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Tribute album confirms: No matter how you play it, nu-metal still sucks

Need to drive an irritating roommate to move out? How about a restless ghost? Did a sitcom-esque series of wacky pratfalls lead to you hosting your worst enemy’s birthday party? Then you need to download Mabson Enterprises’ nU-mEtAl right away.

Mabson Enterprises is a Los Angeles-based record label which specializes in taking the music industry’s most reviled artists—Miley Cyrus, Carly Rae Jepson, Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”—and making them even more hateable by asking random people on the Internet to cover them for digital tribute albums.


Their newest project focuses on nu-metal, that most embarrassing of all ’90s subgenres. Covers are mostly of the glitchy “I made this on my iPad” variety, but it’s the outliers that are truly brutal (and not in a metal kind of way). Fear Factory’s “Shout” as performed by a bargain basement Muppet? Done! Linkin Park’s “Crawling” played on sitar? Why not? If all this sounds like the perfect way to finally get your girlfriend to break up with you, the brave and/or sadistic can download nU-mEtAl on Bandcamp.

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