Nu Metal. Simultaneously, one of the most notoriously despised and widely praised sub-genres in all of metal. There are some who will argue until their last breath, that it isn’t metal at all. Others say it was just a term generated by the media. Love it or hate it, it was one of the biggest movements to happen to the metal genre EVER and it is responsible for shoving metal music into the mainstream, front and center. There are plenty who claim Nu Metal died long ago, but it’s a hard point to argue when bands like Korn, Slipknot, Sevendust, Deftones, Disturbed, Linkin Park, and so many other bands that were lumped into the Nu Metal category, have been dominating the charts for close to two decades.
With the rise of the -core bands, we experienced a dramatic shift away from the ‘New Wave of American Heavy Metal’ days, however now that the fad has run its course and has exhausted every possible ‘breakdown’ – we begin to see Rise Records-esque bands sounding a lot like… well, Nu Metal. Many of these bands are moving away from their Death and Metalcore influences, and are beginning to show more of a pop influence. The heavy is still there, but it’s a different realm, a different vibe. You can especially see this with bands like Asking Alexandria, Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice and Men, The Word Alive, etc. Chuggy, staccato riffs with a metal edge meets soaring clean choruses and a pop sensibility (And usually some electronics blended in). Other bands like Cane Hill, King 810, and My Ticket Home are exploring the heavier side of Nu Metal… But it’s all starting to sound like Nu Metal to me. We’ll call it New Nu Metal or Nu Metalcore…
Nu Metal is hard to put into a box though. When it started, the term Nu Metal was reserved for bands who were mixing metal with other styles and genres of music, such as funk and hip hop and electronic music. This made it far more accessible and Nu Metal began to attract non-metal fans, who wouldn’t have normally listened to anything labeled ‘metal’. For some reason, the accessibility that took Nu Metal straight to the top was the very thing that brought it back down, if only in the eyes of metal purists and anti-anything-mainstream types. It gave metal-heads everywhere a bad taste in their mouth, and sparked a backlash within the metal community. Metal had always been an underground movement, that shied away from the spotlight. The cult-like following metal has is like no other genre of music. It has become a culture, a way of life. The fans that love it so, take great pride in, and ownership of, the metal label. When their beloved metal music was suddenly being mixed with funk, hip hop, and pop, enjoyed by the world over, taking over the airwaves, it caused outrage. Some bands fought the title tooth and nail, others embraced it. Other groups were labeled Nu Metal by the media, simply because they were around during the time of the Nu Metal boom and happened to be popular; some of which don’t really fit the criteria at all. It has sort of been stretched into a blanket term that encompasses a lot of hard rock and pop rock. It became so huge it collapsed in on itself.
I don’t think Nu Metal ever really went away. I think the term Nu Metal just became too broad, and carried too much baggage. There was so much good and so much bad, it was hard to process it all. Whether you prescribe to the beliefs that Nu Metal died long ago, never to be remembered… or you are a die-hard fan, for whom which Nu Metal shall never be forgotten… it doesn’t matter. 2016 is THE YEAR for Nu Metal’s triumphant return! The sheer amount of proof I have compiled is staggering. Below I have provided evidence of the Nu Metal resurrection, in all it’s glory! Get ready to have your mind blown, repeatedly, during which you may continuously ask yourself, “What year is it again?”
Behold, the Nu Metal Apocalypse is upon us! (Click the many links, pics, and videos below)
New Korn Song “Rotting In Vain”!
Coal Chamber released a new album recently, but have since ‘blacked out’ their Facebook page… wonder what it means?!
Ozzfest is back and Disturbed is performing… Oh, and of course Knotfest is headlined by the one and only, Slipknot.
40 Below Summer is back playing shows in July 2016.
Slipknot and Manson are touring together… with Of Mice and Men.
Dope, Flaw, and Motograter are touring together! All three bands have a new album coming out!
New Dope Music Video for ‘Blood Money’
Adema is back at it again!
American Head Charge has a new album out! Tango Umbrella is here!
Trapt, Saliva, Alien Ant Farm, Crazytown, 12 Stones, and Tantric are touring together… Holy shit?! What?!
Fear Factory, 20th Anniversary of ‘Demanufacture’ Tour! Performing the album in its entirety!
Ill Nino toured with Boba Flex recently.
Still waiting on this one… Come back Mudvayne!
Powerman 5000 are working on new music.
Project 86 has launched a new album campaign. http://www.project86.com/
Skinlab has new music.
Mushroomhead are still goin’ strong!
The Nu Metal Revival is Real! Did your head explode? Have you busted out your old JNCO’s yet? Did you change into an Adidas track suit while reading this article? This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks. I’m just scratching the surface here. I’m curious to see where it all goes. Will Nu Metal reign supreme once again? We will have to wait and see…
Here’s some Nu Metal Revival/New Nu Metal/Nu Metalcore stuff for you to check out:
The Word Alive
Of Mice and Men
Bring Me The Horizon
Upon A Burning Body
My Ticket Home