Ok, so it doesn't take a genius/long-time reader to know that I used to love my nu-metal. Fred and his little red cap, Occup@tional Hazzard and their technology-embracing name, local heroes JOR and their giant riffs, calling Jacoby Shaddix 'Coby Dick' (cos I'm nasty, with a voice that's raspy), the first time I ever heard Lostprophets and felt the eyebrows lift clean off my face as they simultaneously lept into the air and burst into 'Shinobivsdragonninja'... The list of bands was as long as my over-sized t-shirts. Well guess what? It's back!
Download Festival has really stepped up this year, producing a lineup boasting the likes of Limp Bizkit, Korn, Staind, Papa Roach, Slipknot and even Faith No More, whose influence played its part in the creation of this much-maligned genre, it must be said. Thankfully - and I do mean thankfully - I've managed to secure myself a couple of guest tickets which means I'll be rollin' and "jumping da fuck up" with the rest of the mid-twenty regressers at Donnington come June 12th.
A couple of days ago I was asked to compile a list of my all-time top 10 nu-metal songs for Clash Magazine, as part of their build-up to the festival. How hard can that be?
Turns out, it's very hard.
Right now I'm listening to Mudvayne on Spotify and trying to whittle down a lengthy list to just 10 absolute winners. 'Shinobi' is an early favourite for the top spot, Fred has 2, possibly 3 contenders, Deftones will surely get a nod, and then there's the more underground stuff. Autonomy's S/K/N/S was an anthem (as well as featuring on the first ever BSM release, fact fans), Kilkus were weak on record but had one hell of a live show, Number One Son could also hold their own. Controversially, one or two heavyweights, potentially including Korn, could miss out on a seat at the table, as will Spineshank who never quite grabbed me.
We haven't asked any of the bands to put together a video mix-tape for a while so I'm going to jump on in here and offer up a few suitable hits. Mostly massive tunes, although I'll start a bit of a stinker which, for many, helped knock the final nail into the coffin as we all grew up and discovered guitar tapping.
Sit back and enjoy, and feel free to suggest your own favourite songs, video links and top 10 lists...
Mushroomhead - Solitaire Unraveling (above)
Papa Roach - Last Resort
Korn - Blind
Mudvayne - Dig (live)
Linkin Park - Papercut
Lostprophets - Shinobi (live)
Soulfly - Prophecy
Deftones - My Own Summer (live)
Slipknot - Wait and Bleed
Taproot - Again and Again (live)