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'''Nu-Metal''' is essentially a mixture of several different genres (most notably {{Grunge}}, {{Hip-Hop}}, AlternativeMetal, RapRock and GrooveMetal). It is characterized by downtuned guitars with liberal use of palm muting, vocals that range from screaming to rapping (often in the same song), stop-and-start driving bass with a "funky"/slapped quality, hip hop-influenced drumming, varying degrees of electronic manipulation and roughly equal prominence of all instrumentation. The lyrics usually focus on personal crises and painful experience. Its exact origins are generally agreed to start with the band Music/{{Korn}}, whose surprise success in the [[TheNineties mid-1990s]] caused a wave of bands to play a similar style and get massively popular with {{MTV}} audiences despite a lukewarm critical reception. Many of the early bands were from California, like AlternativeRock and AlternativeMetal. The producer Ross Robinson is associated with it; he produced Korn's first album. Its mainstream popularity lasted until the [[TurnOfTheMillennium early-2000s]], when {{Emo}} took its place. More recently, it seems to be better received outside of the United States, and in American underground music, rather than in mainstream popular music. Some bands, including Music/{{Deftones}}, Music/{{Korn}}, Music/LimpBizkit and Music/{{Slipknot}}, generally kept and expanded their style, and remained popular, while other bands, like Music/LinkinPark, abandoned the genre completely, and others still broke up and sometimes formed new bands. Its up to debate whether or not the genre is metal but in the grand scheme of things it's difficult to classify. The bands that were called nu-metal did not really sound like each other. For example compare Music/LimpBizkit to Coal Chamber. Many nu-metal bands never quite hit mainstream success despite what some metalheads say. To be blunt, most of the hate comes from a very vocal group of metalheads/purists. The hatred runs deep though, so it will take some time until someone can say they like the genre without getting hit with InternetBackdraft by the Hate Dom / Hate Dumb. In any case there are fans of nu-metal just like any other genre and the genre was viewed as a revival of sorts, creating a whole new group of metalheads. A full list of Nu-metal bands would prove controversial, because the term is considered to be derogatory to the point where even the bands themselves fight it (the term was first used in a Coal Chamber concert review in 1995). A fairly ''uncontroversial'' list would include the following: %%%Be careful when adding bands to the list; as has been stated before, the term is controversial. Only add a band if they're uncontroversially known as Nu-metal (this can include bands that have played Nu-metal at some point in their career, but generally are not part of the genre). * [[Music/TwentyDeadFlowerChildren 20 Dead Flower Children]] * 40 Below Summer * Adema (2000-2003 era apparently) * American Head Charge (they have industrial influences too) * American Hi-Fi * Blindspott * Bloodsimple * Coal Chamber * Crazy Town * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcg2Mmv3-w4 Dharmata]] (With a distinct groove metal bend) * Emmure (''Felony'' and after; overlaps with {{Deathcore}}) * Eths (at times) * Music/{{Deftones}} (One of the most critically acclaimed bands in the genre, especially for the album ''White Pony''. Also falls into AlternativeMetal.) * Demon Hunter (slowly converted to {{Metalcore}}) * DirEnGrey (sometimes) * Music/{{Disturbed}} (Since ''Believe'' they have started to move away from the genre.) * Dope * DrowningPool (Early material.) * Ill Nino (they are also AlternativeMetal, and they have elements of Latin music, too) * Kittie * Music/{{Korn}} (Also falls into AlternativeMetal, FunkMetal and IndustrialMetal.) * Lifer * Music/LimpBizkit (Also falls under RapMetal.) * Music/LinkinPark (first two albums only; everything after contains little to no metal, instead being alt-rock with some electronics here and there) * Lostprophets (first album) * Music/MachineHead (Two albums.) * MaximumTheHormone (Fully embrace the title, but ironically sound little like the stereotype.) * Music/{{Mudvayne}} (Widely regarded as one of the most talented bands associated with the genre.) * Nonpoint (post-grunge in later albums) * Papa Roach (Early material.) * Presence (Their last of two albums has more of an alt metal/ post grunge feel to it though) * Music/{{POD}} * Music/{{Powerman 5000}} * Saliva * {{Sepultura}} (''Roots'' only) * Sevendust (mainly AlternativeMetal, but they have been associated with the genre) * Music/{{Slipknot}} (Also AlternativeMetal and GrooveMetal more recently) * Music/{{Soulfly}} (Early material. Later GrooveMetal, then ThrashMetal.) * Shuvel * Spineshank * Staind (Mostly early material, then went post-grunge, however their most recent album has seen them return to their nu metal roots.) * Sum41 (Mainly Pop-punk) * Taproot * ThousandFootKrutch Not to be confused with [[CharsCounterattack Nu Gundam]]. And has nothing to do with the blue creatures from VideoGame/ChronoTrigger. !!Nu-Metal provides the following examples of tropes: * AlternativeMetal: Nu-metal started off as a subgenre of this, though grew in popularity to the point of it being counted as a separate genre. Several alt-metal bands, such as Music/FaithNoMore and Music/{{Primus}} served as huge influences to Nu-metal. * {{Angrish}}: Some Nu-metal singers can become so intensely enraged that they start losing coherence and spitting into the mic (bonus points if they sound out of breath by the end of it). Overlaps with SingingSimlish below (something Jonathan Davis has broken down into an art-form). * CarefulWithThatAxe: Many nu-metal songs consist of wild, throat-cracking, usually pissed-off screaming. * ClusterFBomb: Very, very common, especially with the more aggressive