Top 10 Reasons Why Nu Metal Isn't Metal

Nu Metal despite it's name is not metal. Here are ten reasons why. I don't hate this genre but it generally should be called something else. I'm not making this list to offend or anger people I'm just being honest.
The Top Ten
1 Rap and metal do not work together

Rap Metal technically doesn't exist in all honesty. Rap itself is focused on rhyming and rhythm, while metal is influenced by classical music and focuses on melodies. The two cannot mix or coexist for this very reason.

Rap and metal are very different. Nu-metal bands are either mostly rap or mostly metal but suck either way because they are not focused on a particular genre.

It can go with rock but not metal.

2 Just because there's heavy guitar riffs and screaming doesn't make it Metal

I think it's pretty obvious that punk or rock mainly consists of heavy riffs and screaming like a maniac. Metal music might have screaming to an extent, but just because you can scream doesn't make it metal.

3 Being aggressive and angry doesn't qualify as metal

Again, this doesn't make anyone metal at all.

4 The overall sound is a mix of rock, punk, electronic and rap there's no metal in the sound
5 Most of the riffs are either punk based or alternative

I'd like to think of Nu Metal as being a sort of successor to 90s Grunge. There are a lot of similarities between Grunge and Nu Metal, including instrumentals, lyrical themes, and vocals.

However, my only problem is that Pantera has plenty of blues-style riffs, yet they're in the metal archives.

Which is why songs like "One Step Closer" or "Falling Away From Me" aren't metal.

6 The vocals are rough, agressive and gritty but not melodic

Just because the vocals are aggressive and angry doesn't make them metal.

7 Metal vocalists generally focus on melodies and nu metal vocalists don't

I'm not saying Nu Metal doesn't have any melodies, but it generally focuses on aggression and isolation, which again doesn't make it metal.

8 The lyrical themes aren't something that is sung in metal songs

Their lyrical themes aren't bad, but "I'm one step closer to the edge and I'm about to break!" isn't something you'd hear in a traditional metal song.

9 It doesn't have any metal elements

There are no metal elements in the genres or songs. Heaviness does not count as a metal element, considering how bands like Skid Row can be heavy, and it's generally more of a rock element.

There is the slightest trace of a metal element, but no, that doesn't make it metal.

Some bands do have some metal elements, just not enough to be in the archives.

10 The influences are mainly rock and rap there's no metal influences at all

Not only are there no metal influences, but there's also nothing metal in the sound in general.

The Contenders
11 Sounding very heavy and having some metal influences doesn't make it metal since nu metal fits into the hard-rock/punk category
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