Alternative metal

Alternative metal is a style of alternative rock and heavy metal that gained popularity in the early 1990s. Alternative metal usually combines heavy metal with alternative rock, and in some cases other genres, such as hardcore punk and progressive rock. Alternative metal bands are often characterized by heavy guitar riffs, melodic vocals, unconventional sounds within other heavy metal genres, unconventional song structures and sometimes experimental approaches to heavy music. Edit this Artist photo: 40 Below Summer

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Ill Niño
The Black Sheep
Colorado Springs CO, United States
38.837193 -104.789281
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Saturday 6 June 2015
Red Dragon Cartel
Emperors and ElephantsConcert
Fridley, MN, United States
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GA's Too Broke To Rock Series
10 Years, Starset, Islander, Awaken the Empire, Skytown RiotConcert
Knitting Factory Concert House
Spokane, WA, United States
47.657309 -117.42578
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Saturday 13 June 2015
Rough Trade NYC
Brooklyn, New York, United States
40.72039 -73.959675
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Monday 15 June 2015
PinsConcert The Echo
Los Angeles CA, United States
34.077745 -118.259985

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Friday 19 June 2015
From Ashes To New, Defending CainConcert
The Blue Fox
Winchester, VA, United States
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  • Trash73

    Well the early major Nu Metal bands played a sound similar to early Korn because they were the 'godfathers' of course. For example Coal Chamber, whom notably were around at the same time as Korn: Playing live here in 1994)". I think "Unspoiled" has a similar riff to one in Korn's "Predicatable". There are a lot Korn's techniques employed in early Staind, Limp Bizkit and Coal Chamber. For instance the way Borland jumps strings in between certain notes, and how the bass is frequently used as a rhythmic instrument. Only later did the second wave adapt various different styles, perhaps with the exception of the Deftones who were unique in their own right. Snot sounded similar to Rage. The second wave adapted Industrial (e.g mid era Fear Factory, Dope, Static-X, American Head Charge etc.) and an array of other genres into a groovy, (low) detuned & metallic sound.

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  • Trash73

    Also I think it is the latin influence, combined with typical Nu Metal groove, that ties mid era Sepultura and Soulfly to Nu Metal. Plus, Max co-wrote and featured on Deftones' "Headup" and Fred Durst did feature on a Soulfly song. I consider Soulfly and mid era Sepultura a more metallic version of Ill Nino (due to the obvious latin influences in all 3 bands.) Finally, I would not consider Linkin Park a Nu Metal band at all, even on their first 2 albums.

    March 2015
  • L57NT

    Well, it definetly makes sense; although i used to consider a some kind of nu-metal "core" bands (Korn, Deftones, Coal Chamber) and "periphery" that deviates in different ways from a nu-metal canon but still are nu-metal (that is, late Slipknot and various Linkin Park-like stuff too). Ironically it ruins my previous statement about "crucial influence" but by this i meant those influences that are сommon for a majority of bands in a varying degree. BTW i'm always hesitant about mid-90s Sepultura and early Soulfly stuff.

    February 2015
  • Trash73

    As I mentioned, there is no distinct/obvious difference between Hip-Hop/Funk/Punk influenced bands "alternative" bands like Rage and "Nu" bands like Snot. What I have noticed though is Nu Metal riffs are often more abrupt in pulse & riff style, had thicker guitar sound (with more low end and bass) and had a creepy atmosphere (from Mr. Bungle style riffs & pedals.) Nu Metal was simply a wave/sub-genre of Alternative Metal and was a media term, to define a certain time period of heavy music, rather than a distinct sub-genre. If Rage Against the Machine had been born at the same period Korn, Limp Bizkit, Coal Chamber and Deftones were born, then maybe they would have been dubbed that too. However, I would consider the latter 4 bands & (early) Kittie, Snot, Mudvayne & Slipknot Nu Metal. To make it even more confusing there is also Rap Metal, plus lots of bands (e.g. Slipknot, Kittie, Deftones) changed to Alternative Metal & lots of bands cross over to Groove Metal also.

    February 2015
  • L57NT

    So what bands would you consider a pure nu-metal then?

    February 2015
  • Trash73

    "I think grunge influence is crucial for nu metal besides groove metal and funk/hip-hop." I disagree. You could argue a band like Kittie, who were strongly influenced by Grunge and have a 'grungy' guitar tone throughout their discography, played both Nu Metal in their "Spit" days and later Alternative/Groove Metal. What defined them as Nu Metal on "Spit" was mixing groove and downtuned heaviness with Techno break beats and flirtations with Hip-Hop (in songs like "Brackish".) Of course it is mainly Hip-Hop/Funk, but as I mentioned, other genres cross paths and are added to the Nu Metal palette.

    February 2015
  • L57NT

    I think grunge influence is crucial for nu metal besides groove metal and funk/hip-hop.

    January 2015
  • Pinetreepuller

    Alternative metal is just such a wrong categorization...

    December 2014
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