acts. * DeadHorseGenre / DeaderThanDisco: Many previous Nu-metal bands have moved away from the genre. Generally perceived as being "dead" in the eyes of mainstream American media, although it has a level of popularity overseas, where there was never a prejudice toward the genre, and in the American underground music scene. ** Although LimpBizkit's 2011 release "Gold Cobra"(which was a return to the band's earlier sounds in contrast to the DarkerAndEdgier atmosphere of The Unquestionable Truth) was both a critical and commercial success, so perhaps a resurrection of the genre isn't so farfetched? * DeadUnicornTrope: Looking at the list of qualities that are and aren't nu-metal mean that a completely pure nu-metal band probably doesn't exist outside of parody, which makes nu-metal either the widest or most narrow genre of all time: ** "Nu-metal bands never have guitar solos, but some do" (This is actually only true of a handful of bands who just happen to be labeled nu-metal. Many famous nu-metal bands ''do'' feature guitar solos, abiet somewhat short ones. Even LimpBizkit had a couple of brief guitar solos.) ** "All nu-metal bands rap, but some don't" (Korn, most obviously) *** And even Korn made some use of rapping, as on the rap battle with Fred Durst "All in the Family" and guest vocals from Nas and Ice Cube ** "Every nu-metal band [[{{Wangst}} whines about something]], but not all of them" (Deftones) ** "Nu-metal bassists play slap technique, some play other styles" ** "Some nu-metal bands play electronica (Linkin Park) while others have a more industrial-bend" (early Disturbed) ** "Nu-metal vocalists either have a low, scratchy grunt or a clean-sounding, boyish voice" ** "A nu-metal vocalist can either be manically high energy ([[DrowningPool Dave Williams]]) or brooding and reserved ([[BreakingBenjamin Benjamin Burnley]])" ** "Culturally, nu-metal lives on the gritty aggression of American machismo and yet some bands have a Latino influence" (P.O.D., Ill Nino, Soulfly) * EnsembleDarkhorse: Deftones get far more respect than other Nu-metal bands, possibly due to their experimental nature. ** Lesser known band Adema is considered by many to be one of the most enduring and underrated talents in the last ten years for some on a count of their difficulties mantaining their lead singers, changing styles, and for being put in situations where their break up seemed certain, but never comes about as they are passionate for their fans. ** {{Slipknot}} are starting to retroactively get this treatment. Even ''Terrorizer'' magazine, traditionally a magazine targeted at metalhead purists, has been getting in on the act, giving not one but ''two'' of their members cover slots and labelling their second album ''Iowa'' a bona-fide classic. [[MagazineDecay You can imagine how the magazine's traditional fanbase reacted to this.]] ** Music/DirEnGrey gains a ton of respect and critical acclaim from metal fans, both in Japan and around the world. They're one of the unique cases of a band that is widely liked by critics, despite drawing inspiration from the genre, as well as {{Deathcore}} in recent years. But they sound very little like the stereotypes, thanks to massive GenreBusting. *** Hell, they even went through a HairMetal phase. ** Music/MaximumTheHormone, another Japanese band, claims to be nu-metal, but doesn't really sound like one. Many J-metal fans consider them legit. ** Music/{{Ill Nino}} gets massive respect from the metal community, despite being labeled as a nu-metal band by some. Hell, pretty much all the songs on their second album could have been done by LinkinPark if the voice was different. Then again, [[NewSoundAlbum all their albums have a new sound]], so it's debatable that they have moved away from the nu-metal label. ** Music/{{Soulfly}} also get this treatment sometimes, particularly for their much heavier later material which verges on ThrashMetal. * EpilepticFlashingLights: Nu-metal music videos tend to take place in dark rooms ([[NoOSHACompliance probably a dangerous-looking factory]] or AbandonedWarehouse) with this sort of lighting. May have been inspired by the video to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBfygUiS50g Unsung]] by Helmet[[hottip:*:This is probably rooted in Nu-metal's connection with American tough guy culture; flashing lights, industrial imagery and schizophrenic camera editing have their place in the kind of movie trailers and wrestling events which Nu-metal often provided the soundtrack for]]. * FollowTheLeader: This is how the genre became as oversaturated with artists as it did; plenty of kids who wanted to start a band would see Korn, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, or some other act moving tons of units and filling large venues, and they'd decide that they wanted a piece of the pie as well and would proceed to copy a famous act, get snatched up by Roadrunner or Sony BMG in about a year, provide one or two charting hits, and then vanish as quickly as they came. This trope also came into effect whenever an established metal group was experiencing a low point in their career and needed to bump up the money they were making to stay afloat, which very frequently led to their going this route. * [[GatewaySeries Gateway Music]]: Are you a metalhead in his or her early-mid 20s? Deny all you want, but chances are good it's because of the bands listed above. * HarshVocals: The genre is filled with throaty pseudo-growls.