The Best Nu-Metal Bands

The Best Nu-Metal Bands

Nu-metal is a controversial genre among metal fans for several reasons. First of all, this type of metal draws as many influences from hip-hop and industrial rock as it does from metal. Nu-metal is considered by many metal fans to be “poser metal,” which means that it is simply not REAL metal. However, we believe that nu-metal actually has a LOT of value for real metal fans, and at very least you will have an AWESOME time listening! So here is a shortlist of our very favorite nu-metal bands, cultivated from our private playlists.


If you are a fan of extreme metal and DON’T like Slipknot, I don’t know what to tell you. Slipknot takes as much influence from death metal as it does from nu-metal, and the result is pure chaos and amazing riffs. Slipknot’s recent work has been less death-metal influenced and more rock-oriented, but it still has amazing moments. Listen to “Psychosocial,” “Spit It Out,” and “The Negative One” for a few examples!


This band should win the prize for the most undeserved hate. Korn has some of the most powerful riffs of ANY metal band in ANY genre that I’ve ever heard. The songwriting is also very personal, and can get emotional and sad at times. They take a lot from hip-hop, and the guitar sounds range from low and crushing to high and scratchy. If you’re a gym rat, Korn is the best workout music I know of. Listen to “Blind,” “Coming Undone,” and “It’s On!” for some of their best songs.


Dope is another band that gets a lot of hate that it does not deserve. Dope is unique in that their song formula combines metal riffs, industrial beats, and punk rock guitars and vocals. They have the most punk energy of any nu-metal band today, and their 2016 tour has met with amazing reviews. Their live shows often have fake “soldiers” as part of the show, with air rifles like the ones from Rifle Judge. Dope got started in the early 2000s with hip-hop oriented tracks, but their newer albums have perfected the nu-metal/punk sound. “Another Day Goes By,” “My Funeral,” and “6-6-Sick” are some of Dope’s best moments!


EVERYONE alive in the early 2000s has heard the massive hit “Down With the Sickness.” All too many write off Disturbed as a youthful phenomenon with no importance today, but their songs still make me nod my head along to the beat 15 years later! Their music has more to offer to metalheads than most realize; if you listen to the soaring melodies in “Stricken” and “Inside the Fire,” you’d realize that they are really talented musicians and singers.

Hopefully you haven’t completely written off nu-metal as a genre; there are a lot of amazing songs to come from the nu-metal era of the early 2000s. Give a few of these songs a listen and see if you don’t end up liking them!


What’s Your Favorite Metal Bands? Here’s My Top 5

I swear. Dying Fetus is still the best metal band out there. I guess all of us here will agree with me. I’ve been following the band for almost five years now and still can’t get over the complex riffing, slam riffs, blast beats and heavy breakdown that only they can make.

But even before I’ve come to know about John Gallagher and his troop, I’m already a die-hard fan of metal music. I couldn’t live a day without listening to my collection of the best metal tracks.

Obviously, I’m not a fan of mellow music. I’d be the last person you’ll see listening to flutes, saxophones or pianos, or even musicals or classical music. Oh, don’t even expect me to visit YouTube channel on relaxing music, much less, checking out a piano review site like DigitalPianoJudge or any of its kind!  It might sound crazy, but at one time, I was averse to all these soft music.

Here’s one hardcore rock music fanatic!

My being a rock music fanatic has led me to many other equally fantastic bands. Along the way, I’ve come across quite a number of metal bands. Many of these bands are really great but only five really stands out (well, based on my standards.)

Here let’s take a look at my top five favorite metal bands. I’m sure you love them too!


Formed in 1981, this American thrash metal band is the best in its league. Perhaps, everyone in my circle loves the noise this band creates. I loved their original troop: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney.

If pop music has Michael Jackson for an icon, metal music has Metallica. No question about that!

Iron Maiden

I’ve come to love this band at an early age. It was among the first bands that my ear got to appreciate. Their solid hits like the Number of the Beast and The Trooper are just two of the many tracks I never tire of listening to.


I find this band rather underrated considering the intensity and quality of music that they have giving us. A friend of mine actually don’t like Megadeth and I don’t really understand why. But there are also a lot of fans that love the music of Megadeth.


The crowded rock scene of the 1990 brought out some of the best bands. But while some of the heavy metal bands struggled to keep their following, Pantera was able to keep it cool and even enjoy a tremendous following. I, myself, love the sheer charisma and vocal prowess of Phillip Anselmo and the guitar skills of Dimbebag Darrell.

System of a Down

I wouldn’t forgive myself if I don’t include System of a Down. Perhaps the most unlikely in the crowded mainstream metal music industry, this band has certainly given the 21st century some of the most infectious metal tracks. Their second album even drew more following to the group’s unique charisma.

You might want to disagree but these are the top five metal bands I love. Did I miss out on your fave metal band?

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