alternative metal subgenres



alternative metal subgenres:


1980 > funk metal

funk metal (thrash funk):
stylistic origins: funk rock, alternative metal, dance-punk, funk, thrash metal, heavy metal
cultural origins: mid-1980s, United States

funk metal

is a fusion of heavy metal and funk. It started off in the late eighties and was heavily influenced by bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone. During the late-’90s, many bands which started out as funk metal branched out into more commercially viable genres, such as alternative rock and nu metal … more

Primus – Tommy The Cat

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Les Claypool bassist and lead vocalist of the band Primus with his main Carl Thompson bass guitars

notable funk metal bands list and playlist


early 1990 > nu metal

nu metal (nü-metal or aggro-metal):
stylistic origins: heavy metal, alternative metal, rap metal, funk metal, industrial metal, groove metal, grunge, hardcore punk, hip hop, alternative rock
cultural origins:
early to mid-1990s, California, U.S.

nu metal

Nu metal bands have drawn elements and influences from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Nu-metal rarely features guitar solos; the genre is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs. Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. Vocal styles in nu-metal include singing, rapping, screaming and growling. Nu metal is one of the key genres of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal … more

concert poster

Korn (stylized as KoЯn) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The band’s current lineup includes founding members Jonathan Davis (vocals, bagpipes), James “Munky” Shaffer (guitar), Brian “Head” Welch (guitar, backing vocals), and Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu (bass), with the addition of Ray Luzier (drums), who replaced the band’s original member, David Silveria in 2007. Korn was originally formed by three of the members of the band L.A.P.D.

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list nu metal bands; you can listen to 8 essential nu-metal albums and videos playlist 137 nu metal bands



1980 > rap metal

rap metal:
stylistic origins: rap rock, alternative metal, heavy metal, funk metal, hip-hop, thrash metal
cultural origins: 1980s, United States

rap metal

is a subgenre of rap-rock and alternative metal music which combines hip-hop with heavy metal. It usually consists of heavy metal guitar riffs, funk metal elements, rapped vocals and sometimes turntables. The term rapcore has been used in reference to rap metal.
The genre’s roots are based both in hip-hop acts who sampled heavy metal music, such as Beastie Boys, MC Strecker Cypress Hill, Esham, and Run–D.M.C., and rock bands who fused heavy metal and hip-hop influences, such as 24-7 Spyz and Faith No More. Scott Ian of Anthrax (who helped pioneer the genre) believes Rage Against the Machine invented the genre…   more

Rage Against The Machine Poster for London show

Rage Against the Machine (RATM or just Rage) is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consists of rapper and vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. They draw inspiration from early heavy metal instrumentation, as well as hip-hop acts such as Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, and Dutch crossover band Urban Dance Squad. Rage Against the Machine is well known for the members’ leftist and revolutionary political views, which are expressed in many of the band’s songs.

rage against the machine official website:

Rap-metal bands list and videos playlist



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