[[hottip:*:There are a few who use cookie monster-style death grunts/screams, most notably Slipknot.]] * Music/HeavyMetal: Although a lot of metalheads claim otherwise. It's probably not something you should bring up if you don't want to risk a FlameWar. * InternetBackdraft: Talking about these bands on metal music forums . ** Hell, mention it anywhere on the internet. Anywhere at all. * ItsPopularNowItSucks: Perception of the genre from Metalheads. * [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade Hangings]][=/=][[{{Parody}} Parodies]] ** Allow HenryRollins [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEY1nRJx9v8 in his infinite wisdom to explain all]] ** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGRxmYXi4Io Girl All The Bad Guys Want]]" by BowlingForSoup has the narrator lamenting his inability to get the rocker chick who's into Nu-metal. The video parodies "It's Been A While" by Staind and "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit and three Slipknot look-alikes show up near the end to beat up the lead singer who's dressed as Fred Durst. -->"''She likes the Godsmack and I like Agent Orange,'' -->''Her CD-changer's full of singers that are mad at their dad''." ** The 40 Greatest Nu-Metal Songs Of All Time (pages [[http://www.epinions.com/content_4777484420 1]] and [[http://www0.epinions.com/content_4782006404 2]]) seems to address several Nu-metal clichés. * LyricalDissonance: The lyrics are generally angsty, and the music itself generally tries to create an aura of toughness. * MadnessMantra: A trope popular with the genre, [[TropesAreNotGood though not always used effectively]]. Singers will often repeat phrases in a PerishingAltRockVoice while getting louder and angrier, sounding as if they're becoming progressively unhinged. Frequently (and derisively) referred to as the "watch out man 'cuz I'm CRAZY!!" part. * MalevolentMaskedMen: Certain bands, such as Slipknot, use this trope. * TheManBehindTheMan: Pure Nu-metal bands rarely/never found lasting success, while the most acclaimed acts of the era generally were or were closer to Alt-metal. Today, as most of the Nu-metal bands change their sound, the more successful of them (at least, those that didn't go {{post-grunge}}) are either becoming more experimental or have moved into the classic sound of the the genres that inspired Nu-metal (early alternative, grunge, trad metal, groove, etc.), proving that the Nu-metal traits were expendable while the sound of Alt-metal was key. Thus, it wasn't Nu-metal that ruled rock music in the late '90s/early '00s, but Alt-metal in disguise. ** Alternatively, it's also possible that the most successful of the Nu-metal acts ([[VindicatedByHistory or at least the ones who survived the genre's crash]]) had to be "[[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap redeemed]]" from the Nu-metal tag with the Alt-metal tag as an easy escape. Truly, a pure Alt-metal band might have likely been ''less'' successful ([[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly with how strange they would have sounded]]). It's also possible that any Nu-metal band, given the time to evolve, will eventually become Alt-metal (with some doing it ahead of the others). * MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most bands are a 6 or a 7, with the softer ones and post-grunge crossover acts going into 4-5 and some of the harder ones going into an 8. * MuggingTheMonster: A fairly common thematic element, usually invoked at the song's bridge ("Break Stuff" by LimpBizkit and "Down With The Sickness" by Music/{{Disturbed}} are examples of this). * NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Scroll back up and look at the salad of genres that influenced Nu-metal. * NeverLiveItDown: The few Nu-metal bands that survived the fall of the genre are still being called this, except in a small few cases (see RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap below). ** In fact, this trope is so strong, that when Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber went on to start the band [=DevilDriver=], the band instantly became the [[AcceptableTargets new target]] for metalheads, which for the most part was not based on their music, but on Dez Fafara's past. This has often resulted in the band getting labeled as metalcore (see SpiritualSuccessor below), despite having little connection to the genre, being GrooveMetal with a few elements of MelodicDeathMetal. * NoTrueScotsman: It's a pretty safe bet that if a nu metal band receives any kind of critical recognition, the critic in question will immediately point out three or four highly tenuous reasons as to why the band in question isn't ''really'' part of the genre. See EnsembleDarkhorse above. * OneHitWonder: One of the most commonly mocked things about the genre was the sheer amount of bands who would get snatched up by a label and release one charting hit (two if they were very lucky) before falling off the map. ''Many'' of these hits were 80s pop covers. * PissTakeRap: Occasionally. * PublicMediumIgnorance: Explaining which bands are and aren't Nu-metal can be frustrating to genre fanatics. Most people lump AlternativeMetal, FunkMetal, RapMetal, IndustrialMetal and HardRock (and occasionally PostGrunge, GothicMetal and Music/{{Emo}}) under the genre (in many ways, Nu-metal has become the catch-all term for modern pop-metal and hard rock). Whether it's because the genre is ill-defined or just contradicts its own characteristics, this may be one of the reasons why the tag is so controversial (see DeadUnicornTrope above). In other words, many of the bands listed on this page probably aren't Nu-metal on a conventional level, but with how often they get tossed onto the pile, they may as well be (don't be offended if you see {{Music/Incubus}}, Orgy or Trapt being called Nu-metal). * RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: A few bands, particularly [[EnsembleDarkhorse Deftones]] and {{Slipknot}} are well-respected by critics, some of which argue that they were never a part of the genre to begin with. In other countries, where the prejudice never existed, bands are proud to claim they were influenced by Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and other NuMetal bands. * SanitySlippageSong: Very common. * TheScrappy: The genre itself is considered this to heavy metal by the Hate