An artist is eligible for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after releasing their first recording, which means any band that released their first album during or before 1997 is eligible. So, following this week’s announcement that Judas Priest and Rage against the machine have been nominated, it’s time to get out your wallet chains and JNCO jeans! We are heading well into nü-metal territory with these seven bands who really should get the recognition they deserve.
So why these seven groups? Well, for two main reasons – first and foremost is that they have stood the test of time and become influential on a whole new generation of artists. Second, they were successful in their heyday, and still are now (in various capacities). These are artists that people who aren’t into the genre know and whose names have become synonymous for a certain period of time. That’s not to say they’re the only seven bands in this generation to deserve it, but they’re certainly among the greatest.
It’s also worth noting that these bands are no longer nü-metal (and probably even despise the tag), but got their first boost in popularity around this time and with this material.
There are many reasons Linkin Park should be inducted, ranging from their immense talent to the legacy of Chester Bennington to the fact that they have sold over 100 million records worldwide. But if there was only one reason Linkin Park should be in the Rock Hall, that’s Hybrid theory. Hybrid theory is one of the best-selling albums of all time in the United States and around the world, spawned gargantuan singles like “In The End” and “One Step Closer”, and influenced countless artists over the years. Linkin Park had an incredibly successful career until the death of benington in 2017 and should be recognized for it.
Linkin Park will be eligible in 2025 (or are currently eligible if the Rock Hall counts their 1997 demo as Xero).
Korn released their self-titled debut album in 1994, which means they’ve been eligible for a few years now. Korn arguably spearheaded the entire nü-metal movement in the 90s and alone sold over 11 million copies of its first four records. The band have been nominated for seven GRAMMYs over the past few decades, and even won two – Best Music Video for “Freak On A Leash” in 2000 and Best Metal Performance for “Here To Stay” in 2003. Korn is still going strong with the release of his new album Requiem, and really should be recognized for their contributions.
system of a Down
system of a Down released their self-titled album in 1998 and enjoyed a very successful career as a recording group between then and 2005 (and again briefly in 2020). system of a Down did a great job mixing creative metal with political lyrics, debuted on three albums at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart and sold millions. The band was nominated for four GRAMMYs during their career in the Best Metal Performance and Best Hard Rock Performance categories, and won one – Best Hard Rock Performance for “BYOB” in 2006. system of a Down is still the only band that sounds like system of a Down, and should be recognized for their popularity.
system of a Down will be eligible in 2023.
NooseThe success of was twofold at the time – great music and shock value that landed them a bit of a spotlight. The first started with their nü-inspired self-titled track in 1999, which branched out into the bubbling edgy Iowa in 2001. Noose scored a handful of Platinum singles over the years, ranging from 1999’s “Wait And Bleed” to 2014’s “The Devil In I.” Noose sold over 30 million records worldwide and was nominated for 10 GRAMMYs during his career. The band continue to tour regularly and are increasingly becoming a name on the festival circuit with their Knotfest performances. Also, how many bands have you heard of Noose as an influence over the years? I bet “a lot”.
Noose will be eligible in 2024.
Disturbed have had great success over the years with their records and touring schedule. But let’s face the fact that as memorable as their 2000 album Disease has always been, it’s still a big problem. The record sold over 5 million copies in the United States and spent 103 weeks on the US Billboard 200 chart after its release. Which is especially crazy considering Disease is also the only Disturbed album not to debut at No. 1 on the same chart. Disturbed became more of a hard rock band over the years, but their contributions to the groovy nü-metal scene of the era should still be acknowledged.
Disturbed will be eligible in 2025.
Limp BizkitThe results of have varied since the turn of the century, but there’s no denying how massively popular and important the group was in the late 90s. Three dollar bill y’all in 1997, My half in 1999, and Chocolate starfish and hot dog flavored water in 2000 generated over 14 million sales and tons of cards. Of course, the wheels fell off a little after the guitarist Wes Borland took a break between 2001 and 2004, but still – Limp Bizkit added something important to the nü-metal genre and should be credited for it. Besides, it’s still pretty crazy Limp Bizkit remains as popular as they are now despite their intermittent activity.
Limp Bizkit is eligible this year, and I really want to see them play “Break Stuff” to the audience at the Rock Hall induction ceremony.
I know. Deftones do not consider themselves nü-metal and have made it known that they hate the term. But it’s hard to deny that the band’s 1995 album Adrenaline was in that vein. Deftones began their rise to success with Adrenaline and around the fur in 1997 before going full throttle with white pony in 2000. The band have sold over 10 million albums worldwide and, although they may be the most “obscure” band on this list, their name constantly comes up when talking about that specific era. metal. In the end, it’s just an influential band that deserves recognition. Deftones is currently up for three GRAMMYs in Best Metal Performance, Best Rock Performance and Best Remixed Recording.
Deftones is currently eligible.
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