Hey Metal fiends, are you still following along with VH1 Classics “Metal Evolution” series? If so, then you will be excited to learn that tonight will air the episode that focuses on “Nu-Metal”. I realize that by saying that genre how several of you immediately lost interest but let’s give the show a look see to find out how it all ties together and what brought it about.
In This Episode: If hair metal was the antithesis of heavy metal purists in the eighties, that was delegated to nu metal in the late nineties. Likewise, if the keyboard was an instrument that such purists felt had no place in a heavy metal band, that disdain was now held by the incorporation of the turntable. Early influences came from bands such as Anthrax and their 1991 collaboration with Public Enemy, Faith No More, even thrashers such as Pantera whose riff-driven hooks were described as “groove metal”, and Sepultura with their 1996 album Roots are given credit. This spawned the rise of a new genre of music influenced by two seemingly opposing forces: Hip Hop and Hard Rock. Nu Metal broke ground and gave way to bands like Korn, Deftones, Rage Against The Machine, and Limp Bizkit. At the height of its popularity the show documents the unfortunate events that conspired in Woodstock in 1999 which included performances by Korn, Rage Against the Machine and Limp Bizkit leading to Nu Metal’s decline soon thereafter. Yet the mantle has still been carried on by acts such as Linkin Park and Disturbed, among others. (taken from Wikipedia)
Don’t hate me for saying this but this is perhaps my least favorite of the genres that Metal has ever offered up. Like many of you I held groups like Limp Bizkit in contempt and felt that Korn and Rage only spoke to me on a couple of occasions. I’m comfortable in saying this to you because this music was not aimed at my particular demographic anyways and it certainly didn’t suffer without our support.
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