Top 10 Reasons Why Nu Metal Isn't MetalNu 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
Rap and metal are very different, nu-metal bands either are mostly rap or mostly metal but suck either way because they are not focused on a particular genre
Linkin Park, RATM, and Limp Bizkit are rap-rock bands with heavy distortion - yungstirjoey666
It's funny because all the arguments on here are not even valid. They are easily counterable. Just because you have a preconceived notion of metal doesn't mean it's not what it is, preconceived and limited. Metal is way more than its base elements, and its boundaries can be pushed further, like any genre. Nu metal may be faraway from traditional metal, have eclectic influences, and all the like, that doesn't mean it's not metal if it keeps at least part of the base elements.
It can go with rock, but not metal. - XxembermasterxX
Then you clearly haven't heard the song Calm Like A Bomb which is by Rage Against The Machine. - DarkBoi-X
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 in it to a extent but just because you can scream doesn't make you metal.
Hardcore punk and hard rock already exists - yungstirjoey666
What a convoluted, over-parsing, ultra-fine point-making, pile of elitist BS.
Proving how a genre isn't metal with reasoning isn't being a elitist. Shoving my opinion down other's throats and acting like it's fact/ superior now that's being a elitist.
Again this doesn't make anyone metal at all.
This explains itself.
I kind of consider Slipknot metal to some extent. Linkin Park, Korn, and Evanescence are clearly not metal bands. They're still pretty good though. - yungstirjoey666
However, my only problem is that Pantera has plenty of blues-style riffs, yet they're in the metal archives. - yungstirjoey666
I'd like to think of Nu Metal as being a sort-of successor to 90s Grunge. There's a lot of similarities between Grunge and Nu Metal, including instrumentals, lyrical themes and vocals. - CrimsonShark
Which is why songs like "One Step Closer" or "Falling Away From Me" aren't metal.
Just because the vocals are aggressive and angry doesn't make them metal.
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.
This isn't really a good reason though; yes, you're more likely to hear fantasy, political, or violent lyrics in real metal, but metal is mostly defined by sound. I can make a power metal song about sex, drugs, and rock n roll, yet it's still a metal song because power metal is clearly metal. - yungstirjoey666
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 metal song anytime soon.
Some bands do have some metal elements. Just not enough to be in the archives. - yungstirjoey666
There is the slightest trace of metal element, but no, that doesn't make it metal. - SoldierOfFortune
There's no metal elements in the genres or songs. And no Heavyness doesn't count as a metal element considering how bands like Skid Row can be heavy and it's generally more of a rock element.
Skid Row is a little different; they have a couple of metal elements compared to other glam metal bands - yungstirjoey666
Not true actually, Slipknot, who was Nu Metal in the early 2000s, were inspired by bands such as Metallica, Black Sabbath
Not only is there no metal influences there's nothing metal in the sound in general.