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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Jun 18, 2012
"Alternative metal" is just a euphamism for the much dreaded term "nu-metal."  Regardless of what you call it, I detest this form of music a lot because it's a total reversal of the fundamental principles of the heavy metal genre, and that it sounds like shit.

Alternative metal is merely what happens when you strip away GOOD things about the heavy metal genre like intense song structures, guitar solos, well-written lyrics, complex drumwork, and quality vocalwork (whether it be melodic ala Judas Priest and Iron Maiden or gutteral ala Kreator or Morbid Angel).  Instead, nu-metal trades in the good things about the heavy metal genre for downtuned guitar flatulence that lacks power, whiny singing about juvenille subject matter, total lack of creativity, and a total lack of talent. 

I'm glad in my early teens, when I had a pretty poor taste in music, that I didn't fully embrace the nu-metal genre.  I'm glad I discovered REAL metal bands in my mid-late teens and as a result, burned all the bridges to what few nu-metal bands I liked.
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June 19, 2012
Thrice, I've assumed popular nu-metal bands with which I wasn't theretofore familiar to be facetious novelty acts. Upon first hearing Korn, Limp Bizkit and the Deftones, I honestly thought that they were joking in the tradition of Spinal Tap. Upon my enlightenment, they became more amusing.

I will say this much for nu-metal: no other genre has synthesized so many influences by emphasizing their worst aspects and neglecting all of their redeeming qualities. In regard to quality, nu metal is best compared to contemporary country - mediocre musicianship paired with substandard songwriting, characterized by the most hackneyed themes available (usually those accessible to tiresome, angst-ridden demographics) and utterly bereft of ingenuity.
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