A marketing term used by record companies to classify a band. Usually it is used in an insulting kind of way, and many bands are unwillingly placed in the genre. Often confused with New Metal.
Check out that nu-metal band.
by Stigma July 09, 2004
Nü Metal isn't classic metal. It's not supposed to be classic metal. It is a different genre. That's what everybody that has defined nü metal needs to understand.

For nü metal, I mainly listen to Mudvayne, System of a Down, and Stone Sour. But I also listen to real metal; Children of Bodom, In Flames, and Arch Enemy to name a few.

Just because it isn't as hard as classic metal, that doesn't mean it isn't good.
Nü metal is good in it's own respect.
by brqgn June 21, 2004
An awesome metal subgenre without crappy guitar solos.
Classic metal fan: Let's listen to Manowar.
Nu metal fan: I'd rather listen to Korn.
Classic metal fan: Fuck, dude, it isn't REAL metal, it's just shitty nu metal, without awesome guitar solos or musical talent.
Nu metal fan: a music's value isn't based on its complexity. Read Adorno, asshole.
Classic metal fan: I'd rather play WoW.
by bluesmaster June 11, 2010
Classified by some people to be any rock band that sounds sorta hard and gets MTV and radio play. Much of it IS unoriginal and contains meaningless repetitive lyrics but that doesn't mean all nu-metal sucks. Unimaginative doesn't equal untalented. Sounding similar doesn't necessarily equal cookie cutter pattern. Some is all of the above but if you like it, then that's your choice. Songs like Headstrong by Trapt are pretty catchy, though.
Apparently it's cool to hate the mainstream and nu-metal is no exception.
by kaze2k5 March 07, 2004
This is NOT a subgenre of metal/heavy metal. Its a subgenre of alternative metal (an "umbrella" term to be honest).

Nu-metal evolved from hard rock and hardcore punk, NOT from metal, but gained influence from metal (hence the name).

Nu-metal is NOT "boybands of metal" because it is NOT metal. Many metalheads hate the genre because it rips off metal, but it does not, as it is NOT metal, it is a different genre altogether.

Nu-Metal is diverse. Pioneering artists such as Korn, Slipknot, Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit do not all sound the same. Many bands appearing from the hard rock/post grunge movement adopted a nu-metal edge (e.g. disturbed, drowning pool) due to influences from the genre.
UD entries such as Nu-Metal: "shite" are not actually definitions, they are opinions from disrespectful people.
by DTX November 26, 2007
Sucks, lacking instrumentally and in musicality.
If you listen to Slipknot, Korn, or System of a Down, Please find better music, other than Nu metal.
by Nu metal hater August 19, 2006
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