in 1994, is an Armenian-American alternative metal group from Glendale, California. The band name is sometimes shortened to System or SOAD. They've always been a very political band since their inception. Often being against genocide and war most notably in songs like: Pluck, Holy Mountains, and BYOB (Bring Your Own Bombs). Serj is an active activist who wants to change the world for the better.

The band's current members include Serj Tankian (vocalist, keyboards), Daron Malakian (guitarist, vocalist), Shavo Odadjian (bassist), and John Dolmayan (drummer). more.

It's highly debatable whether they're indeed strictly Nu-Metal. Considering there's not a single rapped line in any of their songs as well as the fact that they themselves denied this label. I think the media gave them this label because they peaked exactly during the Nu-Metal scene.
Personally, I think they're just Alternative Metal with Armenian Folk influences.
Excellent band, nonetheless.

Why are Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit even on the list? They are mediocre at best when compared to bands like System of a Down and Deftones. Listen to System of a Down's debut album and then listen to all of Linkin Park's albums. LP's albums will leave you with the thought of "Why the hell did I waste my time listening to this mediocrity when System of a Down's DEBUT album blows all their stuff out the water."

I am a biased voter, I have not dig deep into korn and slipknot, their sound never seemed interesting. Linking park, yes is solid with vocals, but the lyricism and guitar riffs are not as creative as System of a Down. Also, serj seems like a vocalist with more range than Corey Taylor and Davis. Overall, system is just an insane package

System has the the perfect mix of Nu-Metal and traditional Armenian melodies. Tankian and Malakian's voices go together like hot dogs and Coke. Each song has a meaningful message (besides, perhaps Bounce, which is still a fun song). They are a band with a purpose and musically, they are the best.

5 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 have released a total of 9 studio albums. Some of their most popular songs are Change (in the House of the Flies), Passenger, Bored, Minerva, Rocket Skates, Back to School (Mini Maggit), Beauty School, Diamond Eyes, Hole in the Earth, Mein, Digital Bath, and etc.

The main sound of what is recognized as Nu-Metal and the genre's general style began with both Korn and Deftones. If it weren't for those two groups, Nu Metal may not have even been a type of music or at least would not be known as well as it is. Having that said, it's these 2 bands that deserve the most credit in terms of the nu metal genre, however the difference between the two is that Deftones certainly stands out more. Over the years their music increased on how distinctive they are and up until now they continue to be more unique than ever.

I love their first 3 efforts. They are great. After that it's still Good but not as. The last album was ok. I think since cheno had throat surgery he doesn't do heavy vocals nearly as much. I guess that makes sense but when I listen to them I want screaming to go with his off kilter vocals. I love the way he makes singing off key an art. He does it on purpose and makes it sound pretty. I'm a huge fan of taking ugly things and sounds or off-putting things and sounds and making it pretty in some way. They DEFinitely belong in the top ten.

Without Deftones, Nu-Metal wouldn't even be what it is. Deftones (along with Korn) were the birth of Nu Metal. The genre became a type of music because of them and other bands but it all started with Deftones. And the greatest thing is; Deftones are one of the very few bands to have evolved from the sound of nu metal into a alternative style and IN A GOOD WAY. When they made changes, it was a cool way to transform, showing that they took their music to a whole new different level.

Deftones never really did get their just due during the Era when "Nu Metal" was at the top of the game. That was years ago and Deftones are still doing their thing. The latest album "Koi No Yokan" only proves they are the premier Nu Metal act, even if Nu Metal is the wrong category for them. For me, on the list of all time bands its Metallica, Deftones, and no one close after that.

6 Disturbed Disturbed is an American alternative metal/nu-metal/heavy 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" .

I would like to thank Disturbed for the music they are making. It's been a long way to find the perfect combination between music and lyrics. I have been through Trash Metal, Speed metal, Nu-Metal and all kind of bands. I bought the first two albums of Disturbed and since the cover of Sound of Silence I started to listen again. And I have to admit that all the songs are real masterpieces, this made me a huge fan of Disturbed, but this time I focused on the lyrics of Disturbed looking for the meaning of the songs on the internet. Anyway I am infected by Disturbed.

