Nu metal

Nu metal (also known as nü-metal and aggro-metal) is a subgenre of alternative metal that combines elements of heavy metal music with elements of other music genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, industrial, and grunge. Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are occasionally featured in nu metal to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds. Vocal styles in nu metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the new wave of American heavy metal.

Nu metal became popular in the late 1990s with bands and artists such as Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Kid Rock all releasing albums that sold millions of copies. Nu metal's popularity continued during the early 2000s, with bands such as Papa Roach, Staind, and P.O.D. all selling multi-platinum albums, and came to a peak with Linkin Park's diamond-selling album Hybrid Theory. However, by the mid-2000s, the oversaturation of bands combined with the under-performance of a number of high-profile 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.

During the 2010s, there has been a minor nu metal revival; many bands that combine nu metal with other genres (for example, metalcore) emerged and some nu metal bands from the 1990s and early 2000s returned to the nu metal sound.

Nu metal
Other names
  • Nü-metal
  • aggro-metal
Stylistic origins
Cultural originsEarly to mid-1990s, California, United States
Typical instruments
Derivative forms
Fusion genres
Nu metalcore
Regional scenes
Other topics
New wave of American heavy metal

Characteristics and fashion

Terminology and origins

Nu metal is also known as nü-metal[3][4] and aggro-metal.[5][6] It is a subgenre of alternative metal.[5][7] MTV states that the early nu metal group Korn "arrived in 1993 into the burgeoning alternative metal scene, which would morph into nü-metal the way college rock became alternative rock."[7] Stereogum has similarly claimed that nu metal was a "weird outgrowth of the Lollapalooza-era alt-metal scene".[8] Nu metal merges elements of heavy metal music[5][9][10] with elements of other music genres such as grunge,[5] hip hop,[5][11] and alternative rock.[12]

Nu metal bands have been influenced by and have used elements of a variety of musical genres, including electronic music, funk, gothic rock, hardcore punk, punk rock, dance music, new wave, jazz, post-punk, symphonic rock and synth-pop.[5][9][13][14][15][16] Nu metal bands also are influenced by and use elements of genres of heavy metal music such as death metal, rap metal, groove metal, funk metal, and thrash metal.[5][9][13][17] Some nu metal bands, such as Static-X[18] and Dope,[19] made nu metal music with elements of industrial metal. In contrast with other heavy metal subgenres, nu metal tends to use the same structure of verses, choruses and bridges as those in pop music.[17][20][21]

Musical characteristics


Korn bassist Fieldy (pictured) cites bassists such as Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Les Claypool of Primus as influences.[7][22]

Nu metal is heavily syncopated and is based mostly on guitar riffs.[4] Mid-song bridges and a general lack of guitar solos contrasts it with other genres of heavy metal.[4][23] Kory Grow of Revolver wrote, "... [i]n its efforts to tune down and simplify riffs, nu-metal effectively drove a stake through the heart of the guitar solo".[24] Another contrast with other heavy metal genres is nu metal's emphasis on rhythm, rather than on complexity or mood, often its rhythm sounds like that of groove metal.[9] The wah pedal is occasionally featured in nu metal music.[24] Nu metal guitar riffs occasionally are similar to those of death metal.[17]

Nu metal bassists and drummers are often influenced by funk and hip hop, respectively, adding to nu metal's rhythmic nature.[25][26] Blast beats, which are common in heavy metal subgenres such as black metal and death metal, are extremely rare in nu metal.[20] Nu metal's similarities with many heavy metal subgenres include its use of common time, distorted guitars, power chords and note structures primarily revolving around Dorian, Aeolian or Phrygian modes.[4] 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."[27]

Some nu metal bands use seven-string guitars[28] that are generally down-tuned,[20][29] rather than traditional six-string guitars.[13] Likewise, some bass guitarists use five-string and six-string instruments.[13][30] Bass guitar-playing in nu metal often features an emphasis on funk elements.[28] In nu metal music, DJs are sometimes featured to provide instrumentation such as sampling, turntable scratching and electronic backgrounds.[13] Nu metal tends to have hip hop grooves and rhythms.[23][17][28]


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Fred Durst of nu metal band Limp Bizkit

Vocal styles used in nu metal music include singing,[17] rapping,[23][31] screaming[20][31] and growling.[31] Vocals in nu metal are often rhythmic and influenced by hip hop.[32] Although some nu metal bands, such as Limp Bizkit[33] and Linkin Park[34][35] have rapping in their music, some nu metal bands, such as Godsmack[36] and Staind,[37] 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.[38][39] The hip hop musician Nas was featured on Korn's song "Play Me", which is on the band's album Take a Look in the Mirror.[40] Limp Bizkit has recorded with multiple hip hop musicians including Method Man,[41] Lil Wayne,[42] Xzibit,[43] Redman,[43] DMX[44] and Snoop Dogg.[45] Linkin Park collaborated with hip hop musician Jay Z on their 2004 extended play Collision Course.[46] Kid Rock has recorded with hip hop musicians Eminem[47] and Snoop Dogg.[48] 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."[49]


Lyrics in nu metal songs are often angry or nihilistic;[17][28][31] many of the genre's lyrics focus on topics such as pain,[15][31] angst,[23][31] bullying,[2] emotional issues,[2][28] abandonment,[2][28] betrayal,[2] and personal alienation,[15][31] in a way similar to those of grunge.[2][15][31][50] A lot of nu metal lyrics that are about these topics tend to be in a very direct tone.[28] However, some nu metal songs have lyrics that are about other topics. P.O.D. have used positive lyrics about promise and hope.[51] The nu metal[52] song "Bodies" by Drowning Pool is about moshing.[53] Saliva guitarist Wayne Swinny said that the band's song "Badass" was "meant to be one of those 'sports anthem kind of songs' ".[54] 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. Oddly, audiences took frontman Fred Durst more seriously than he wanted, failing to see the intentional silliness in many of his songs".[28] Limp Bizkit's lyrics also have been described as misogynistic.[55] Dope's lyrics are usually about sex, drugs, parties, women, violence and relationships.[56] According to Josh Chesler of the Phoenix New Times, the lyrics of Deftones, who were once a nu metal band, "tend to have complex allusions and leave the songs open to many different interpretations."[57]


Nu metal clothing typically consists of baggy pants,[24][58][59][60] shirts, and shorts,[23][61] JNCO jeans,[62][63] Adidas tracksuits,[63] sports jerseys,[64] baseball caps,[65] baggy hoodies,[60] cargo pants, and sweatpants.[66] Nu metal hairstyles and facial hairstyles include dreadlocks,[66] spiky hair,[58][64] chin beards,[59][66] bald heads,[66][67] goatees,[66] frosted tips,[60] and bleached or dyed hair.[58][66] Common accessories in nu metal fashion include wallet chains,[23][64][67] tattoos,[23][61][67] and piercings,[23][24][61][66] especially facial piercings.[60][67] Nu metal fashion has been compared to hip hop fashion.[24]

Some nu metal bands such as Motograter,[68] Mushroomhead,[69] Mudvayne,[70][71] and Slipknot[67][72] wear masks, jumpsuits, costumes, face paint, corpse paint or body paint. A few nu metal bands, such as Coal Chamber,[73] Evanescence,[74] and Kittie,[75] are known for having gothic appearances.


