Though the jury is still out on whether the highly ridiculed genre of “nu-metal” can be considered good as a whole, there are some undeniably important moments in every genre that no one can keep from returning. Even for music typically weighed down by weak mainstream hip-hop clichés and tired metal riffs, some emotionally captivating performances stand out even today! Here are a few albums that no one can fault you for revisiting.
Korn - 'Korn' (1994)
Sepultura - 'Roots' (1996)
Deftones - 'White Pony' (2000)
Linkin Park - 'Hybrid Theory' (2000)
System of a Down - 'Toxicity' (2001)
As the critically acclaimed peak of the genre, Toxicity, and the entirety of System of a Down’s catalog, survives the years thanks to a perfect synthesis of the current and past underground rock and metal trends of the time, throwing in some further absurdist weirdness partially inspired by their Armenian heritage.
No one can shame you for appreciating these critically-acclaimed albums, so dive back into your angst phase today!