Top 10 Reasons Why Nu Metal Isn't Metal

BoredJeff02
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 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 in it to a extent but just because you can scream doesn't make you metal. - BoredJeff02

What a convoluted, over-parsing, ultra-fine point-making, pile of elitist BS.

2 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. - BoredJeff02

3 Being aggressive and angry doesn't qualify as metal

Again this doesn't make anyone metal at all. - BoredJeff02

4 The overall sound is a mix of rock, punk, electronic and rap there's no metal in the sound

This explains itself. - BoredJeff02

5 Rap and metal do not work together

Rap Metal techinically doesn't exist in all honesty. Rap itself is focused on rhyming and rhytmn. While metal is influenced by classical metal and focuses on melodies. The two cannot mix or coexist for this very reason. - BoredJeff02

6 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 metal song anytime soon. - BoredJeff02

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

Just because the vocals are aggressive and angry doesn't make them metal. - BoredJeff02

8 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'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. - BoredJeff02

9 It doesn't have any metal elements

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. - BoredJeff02

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

Not only is there no metal influences there's nothing metal in the sound in general. - BoredJeff02

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1. Just because there's heavy guitar riffs and screaming doesn't make it Metal
2. Metal vocalists generally focus on melodies and nu metal vocalists don't
3. Being aggressive and angry doesn't qualify as metal
BoredJeff02
1. Rap and metal do not work together
2. Most of the riffs are either punk based or alternative
3. The overall sound is a mix of rock, punk, electronic and rap there's no metal in the sound
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