1980s–1993: Predecessors and influences

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Primus, a common influence to nu metal bands, uses elements of diverse genres such as speed metal, thrash metal, punk rock and funk.[76]

Many heavy metal, alternative metal, industrial, funk metal, alternative rock, rap metal, and industrial metal artists and bands of the 1980s and early 1990s have been credited with laying groundwork for the development of nu metal by combining heavy guitar riffs with pop music structures and drawing influences from subgenres of heavy metal and other music genres; Faith No More,[77][78] Primus,[77][79] Helmet,[80][81] Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E.,[82] Tool,[83] Fear Factory,[84] 24-7 Spyz,[85] Hot Dawgz,[85] Fishbone,[85] Biohazard,[86] Suicidal Tendencies,[86] Infectious Grooves,[87] Godflesh,[88] Red Hot Chili Peppers,[77][89] Nine Inch Nails,[90][91] White Zombie,[90] Mr. Bungle,[77] Prong,[92] Rage Against the Machine,[77] and Ministry[93] all have been highlighted as examples of this.

Groove metal and thrash metal bands of the same period such as Machine Head,[85] Sepultura,[78][94] Metallica,[10][95] Pantera,[96] Slayer,[95] and Anthrax[95] all have been cited as influential to nu metal as well. For example, Anthrax pioneered the rap metal genre by combining hip hop and rap with heavy metal on their 1987 EP I'm the Man,[97] which laid groundwork for nu metal's development.[65] Korn's lead vocalist Jonathan Davis said about Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, "if there was no Dimebag Darrell, there would be no Korn".[98]

Producer Rick Rubin helped create rap rock in the 1980s with hip hop groups such as the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C.[99]

In the 1990s, bands described as "neo-metal" by the author Garry Sharpe-Young emerged; these bands include Pantera, Strapping Young Lad, Machine Head, Biohazard and Fear Factory. Sharpe-Young wrote that these bands "had chosen to strip metal down to its raw, primal element" and that "neo-metal paved the way for nu-metal".[100]

Nu metal is often influenced by hip hop.[11] hip hop musicians Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have been a big influence on nu metal creators and pioneers Korn;[101][102] guitarist Munky said the band were trying to emulate the samples of Dr. Dre's 1992 album The Chronic.[102] Munky and fellow Korn guitarist Head also said they tried to emulate samples by the hip hop group Cypress Hill.[101][103] Both the Geto Boys and N.W.A. also have been a major influence on Korn.[103] Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit has cited the hip hop group The Fat Boys as a major influence on him.[104] The nu metal band Papa Roach cited rapper Nas and hip hop groups Wu-Tang Clan and Fugees as influences.[105][106] Shifty Shellshock of the nu metal band Crazy Town cited Run–D.M.C. and Beastie Boys as influences.[107] Josey Scott of the nu metal band Saliva cited Run–D.M.C., LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Chuck D, Doug E. Fresh, and Whodini as influences.[108] Sonny Sandoval of the nu metal band P.O.D. cited hip hop groups Boogie Down Productions and Run–D.M.C. as influences.[109] Linkin Park member Mike Shinoda's hip hop influences include Boogie Down Productions, Public Enemy, N.W.A., and the Juice Crew.[110] Chester Bennington, another member of Linkin Park, cited A Tribe Called Quest, KRS-One, Run–D.M.C., Public Enemy, N.W.A., Beastie Boys, and Rob Base as influences.[111] Beastie Boys are a hip hop music group that influenced nu metal.[112] Hip hop group Run–DMC was one of the first groups to combine rap with rock,[113][114] paving the way for nu metal.[115]

1993–1998: Early development and rise

Joel McIver acknowledged Korn as the band that created and pioneered the nu metal genre with its demo Neidermayer's Mind, which was released in 1993.[116][117] McIver also acknowledged Korn as the band that started the new wave of American heavy metal,[116] which is a heavy metal music movement that started in the 1990s.[118][119] The aggressive riffs of Korn, the rapping of Limp Bizkit, and the melodic ballads of Staind created the sonic template for nu metal.[83] The origins of the term "nu metal" are often attributed to the work of producer Ross Robinson, who has been called "The Godfather of Nu Metal" between producers.[120] Robinson has produced for nu metal bands such as Korn,[121][122] Limp Bizkit[123] and Slipknot.[124][125] Many of the first nu metal bands, such as Korn[126] and Deftones,[127] came from California; however, the genre soon spread across the United States and many bands arose from various states, including Limp Bizkit from Florida,[83] Staind from Massachusetts,[128] and Slipknot from Iowa.[129] In the book Brave Nu World, Tommy Udo wrote about the nu metal band Coal Chamber, "There's some evidence to suggest that Coal Chamber were the first band to whom the tag 'nu metal' was actually applied, in a live review in Spin magazine."[130]

In 1994, Korn released their self-titled debut album, which is widely considered the first nu metal album.[101][131][132] Korn had experienced underground popularity at this time; their debut album peaked at number 72 on the Billboard 200.[133] In the same year, P.O.D.'s album Snuff the Punk was also released, which was later recognized as another early example of nu metal.[134] In 1995, the band Sugar Ray released its debut studio album Lemonade and Brownies, an album described as nu metal.[135] In 1995, Deftones released their debut album Adrenaline. The album peaked at number 23 on the Heatseekers Albums chart on October 5, 1996.[136] Deftones also were temporarily controversial in 1996 when their vocalist Chino Moreno was blamed by TV news reports for a riot that occurred at the 1996 U-Fest festival.[137] Deftones' 1997 album Around the Fur peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 on November 15, 1997.[138] Both Adrenaline and Around the Fur were certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the summer of 1999.Adrenaline and Around the Fur were certified platinum by the RIAA in September 2008 and June 2011, respectively.[139][140]

Sepultura's 1996 album Roots features nu metal elements that were considered influential to the genre,[94][141] while Roots itself was influenced by Korn's self-titled debut album.[94][142][143] Few bands were playing nu metal until 1997 when bands such as Coal Chamber,[144] Limp Bizkit,[145] and Papa Roach[146] all released their debut albums. Attention through MTV and Ozzy Osbourne's 1995 introduction of Ozzfest was integral to the launching of the careers of many nu metal bands, including Limp Bizkit in 1998.[147]

Nu metal began to rise in popularity when Korn's 1996 album Life Is Peachy peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200[133][148] and sold 106,000 copies in its first week of release.[149] In 1997, Sugar Ray released its second studio album Floored. The album achieved mainstream success very quickly and was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA on February 20, 1998.[150] Although Floored is a nu metal album,[151] the only song from the album that achieved chart success was the song "Fly",[152] which is instead a reggae song.[153] Although Sugar Ray continued to be extremely popular,[152] the band abandoned the nu metal genre and became a pop rock band with its 1999 studio album 14:59.[154]

1998–2003: Mainstream popularity

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Korn (pictured) helped launch nu metal into the mainstream.

