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All In: Nu Metal was the Best!

When it came around, I was all into some Nu-Metal. Of course, that term didn't show up until later and is more of a derogatory catch-all term used now. To be honest, metal in the late 1990's was open-game. There were no rules, and a band could have DJs, incorporate various ethnic and tribal beats into your sound (e.g., Puya), have multiple drummers, etc. It was a breath of fresh air following the derivative post-grunge that was becoming popular. These are my twenty favorite nu-metal bands along with the album that, I feel, best represents their "glory" nu-metal years.

A Swedish band with, at this time, a true mix of Korn and Deftones like sounds. Have no idea how I came across this band, but had their CD.
13 Ways to Bleed On Stage

A bit more polished than their debut album, but a great album nonetheless.

Mark Chavez may sound derivative of his brother, but this album was a great listen. Still dig it today.

They put out their best album, followed it with a lackluster tour, and broke up. Sad. Now we have Lo-Pro, which is good, but doesn't quite reach the same level.
16Coal Chamber
Coal Chamber

A great album, even if their sound was a bit similar to Korn's.

Has some of their best (and memorable) songs and collaborations (with Chino Moreno)
14(hed) p.e.
(hed) p.e.

One of the first true great mixtures of rap, metal, and punk...all in one album.
Through the Eyes

Another great combination of clean, harsh, and rap vocals. Straight outta...Kentucky?
Point #1

A bit derivative of Tool, but I don't care...this album (and associated videos) ruled!
The Sickness

Never was a huge fan of the song "Down with the Sickness", but everything else on here (as well as David Draiman's vocal stylings) were incredible.
10Machine Head
The Burning Red

People can say what they want, but this was a pretty sick album.

This album defined the word "Tormented", even more than their first album titled "Tormented".
8Powerman 5000
Anyone For Doomsday?

This album, which never properly came out, will always be the pinnacle of PM5K and the best effort of the original lineup. I held on to these MP3s like they were gold. What a pity (and how stupid of PM5K) that this album was scrapped...
The End of All Things to Come

Mudvayne's crowning achievement (to me). Also a testament to how great a producer David Bottrill is.
6System of a Down
System of a Down

I remember thinking that this album (and Slipknot) were some of the heaviest albums that I had heard, bar Pantera's Far Beyond Driven. How naive of me.

No vocalist even approached Corey Taylor at combining clean vocals, harsh vocals, and rap vocals. This album is a true masterpiece of the nu-metal years.

To me, this is the album that started it all. Nothing sounded like this album. No album cover was as foreboding as this one. No album (to my knowledge) was as tuned down as low as this album. No vocals were as raw and emotional as this one. And no bass strings hung looser than on this album. Its hard not to put this album as #1, as groundbreaking as it was.
Around the Fur

My favorite Deftones album hands down. And Max Cavalera guests on Soulfly...can't get better than that!

Still one of my favorite albums ever. Took the tribal portion of Sepultura-Roots and amplified it 100 fold.
1Incubus (USA-CA)

There was not a more groundbreaking and diverse nu-metal album than this one, except for maybe #2 below.
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