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A genre of music that was formed in the late 90s in the post-grunge era. The influences are the meaning of songs from the grunge bands like Nirvana and Alice in Chains and the sound from the metals bands from the 70s, 80s and early 90s like Black Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and Pantera. Personally, I think nu-metal is o.k. Some of the bands are pretty good (Linkin Park, KoRn) while others are a disgrace to music all together (Limp Bizkit). The whole music war going on is pointless because nu-metal is no where near the best type of music out there and it will never be. For all of the die hard haters, just think of it as metal with maybe Megadeth or Motley Crue. For the die hard fans, listen to Queen, Sublime, STP or Foo Fighters for a little, then you'll see what good music is.
Linkin Park and KoRn are pretty good bands. Limp Bizkit is horrible. STP, Metallica, Foo Fighters and Led Zeppelin are 100x better than any nu-metal band out there.
by Jamarcus Fat May 31, 2010
Nu-Metal is a hybrid genre.
It combines the heavy rock genre 'metal' with different singing styles ie rapping. A perfect example of the is 'The Truth' by Limp Bizkit. Another good example is 'Spit It Out' by Slipknot. Within these bands there is also a m'ixer' who will provide sounds that cannot be created using convential instruments. Within the convential instruments guitars are often tuned down to give 'heavier' riffs. to compliment this the drummers will use the bass drum more often (and will usually have two bas drum pedels)
Pre-Nu-Metalers often look at the new genre with disregard as it is not ture rock music.
Korn, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Perfect Circle are all examples of Nu-Metal music.
by Sam Sewell May 31, 2008
The biggest musical perversion ever to crawl out of some executive's arse since boy bands. Nu metal takes the single best genre of music ever created and turns it into repetitive, shallow, unromantic drivel.

Examples of Nu metal bands: Korn, Slipknot, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Limp Dipshit, etc.

People should try listening to REAL metal, like.. Queensryche, Symphony X, Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Opeth, In Flames, Iced Earth.. There are too many to list.
Nu Metal is to Metal as Pop-Punk is to Punk Rock.
Nu-metal, a term created for all those band with so wide a range that they couldnt be put into a single group. bands such as Linkin Park, Korn, Limp Bizkit, bands who could be put into labels such as rap rock, rapcore, metal, electro etc. its a wide range of music in which the different bands are nothing alike with different music styles and different goals in music. Nu-Metal is not a new label, its not a new music style, its people fuckin up bands who dont even want to be in this section
Shove nu metal up your ass!-Mike shinoda Linkin Park
by wee-becka March 26, 2008
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
a type of music that when mentionned compels any moronic metalhead to spew forth mind-numbing nonsense about why his music is better, whining in the manner of an 84-year old man about the "good old days" and generally boring everyone to death. It regroups music from groups like Korn, System of a Down, Slipknot, Linkin Park.
Some guy: I really like this new song by system.
Metalhead: Fuck you you corporate sellout. Nu metal sucks, it's weak and repetitive and makes you rebel against your parents instead of the establishment you whiny little fuck!
Some guy: What's the last rebellious thing YOU did? Go to a Salyer concert? Some rebel you are...
Metalhead: ... I cheated on my taxes once.
by DUTF September 28, 2005
Nu-metal :a genre of music which combines hip hop and heavy metal.

I'm extremely annoyed that people who see them selfves to be "real goths" continualy insult this genre of music saying it is for "posers".I wish to express my disgust with these people as they shoud not insult something just because it is not to thier taste(this is the behavour of a chav!)i listen to nu metal ,heavy metal, punk ,industrail, electronica it should not matter what music you listen to.
Goth:posers listen to nu metal
by The Flaming Shadow August 11, 2005