That’s a great question. I personally exited the Nu Metal scene a lot earlier than most (so it seemed, anyway) and never really went back to check up on things, so my biased answer is that the best Nu Metal albums were usually the debut ones.I have a question for Nu-Metal fans... Some of the best work of glam bands came out when no one was paying attention because they lost their major label support and only dedicated fans were around to appreciate it. Is that the same for your lot? Were the albums that missed the charts arguably better than the one that did?
i still like mudvayne out of nu metal era most i think, and disturbedMy flaming hot take -
Korn was awesome when they were fresh, then went more mainstream and lost their magic, then got bad, then redeemed themselves (sort of), but are not and never will be as relevant as they were when they were fresh.
Limp Bizkit were always cringe, but were once fresh (but still cringe) and ended up being just cringe once their freshness wore off.
There were tons of other bands in the genre, some cool for their uniqueness, others were gimmicky, but most just sort of rode the wave and then either faded or jumped to a different genre. The ones that sounded the most like Korn or Limp Bizkit were mostly forgettable, though, because they just weren't as good as the original thing.
So it had it's moment. That moment passed right around when the early 2000's turned into the mid 2000's.
I'd say age is the vast majority of it. I still can remember almost the entire scene-by-scene plot of the stuff I watched as a kid, while any movie I see for the first time today I usually have a hard time remembering even the basic plot after a week. You're way, way, way better at remembering stuff you hear when you were young.This is an excellent point, and something that I considered when writing my post.
Age probably has a lot to do with how you’re influenced.
I kind of liked it, at least it was distinctive. The only band I remember ripping that off was Coal Chamber on their first couple albums. I mean, objectively it's kind of terrible, but it was at least DIFFERENT when he'd have the occasional bass break (ex the intro of Got the Life). I remember trying to play some Korn songs on bass. It sounded more like him if I downtuned a regular-scale 4 string to A and didn't get heavier strings than if I downtuned a 5 string 1 step!The worst part of re-listening to KoRn for nostalgia purposes is Fieldy's god awful slap bass
yes to that. since the guitar sales explosion during covid, there should be a new crop of players developing right now. since record companies are no longer the gate keepers thanks to other platforms, we can hope.I just miss guitar driven music being popular music. Hell, I would take hair metal if it brought it back.
A lot of bands evolved their sounds, so it might not be a fair comparison to earlier material in their heyday. Incubus is a good example. I saw them in the mid 90s and again about 10 years later and it was 2 completely different shows with totally different fan bases. Of bands that didn't change so much I can think of a few examples...I have a question for Nu-Metal fans... Some of the best work of glam bands came out when no one was paying attention because they lost their major label support and only dedicated fans were around to appreciate it. Is that the same for your lot? Were the albums that missed the charts arguably better than the one that did?