I saw a lot of bands live such as Metallica, Slipknot, Monster Magnet, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach, Machine Head, Iron Maiden, Saxon, and last but not least Septic Flesh (is a death metal band), except Disturbed. I missed the concert on Graspop Metal Meeting in Belgium, but I hope to see you soon on a festival or in a smaller concept. Must be nice to hear every song of Disturbed, but this is only a wish. Recently I ...more

Disturbed is no doubt, better then all of these bands. People with real taste in music will agree with me. I might agree with Linkin Park being on top, if it weren't for there new album, which totally ruined my respect for Linkin Park, what ever happened to that awesome ROCK sound, now they're all techno... What. Disturbed has so many great songs, you can't even choose which you like the best for example, Warrior or Indestructible? Stricken or Inside the Fire? In my opinion, Down with the Sickness is towards the bottom of their greatest songs.

Get Linkin Park off of this list. Disturbed is the greatest Nu metal band by a long shot. Coolest riffs and guitar work, best singer, best lyrics, best SONGS. Slipknot is good, but they are just noise compared to these guys. These guys are actual metal. Absolutely amazing band, I recommend you listen to their songs indestructible, asylum, the animal, stricken, down with the sickness, inside the fire, the vengeful one, stupify, ten thousand fists, etc. because they are incredible. Amazing band.

First album is great. Other albums are good too but to me, although I like them, their songs start to sound the same to me on their last couple of albums. Still good stuff it's just that while the singer has a unique sound there's just not much range as far as style goes. He does the same thing in every album and every song. It sounds good and is done well but there's nothing new. That's not necessarily a bad thing if u really, really like them and like that unique sound they have but it would be great to hear him try to do some more heavy vocals/screams and experiment with his singing voice more.

7 Limp Bizkit Limp Bizkit is an American nu metal/rap metal/rock band from Jacksonville, Florida, formed in 1994. Their lineup consists of Fred Durst, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and Wes Borland. They're mostly known for their singles like Break Stuff, My Way, My Generation, Nookie, Eat You Alive, Rollin', and Take a Look Around. They have made 5 albums to date.

One of most diverse Nu-Metal bands out there. They got everything, from heavy stuff like Counterfeit, Stuck, Pollution to mellow songs The One, Walking Away, Re Arranged, hip hop ones like Combat Jazz, N2gether now and classic rap rock like Nookie, My Generation, Rollin etc. They also got great rhythm and flow in their songs. Durst can rap ok, sing good and his screams are just brutal. Bad things about them are that Durst is a douche and his voice sometimes sounds whiny

In my opinion deserves to be in top 5 definitely, along with LP, KoRn, Slipknot

Limp Bizkit is one of the bands that never gets bad or boring. The metal sound that Wes, Sam and John produce, mixed with Fred texts and DJ Lethal scratching makes a truly energetic and aggressive nu-metal. And as you can see, even their newest album, Gold Cobra, is keeping this magnificent style. This can't be said about Linkin Park, for example, as their 2 last albums (Living things and a Thousand Suns) are a mix of synth-rock with pop-rock. That's why Limp Bizkit deserve a higher place in this board

Their first album was a nu metal masterpiece! I still love 3 dollar bill y'all. It's amazing. It's just too bad Mr durst let fame go to his head. The second album has some memorable stuff but it was the beginning of the end for me. Fred just started trying to be taken seriously as a rapper period. He stopped being a rap/rock singer for an awesome rap/rock band and started trying to be a rapper. Everything they have done since the second album ( including some of the second album), to me, has been garbage. Absolute garbage. Until they go back to their roots they will never make a good album again. Basically if they would have continued to make good music like 3DBY then I would easily put them in top five but since they only accomplished one and a half-ish good albums I would put them in the ten-fifteen-ish range.

Limp Bizkit is perhaps the band that started the nu metal genre along with Korn, but I think they describe the genre better than any other band, from the rapping, the classic metal in the guitar chords, to the timed beat of the drums. And all though the years have been harsh on Limp Bizkit with the departure of Wes, and Fred's scream changing, they still try and put a lot of effort into their music therefore I think they should be in the top 5.