Dom / Hate Dumb, though in recent times it's become less hated than [[{{Crunkcore}} other]] [[{{Deathcore}} genres]]. * SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Songs and bands important to Nu-metal will probably never receive much respect after how their concepts were driven into the ground. Outside the U.S. however, they are much more respected. * SingingSimlish: [[Music/{{Korn}} Jonathan Davis]] popularized scat-singing in Nu-metal, which [[Music/{{Disturbed}} David Draiman]] took to its natural evolution (Ooh-wa-ah-ah-ah!). * SpiritualSuccessor: {{Metalcore}}, at least in terms of it being TheScrappy of the metal world. Metalcore is more respected than Nu-metal was, however - it is almost universally agreed to at least ''be'' metal. ** {{Deathcore}} seems to be even more of a spiritual successor to Nu-metal. It's even more hated than metalcore (though most metalheads still agree it's metal), and is starting to become as hated as Nu-metal, largely for the same reasons that nu-metal was hated (bands worming their way onto otherwise solid bills, obnoxious ubiquity of them in local metal scenes, frequent reliance on obnoxious gimmicks, exceedingly juvenile lyrical content, tendency for once-respected acts to go in this direction in the interest of sales). Quite a few deathcore bands have even been acknowledging nu-metal acts as influences. * {{Squick}}: Squick is a popular subject of Nu-metal. Singing about cuts, bleeding, and illnesses is standard. The overuse of "under my skin" is easy to spot. * ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Syncopated, rhythmically-driven power chord riffs are common. * TropeCodifier: LimpBizkit. * TropeMaker: Music/{{Korn}}. * {{Wangst}}: Most of the attempts by bands to write personal or emotional lyrics turned out like this. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: If it weren't for Nu-metal's genre salad being perceived as a marketable formula, Alternative metal and metal as a whole could've seen the kind of pan-cultural experimentalism only enjoyed by Prog becoming a cultural phenomenon (NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly at a major level). Sadly, most metal purists are scared for life at the idea of even touching Nu-metal's wackiness (and by extension, Alt-metal's wackiness). When Nu-metal fell, it nearly took Alt-metal down with it. -->"''Why didn't Nu-metal sound like this?''" -->-Metal Hammer Magazine on ''Pain'' by Dub War. * XtremeKoolLetterz: Several band names, including (but not limited to) Music/{{Korn}} (which spells its name with a [[TheBackwardsR backwards "R"]]), LimpBizkit and LinkinPark. ---- Some classic Nu-metal tunes: * Korn: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGK00Q7xx-s&ob=av2e Blind]] * Linkin Park: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd9OhYroLN0&ob=av3e Crawling]] * Limp Bizkit: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDdGrlylcEU Counterfeit]] * Slipknot: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGl2xq2e1Yo Wait And Bleed]] * Deftones: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMPtIhAPnn4 Back To School (Mini Maggit)]] * Drowning Pool: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIvW4yDh6QY Bodies]] * Papa Roach: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0lSpNtjPM8&ob=av3e Last Resort]] * Saliva: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foFFGfG3pnY Click Click Boom]] * P.O.D.: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lI_YSFjhgY Youth Of The Nation]] ----
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'''Nu-Metal''' is essentially a mixture of several different genres (most notably {{Grunge}}, {{Hip-Hop}}, AlternativeMetal, RapRock and GrooveMetal). It is characterized by downtuned guitars with liberal use of palm muting, vocals that range from screaming to rapping (often in the same song), stop-and-start driving bass with a "funky"/slapped quality, hip hop-influenced drumming, varying degrees of electronic manipulation and roughly equal prominence of all instrumentation. The lyrics usually focus on personal crises and painful experience. Its exact origins are generally agreed to start with the band Music/{{Korn}}, whose surprise success in the [[TheNineties mid-1990s]] caused a wave of bands to play a similar style and get massively popular with {{MTV}} audiences despite a lukewarm critical reception. Many of the early bands were from California, like AlternativeRock and AlternativeMetal. The producer Ross Robinson is associated with it; he produced Korn's first album. Its mainstream popularity lasted until the [[TurnOfTheMillennium early-2000s]], when {{Emo}} took its place. More recently, it seems to be better received outside of the United States, and in American underground music, rather than in mainstream popular music. Some bands, including Music/{{Deftones}}, Music/{{Korn}}, Music/LimpBizkit and Music/{{Slipknot}}, generally kept and expanded their style, and remained popular, while other bands, like Music/LinkinPark, abandoned the genre completely, and others still broke up and sometimes formed new bands. Its up to debate whether or not the genre is metal but in the grand scheme of things it's difficult to classify. The bands that were called nu-metal did not really sound like each other. For example compare Music/LimpBizkit to Coal Chamber. Many nu-metal bands never quite hit mainstream success despite what some metalheads say. To be blunt, most of the hate comes from a very vocal group of metalheads/purists. The hatred runs deep though, so it will take some time until someone can say they like the genre without getting hit with InternetBackdraft by the Hate Dom / Hate Dumb. In any case there are fans of nu-metal just like any other genre and the genre was viewed as a revival of sorts, creating a whole new group of metalheads. A full list of Nu-metal bands would prove controversial, because the term is