An often misdefined sub genre of metal. Nu Metal involves rapping, scratching and simple yet heavily distorted guitar work. People often mix up "Nu Metal" with "New Metal" Nu Metal is rap with guitars. New Metal is the metal that most younger metal bands are bringing out. New Metal isn't bad, its just the evolutionary path that metal has taken. Nu Metal however is close to dead, as most Nu Metal bands have either moved onto rap or progressed into New Metal
NU METAL
Limp Bizkit
Linkin Park
Korn
Staind
Lifer

NEW METAL
Disturbed
Killswitch Engage
Chimaira
Slipknot
Ill Nino
40 Below Summer
Godsmack
Drowning Pool
by trav_7 October 11, 2005

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poser MTV rock. bands that copy Korn (who do it better than all of the anyways.) Linkin park, papa roach, crazy town, etc. are all these bands. usually incorporates hip-hop elements into the music. songs are power chords and have a lead singer trying to look tough by rapping and attemping to do a growl that would make true metalheads laugh.

good choice for 12 year old kids to listen to, but after that you look fool listening to it.
Wow, Ozzfest sucks now becuase of all the nu-metal crap it has.
by BiOsLaYeRX April 28, 2003

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a special type of laxative discovered in the 1990s designed to induce explosive diarrhea by simulating the sound of explosive diarrhea
If high-fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grains aren't resulting in a bowel movement in over 48 hours, it may be time to try some numetal
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Copied from wikipedia:Bands linked with nu metal derive influence from a variety of diverse styles, including electronica/electronic music, funk, glam rock, gothic rock, grunge, hardcore punk, hip hop, industrial rock, jazz, post punk and synthpop. Also, nu metal derives influence from multiple subgenres of heavy metal including rap metal, funk metal and thrash metal. Nu metal music is mostly syncopated and based on riffs. Its lack of guitar solos and virtuousity contrasts it with other metal subgenres. Another way in which nu metal is contrasted with other metal subgenres is its emphasis on rhythm. Similarities with other metal subgenres include its use of common time, distorted guitars, power chords and note structures primarily revolving around Dorian, Aeolian or Phrygian modes. Some nu metal bands use 7-string guitars over traditional 6-string guitars. 7-string guitars, which are sometimes downtuned to increase heaviness, resulted in bass guitarists using five-string and six-string instruments. Some nu metal bands feature a DJ for additional rhythmic instrumentation. The vocals of many bands may range from melodic singing to rapping to screaming to death growling or in some cases have all of these styles in a single song but it can range from song to song. The lyrics of many nu metal bands focus on pain and personal alienation rather than the themes of other metal subgenres. I thought Id put a definition in that doesnt use childish behaviour to put foward biased arguments
All the are nu metal: Korn, Slipknot, Static-x, Disturbed, Mudvayne, System of A Down...etc.
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It amuses how seriously 'metalheads' seem to still take nu metal. People who say 'listen to real metal' are just so sad its funny. Most metal is in fact shit and a few bands can pull it off. To me nu metal is just basic metal with hardly any solos and I dotn see what is wrong with that. I think the hate of nu metal must just be an American thing as American metalheads seem to have to always appear rock hard!!! In my opinion anybody who disregards a whole genre of music is as mcuh of a poser as those they make fun of for their inclination towards a certain genre. try not to be so insecure and like what you want not what you think you should like to a real metalhead.
'Metalhead'- OMFG this cannibal corpse is so fucking heavy!!! It so technical and the lyrics are awesome!!!So much better than nu metal which is totally fake!!!
'Music fan'-YH DEAD BODIES!!! ROCK ON!!! or not...you sound exactly like those 'poseur metallers' you so hate...
by Mr Slagg November 19, 2007

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Nu-metal is a style of metal invented in the early 90's by a band named KoRn. Ever since then there has been a bunch of poser bands like good chorlot (dunno how to spell), and linkin park who have tried to copy them.

and to all of the people who say all nu-metal bands suck, thats not true. Good nu-metal bands who can actually play, and make good music that you can mosh to are : KoRn, Rage against the machine, tool, slipknot, system of a down and hatebreed. try actually listening to them and u mite change your opinion on labelling them as crap.

Also, i dont only listen to nu-metal. My favourite bands are : KoRn, Metallica (Their early stuff), Pantera, Rage against the machine, hatebreed, black sabbath, AC/DC, tool, system of a down, Rammstein and Aerosmith.
Nu-metal bands are :KoRn, Tool, Rage against the machine. Not shitty little posers like linkin park, good charlotte etc.
by Euan Clark December 31, 2006

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a genre of music that people who like metal put all the metal they don't like into so that they make themselves sound cool.

see trance
Metalhead: Ew this music isn't very good. I think I shall classify it as nu metal so that my friends don't think I'm a loser because I like metal and this album is metal.
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Closed-minded people would call it crap. But alot of it has meaning, and I agree that most people who don't listen to it are sissies, maybe scared of something, new?
Alot of the music is what we would call anti-establishment, against the government, namely, AMERICAN government (damn you all to hell), and war.-- Rage against the machine, and System of a Down. --
To all you stereotyping assholes, Bite me, shitheads. I'm a teenager, who DOES listen to nu-metal, and yes, I have a great life, I have good parents, I Drive a nice car. My hair may be black, but I don't slit my wrists, say my life is shit, or act all depressed. And neither do all my friends.
Hey, I like it, so take a hike all you stereotyping, opinionated losers.
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