Few years in the annals of music history are more significant than the year 2000. The turn of a new millennium brought with it a rapidly changing musical climate, and as the music industry inched closer to its current reliance on streaming, new genres of music became marketable. 20 years ago, you had nu-metal hitting its commercial peak, with the oncoming storm (hah!) of post-hardcore and metalcore not far behind, in particular. You also had post-metal upstarts like Isis start to emerge out of the underground, the humble beginnings of Lamb Of God, and many more.
Join us as we take a look at 25 albums you won’t believe are turning 20 this year. From Outkast to Radiohead, Marilyn Manson to Mudvayne, and Linkin Park to Limp Bizkit, the gang’s all here.
While we know the band has been working on a new album for what seems like forever, the band continues to maintain their popularity as one of nu-metal’s most successful bands. While many of their peers have fallen off or are reduced to playing small clubs, Limp Bizkit still commands huge crowds around the world. How soon some forget that their 2000 Chocolate Starfish record sold a million copies in one week.
Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland, who’s a driving and creative force in rock music outside of LB as well, has confirmed that the veteran band is hitting the studio after a delay. Said delay was, according to Borland, due to the devastating California wildfires that have gone on for weeks now. The new record is as of yet untitled, but whenever it releases, it’ll be their first new record since 2011’s Gold Cobra – a solid record in its own right.
Borland also posted a video on Instagram below, where he demoes out what appears likely to be new Limp Bizkit riffs. Exciting news for the band, who still manage to reign in massive crowds wherever they go. Of course, the band has sold over 40 million records in their career, so this shouldn’t be much of a surprise.
It wasn’t that long ago that band like Korn, Linkin Park, and Limp Bizkit were selling hundreds of thousands of albums every single week. In fact, it was less than two decades ago! The days of alternative metal and even nu-metal bands touring arenas really aren’t that far gone.
Still, there’s something very interesting seeing some of the bands from that era play their first shows in obscure locations – like a hole in the wall bar, or even a parking lot in Kansas City, like Limp Bizkit did in 1997. Filmed shortly after the release of their debut full-length 3 Dollar Bill, Y’all, this was the beginning of Limp Bizkit’s seemingly endless touring in support of this album – one that would just a year later see them touring with Korn on the successful Family Values tour.