Blitz finally pointed out a thread I could post in, where I actually felt comfortable talkin' about this kinda stuff.
System of a Down are definitely a great band, just because they're so unique. I currently prefer their self-titled release, only because I've heard it so much and I think it's a little more diverse musically...
As for other 'nu-metal'...
Deftones - As previouslly said, but I prefer Adrenaline too. It's just so much more classic.
Cold - An alternative to Staind, they're more doomy and the guitars are more effects based giving them a more eerie feel.
Mudvayne - Awesome nu-metal with a great Bassplayer who goes nuts, but believe me, it takes AGES to get into them.
Skinlab - Bay Area band that sounds a lot like a nu-er version of Machine Head. Very good with a meaty vocalist, and some trippy skrape effects on the guitars.
Soulfly, Dry Kill Logic, Ill Nino, Poison the Well, Godsmack, Static-X, Disturbed, Sevendust, Nonpoint, Powerman 5000, [minus], Drowning Pool, Alien Ant Farm, Finger11, Project86, LostProphets, Spineshank, Taproot, AmberVoid, Chimaira, Vision of Disorder, 36 Crazyfists, Erase, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Mr Bungle, Fantomas,
Originally posted by PIV Bassman You can't be serious about Adrenaline being the best Deftones album. The production is nowhere near the standard of the next two and the songs are not even close to any of the songs on Around the Fur!