alternative metal



alternative metal subgenres


heavy metal > mid 1980 > alternative metal

stylistic origins: alternative rock, heavy metal
cultural origins: mid-1980s, United States

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“compromise for people for whom Nirvana was not heavy enough but Metallica was too heavy.”

Alternative metal (alt-metal or hard alternative)


is a rock music genre that infuses heavy metal with influences from alternative rock and other genres not normally associated with metal.
Alternative metal bands are often characterized by heavy guitar riffs, tend to feature clean singing influenced by those of alternative rock in contrast to other heavy metal sub genres, unconventional song structures and sometimes experimental approaches to heavy music.

It has spawned several subgenres, including rap metal and funk metal, which have both influenced another prominent subgenre, nu metal, which expands the alternative metal sound, commonly adding influences from hip-hop, groove metal, grunge, and sometimes industrial metal.

The genre has been described as part of alternative rock and heavy metal. Bands tend to feature clean singing, influenced by those of alternative rock, in contrast to most other heavy metal subgenres. However, more recent bands have also incorporated vocal styles like growls and screaming. It features aggressive guitar riffs as well.

The first wave of alternative metal bands emerged from many backgrounds, including hardcore punk (Bad Brains, Rollins Band, Life of Agony, Corrosion of Conformity), noise rock (Helmet, The Jesus Lizard, White Zombie), Seattle’s grunge scene (Alice in Chains, Soundgarden), stoner rock (Clutch, Kyuss), sludge metal (Fudge Tunnel, Melvins), gothic metal (Type O Negative), art rock (Refused), and industrial (Ministry, Stabbing Westward).

alternative metal subgenres: funk metal, nu metal, rap metal

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“Capitalism has made it this way, old-fashioned fascism will take it away.”
Marilyn Manson, The Beautiful People
album Antichrist Superstar (1996)

Marilyn Manson
genres: industrial rock, industrial metal, hard rock, alternative metal


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