What is alternative metal?

For those of you who know what you're talking about (No Slipknot and BVB here), would it be agreeable that Alternative Metal is not in any way related to Nu Metal? I'm not as familiar with the genre as I should be to make this evaluation, but is alternative metal a gunge-metal fusion? It seems to be, because Alice in Chains, Tool, Helmet, RATM and other bands that fit into this category seem to be just that. I feel like I could be totally incorrect here, but is this an agreeable statement?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Alternative Metal is related to Nu Metal, there's no denying it. In fact many Alternative Metal bands were direct influences on Nu Metal, Faith No More, Primus, and Helmet to name a few Alt. Metal bands who were massive influences on Nu Metal. I'd say System of a Down is an example of an Alternative Metal band that sometimes get labelled as Nu Metal, although it could be argued that they're Nu Metal, their music is more in line with Alt. Metal, some of Mike Patton's work in Faith No More and Mr. Bungle is a huge influence on their music and it's more apparent than it is in most Nu Metal.

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  • 9 years ago

    Ya......screw BVB and Slipknot, They're talentless.

    And no. Alternative Metal, although very different, is highly influenced by Nu Metal.

    Personally, I don't think I would consider Rage to be Alternative Metal though. I would classify them more so as Rap Metal (which is awesome. Rage kills), but I guess you could call them Alternative Metal.

  • douyon
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Alt Metal

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  • 9 years ago

    Actually, SlipKnoT aren't Nu-Metal anymore; their last CD had influences from Thrash, Groove Metal, Grunge, etc (and they actually started playing guitar solos. Nu-Metal doesn't have solos). And Marilyn Manson has done everything from Industrial Metal to Bowie-esque Glam Rock and everything in between. I personally consider both to be Alternative Metal, for lack of a better term, because they take influence from different sub-genres of Metal as well as other non-Metal genres of music and mix them together. That's what I always thought that Alternative Metal was, especially since Faith No More were considered Alternative Metal, though they had Hip-Hop influence and came long before Grunge or Nu-Metal really caught on. To me, Alternative Metal is a blanket term for any band who has Metal influence, but doesn't necessarily fit into any particular sub-genre of Metal (Black, Death, Thrash, etc). But I could be wrong.

    These later SlipKnoT songs aren't Nu-Metal...

    "This Cold Black" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRGpj200nq0

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    "Vendetta" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nEuAIZRLfk

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    "Gehenna" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbXEaoPQOUY

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    "Snuff" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPD7wh-6vT8

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    And while a lot of Manson's music falls into Industrial Metal...

    "The Beautiful People" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ypkv0HeUvTc

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    A lot of it doesn't...

    "Man That You Fear" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rthl_O4_G2o

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    "Coma White" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQPJYnr48yU

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    So I'm not really sure what bands like these would be considered as. Alternative Metal? Experimental Metal, maybe? Are they even really Metal at all? If not, then what? They're not traditional Hard Rock, either, so it can get kind of confusing categorizing bands sometimes. Some bands just have to make things so difficult because they can't make up their minds and just pick a genre, but I guess that's the whole point. Maybe they don't like the idea of someone slapping a label on them and throwing them into a box. So I guess maybe SlipKnoT are just SlipKnoT and Marilyn Manson is Marilyn Manson and trying to place them into a specific genre goes against everything that they stand for (considering that they speak for outcast kids who don't fit in anywhere either). Maybe every band should be seen as an individual band and judged by their own merits, rather than being placed into a genre and compared to every other band in it. It does seem more fair that way.

  • 9 years ago

    Alternative rock mixed with metal. It is a broad term. Grunge is a sub-genre of alternative rock, and thus, many grunge bands had strong metal ties.

  • 9 years ago

    Its metal and its alternative.

  • It's hard to explain what this genre actually sounds like. Because it is a very experimental form of music. First listen to bands like coal chamber, and 40 below summer then listen to bands like sevendust, and korn. You'll know what I'm talking about.

    Source(s): I can play Alt. Metal, Power Metal, Thrash Metal, Heavy Metal, Neo-Classical Metal, Doom Metal, Gothic Rock, Death Metal, Black Metal, Grunge, Indie Rock, Progressive Rock, Progressive Metal, and Metalcore on Guitar.
  • 9 years ago

    ****. Complete crap. It's just Nu-Metal with more sensible lyrics. Don't listen to it, it sucks.

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