considered to be derogatory to the point where even the bands themselves fight it (the term was first used in a Coal Chamber concert review in 1995). A fairly ''uncontroversial'' list would include the following: %%%Be careful when adding bands to the list; as has been stated before, the term is controversial. Only add a band if they're uncontroversially known as Nu-metal (this can include bands that have played Nu-metal at some point in their career, but generally are not part of the genre). * [[Music/TwentyDeadFlowerChildren 20 Dead Flower Children]] * 40 Below Summer * Adema (2000-2003 era apparently) * American Head Charge (they have industrial influences too) * American Hi-Fi * Blindspott * Bloodsimple * Coal Chamber * Crazy Town * [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcg2Mmv3-w4 Dharmata]] (With a distinct groove metal bend) * Emmure (''Felony'' and after; overlaps with {{Deathcore}}) * Eths (at times) * Music/{{Deftones}} (One of the most critically acclaimed bands in the genre, especially for the album ''White Pony''. Also falls into AlternativeMetal.) * Demon Hunter (slowly converted to {{Metalcore}}) * DirEnGrey (sometimes) * Music/{{Disturbed}} (Since ''Believe'' they have started to move away from the genre.) * Dope * DrowningPool (Early material.) * Ill Nino (they are also AlternativeMetal, and they have elements of Latin music, too) * Kittie * Music/{{Korn}} (Also falls into AlternativeMetal, FunkMetal and IndustrialMetal.) * Lifer * Music/LimpBizkit (Also falls under RapMetal.) * Music/LinkinPark (first two albums only; everything after contains little to no metal, instead being alt-rock with some electronics here and there) * Lostprophets (first album) * Music/MachineHead (Two albums.) * MaximumTheHormone (Fully embrace the title, but ironically sound little like the stereotype.) * Music/{{Mudvayne}} (Widely regarded as one of the most talented bands associated with the genre.) * Nonpoint (post-grunge in later albums) * Papa Roach (Early material.) * Presence (Their last of two albums has more of an alt metal/ post grunge feel to it though) * Music/{{POD}} * Music/{{Powerman 5000}} * Saliva * {{Sepultura}} (''Roots'' only) * Sevendust (mainly AlternativeMetal, but they have been associated with the genre) * Music/{{Slipknot}} (Also AlternativeMetal and GrooveMetal more recently) * Music/{{Soulfly}} (Early material. Later GrooveMetal, then ThrashMetal.) * Shuvel * Spineshank * Staind (Mostly early material, then went post-grunge, however their most recent album has seen them return to their nu metal roots.) * Sum41 (Mainly Pop-punk) * Taproot * ThousandFootKrutch Not to be confused with [[CharsCounterattack Nu Gundam]]. And has nothing to do with the blue creatures from VideoGame/ChronoTrigger. !!Nu-Metal provides the following examples of tropes: * AlternativeMetal: Nu-metal started off as a subgenre of this, though grew in popularity to the point of it being counted as a separate genre. Several alt-metal bands, such as Music/FaithNoMore and Music/{{Primus}} served as huge influences to Nu-metal. * {{Angrish}}: Some Nu-metal singers can become so intensely enraged that they start losing coherence and spitting into the mic (bonus points if they sound out of breath by the end of it). Overlaps with SingingSimlish below (something Jonathan Davis has broken down into an art-form). * CarefulWithThatAxe: Many nu-metal songs consist of wild, throat-cracking, usually pissed-off screaming. * ClusterFBomb: Very, very common, especially with the more aggressive acts. * DeadHorseGenre / DeaderThanDisco: Many previous Nu-metal bands have moved away from the genre. Generally perceived as being "dead" in the eyes of mainstream American media, although it has a level of popularity overseas, where there was never a prejudice toward the genre, and in the American underground music scene. ** Although LimpBizkit's 2011 release "Gold Cobra"(which was a return to the band's earlier sounds in contrast to the DarkerAndEdgier atmosphere of The Unquestionable Truth) was both a critical and commercial success, so perhaps a resurrection of the genre isn't so farfetched? * DeadUnicornTrope: Looking at the list of qualities that are and aren't nu-metal mean that a completely pure nu-metal band probably doesn't exist outside of parody, which makes nu-metal either the widest or most narrow genre of all time: ** "Nu-metal bands never have guitar solos, but some do" (This is actually only true of a handful of bands who just happen to be labeled nu-metal. Many famous nu-metal bands ''do'' feature guitar solos, abiet somewhat short ones. Even LimpBizkit had a couple of brief guitar solos.) ** "All nu-metal bands rap, but some don't" (Korn, most obviously) *** And even Korn made some use of rapping, as on the rap battle with Fred Durst "All in the Family" and guest vocals from Nas and Ice Cube ** "Every nu-metal band [[{{Wangst}} whines about something]], but not all of them" (Deftones) ** "Nu-metal bassists play slap technique, some play other styles" ** "Some nu-metal bands play electronica (Linkin Park) while others have a more industrial-bend" (early Disturbed) ** "Nu-metal vocalists either have a low, scratchy grunt or a clean-sounding, boyish voice" ** "A nu-metal vocalist can either be manically high energy ([[DrowningPool Dave Williams]]) or brooding and reserved ([[BreakingBenjamin Benjamin Burnley]])" ** "Culturally, nu-metal lives on the gritty aggression of American machismo and yet some bands have a Latino influence" (P.O.D., Ill Nino, Soulfly) * EnsembleDarkhorse: Deftones get far more respect than other Nu-metal bands, possibly due to their experimental nature. ** Lesser known band Adema is considered by many to be one of the most enduring and underrated talents in the last ten years for some on a count of their difficulties mantaining their lead singers, changing styles, and for being put in situations where their break up seemed