Korn and Mudvayne maintained their popularity during the mid-2000s, although they did not completely abandon the nu metal style.Korn combined their earlier sound with influences from other genres, such as industrial.While loud and heavily distorted electric guitars are a core feature of all metal genres, nu metal guitarists took the sounds of "violence and destruction" to new levels with their overdriven guitar tone, which music journalists Kitts and Tolinski compared to the "...sound [of] a Mack truck being crushed by a collapsing skyscraper." do not feature rapping.Nu metal bands occasionally feature hip hop musicians as guests in their songs; Korn's song "Children of the Korn" features the rapper Ice Cube, who performed on the band's 1998 Family Values Tour.I know that we kind of helped create, I guess, the sound of that genre, but I hate that genre.I'm not going to speak for everyone, but I can personally tell you that I am not a big fan of almost everybody in that category.
Nu metal's popularity continued during the early 2000s, with bands such as Papa Roach, Staind, and P. However, by the releases led to nu metal's decline, leading to the rise of metalcore and many nu metal bands disbanding or abandoning their established sound in favor of other genres.
In 2003, MTV wrote that nu metal's mainstream popularity was declining, citing that Korn's fifth album Untouchables and Papa Roach's third album Lovehatetragedy both sold less than the bands' previous releases.
Korn's lead vocalist Jonathan Davis blamed music piracy for the amount of sales of Untouchables because the album had been leaked to the Internet more than four months before its official release date.
Trevor Baker of The Guardian wrote, "Bands such as Linkin Park, Korn and even the much reviled Limp Bizkit ...
did far more to break down the artificial barriers between 'urban music' and rock than any of their more critically acceptable counterparts." The Michigan Daily wrote about Limp Bizkit's lyrics, writing that the band "used the nu-metal sound as a way to spin testosterone fueled fantasies into snarky white-boy rap.
MTV also wrote, "Another cause for nü-metal and rap-rock's slip from the spotlight could be a diluted talent pool caused by so many similar-sounding bands.