In case you didn’t know, there’s this strange craze in hardcore right now that began a few years back in which nü-metal is suddenly popular and celebrated again.
This, in my opinion, is dumb. Here’s why.
I liked nü-metal as an early teenager. At 12 years old, Korn was my favorite band, followed by bands such as Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Slipknot, etc.. And from these bands, I discovered more extreme metal, which then led to my interest and immersion in punk and its various subgenres.
For a 12-year-old, these types of bands were interesting and relatable; they spread a message of individual expression and angst. In retrospect, the songs are nothing more than predictable, infantile, and rife with forced aggression that pretended to contain more substance than was actually true.
And sure, you don’t have to agree with me, and you can like nü-metal all you want. But don’t try to tell me it’s actually good. You’re allowed to like shitty bands, but recognize it for what it is, and don’t sell it to my like it’s highbrow art.