The Seven Lamest Nu Metal Bands of All Time

Categories: Bands We Hate

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Christopher Victorio
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By: Matt Oliver
For every generation, parents wonder what the heck their kids are listening to. Whether it is was the '50s when Elvis had screaming girls fainting, the Beatlemania of the '60s and '70s or the 80's with the hair metal explosion of Twisted Sister and Motley Crue. Unfortunately, my generation was introduced to a new type of metal, Nu to be exact.

Nu Metal was brought on by the less-than-lovely blends of 7-string guitars, screaming vocals, rapping lyricists and sometimes DJs, meshed with unfashionable dreads, pants with a billion zippers to nowhere and more makeup than KISS could handle -- no wonder my parents thought I was crazy. The genre was ushered in by pioneers, Korn, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit, and given festivals Family Values Tour and Ozzy Osbourne's OzzFest, gave birth to the metal's bastard child.

Though Korn and Slipknot are pretty lame in their own rights, they are the industry standard for Nu Metal. Point being, it gets a lot worse from there. The list you are about to witness is the lamest of the lame.

7. Mushroomhead

Officially naming themselves Mushroomhead in 1995, Ohio's Slipknot clone soon took stages with masks, jumpsuits and the insane member count of eight, with names like ST1TCH, Dr. F, Dinner and DJ Virus. How many drummers, keyboards and vocalists does a nu metal band need? Despite going on to sell millions, and still taking stages and putting out music in 2013, Mushroomhead is still gore porn-loving, fratboy metal at its worst.

6. Mudvayne

The song "Dig" was undoubtedly the epitome of cheesy, nu metal angst. Whether you were at Hot Topic, watching MTV or inside of Wearhouse Music, you saw a guy with blue hair screaming, and a bald headed bassist with red hair devil horns on the TV. Ten years later, you just have to look back and ask yourself, "Why was I so angry with life, to listen to this song on repeat?"'

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17 comments
djtrixta73
djtrixta73

This guy has to be a complete dumb ass. Mudvayne had some real talent. Their bass player was very good ar what he did. Slipknot aswell was very talented. To be able to put turn tables in the musicand make it sound good

IKC84
IKC84

First, Twisted sister aren't glam metal, they don't have lyrics about love and sex, no upbeat pop melodies and sound NOTHING like bands like poison or Ratt. They are yore rebellious and sound like Judas Priest or Ozzy.Also, hardly any nu metal bands wear makeupAlso, mudvayne's song dig is math metal, not nu metal. There isn't any hip hop in it. Also evanescence is nowhere close to nu metal

IKC84
IKC84

Hardly any nu metal bands wear makeup

IKC84
IKC84

Mudvayne is math metal, not nu metal. They only had like 5 nu metal songs and they don't even rap or have any hip hop traits.

IKC84
IKC84

Twisted sister aren't glam metal, they don't have lyrics about love and sex, no upbeat pop melodies and sound NOTHING like bands like poison or Ratt. They are yore rebellious and sound like Judas Priest or Ozzy.

Jen_Beans
Jen_Beans

Um, I believe David Cross has a skit about this-references Stained, POD and all that other crap.

DirtyMachine
DirtyMachine

There are a lot of good bands here! OC weekly you are rubbish! And Lil Wayne? WTF? He doesn't deserve shit.. he isn't even in the genre.

robertstrange2003
robertstrange2003

lame lame lame.....all those bands have always been lame...including Korn and Slipknot....

RonaldMexico
RonaldMexico

Guess I am lame, Mudvayne is a pretty tight band and Saliva I wouldn't call Nu-metal more rock and I can listen to them no problems. When I think bad and Nu-metal I think whiny vocals with wannabe guard dog choruses.

bmetro14
bmetro14

This is a joke right :)  right? What's wrong with Mudvayne? Let me guess you only heard dig? Also why did you ruin the number one spot. I don't find it funny

Agnostifarian
Agnostifarian

What about Avenged 7 fold & 5 finger death punch?  They both suck ass and rip off older bands.

satanarchist
satanarchist

1st korn album is unf**kwithable, and early mudvayne is still damn heavy. LOL. there, i said it.

Randall Avilez
Randall Avilez

genre police here, i dont' think Evanescence qualifies as nu metal.

David Moyle
David Moyle

I was just wondering out loud about lil wayne two days ago. Thank you for the validation!

Jason
Jason

It's clear to anyone with a brain you know nothing about music if you put MudVayne among this group.  I can't argue Dig is a good song, but its arguably the worst song they've ever made.  You should review all their work before placing them along side of some of the words bands of all time.  

IKC84
IKC84

Those aren't nu metal bands

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