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Re-live the Nu-Metal Era (1994-2004)

M. Clementz "Soothsayer"
The list author says: "Nu-metal. It's a term that drives angst into the hearts of anyone currently listening to My Chemical Romance or, to a lesser extent, the Arcade Fire. Today's scene is dominated by indie bands that don't seem as "indie" as they once were and a bunch of whiny teenagers complaining about their girlfriends. It wasn't so long ago, however, that we had 20-something tattooed freaks sweating it out on the second stage of Ozzfest... complaining about their girlfriends. This guide will work it's way from the top down in the world of nu-metal, starting with the masters of the genre (even if they aren't Zeppelin status) and working our way down to the fringe players that never quite took off, but still have something to offer. As a side-note, most of these records are hand-picked as a personal favorite from the artist, with the exception of many at the bottom of the list who only have one to choose from (classy). Let's do this thing..."
The Real Thing
The Real Thing
"The song "Epic" is commonly cited as the first true "nu-metal" song. Check out "Real Thing" for some extra credit."
Issues
Issues
"Korn is cited/blamed as the true pioneers of nu-metal. Other albums are more hip-hop based (a defining trait of nu-metal) but this one in my opinion is their finest complete effort."
White Pony
White Pony
"It's almost unheard of that a band as well respected and timeless as Deftones would be labeled nu-metal, but it's true! This album is an absolute must-have classic."
The Battle of Los Angeles
The Battle of Los Angeles
"Nu-metal of a different vein, but nu-metal nonetheless. This and their self-titled are other must-haves."
Significant Other
Significant Other
"The same thing wrong with this genre happens to be what was so, SO right about it. Mindless, loud, and a big F you to the rest."
Meteora
Meteora
"This band made a pretty intelligent move. Rather than keep making these definably nu-metal records, they transformed into some electronica-type thing. That's how to last in this business."
Hellbilly Deluxe
Hellbilly Deluxe
"The only difference between this and White Zombie was a lack of people he couldn't stand being around and a few more synthesizers. The album "Sinister Urge" is pretty decent as well."
Iowa
Iowa
"Only nu-metal in the peers they chose to tour with in these early days, Slipknot is the heavy extreme of the genre. This sounds 100% on the other end of the spectrum from the album above."
Toxicity
Toxicity
"Nothing else in the genre sounds like System of a Down. Mad respect for these Armenian mad men. You can't pick a bad album from this band."
Sickness
Sickness
"If you haven't noticed yet, the last three bands were all made enormously popular from their stint on the second stage of Ozzfest, and all returned at least once to the festival to top the main stage bill."
Godsmack
Godsmack
"Oh these guys too. It's amazing what that festival did for this genre."
Ld 50
Ld 50
"Now we're getting into the middle of the road, still semi-popular nu-metal bands. Mudvayne hit it big with this record and has crapped out a lot of garbage ever since."
Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip
"Pretty much the same story with these guys, though they did make a pretty decent record in "Cannibal"."
Home
Home
"The singer has a very distinct cadence given his unique position as an African American in this heavily white dominated genre. A lot of times, it works. Unfortunately it didn't too often."
S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
S.C.I.E.N.C.E.
"Brief Interlude: Here's a band that produced BY FAR their best record BEFORE they hit it big. "Make Yourself" would turn out the enormously catchy hit "Pardon Me" and then this band would annoy me for the next ten years."
Gift
Gift
"These guys actually parlayed a decent underground career after turning on Fred Durst who wanted to back them (a la Staind) and are still active to this day."
Adema
Adema
"We could keep naming big time Ozzfest vets all day but it's time we get down to the fringe players (and all out losers) of the genre. These guys: one hit single in "Giving In""
The Lonely Position of Neutral
The Lonely Position of Neutral
"This band was young and had a lot of spunk, but for some reason never quite took off. I think his rather high vocals would have been better served in today's musical climate."
Through The Eyes [Enhanced CD]
Through The Eyes [Enhanced CD]
"The problem with these bands was they were being signed so aggressively that you'd hear one single and the band would be dropped and replaced by another. The song "Whole" is the example here."
Invitation to the Dance
Invitation to the Dance
"Same story. Here the song is "Rope"."
Statement
Statement
"Still around, but never lived up to the potential displayed here."
Darker Side of Nonsense
Darker Side of Nonsense
"For some classic cheese ball nu-metal lyrics, you could do a lot worse."
Motograter (PA)
Motograter (PA)
"These guys got some press for creating their own bass guitar inspired instrument, but good luck finding any evidence that it ever existed. Now the singer is torturing me in Five Finger Death Punch."
The War Of Art
The War Of Art
"I always thought these guys had a lot of potential. But they never quite hit it big and nothing came of them. Oh and one of them died a few years back."
Boy Hits Car
Boy Hits Car
"An inspired and very excellent fringe album to go out on. Check this one out if you never have, it's a killer. Too bad they never made anything else worthwhile."