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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
"Metallization" of pop
Linkin Park
by Arijit "Nukehead" Das June 03, 2003
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
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 ronnierocket June 11, 2010
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
Nu-metal is simply a genre of music and I want to make a point to all of you people who think it is stupid and automatically makes anyone who listens to it a poser or mallgoth who is just depressed because they have no friends or seeking attention and wants to rebel against their parents. You don't have to listen because I'm not going to shove it down your throats like you do to others.

Let's pretend okay:
I'm a prep. I listen to the Sex Pistols. Does that make me punk? NO!

Okay so now lets stop pretending. I listen to nu-metal and I have never claimed any label. And I DO like to shop at hot topic. Not because I am rebellious and attention seeking. I prefer to stay out of the limelight. I like the clothes, the style, the people, the atmosphere. Anybody who says that everybody there are all depressed attention seeking cutters with no sense of humor obviously has never been in Hot Topic. Just a few weeks ago I was in there and I met the greatest guy. He was so funny had a great sense of style (which was by the way not exactly typical of hot topic.) And he was not at all depressed.
I like the mall. I can get cheap cd's there, which is good cause I'm poor.

So listening to the sex pistols can't make a prep a punk. How does liking the things i do make me a poser? The answer is simple. I never claimed to be anything, therefore I am not posing as anything. I am not the one who calls myself punk or gothic. It's my peers. So basically I ambeing judged for what my friends think.

now I ask you is that what you think I am, a poser?

Isn't it sad that nowadays our character is judged by what music we like and the clothes we wear.

If you don't like what I like or what I wear say so. But don't judge me as a person because chances are I don't like what you like or wear either.

I don't listen to nu-metal in particular. I like all bands with guitars and talent.
by DeLana July 16, 2006