8 Mudvayne Mudvayne was an American heavy metal band from Peoria, Illinois formed in 1996. Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, they are known for their sonic experimentation, innovative album art, face and body paint, masks and uniforms.

Lovely bass lines, great vocals, and amazing in general. Saw them twice in concert, they had everyone jumping both times. Although no album beats L.D. 50, other albums A New Game, Lost and Found, and Mudvayne are full of awesome music.

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.

Eh. Their first album was definitely an avant-garde masterpiece that will likely never be matched again in terms of quality. But they really fell off the map afterwards. Not to mention the fact that their lead singer went on to form the god-awful Hellyeah.

Should be higher. WAY higher. Their lyrics and riffs really get to me. Nothing To Gein and The Patient Mental are two of my all-time favourite songs.

9 P.O.D. Payable on Death, also known as P.O.D., is a Christian nu metal band formed in 1992 and based in San Diego, California.

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.

They always get me with their exceptionally beautiful lyrics. Sonny's voice is just mind-blowing. Also love the many guitar solos that they incorporate. A strong band with an even stronger soul! Their verses are so damn catchy! P.O. D would be my number one by far followed by Korn, Ill nino and Kazzer

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)

From what I've listened to, they're a pretty solid band also its not POD its P.O.D. Also Rage against the machine and System of A Down need to be higher

10 Staind Staind was a post-grunge/alternative metal band formed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1995.

Staind is Aaron Lewis (vocalist and guitarist), Jon Wysocki (drummer, left in 2011), Johnny April (bassist), and Mike Mushok (guitarist). After Jon's departure Sal Giancarelli filled in as drummer until the band's hiatus in 2012.

Staind's early sound was predominantly nu metal, then they verged into softer territory with passing albums, becoming more post-grunge in sound.

Many of Staind's song deal with depression, substance abuse, death, and similar subjects. The band has enjoyed modest success off of such songs. more.

Only their debut album is good, rest is meh. What even is post-grunge? Just more commercial watered down, emotional take on grunge I don't know.

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.

Which first album? I've been following you guys since they were on a show called The Box on regular T.V.. They have the first album, dysfunction, which is pretty radio-friendly, the next two Were Real Radio friendly. But, the first was called Tormented, that had a lot to do with his (aaron's) previous, you other boys out there, with exes can guess how raw and dark these lyrics were! Especially a song on there called 4 walls. Kind of cool, though, that he and his daughter went on to make some music together, even if it is country music. Interesting factoid: his daughter Zooey, was named after EX Alice in Chains frontman, Layne Staley's daughter.
Aaahhh...Alice In Chains... top five any kind of music bands. thanks for reading... I'm sure I'll have something to say about Slipknot. Top 3 for
oh, also, I hate the term nu-metal. Probably somebody very young made that up. Just stick to like 10 basic genres not 53! Things like this I would make life way too ...more

Staind's self-titled album in 2011 is one of the best nu metal albums of recent years. They went soft in 14 Shades of Grey, Chapter V and Illusion of Progress, but returned to their usual heavy sound in this kick ass album. Great band. Certainly deserves to be in the to 10.

The Contenders
11 Papa Roach Papa Roach is an American rock band from Vacaville, California. Formed in 1993, their first major-label release was the triple-platinum album Infest.

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 should be in the top 5! Not 11! What? 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

These are one of the only bands I could consider nu metal on this list, and they really were only nu metal for Infest. Does no one no what nu metal means anymore?

Greatest band alive. The lyrics mean something and dig deep. Jacoby is an amazing front man and the rest of the group, Tony, Tobin, Jerry... are wickedly talented. Nothing gets me more amped than listening to PR.

12 Sevendust Sevendust is an American alternative metal quintet from Atlanta, dating back to 1994. more.

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!

Should be higher to be honest, like around 7 or 8. "Home" and "Seasons" are some of the primest examples of nu-metal at its best when it comes to mixing catchy hooks, melodies and aggression altogether.

The best live performing band!
Playing from 90's and it's alt metal, but 7Dust is awesome.

Underrated, great, amazing.. insert more adjectives here. I first heard them in Afghanistan and I was hooked.

13 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 did not include any of these people, instead there was Ashes (guitarist), Andy Cole (bassists), and Sean Davidson (percussion).

