Slipknot is an American metal band formed in 1995 from Iowa. 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. ...read more.
Well, the band members refuse to identify Slipknot as a Nu Metal band. They referred to the band as "Metal Metal" at one point.
I also need to point out that Joey Jordison used to play for Grindcore bands and Mick Thompsom played guitar for a Death Metal band prior to joining Slipknot, alongside the band citing Emperor, Mayhem and Dimmu Borgir as influences, indicating that Slipknot had more influence from Extreme Metal, compared to other Nu Metal bands who were normally inspired by Grunge bands.
This should probably explain why Slipknot, when compared to other Nu Metal bands, is very aggressive.
Tracks like Sarcastrophe, Eyeless and People=Sh** really show why they are at the top, although a good number of the bands in the top ten are also pretty heavy (Korn (Here to Stay), System of a Down (Sugar), for example).
Heaviest as far as alt/nu metal goes. I love them and they got me into much heavier stuff like Cannibal Corpse and Meshuggah.
I think Slipknot is more of a mixture of genres. I think it's kind of like it's own little sub genre made of maggots and hate.
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 ...read more.
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.
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 8 studio albums. Some of their most popular songs are Change (in ...read more.
Around the Fur and Adrenaline, enough' said.
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.
Soulfly is an American heavy metal band formed in 1997 and based in Phoenix, Arizona. The original lyrical content revolved around spirituality, political and religious themes, with later albums encompassing other themes including war, violence, aggression, slavery, hatred and anger. Soulfly is led ...read more.
7 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 ...read more.
These guys are Korn, but much heavier. Also, arguably heavier than most songs by Slipknot. For an example, listen to Friend (Fiend is also good, but don't confuse them.), because that is their heaviest.
8 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, ...read more.
System of a Down is heavier than Korn... Don't believe me? Listen to: Sugar, Prison Song, and Suite Pee
Chimaira was an American alternative metal band from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in 1998, the group was a notable member of the New Wave of American Alternative Metal scene.
11 Dry Kill Logic
I wish this band was more well known. It would take the top spot for sure. Just listen to Rot ONCE, and you will immediately know why. I mean, Rot isn't even their heaviest song, but it gives you a good idea of what level they are.
Heavier than a pool full of tar.
12 American Head Charge
American Head Charge is an industrial metal band from Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The band has earned two nominations at the Kerrang!
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 ...read more.
While Mushroomhead leans more toward Industrial Metal than nu-metal in my personal opinion, they are close enough to be compared, so I'll let it slide. Let me get one thing clear... Mushroomhead is a good band, but they're not for everyone. They have purposefully limiting production value on some of their songs which while it's not everyone's cup of tea, it can make songs more dark and sinister. One of these examples is Xeroxed, which is by far the heaviest song I can say that I have heard from a nu-metal band. Not even Slipknot can compare.
14 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 ...read more.
What!.. try to listen to "lying from you" or any of their nu metal songs. This band made a new genre of nu metal and the best in rap metal and nu metal especially the first 2 albums are extremely epic this band succeed to make the nu metal music heard in radio by very very meaningful songs with anger and awesomeness, I will not say that linking is the best band ever but #12 is shameful.
17 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.
They are fairly heavy, but they are not very good.
Check out Bodies, Hate, and Think. Those are their heaviest songs
Heavy, but not very good...
19 Fear Factory
Fear Factory is an American heavy metal band that was formed in 1989. During the band's career, it has released nine full-length albums and has evolved through a succession of styles, including industrial metal, death metal, groove metal, and thrash metal.
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" .
Disturbed is the best Nu metal band of all time, they make consecutive good songs if its not good its amazing if its not, its murderously awesome, if not, its an emotional rollercoaster of hardcore ecstacy and fourth dimension feelings you'll only know when you hear their songs. Only a few of all their albums combined are not good, but a far from horrible. In fact I've never heard a horrible song from them. Even their latest album shows that they never run out of good music ideas and will never disappoint you as long as they are alive and making music. (Nutty-Nyc)- I listen to Black metal and I think disturbed is as good as the best of them from Bathory to Immortal. Try sickened, stupify, sons of plunder, old friend and the night... You'll hooked for life
21 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 ...read more.
22 40 Below Summer
Emmure is an American metalcore band formed in 2003. Originally based in New Fairfield, Connecticut, but now residing in Queens, New York, the group has a total of seven releases, with their first public release being a 2006 EP entitled The Complete Guide to Needlework.
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