certain, but never comes about as they are passionate for their fans. ** {{Slipknot}} are starting to retroactively get this treatment. Even ''Terrorizer'' magazine, traditionally a magazine targeted at metalhead purists, has been getting in on the act, giving not one but ''two'' of their members cover slots and labelling their second album ''Iowa'' a bona-fide classic. [[MagazineDecay You can imagine how the magazine's traditional fanbase reacted to this.]] ** Music/DirEnGrey gains a ton of respect and critical acclaim from metal fans, both in Japan and around the world. They're one of the unique cases of a band that is widely liked by critics, despite drawing inspiration from the genre, as well as {{Deathcore}} in recent years. But they sound very little like the stereotypes, thanks to massive GenreBusting. *** Hell, they even went through a HairMetal phase. ** Music/MaximumTheHormone, another Japanese band, claims to be nu-metal, but doesn't really sound like one. Many J-metal fans consider them legit. ** Music/{{Ill Nino}} gets massive respect from the metal community, despite being labeled as a nu-metal band by some. Hell, pretty much all the songs on their second album could have been done by LinkinPark if the voice was different. Then again, [[NewSoundAlbum all their albums have a new sound]], so it's debatable that they have moved away from the nu-metal label. ** Music/{{Soulfly}} also get this treatment sometimes, particularly for their much heavier later material which verges on ThrashMetal. * EpilepticFlashingLights: Nu-metal music videos tend to take place in dark rooms ([[NoOSHACompliance probably a dangerous-looking factory]] or AbandonedWarehouse) with this sort of lighting. May have been inspired by the video to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBfygUiS50g Unsung]] by Helmet[[hottip:*:This is probably rooted in Nu-metal's connection with American tough guy culture; flashing lights, industrial imagery and schizophrenic camera editing have their place in the kind of movie trailers and wrestling events which Nu-metal often provided the soundtrack for]]. * FollowTheLeader: This is how the genre became as oversaturated with artists as it did; plenty of kids who wanted to start a band would see Korn, Disturbed, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, or some other act moving tons of units and filling large venues, and they'd decide that they wanted a piece of the pie as well and would proceed to copy a famous act, get snatched up by Roadrunner or Sony BMG in about a year, provide one or two charting hits, and then vanish as quickly as they came. This trope also came into effect whenever an established metal group was experiencing a low point in their career and needed to bump up the money they were making to stay afloat, which very frequently led to their going this route. * [[GatewaySeries Gateway Music]]: Are you a metalhead in his or her early-mid 20s? Deny all you want, but chances are good it's because of the bands listed above. * HarshVocals: The genre is filled with throaty pseudo-growls.[[hottip:*:There are a few who use cookie monster-style death grunts/screams, most notably Slipknot.]] * Music/HeavyMetal: Although a lot of metalheads claim otherwise. It's probably not something you should bring up if you don't want to risk a FlameWar. * InternetBackdraft: Talking about these bands on metal music forums . ** Hell, mention it anywhere on the internet. Anywhere at all. * ItsPopularNowItSucks: Perception of the genre from Metalheads. * [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade Hangings]][=/=][[{{Parody}} Parodies]] ** Allow HenryRollins [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEY1nRJx9v8 in his infinite wisdom to explain all]] ** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGRxmYXi4Io Girl All The Bad Guys Want]]" by BowlingForSoup has the narrator lamenting his inability to get the rocker chick who's into Nu-metal. The video parodies "It's Been A While" by Staind and "Break Stuff" by Limp Bizkit and three Slipknot look-alikes show up near the end to beat up the lead singer who's dressed as Fred Durst. -->"''She likes the Godsmack and I like Agent Orange,'' -->''Her CD-changer's full of singers that are mad at their dad''." ** The 40 Greatest Nu-Metal Songs Of All Time (pages [[http://www.epinions.com/content_4777484420 1]] and [[http://www0.epinions.com/content_4782006404 2]]) seems to address several Nu-metal clichés. * LyricalDissonance: The lyrics are generally angsty, and the music itself generally tries to create an aura of toughness. * MadnessMantra: A trope popular with the genre, [[TropesAreNotGood though not always used effectively]]. Singers will often repeat phrases in a PerishingAltRockVoice while getting louder and angrier, sounding as if they're becoming progressively unhinged. Frequently (and derisively) referred to as the "watch out man 'cuz I'm CRAZY!!" part. * MalevolentMaskedMen: Certain bands, such as Slipknot, use this trope. * TheManBehindTheMan: Pure Nu-metal bands rarely/never found lasting success, while the most acclaimed acts of the era generally were or were closer to Alt-metal. Today, as most of the Nu-metal bands change their sound, the more successful of them (at least, those that didn't go {{post-grunge}}) are either becoming more experimental or have moved into the classic sound of the the genres that inspired Nu-metal (early alternative, grunge, trad metal, groove, etc.), proving that the Nu-metal traits were expendable while the sound of Alt-metal was key. Thus, it wasn't Nu-metal that ruled rock music in the late '90s/early '00s, but Alt-metal in disguise. ** Alternatively, it's also possible that the most successful of the Nu-metal acts ([[VindicatedByHistory or at least the ones who survived the genre's crash]]) had to be "[[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap redeemed]]" from the Nu-metal tag with