In 1998, nu metal became one of the most mainstream genres of music when Korn's third album Follow the Leader peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200,[133] was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA,[155] and paved the way for other nu metal bands.[49] At this point, many nu metal bands were signed to major record labels,[5] and were playing combinations of heavy metal, hip hop, industrial, grunge and hardcore punk styles.[5] Hip hop artists Vanilla Ice[156][157] and Cypress Hill,[158] along with heavy metal bands Sepultura,[94][141][156] Primus,[159][160] Fear Factory,[156][161] Machine Head,[162][163] and Slayer[164] released albums that draw from the nu metal genre.

In 1999, Korn's fourth studio album Issues peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200.[133][165] The album was certified 3× platinum in one month.[166] The album sold at least 573,000 copies in its first week of release[165] and its first single "Falling Away From Me" peaked at number 8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[167] A little before the album was released, Korn appeared on an episode of South Park titled "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery", in which "Falling Away from Me" was premiered.[168][169] During the late 1990s and early 2000s, multiple nu metal bands such as Korn,[170][171] Limp Bizkit[172][173] and P.O.D.[174][175] appeared repeatedly on MTV's Total Request Live.

The Woodstock 1999 festival featured multiple nu metal artists and bands such as Korn, Kid Rock, Godsmack, Limp Bizkit and Sevendust.[178][179][180] During and after Limp Bizkit's performance at the festival, violence occurred and people tore plywood from the walls during the performance of the band's song "Break Stuff".[181][182] Several sexual assaults were reported to have happened during the festival;[183] a rape that was reported during Limp Bizkit's performance, and gang rape was reported to have occurred during Korn's set at the festival.[184] Despite the incidents at the festival, Limp Bizkit's popularity and the sales of their then-recent album Significant Other were not affected.[181] The album peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 643,874 copies in its first week of release, topping over one million sold in two weeks,[185] and eventually being certified 7x platinum in 2001.[186] Significant Other sold at least 7,237,123 copies in the United States.[187]

The nu metal band Slipknot performing in Buenos Aires in 2005.

Orgy became popular in the late 1990s with their album Candyass, which was certified platinum by the RIAA in July 1999.[188] The band's cover of "Blue Monday" by New Order peaked at number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100.[189] Godsmack's self-titled debut album was released in 1998 and was certified 4× platinum in December 2001.[190] In April 1999, Kid Rock's album Devil Without a Cause was certified by gold by the RIAA.[191] The following month, Devil Without a Cause, as Kid Rock predicted, went platinum.[191] The album sold at least 9,300,000 copies in the United States[192] and was certified 11x platinum.[191] In 1999, Slipknot emerged with an extremely heavy nu metal sound, releasing their self-titled album, which was certified platinum in 2000 and 2x platinum in 2005.[193] In a review of the band's self-titled album, Rick Anderson of AllMusic wrote about Slipknot, "You thought Limp Bizkit was hard? They're the Osmonds. These guys are something else entirely."[194]

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Disturbed performing in 2005

In 1999, Staind's second album Dysfunction was released; the track "Mudshovel" peaked at number 10 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[195] Dysfunction was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.[196] In 2000, Limp Bizkit's third studio album Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water set a record for highest week-one sales of a rock album, selling over 1,000,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release—400,000 of which sold on its first day of release, making it the fastest-selling rock album ever and breaking the world record held for seven years by Pearl Jam's Vs.[197] Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water by Limp Bizkit was certified 6x platinum[198] and sold at least 8,000,000 copies in the United States.[199] That same year, both Papa Roach's second studio album Infest[200] and Disturbed's debut studio album The Sickness[201] were released. The RIAA certified The Sickness 4× platinum[202] and Infest 3× platinum.[203] Disturbed's song "Down with the Sickness" was certified platinum by the RIAA.[204] Papa Roach's song "Last Resort" peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[205] In 2000, P.O.D.'s album The Fundamental Elements of Southtown went platinum in the United States[206] and was the 143rd best-selling album of 2000.[207] The album's song "Rock the Party (Off the Hook)" went to number 1 on MTV's Total Request Live.[208] In 2000, the hip hop group Cypress Hill released their fifth studio album Skull & Bones, which features a nu metal and rap metal style.[65][158] The album went platinum in the United States in two months.[209] During the early 2000s, the nu metal band Incubus[210][211][212][213][214][215] was very popular and made the albums Make Yourself and Morning View, which both were certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.[216][217]

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Linkin Park in 2006.

Late in 2000, Linkin Park released their debut album Hybrid Theory, which was the best-selling debut album by any artist of any genre in the 21st century.[218] The album was also the best-selling album of 2001,[219] selling more than albums such as Celebrity by NSYNC and Hot Shot by Shaggy.[220] Linkin Park earned a Grammy Award for their second single "Crawling".[221] Their fourth single, "In the End", was released late in 2001 and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 2002.[222][223] In 2001, Linkin Park's album Hybrid Theory sold 4,800,000 copies in the United States, making it the highest-selling album of the year.[219][220] Linkin Park's album Hybrid Theory was certified diamond by the RIAA[224] and sold at least 10,222,000 copies in the United States.[225] In 2000, Godsmack released their second studio album Awake, which was certified 2x platinum in March 2002.[226] The album's title track peaked at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[227] Both the album's title track and the song "Sick of Life" have been featured on the United States Navy's television commercials.[228]

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Aaron Lewis, the vocalist of Staind, performing in August 2001.

