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: Stone Sour

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Monday 27 July 2015
Faith No More
Napalm DeathConcert
South Side Ballroom
Dallas, United States
32.768777 -96.797987

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Napalm DeathConcert
Bayou Music Center
Houston, United States
29.762574 -95.366911

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Nonpoint, Awaken the Empire, The Family RuinConcert
Music Farm
Columbia, SC, United States
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Thursday 30 July 2015
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RefusedConcert
Masquerade
Atlanta GA, United States
33.77103 -84.364537

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Friday 31 July 2015
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Red Hat Amphitheater
Raleigh NC, United States
35.773772 -78.643066

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House of Blues
Orlando, United States
28.370897 -81.521781

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  • ClaudioNTW

    Top 8 should be Tool,Deftones,Jane's Addiction,FNM,Ministry,AIC,Soundgarden and Rage

    9 days ago
  • Trash73

    "Most of these bands are Nu Metal bullshit." Nu Metal is a sub-genre of Alternative Metal you f*cking idiot.

    last month
  • LAHardwave

    offbeat metal from L.A. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-ucuzq6tFc

    last month
  • tbonson04

    Whoever made this category was very confused. Most of these bands are Nu Metal bullshit and mixed with prog metal, prog rock, and stoner metal. You would think for being a music site there would be a bit of oversight on categorization.

    last month
  • 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.

    May 2015
  • 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
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