the Alt-metal tag as an easy escape. Truly, a pure Alt-metal band might have likely been ''less'' successful ([[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly with how strange they would have sounded]]). It's also possible that any Nu-metal band, given the time to evolve, will eventually become Alt-metal (with some doing it ahead of the others). * MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Most bands are a 6 or a 7, with the softer ones and post-grunge crossover acts going into 4-5 and some of the harder ones going into an 8. * MuggingTheMonster: A fairly common thematic element, usually invoked at the song's bridge ("Break Stuff" by LimpBizkit and "Down With The Sickness" by Music/{{Disturbed}} are examples of this). * NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: Scroll back up and look at the salad of genres that influenced Nu-metal. * NeverLiveItDown: The few Nu-metal bands that survived the fall of the genre are still being called this, except in a small few cases (see RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap below). ** In fact, this trope is so strong, that when Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber went on to start the band [=DevilDriver=], the band instantly became the [[AcceptableTargets new target]] for metalheads, which for the most part was not based on their music, but on Dez Fafara's past. This has often resulted in the band getting labeled as metalcore (see SpiritualSuccessor below), despite having little connection to the genre, being GrooveMetal with a few elements of MelodicDeathMetal. * NoTrueScotsman: It's a pretty safe bet that if a nu metal band receives any kind of critical recognition, the critic in question will immediately point out three or four highly tenuous reasons as to why the band in question isn't ''really'' part of the genre. See EnsembleDarkhorse above. * OneHitWonder: One of the most commonly mocked things about the genre was the sheer amount of bands who would get snatched up by a label and release one charting hit (two if they were very lucky) before falling off the map. ''Many'' of these hits were 80s pop covers. * PissTakeRap: Occasionally. * PublicMediumIgnorance: Explaining which bands are and aren't Nu-metal can be frustrating to genre fanatics. Most people lump AlternativeMetal, FunkMetal, RapMetal, IndustrialMetal and HardRock (and occasionally PostGrunge, GothicMetal and Music/{{Emo}}) under the genre (in many ways, Nu-metal has become the catch-all term for modern pop-metal and hard rock). Whether it's because the genre is ill-defined or just contradicts its own characteristics, this may be one of the reasons why the tag is so controversial (see DeadUnicornTrope above). In other words, many of the bands listed on this page probably aren't Nu-metal on a conventional level, but with how often they get tossed onto the pile, they may as well be (don't be offended if you see {{Music/Incubus}}, Orgy or Trapt being called Nu-metal). * RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: A few bands, particularly [[EnsembleDarkhorse Deftones]] and {{Slipknot}} are well-respected by critics, some of which argue that they were never a part of the genre to begin with. In other countries, where the prejudice never existed, bands are proud to claim they were influenced by Korn, Limp Bizkit, Slipknot and other NuMetal bands. * SanitySlippageSong: Very common. * TheScrappy: The genre itself is considered this to heavy metal by the Hate Dom / Hate Dumb, though in recent times it's become less hated than [[{{Crunkcore}} other]] [[{{Deathcore}} genres]]. * SeinfeldIsUnfunny: Songs and bands important to Nu-metal will probably never receive much respect after how their concepts were driven into the ground. Outside the U.S. however, they are much more respected. * SingingSimlish: [[Music/{{Korn}} Jonathan Davis]] popularized scat-singing in Nu-metal, which [[Music/{{Disturbed}} David Draiman]] took to its natural evolution (Ooh-wa-ah-ah-ah!). * SpiritualSuccessor: {{Metalcore}}, at least in terms of it being TheScrappy of the metal world. Metalcore is more respected than Nu-metal was, however - it is almost universally agreed to at least ''be'' metal. ** {{Deathcore}} seems to be even more of a spiritual successor to Nu-metal. It's even more hated than metalcore (though most metalheads still agree it's metal), and is starting to become as hated as Nu-metal, largely for the same reasons that nu-metal was hated (bands worming their way onto otherwise solid bills, obnoxious ubiquity of them in local metal scenes, frequent reliance on obnoxious gimmicks, exceedingly juvenile lyrical content, tendency for once-respected acts to go in this direction in the interest of sales). Quite a few deathcore bands have even been acknowledging nu-metal acts as influences. * {{Squick}}: Squick is a popular subject of Nu-metal. Singing about cuts, bleeding, and illnesses is standard. The overuse of "under my skin" is easy to spot. * ThreeChordsAndTheTruth: Syncopated, rhythmically-driven power chord riffs are common. * TropeCodifier: LimpBizkit. * TropeMaker: Music/{{Korn}}. * {{Wangst}}: Most of the attempts by bands to write personal or emotional lyrics turned out like this. