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Six Nu-Metal Bands You Shouldn't Be Ashamed of Liking

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3. Slipknot
Hard to believe, perhaps, but Slipknot is likely the heaviest band to ever sell out entire arenas. Yes, the costumes are gimmicky and singer Corey Taylor whines and moans through about half the songs, but when you consider how angry some of the material is, it becomes easy to overlook that the band kind of sucks. It's an honest mistake to make, and as such, you should never feel ashamed for liking Slipknot. And in the event that you still feel bad, you can take solace in the fact that multiple members of Slipknot started off in the repugnant Minneapolis "pornogrind" outfit Anal Blast. (R.I.P. Don Decker.)


2. Fear Factory
Look at that barcode next to that human spine, eh? Very "balding dude with nappy long hair standing around by the mall water-fountain" style of art, right? Anyway, Fear Factory began as a fairly accessible metal band that provided a gateway for young struggling metalheads to get into more aggressive forms of music. With origins firmly planted in industrial and death-metal music, the Los Angeles quartet made a name for itself through the punishing record Demanufacture, an album that could be credited for starting the whole "I'm gonna yell during the verses and sing through the choruses" thing that still remains a defining characteristic in bad radio metal today. Regardless, the album still crookedly props itself up a little higher than the rest in the realm of the despised nu-metal genre.

On a personal note, I have a friend who once got fired from his job at a pizza restaurant for making fun of Fear Factory when the members came in to eat. I also once texted the singer over and over again, insisting I was Wes Borland from Limp Bizkit.

1. Tool
Tool is a nu-metal band. I saw Tool once, but I spent the entire show smoking some homemade hash which was scraped from a pan lined with the cancer-associated substance known as Teflon. I got sick and was the only person sitting down in the entire arena. It was the most nu-metal thing I have ever done, and it serves as proof that Tool is a nu-metal band.

Oh, you don't like that? Need more proof?

Tool's singer is bald, and the band has toured with Rage Against the Machine. Tool's members collaborated on various songs by Isis, which is a band that people who used to listen to nu-metal go on to listen to later. Tool's singer also makes wine, which is a beverage that Marilyn Manson drinks. Marilyn Manson has toured with a lot of nu-metal bands.

Therefore, Tool is a nu-metal band. Cry about it on your way to your community-college sociology class as you comb your goatee.

Editor's note: This article was originally published on May 7, 2014, and has been updated.

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Drew Ailes
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