Nu metal and industrial metal is what Static-X has been classified as. However they are usually lumped into nu metal because of who they were touring with at the time. Wayne Static considers Static-X as "evil disco". more.

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.

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.

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

No these guys didn't rip off Nine inch nails not at all.

14 Mushroomhead Mushroomhead is an American nu metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1993 in the Cleveland Warehouse District, the band is known for their avant-garde sound which includes influence from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial and their imagery which features masks and costumes as well as their unique live shows usually performed at smaller venues.

Mushroom head has the most unique sounds out of any band I have heard. The use of two singers (clean vocals for Jeffrey Nothing and hip-hop deep vocals for J. Mann), various percussion instruments, and variety of music puts them in my top 3. Early albums Mushroomhead, Superbuick, and M3 had a very strange, eerie vibe, as the lyrics are the right kind of unsettling. XIII has some of the best music of the genre inside of it. Savoir Sorrow, although not as great as previous albums, held its own with the replacement of J. Mann. Waylon Reavis did a great job, with his vocal flexibility.

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.

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.

15 Coal Chamber Coal Chamber was a nu-metal band formed in Los Angeles, CA, in 1993. The current members of Coal Chamber are Dez Fafara (Vocals), Nadja Peulen (Bass), Meegs Rascón (Guitar), and Mike Cox (Drums). Former members of the band include Rayna Foss, Chela Rhea Harper, and John Thor. Coal Chamber is typically more.

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).

Meegs Rascon is the true creator of nu metal sound. Raw and simple riffs that create so much power it's insane. Dez Fafara's vocals then completely transform the song itself into a deep and rich experience. Bassist nadja puelen and drummer mike cox add even more to the music with active pickup basses for an added "slapping" sound and a lot of snare and bass hitting from the drums. Easily the best nu metal band of all time.

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

These guys (and gal) are hit and miss with me. Love the first album. Like the second. Everything else is good too, including devil driver. I'd say top 15. where in that list I don't know.

16 Taproot Taproot is a four-piece nu metal band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are most known for their hit single "Poem", as well as a number of other singles from 2000 to the present.

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 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

Taproot. Man. These guys sorta went downhill after the first three albums. Kinda like Linkin Park and other band's. But the first 2 cds are great.

Saw them live many times. Must say they always prove to be genuine metal contenders and hopefully come back at some point

17 Ill Nino Ill Niño is an American heavy metal band formed in New Jersey in 1998. The group currently consists of lead vocalist Cristian Machado, drummer Dave Chavarri, bassist Lazaro "Laz" Pina, lead guitarist Ahrue Luster, guitarist Diego Verduzco, and percussionist Oscar Santiago.

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.

I love this band, nu metal with the latin music. Awesome combination.

18 Drowning Pool Drowning Pool is an American Nu-Metal band formed in Dallas, Texas in 1996. The band was named after the film The Drowning 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

Their first album, "Sinner" was amazing. Sadly, they stopped being good when Dave Williams died.

Drowning Pool literally drowned after the death of Dave Williams. R.I.P.

19 40 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!

That band have to be in top 15, just listen to their last album Fire at Zero Gravity!

Great Band, Amazing lyrics and the vocals get you hooked!

I still love -40 summer I just listened to them today..

20 Skrape

I'm extremely surprised to see them this high, not that I don't like them, I totally do. But I had no idea they were this popular. Also the cover art for their only album is disgusting and unnecessary.

Skrape was really good at what they did. I wish they were still around..

Skrape is underrated as heck.

21 Godsmack Godsmack is an American alternative metal/hard 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.

Godsmack is very good. Way to low on this list.

Garbage, Alice in Chains ripoff.

22 Flaw

Very underrated. Should be much higher on the list

23 Adema Adema is a nu metal band from Bakersfield, California. The band formed in 2000 with members lead vocalist Mark Chavez, vocalist/guitarist Tim Fluckey, guitarist Mike Ransom, bassist Dave DeRoo, and drummer Kris Kohls.

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.

My favorite, until they changed the singer.

One of the best bands ever formed sad lyrics moving guitars awesome bass and hard hitting DRUMMING

Best but waste

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25 Nothingface

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.

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