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1997: Nu Metal was born!

When history has been made, you are rarely aware. But when a wall of sound and shouting verses hits you over the head it’s hard not to realize. The year is 1997, and nu metal is definitively born! Since 1994 metal artists tried to combine hip hop, grunge and funk elements with heavy metal, but only after first Korn, Limp Bizkit and Deftones albums the genre was created.
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A brief history of Nu Metal

Kid Rock, Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Korn all became popular and released multi-platinum or diamond albums in the 1990s. A new wave of the American heavy metal genre, Nu metal combines elements of hip-hop, alternative rock, funk, grunge and heavy metal music, which is also known as (ñu-metal or aggro-metal).

Based on guitar riffs with the use of a seven-string guitar, which has been down-tuned to record a heavier sound. This genre is syncopated with occasional instrumental sampling, turntable scratching, and electronic backgrounds. With vocalist rapping, screaming and singing this form of alternative metal continued into the early 2000s with Linkin Park’s diamond selling album “Hybrid theory”, supporting worldwide following of the new subgenre Nu Metal.

In the Late 1990’s Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Primus and many more bands of that era, contributed to the creation of Nu Metal with their mixed subgenre of heavy metal, vocalising new genres such as hip hop, funk, grunge, and rap are just a few that mixed together and became famous artists of that decade for the sound and originality of Heavy Metal Music.

Korn released their debut album in 1994, self-titled album “Korn” this was a step on the ladder for Nu Metal, a subgenre of Alternative metal and to this day many bands have collaborated with the foundation of mixed turntables with hip-hop playing in the background, strong and vocalised lyrics, a class of it’s own. Although only popular underground in America, new artists of this decade use the baseline of guitar riffs and funk to create their own version of Nu Metal.