Crazy Town's debut album The Gift of Game peaked at number 9 on the Billboard 200,[229] went platinum in February 2001,[230] and sold at least 1,500,000 copies in the United States.[231] Worldwide, the album sold at least 2,500,000 copies.[232] Staind's 2001 album Break the Cycle debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200[195] with at least 716,000 copies sold in its first week of release,[128][233] selling more than albums such as Survivor by Destiny's Child, Lateralus by Tool and Miss E... So Addictive by Missy Elliott.[233][234] Break the Cycle by Staind was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA in 2003.[235] In March 2001, Saliva released their second album Every Six Seconds and the album was certified platinum.[236] The album's song "Click Click Boom" was used as the theme song for WWE's No Mercy event of 2001.[237][238][239] "Click Click Boom" also has been played during football games.[54] Saliva's song "Your Disease" peaked at number 7 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 3 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart.[240]

In August 2001, Slipknot released their album Iowa, which peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200[241] and went platinum in October 2001.[242] Critic John Mulvey called the album the "absolute triumph of nu metal".[243] P.O.D.'s 2001 album Satellite went triple-platinum[244] and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.[245] P.O.D.'s popularity continued in the year 2002.[246] On June 5, 2001,[247] Drowning Pool released a nu metal album[248] titled Sinner, which features the song "Bodies".[249] The album went platinum on August 23, 2001[247] and its song "Bodies" became one of the most frequently played videos on MTV for new bands.[250] "Bodies" went to number 6 on the Mainstream Rock chart[251] and was used by Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon as his theme song.[252]

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Nu metal band Godsmack has been compared to the grunge/heavy metal band Alice in Chains.[253]

Alien Ant Farm's album Anthology, which was released in 2001,[254] sold at least 1,900,000 copies in the United States[255] and was certified platinum by the RIAA the same year.[256] Alien Ant Farm's cover of Michael Jackson's song "Smooth Criminal"[254] peaked at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.[257] In 2001, System of a Down's album Toxicity peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200.[258] In November 2002, Toxicity was certified 3x platinum by the RIAA.[259] In 2002, the soundtrack album for the film The Scorpion King was released and peaked at number 1 on the Top Soundtracks chart;[260] it features multiple nu metal bands such as Drowning Pool, Coal Chamber, Lifer, Sevendust, Flaw and Godsmack.[261] Godsmack's track "I Stand Alone" was the most played active rock song in 2002 for fourteen consecutive weeks.[262] "I Stand Alone" also peaked at number 1 on the Mainstream Rock chart.[227]

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.[263] 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.[264][265] MTV also wrote that nu metal bands were played less frequently on radio stations and MTV began focusing on other musical genres.[32][263] MTV wrote that Papa Roach's third album Lovehatetragedy has less hip hop elements than the band's previous album Infest[263] and also said that Saliva's 2002 album Back into Your System has less hip hop elements than the band's 2001 album Every Six Seconds.[3] MTV also wrote that Crazy Town's second album Darkhorse had no hit singles and sold less than the band's previous album The Gift of Game.[3] MTV wrote that although Kid Rock's album Cocky had characteristics of the musician's 1998 album Devil Without a Cause, Cocky's song "Forever", which featured the style of Kid Rock's nu metal[57] song "Bawitdaba", was not as popular as Cocky's country song "Picture".[3] 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. American Head Charge, Primer 55, Adema, Cold, the Union Underground, Dope, Apartment 26, Hed (Planet Earth) and Skrape—all of whom released albums between 2000 and 2001—left more of a collective impression than individual ones".[3]

Despite what MTV wrote, the RIAA certified Korn's album Untouchables platinum in July 2002,[266] and one of the album's singles, "Here to Stay", peaked at number 72 on the Billboard Hot 100,[267] won a Grammy, had a lot of radio play,[263] and peaked at number one on MTV's Total Request Live twice.[268] Untouchables sold at least 434,000 copies in first week of release and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200.[269][270] "Thoughtless", another single from Korn's album Untouchables, also was successful; the single reached number 11 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 6 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[267] However, Untouchables still did not sell as many copies as Korn's most commercially successful album, Follow the Leader.[63][263] Papa Roach's song "She Loves Me Not", which is from the band's 2002 album Lovehatetragedy, peaked at number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.[205]

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Evanescence is known for combining nu metal with elements of gothic rock.[271]

Despite the MTV report that nu metal was declining, nu metal remained extremely popular with bands such as Linkin Park, Godsmack, Trapt, and Evanescence. Linkin Park's remix album Reanimation was released in July 2002[272] and sold more than a million copies that year, which MTV described as "impressive for a remix album".[246] Trapt's 2002 song "Headstrong" launched the band into the mainstream; the song peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100,[273] number 4 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart[274] and number 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[275] Trapt's song "Still Frame" peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100.[273] The band's self-titled album was certified platinum by the RIAA in 2003.[276] Evanescence's debut album Fallen was released in March 2003. Johnny Loftus of AllMusic noted the nu metal sound of the album.[271] Fallen's Grammy Award-winning[277][278] lead single "Bring Me to Life" peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart[279] and number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.[280] In 2003, Linkin Park's album Meteora peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200[281] and sold at least 810,000 copies in its first week of being released.[282] Meteora by Linkin Park and Fallen by Evanescence ranked third and fourth respectively on the best-selling albums of 2003.[283] Both Linkin Park and Evanescence released high-charting singles throughout 2003 to mid-2004.[223][279] Fallen by Evanescence sold at least 7,600,000 copies in the United States[284] and Meteora by Linkin Park sold at least 6,100,000 copies in the United States.[285] In 2003, Korn released a song called "Did My Time", which peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.[267] That same year, Godsmack released their third studio album Faceless, which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard 200[286][287] and was certified platinum by the RIAA in its first five weeks of being released.[287]

2003–2009: Decline

Most of nu metal's mainstream popularity sharply declined in 2003 and 2004.[63][288][289] After a period of mainstream success with bands such as Godsmack, Trapt, Linkin Park and Evanescence, nu metal declined in popularity. Limp Bizkit's 2003 album Results May Vary, which features alternative rock music[290] and nu metal music,[291] peaked at number 3 on the Billboard 200,[292] with sales of at least 325,000 copies in its first week of being released.[293] In three weeks of being released, the album had sold at least 500,000 copies.[293] In 2004, reported that, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Results May Vary sold 1,337,356 copies in the United States.[294] However, the album garnered very poor critical reception[295] and consequently performed much weaker than previous Limp Bizkit albums such as Significant Other and Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.[288] Although Korn's album Take a Look in the Mirror's song "Did My Time" peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100,[267] the album sold less than previous Korn albums Issues and Untouchables.[288] In 2004, post-punk revival bands such as Jet and The Darkness were achieving mainstream success as the popularity of nu metal declined.[288] During the mid-2000s, the popularity of emo exceeded the declining popularity of nu metal.[15] Also, during the mid-2000s, metalcore, a fusion of extreme metal and hardcore punk, became one of the most popular genres in the new wave of American heavy metal.[296]

In the mid-to-late 2000s, many nu metal bands experimented with other genres and sounds. Linkin Park's third studio album Minutes to Midnight, released in 2007, was noted for its complete departure from the band's nu metal sound.[298] Nu metal bands such as Disturbed[299][300] and Drowning Pool[248] moved to a hard rock or standard heavy metal sound. Slipknot also departed from their nu metal sound[301] and included elements of groove metal, death metal and thrash metal into their music.[302][303] Staind and Papa Roach moved to lighter sounds.[304][305] Staind's 2003 album 14 Shades Of Grey does not express as much anger as the band's previous albums[306] and shows the band's departure from heavy metal elements and a movement towards a lighter sound.[307] Papa Roach abandoned the nu metal genre with their 2004 album Getting Away with Murder,[308] moving to a hard rock style.[309][310]

