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Nu metal
Stylistic origins Alternative metal, funk rock, groove metal, grunge, heavy metal, rap rock
Cultural origins Early 1990s, United States
Typical instruments Vocals - Electric guitar - Bass - Turntables - Drums - Programming - Beatboxing - Keyboards - Synthesizers
Mainstream popularity High from late 1990s to mid-00s, lower since then
Regional scenes
United States
Other topics
Bands - Family Values Tour - Projekt Revolution -Lollapalooza - Ozzfest

Nu metal is a genre of music that blends heavy metal elements with other styles, such as hip hop, funk and grunge.[1] The genre, which became popular in the 90's and early 2000's, demonstrated that "pancultural metal could pay off."[2] Nu metal gained mainstream success through MTV and Ozzy Osbourne's 1996 introduction of Ozzfest, which led the media to talk of a resurgence of heavy metal.[3]

The resurgence led to many traditional heavy metal bands, such as Black Sabbath, gaining popularity amongst a much younger audience. [4] While nu metal was widely popular, traditional metal fans did not fully embrace the style.[5]



The term "nu metal" was first used for a review of a mid-October 1995 Coal Chamber concert in Spin magazine in the form "new metal". Like the bands of its antecedent, funk metal, many nu metal bands came from California (such as Korn, Deftones and P.O.D.).[6]

Nu metal initially began with the band Korn. Korn's signature sound came from an attempt to emulate chords used by Mr. Bungle's guitar player Trey Spruance, which they referred to as "the moveable Bungle chord". They have also cited Mike Patton's other band Faith No More in Kerrang!'s The Greatest Videos of All Time in 2006, saying that Korn was influenced by them because they did something unusual with a metal band. Nu metal bands also often state more conventional metal acts as an influence, such as Black Sabbath.[7]

Producer Ross Robinson was labelled by some as "The Godfather of nu metal" due to his producing of successful nu metal albums, such as Korn's first album.[8]


Application of the term is often inconsistent, and there is no clear definition of consistent musical traits within bands associated with nu metal, and bands are often categorized as such more for association with popular bands on tours such as Ozzfest.[9]

See also


  1. ^ allmusic
  2. ^ Christe (2003), p. 329
  3. ^ Christe (2003), p. 324
  4. ^
  5. ^ Christe (2003), p. 328
  6. ^ Iannini, Tommaso (2003). Nu Metal. Giunti. ISBN 8809030516. 
  7. ^ Christie, Ian (2003). Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal. HarperCollins. ISBN 0380811278. 
  8. ^ McIver, Joel (2002). Nu-metal: The Next Generation of Rock & Punk. Omnibus Press. pp. 123. ISBN 0711992096. 
  9. ^ Elfman, Doug (November 23, 2001). "Not an Easy Fit". Las Vegas Review-Journal. "They call us 'nu metal' because we were on Ozzfest" 

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