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Funk Metal

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Primary Stylistic Influences (70s Punk):
Secondary Stylistic Influences (70s Punk):

So, let's say you've got two genres that are great on their own, namely Funk and Heavy Metal. What happens when you put them together? Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Take Funk Rock, replace the rock with Heavy Metal, turn up the amps and rock out. Emerged in The '80s and became really popular in The '90s. Can frequently overlap with Rap Metal, Rap Rock or Alternative Metal.


The Funk Metal genre contains the following tropes:

  • Alternative Metal: Almost all of the bands classified as Funk Metal could be classified as this as well. In fact, Funk Metal is arguably a subgenre of it.
    • Nu Metal: A derivative of the genre, and some later Funk Metal bands count as this as well (ie Korn, Limp Bizkit and arguably Snot as well).
  • Hair Metal: Most of the bands that don't also count as Alternative Metal can be considered this as well, Extreme being the foremost example.
  • Piss-Take Rap: Some bands singers' count as this, though many are either competent rappers or don't try to rap at all.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Some bands have shades of this. Not anywhere near universal, though.
  • Ur-Example: "Super Stupid" by Funkadelic can be considered one of the earliest examples, as it took a metallic sound and infused their trademark Funk elements into it.
    • "N.I.B." by Black Sabbath could also be considered an early example due to its heavy focus on a wah wah infused bassline.