Soulfly moved away from the nu metal style[312][313][314] and moved to styles such as death metal[313] and thrash metal.[312][314] Kittie abandoned the nu metal style and started making music with elements of genres such as black metal and death metal.[315] Korn and Mudvayne continued being mainstream during the mid-2000s. Nonetheless, they did not completely abandon the nu metal style. Korn combined their earlier sound with influences from other genres, such as industrial. Korn's songs "Coming Undone" and "Twisted Transistor", which both are on their 2005 album See You on the Other Side, both reached the Billboard Hot 100;[267] Pop music producers The Matrix helped produce the album.[316] Mudvayne's 2005 album Lost and Found was seen as gravitating towards a more accessible sound.[317] The album's song "Happy?" peaked at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 91 on Billboard's Pop 100 chart.[318] In 2005, Limp Bizkit released a record called The Unquestionable Truth (Part 1) without promoting and advertising the record.[319] The album was not very popular;[320] its sales fell 67% during its second week of release.[321] In 2006, Limp Bizkit went on hiatus.[319]

2010–present: Recent years

During the 2010s, there was a discussion within media of a possible nu metal revival because of bands fusing nu metal with other genres, the return of nu metal bands, extant bands going back to the nu metal genre and nu metal bands forming.[322][323][324][325][326] Despite the lack of radio play and popularity, some nu metal bands recaptured some of their former popularity as they released albums in a nu metal style. Korn's 2010 studio album Korn III: Remember Who You Are sold 63,000 copies during its first week of release and peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200.[327] As of December 6, 2011, the album had sold at least 185,000 units in the United States.[328] Korn's vocalist Jonathan Davis said with their new album the band "want to go back to that old-school vibe".[329] He also said "It's gonna be very raw, it's gonna be old school like the first Korn records".[329]

In 2011, Limp Bizkit's sixth studio album Gold Cobra was released; it sold 27,000 copies during its first week in the United States and peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200.[330][331] That same year, Staind's self-titled album was released; it shows the band returning to their heavier nu metal style.[332] The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200, selling 47,000 copies in its first week of release, making it the band's fifth consecutive top-five album.[333] In October 2011, Evanescence's self-titled album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and other United States charts and sold over 127,000 copies in the first week.[334] In December that year,[335] Korn released their album The Path of Totality, which sold 55,000 copies in its first week.[336] The album combines nu metal with dubstep.[337] Both the Phoenix New Times and the LA Weekly cited The Path of Totality as a new direction for nu metal.[338][339] The album won a Revolver Golden God award for "Album of the Year".[340]

Of Mice & Men November 2010
Of Mice & Men is one of several metalcore bands that added elements of nu metal to later albums.

In 2014, Linkin Park returned to their nu-metal roots with their sixth studio album The Hunting Party.[341] The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 110,000 copies in the United States.[342] In 2014, Slipknot released its fifth studio album .5: The Gray Chapter. With .5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot returned to the nu metal genre.[343] .5: The Gray Chapter peaked at number one on the Billboard 200.[344]

Many metalcore and deathcore groups[345] such as Emmure,[346][347][348] Of Mice & Men,[349][350][351] Suicide Silence,[352][353] and Issues,[354][355] all gained moderate popularity in the 2010s for drawing influence from nu metal. This fusion has sometimes been referred to as nu metalcore.[356] Suicide Silence's 2011 album The Black Crown, which features elements of nu metal and deathcore,[352] peaked at number 28 on the Billboard 200.[357][358] In 2014, Issues' self-titled debut album peaked at number 9 on the same chart.[359] The album features elements of metalcore, nu metal, pop and R&B.[360] Of Mice & Men's 2014 album Restoring Force, which features elements of nu metal,[350] peaked at number 4 on the Billboard 200.[361] Bring Me the Horizon, previously known for a much heavier style of music, released their fifth album That's the Spirit, which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200, in 2015.[362] The album draws from multiple genres, including nu metal; however, the band completely abandoned their metalcore style.[363][364] In the mid–late 2010s, nu metal-influenced genres like emo rap and trap metal emerged.[365][366]

Reception and controversy

Despite its popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s, nu metal has often been criticized by many fans of heavy metal music,[49][58] often being labelled with derogatory terms such as "mallcore" and "whinecore".[17] Gregory Heaney of AllMusic called nu metal "one of metal's more unfortunate pushes into the mainstream".[367] Lucy Jones of NME called nu metal "the worst genre of all time".[65] In Metal: The Definitive Guide : Heavy, NWOBH, Progressive, Thrash, Death ... , Garry Sharpe-Young described nu metal as "a dumbed-down and—thankfully short[-]lived exercise".[100] When Machine Head moved to the nu metal genre with their album The Burning Red and their vocalist Robb Flynn spiked his hair in the fashion of many nu metal musicians, the band were accused of "selling out" and many fans criticized their change of appearance and musical style.[162][368] Machine Head's drummer Dave McClain said, "Pissing people off isn't a bad thing, you know? For people to be narrow-minded is bad ... [i]t doesn't bother us at all, we know we're going to piss people off with this record, but some people hopefully will actually sit down and listen to the whole record".[162] Robb Flynn, Machine Head's vocalist, said

"There's a minute and a half of rapping on that album. The other 53 minutes of the record are like a giant scar being ripped open while I projectile-vomit through it. If all that people got out of [The Burning Red] was rap-metal, then they didn't fucking listen to it".[162]

Jonathan Davis, the vocalist of Korn, spoke about the criticism of nu metal from heavy metal fans, saying

"There's a lot of closed-minded metal purists that would hate something because it's not true to metal or whatever, but Korn has never been a metal band, dude. We're not a metal band. We've always been looked at as what they called the nu-metal thing. But we've always been the black sheep and we never fitted into that kind of thing so ... We're always ever evolving, and we always piss fans off and we're gaining other fans and it is how it is."[369]

Lamb of God's vocalist Randy Blythe criticized the nu metal genre and spoke about its loss of popularity in 2004, saying, "Nu-metal sucks, so that's why that's dying off. And I think ... ... people are ready for angrier music. I think people are ready for something that's real, not, you know, 'I did it all for the nookie.'"[370] Dave Mustaine of the heavy metal band Megadeth said he would "rather have his eyelids pulled out" than listen to nu metal.[371] Gary Holt, a member of the thrash metal bands Exodus and Slayer, said that he "was so glad about" the decline of nu metal.[372] Despite the large amount of criticism that the genre received, Jack Porter of The Michigan Daily defended nu metal, writing