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: If it weren't for Nu-metal's genre salad being perceived as a marketable formula, Alternative metal and metal as a whole could've seen the kind of pan-cultural experimentalism only enjoyed by Prog becoming a cultural phenomenon (NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly at a major level). Sadly, most metal purists are scared for life at the idea of even touching Nu-metal's wackiness (and by extension, Alt-metal's wackiness). When Nu-metal fell, it nearly took Alt-metal down with it. -->"''Why didn't Nu-metal sound like this?''" -->-Metal Hammer Magazine on ''Pain'' by Dub War. * XtremeKoolLetterz: Several band names, including (but not limited to) Music/{{Korn}} (which spells its name with a [[TheBackwardsR backwards "R"]]), LimpBizkit and LinkinPark. ---- Some classic Nu-metal tunes: * Korn: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGK00Q7xx-s&ob=av2e Blind]] * Linkin Park: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd9OhYroLN0&ob=av3e Crawling]] * Limp Bizkit: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDdGrlylcEU Counterfeit]] * Slipknot: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGl2xq2e1Yo Wait And Bleed]] * Deftones: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMPtIhAPnn4 Back To School (Mini Maggit)]] * Drowning Pool: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIvW4yDh6QY Bodies]] * Papa Roach: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0lSpNtjPM8&ob=av3e Last Resort]] * Saliva: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foFFGfG3pnY Click Click Boom]] * P.O.D.: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lI_YSFjhgY Youth Of The Nation]] ----[[redirect:NuMetal]]
3rd Jun '13 7:50:43 AM SeptimusHeap
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* BadassLonghair: In contrast to the flowing mane of classic 80's metal bands, Nu-metal tends to take this trope in the form of [[ImprobableHairStyle thick dreadlocks]]. [[Music/{{Slipknot}} Corey Taylor]]'s first mask even had these shooting from the crown of his head to compensate for the shortness of his natural hair.
2nd Jun '13 5:27:44 PM Metalhead14
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28th May '13 9:44:53 AM Metalhead14
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* Demon Hunter (slowly converted to MetalCore)
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11th May '13 6:29:47 AM Metalhead14
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* Music/LinkinPark (Though they've been trying hard to rid themselves of this label, as well as every other label but the one that produces their albums.)
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* Music/LinkinPark (Though they've been trying hard (first two albums only; everything after contains little to rid themselves of this label, as well as every other label but the one that produces their albums.)no metal, instead being alt-rock with some electronics here and there)
12th Apr '13 12:24:03 AM EarlOfSandvich
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* {{Mudvayne}} (Widely regarded as one of the most talented bands associated with the genre.)
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* {{Mudvayne}} Music/{{Mudvayne}} (Widely regarded as one of the most talented bands associated with the genre.)
14th Mar '13 8:44:20 PM darkrage6
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** This was one of the few times where there were actually good reasons for this, as the hatred came from a mixture of the extreme ubiquity of the bands in the genre's heyday (just about any bill would have two or three of these acts on it, and "metal" nights at a good portion of bars and clubs consisted solely of them), reliance on gimmicks as a cheap way of getting critical praise for being "unique", and the tendency for many formerly well-liked bands, particularly thrash acts, to move in this direction (if they didn't decide to copy Machine Head or Pro-Pain and go post-thrash, that is) in hope of commercial success.
14th Mar '13 8:39:26 PM darkrage6
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* Music/LimpBizkit (Easily the most critically panned band in the genre. Also falls under RapMetal.)
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* Music/LimpBizkit (Easily the most critically panned band in the genre. Also (Also falls under RapMetal.)
11th Mar '13 5:47:42 AM maper74
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Dez Fafara's name was misspelled, fixed it.
** In fact, this trope is so strong, that when Daz Fafara of Coal Chamber went on to start the band [=DevilDriver=], the band instantly became the [[AcceptableTargets new target]] for metalheads, which for the most part was not based on their music, but on Daz Fafara's past. This has often resulted in the band getting labeled as metalcore (see SpiritualSuccessor below), despite having little connection to the genre, being GrooveMetal with a few elements of MelodicDeathMetal.
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** In fact, this trope is so strong, that when Daz Dez Fafara of Coal Chamber went on to start the band [=DevilDriver=], the band instantly became the [[AcceptableTargets new target]] for metalheads, which for the most part was not based on their music, but on Daz Dez Fafara's past. This has often resulted in the band getting labeled as metalcore (see SpiritualSuccessor below), despite having little connection to the genre, being GrooveMetal with a few elements of MelodicDeathMetal.
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* Killswitch Engage * Kittie (early material)
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* Music/LimpBizkit (Also falls into AlternativeMetal, FunkMetal and RapMetal.)
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* Music/LimpBizkit (Also (Easily the most critically panned band in the genre. Also falls into AlternativeMetal, FunkMetal and under RapMetal.)

* Music/LimpBizkit (Also falls into AlternativeMetal, FunkMetal and RapMetal.{{Mudvayne}} (Widely regarded as one of the most talented bands associated with the genre.)

* Music/RageAgainstTheMachine

* Music/{{Slipknot}} (Also AlternativeMetal)
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* Staind (Mostly early material, then went post-grunge) * Sum41
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* Staind (Mostly early material, then went post-grunge) post-grunge, however their most recent album has seen them return to their nu metal roots.) * Sum41Sum41 (Mainly Pop-punk)
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