"Unfortunately, some barriers prevent listeners from understanding nu-metal bands apart from the identity that genre label has given them—picture a bone-headed suburban white kid sporting a backwards baseball cap. What used to be a descriptor for a specific strain of alternative metal turned into a ghetto for every band that a) plays extremely heavy yet radio-friendly music and b) sucks. Because the genre came to be defined by its lack of quality, many 'serious' music fans have missed out on what it has to offer."[28]

Additionally, Jody Macgregor of FasterLouder called nu metal "music's most hated genre" and wrote that nu metal is "not as bad as people think".[373]

Some musicians who influenced nu metal have tried to distance themselves from the subgenre and its bands. Mike Patton, the vocalist of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle, tried to distance himself from the subgenre and criticized it, even though he is featured on the song "Lookaway" on heavy metal band Sepultura's album Roots, which also features Jonathan Davis.[374] Patton said of his music's influence on nu metal, "I feel no responsibility for that, it's their mothers' fault, not mine".[375] Helmet member Page Hamilton said, "It's frustrating that people write [us] off because we're affiliated with or credited with or discredited with creating nu-metal and rap metal ... which we sound nothing like".[376] However, Page Hamilton appeared on the song "All for Nothing" on Linkin Park's album The Hunting Party,[377]

While Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has said he knows some Korn members and that he thinks they are "cool guys",[378] he also criticized nu metal, saying:

"When I'm asked what do I think of a lot of the nu-metal bands that are out there, my response is that it seems really insincere to me. 'I've had a really shitty childhood and I'm really upset and I'm really ugly and I've put a lot of make-up on and I'm harder and faster and my voice sounds more like the cookie monster's than yours does'. To me it all comes across as being comical, as being a parody of itself."[379]

In response to reports that Fred Durst, lead singer of Limp Bizkit, is a big fan of Tool, the latter's vocalist Maynard James Keenan said, "If the lunch-lady in high school hits on you, you appreciate the compliment, but you're not really gonna start dating the lunch-lady, are ya?"[380] While Durst has cited Rage Against the Machine as a major influence,[381][382] Tim Commerford of Rage Against the Machine is open about hating Limp Bizkit's music. At the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Limp Bizkit won the Best Rock Video category for their song "Break Stuff", beating Rage Against the Machine's "Sleep Now in the Fire".[382] When Limp Bizkit accepted their award, Commerford went on stage and climbed 20 ft (6 m) up a backdrop, rocking back and forth.[382][383] After the incident, Commerford was arrested and spent a night in jail.[382][384] Years later, Tim Commerford called Limp Bizkit "one of the dumbest bands in the history of music".[384] Years later, Commerford also said, "I do apologize for Limp Bizkit. I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullshit ... They're gone, though. That's the beautiful thing."[381][382]

Rejection of nu metal label

Some nu metal musicians have rejected the label nu metal and have tried to distance themselves from it. Slipknot prefer to distance themselves from other nu metal groups, describing their own music as "metal metal" and equate their link to nu metal as a coincidence of their time of emergence.[385]

Jonathan Davis has rejected the nu metal label, saying "We're not 'rap rock,' we're not 'nu-metal ... We might have invented a new genre of heavy music or rock, but I believe the term 'nu-metal' was made up for all the bands that followed us. Those guys to me are nu-metal. And we're just Korn."[32] In 2014, Davis spoke about the nu metal label, saying:

"I've always rejected [Korn's pigeonholing] into some kind of genre that we helped create. It seems like when a band comes out and we do something new and something different, that's all great. When a whole bunch of bands jump on the bandwagon and start copying what that one band did, then it gets called something and those bands are cheap knockoffs of what the original thing was. So, to me, that's why I never liked the 'nu metal' term."[386]

Staind's vocalist Aaron Lewis rejected the nu metal label, saying, "if we get called a 'nu metal' band one more time, I don't even know what I'm going to do!"[37] Chino Moreno, vocalist of Deftones, rejected the nu metal label saying "We told motherfuckers not to lump us in with nu metal because when those bands go down we aren't going to be with them".[387] As Deftones abandoned the nu metal sound of their early work, Moreno tried to distance himself from nu metal bands and began to criticize the bands and their albums, including Korn's 2002 album Untouchables; he said, "As Korn go on, it's the same things—bad childhoods and mean moms. It gets too old after a while. How old is Jonathan [Davis]? Thirty? How long has it been since he lived with his parents?"[388][389] Davis responded saying, "Obviously, Chino hasn't listened to the words on the rest of my albums because they're nothing about my parents or my childhood."[389] Moreno also said, "A big problem for me was opening for Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park, two bands that wouldn't exist if it weren't for me, straight up!".[388] Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park spoke about the nu metal label in an interview with NME, saying "We never held the flag for nu-metal—it was associated with frat rock. Arrogant, misogynistic, and full of testosterone; we were reacting against that."[390][391] Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit said that he "never liked or condoned" the term "nu metal" in any way, and said he does not understand "how so many bands that sound nothing alike can be put into" the nu metal genre.[392] Mike Wengren of Disturbed said that he doesn't think Disturbed "were ever a nu-metal band to begin with".[393]

Despite the fact that multiple nu metal musicians rejected the nu metal label, Limp Bizkit's vocalist Fred Durst defended it, saying "Nu metal let people open up and it meant something to people. It really did."[394] Coal Chamber's vocalist Dez Fafara also defended nu metal. He said he is proud to be associated with the subgenre[12] and that nu metal bands "broke new musical ground" saying, "I think 'hair metal' was cheesy. [But] I think 'nu metal' was different. I think what's beautiful about 'nu metal' is it's different. And you've got so many different influences."[395] Chester Bennington of Linkin Park said he accepted the nu metal label, saying:

"I think for the first time in our history, we're actually OK with being recognized as a nu metal band, especially for what we did early in our careers, because the truth is that when we were first doing it, nobody else really was, especially in terms of the hip-hop thing."[396]

Association with heavy metal

In addition to criticizing nu metal, many heavy metal musicians and fans of heavy metal music have rejected nu metal as a legitimate subgenre of heavy metal, saying it is not "true heavy metal".[397][398] Some nu metal musicians have tried to distance themselves from being heavy metal at all. For example, Korn's Jonathan Davis rejected the "heavy metal" label.[369][399][400] When talking with Vice, Davis spoke about Korn being called a heavy metal band, saying, "I never thought of us to be metal to begin with. Yeah, we're heavy and downtuned, but metal, to me, is like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. That's metal, man. I always thought of us as a funk band. That funky, groovy shit."[399] Godsmack's vocalist Sully Erna also rejected the "heavy metal" label and said he views Godsmack as a hard rock band.[401][402] Though he was originally more tolerant of the concept,[396] Linkin Park's vocalist Chester Bennington later expressed some disagreement with his band being labeled a heavy metal group because he felt the term limited the scope of the band's actual style. He elaborated:

"[We] wanted to make clear from the very beginning when we were kind of tagged as a 'nu metal' band. Not that we have anything against metal ... [w]e aren't just one thing. So there are elements of the band that are metal, there are elements of the band that are pop, there are elements that are electronic, and hip-hop as well. And we've kind of always felt like we weren't bound to just one genre. So after we made 'Hybrid Theory' and 'Meteora', we really wanted to take risks beyond what we had already done on those first two records, creatively, and show the world that we can do a lot more than just make nu-metal songs."[403]

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Further reading

  • Arnopp, Jason (2011). Slipknot: Inside the Sickness, Behind the Masks With an Intro by Ozzy Osbourne and Afterword by Gene Simmons. Random House. ISBN 978-0-09-187933-4.
  • Arvizu, Reginald (2009). Got the Life: My Journey of Addiction, Faith, Recovery, and Korn. William Morrow. ISBN 0-06-166249-6.
  • Christe, Ian (2004). Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. Harper. ISBN 0-380-81127-8.
  • Devenish, Colin (2000). Limp Bizkit. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-26349-X.
  • Furman, Leah (2000). Korn: Life in the Pit. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-25396-6.
  • Iannini, Tommaso (2003). Nu Metal. Giunti. ISBN 88-09-03051-6.
  • Kitts, Jeff; Tolinski, Brad (2002). Guitar World Presents Nu-metal. Guitar World. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-634-03287-9.
  • McIver, Joel (2002). Nu-metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-9209-6.
  • Porter, Dick (2003). Rapcore: The Nu-Metal Rap Fusion. Plexus Publishing. ISBN 0-85965-321-8.
  • Small, Doug (1998). Korn. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-8256-1688-3.
  • Udo, Tommy (2002). Brave Nu World. Sanctuary Publishing. ISBN 1-86074-415-X.
  • Newquist, Harvey P.; Maloof, Rich (2004). The New Metal Masters. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 978-0-87930-804-9.

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2000s in music

This article includes an overview of the major events and trends in popular music in the 2000s.

n American culture, various styles of the late 20th century remained popular, such as in rock, pop, metal, hip hop, R&B, EDM, country and indie. As the technology of computers and internet sharing developed, a variety of those genres started to fuse in order to see new styles emmerging. Terms like "contemporary", "nu", "revival", "alternative", and "post" are added to various genres titles in order to differentiate them from past styles, nu-disco and post-punk revival as notable examples.

One genre of this decade, British grime is a genre that was said to have influenced other sub-genres such as chillwave in the United States.The continued development of studio recording software and electronic elements was observed, through this decade. One such example is the usage of pitch correction software, such as auto-tune that appeared in the late 1990s. Another great impact to this decade was the ongoing development of the internet and user-friendly media players, such as iTunes, and music and video sharing websites such as Napster and YouTube, respectively.

The popularity of teen pop carried over from the 1990s with acts such as *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera dominating the charts in the earlier years of the decade.

Contemporary R&B was one of the most popular genres of the decade (especially in the early and mid 2000s), with artists like Usher, Beyoncé, and Rihanna. In 2004, the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 had 15 of its top 25 singles as Contemporary R&B.

In Britain, Britpop, post punk revival and alternative rock were at the height their popularity with acts such as Coldplay, The Libertines, Oasis, Lynda Thomas, Travis, Dido, Blur, The Hives, Björk, and Radiohead, which still continued at the top of the major charts in the rest of the world since the 1990s.

Hip hop music achieved mainstream status after the 1990s and the deaths of many prominent artists such as 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. Artists outside of New York and Los Angeles in cities like Atlanta, Houston, New Orleans and the Bay Area all achieved mainstream success. Popular rap movements of the 2000s include Crunk, Snap, Hyphy, and Alternative Hip Hop.

Despite the hip hop dominance, such as Southern hip hop which lasted for most of the decade (particularly the middle years), rock music was still popular, notably alternative rock, and especially genres such as post-grunge, post-Britpop, nu metal, pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, metalcore, and in some cases indie rock; the early and mid 2000s saw a resurgence in the mainstream popularity of pop rock and power pop.

Despite a slight slip in popularity in the early part of the decade, adult contemporary and country music were still able to find success throughout the 2000s.

Electronic music was also popular throughout the decade; at the beginning of the 2000s, genres such as trance, chillout, house, indietronica, and Eurodance (in Europe) were popular. By the end of the decade, late-1980s/early-1990s inspired dance-oriented forms of electronic music such as synthpop, electropop, and electro house had become popular.

By the end of the decade, a fusion between hip hop and electronic dance similar to the Freestyle music of the late 1980s and early 1990s, known as Hip House and Electrohop also grew successful.In Asia and Far Eastern musical markets, with the increase of globalization and the spread of capitalism, music became more Westernised, with influences of pop, hip hop and contemporary R&B becoming ever–present in Eastern markets.

American and European popular music became more popular in Asia.

Genres such as J-Pop and K-Pop remained popular throughout the decade, proliferating their cultural influence throughout the East and Southeast of Asia. In other parts of Asia, including India, Indian pop music, closely linked to Bollywood films and filmi music, was popular alongside Western pop music.

In Latin America, whilst R&B, hip hop and pop rock did have influence and success, Latin-based pop music remained highly popular.

Reggaeton became a definitive genre in 2000s Latin music, as well as salsa and merengue. Subgenres fusing Latin music such as merengue and reggaeton with hip hop and rap music became popular from the middle of the decade onwards.

The Internet allowed unprecedented access to music and allowed artists to distribute music freely without label backing. Innumerable online outlets and sheer volume of music also offers musicians more musical influences to draw from.

Alternative metal

Alternative metal (also known as alt-metal) is a rock music fusion genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not normally associated with metal. Alternative metal bands are often characterized by heavily downtuned, mid-paced guitar riffs, a mixture of accessible melodic vocals and harsh vocals and sometimes unconventional sounds within other heavy metal styles. The term has been in use since the 1980s, although it came into prominence in the 1990s.Other genres considered part of the alternative metal movement included rap metal and funk metal, both of which influenced another prominent subgenre, nu metal. Nu metal expands the alternative metal sound, combining its vocal stylings and downtuned riffs with elements of other genres, such as hip hop, funk, thrash metal, hardcore punk and industrial metal.

Chris Fehn

Christopher Michael "Chris" Fehn (born February 24, 1973), or known by his number #3, is an American musician, best known as one of the former two percussionists of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. He was also the bassist for Will Haven.

DJ mixer

A DJ mixer is a type of audio mixing console used by Disc jockeys (DJs) to control and manipulate multiple audio signals. Some DJs use the mixer to make seamless transitions from one song to another when they are playing records at a dance club. Hip hop DJs and turntablists use the DJ mixer to play record players like a musical instrument and create new sounds. DJs in the disco, house music, electronic dance music and other dance-oriented genres use the mixer to make smooth transitions between different sound recordings as they are playing. The sources are typically record turntables, compact cassettes, CDJs, or DJ software on a laptop. DJ mixers allow the DJ to use headphones to preview the next song before playing it to the audience. Most low- to mid-priced DJ mixers can only accommodate two turntables or CD players, but some mixers (such as the ones used in larger nightclubs) can accommodate up to four turntables or CD players. DJs and turntablists in hip hop music and nu metal use DJ mixers to create beats, loops and "scratching" sound effects.

Dracula 2000 (soundtrack)

Dracula 2000: Music from the Dimension Motion Picture is the first soundtrack compilation that's based on the film, Dracula 2000. It was released on December 12, 2000 through Sony Records. The soundtrack contains music from heavy rock/metal artists, including Pantera, Disturbed, Powerman 5000, Godhead with Marilyn Manson, System of a Down, Linkin Park, Taproot, Hed Planet Earth, Saliva, and many more. The soundtrack also contains songs from their previous studio albums.

Du hast

"Du hast" (German: You Have) is a song by German Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released as the second single from their second album Sehnsucht (1997). It has appeared on numerous soundtracks for films, most notably The Matrix: Music from the Motion Picture, How High, and the home video CKY2K. It is featured in the music video games Guitar Hero 5 and Rock Band 3. The song's title is a play on the homophones du hasst ("you hate") and du hast ("you have").


Eldrine (stylised as ƎLDRINE and also known as Eldraini) is a Georgian nu metal band that represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 with the song "One More Day". The current line-up consists of 6 band members: Mariam Tomaradze who replaced Sophio Toroshelidze, Mikheil Chelidze, Irakli Bibilashvili, David Changoshvili, Tamar Shekiladze and Beso Tsikhelashvili. To date, they have released one studio album, entitled Fake Reality. It was released in January 2011, and a re-issued version is planned for release with the inclusion of "One More Day".

Elijah Blue Allman

Elijah Blue Sarkisian Allman (born July 10, 1976), known professionally as P. Exeter Blue, is an American musician, and the son of singer Cher and her second husband Gregg Allman. He is the half-brother of Chaz Bono, Delilah Allman, Michael Allman, Layla Allman, and Devon Allman.

Issues (Korn album)

Issues is the fourth studio album by American nu metal band Korn, released on November 16, 1999 through Immortal Records. The album was promoted throughout 2000 by the band's highly successful Sick and Twisted Tour.


Korn (stylized as KoЯn) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band is notable for pioneering the nu metal genre and bringing it into the mainstream.Originally formed in 1993 by three members of the band L.A.P.D., Korn's current lineup features founding members James "Munky" Shaffer (rhythm guitar), Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu (bass), Brian "Head" Welch (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Jonathan Davis (lead vocals, bagpipes), with the addition of Ray Luzier (drums) in 2007, replacing the band's first drummer, David Silveria.

Korn made a demo tape, Neidermayer's Mind, in 1993, which was distributed free to record companies and on request to members of the public. Their debut album, Korn, was released in 1994, followed by Life Is Peachy in 1996. The band first experienced mainstream success with Follow the Leader (1998) and Issues (1999), both of which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The band's mainstream success continued with Untouchables (2002), Take a Look in the Mirror (2003) and See You on the Other Side (2005).

A compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, was released in 2004, spanning a decade of singles and concluding the band's recording contract with Immortal Records and Epic Records. They signed to Virgin Records, releasing See You on the Other Side in 2005, and an untitled album in 2007. Korn's other recent albums, Korn III: Remember Who You Are (2010) and The Path of Totality (2011), were released via Roadrunner Records, The Paradigm Shift (2013) being released via Prospect Park and Caroline Records. Their latest album, The Serenity of Suffering, was released on October 21, 2016.

As of 2012, Korn had sold more than 35 million copies worldwide. Twelve of the band's official releases have peaked in the top ten of the Billboard 200, eight of which have peaked in the top five. Seven official releases are certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), two are certified double platinum, one is certified triple platinum, one is certified five times platinum and two are certified Gold. Korn has released seven video albums and thirty-nine music videos. The band has released forty-one singles, twenty-eight of which have charted. Korn has earned two Grammy Awards out of eight nominations and two MTV Video Music Awards out of eleven nominations.

List of nu metal bands

The following is a list of bands that have played nu metal. Nu metal (also known as nü-metal and aggro-metal), is a form of alternative metal music that merges elements of heavy metal with elements of other music genres like hip hop, grunge, alternative rock and funk.

Methods of Mayhem

Methods of Mayhem is an American rock band formed in 1999 by Tommy Lee, who had temporarily quit his position as Mötley Crüe's drummer.

Rap metal

Rap metal is a subgenre of rap rock and alternative metal music which combines hip hop with heavy metal. It usually consists of heavy metal guitar riffs, funk metal elements, rapped vocals and sometimes turntables.

Shawn Crahan

Michael Shawn Crahan (born September 24, 1969), more commonly known by his stage persona "Clown", is an American musician who is one of the two percussionists and co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. When performing with Slipknot, he is also known as #6. Crahan is the only remaining founding member in Slipknot.

Crahan is the oldest member of Slipknot, with extensive involvement in Slipknot's media production, directing Slipknot's music videos. Outside Slipknot, Crahan had two side project bands called To My Surprise and Dirty Little Rabbits. He also directed the 2016 film, Officer Downe.


Slapshock is a Filipino heavy metal band. They were formed in 1997, originally as a nu metal act, with their early musical style compared to that of Korn. They have since shifted towards a metalcore style.

Snot (band)

Snot is an American alternative metal band from Santa Barbara, California. Formed in 1995, the band released their only studio album Get Some with founding vocalist Lynn Strait in 1997 and disbanded after his death in 1998. In 2008, the lineup of lead guitarist Mikey Doling, rhythm guitarist Sonny Mayo, bassist John Fahnestock and drummer Jamie Miller reunited. In 2009, a new band, Tons, was formed, with Brandon Espinoza as vocalist. As of February 2014, Snot has reformed again.

Sugar Ray

Sugar Ray is an American rock band from Newport Beach, California. Originally forming in 1986 and playing heavier nu metal styled music, the band achieved mainstream popularity in 1997 with their more pop influenced single, "Fly". The song's success of which led the band to shift its style dramatically to the more radio-friendly pop sound with their subsequent releases. Their best-selling album, 14:59, was released in 1999, and featured popular singles "Every Morning", "Someday", followed by a self-titled album in 2001 featuring the single "When It's Over". The band would release two further albums, In the Pursuit of Leisure (2003) and Music for Cougars (2009), though the albums and respective singles generally sold far less. The band would continue to tour into the 2010s, though as of 2019, no further albums would be released by the band.

Tommy Lee

Thomas Lee Bass (born October 3, 1962) is an American musician and founding member of Mötley Crüe. As well as being the band's long-term drummer, Lee founded rap-metal band Methods of Mayhem, and has pursued solo musical projects.

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