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
A genre of music that appeared in the 90's. It uses elements of Hip-Hop and Hardcore. The style is not Metal, it is associated with Metalcore. Examples of Nu-Metal are:

Linkin Park

Nu-Metal is hated with a passion by Metalheads, yet, without Nu-Metal tons of Metalheads wouldn't exist. Nu-Metal provides a good middle ground for people who like pop music but aren't ready for the growls, and shrieks of Metal. Most people who get into Nu-Metal end up listening to Metal afterwards.
Nu-Metal is not Metal.
by joe725 March 08, 2008
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
Subgenre of rock that often involves elements of hip-hop (sometimes) and hard rock that ends up coming out with a beat and riff mixed music masterpeice that is popular among people who aren't jealous of success. Nu-metal often involves the most post-work in rock because of extra elements besides the same guitar-bass-drum-singer combo.
Some nu-metal rock artists include Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, System of a Down, etc.
by Sithian December 06, 2003
In short, this is the Michelob Light of metal music. I wouldn't even go so far as to call it actual 'metal', but for the sake of avoiding confusion (and so I don't have to come up with a made-up definition on the spot, since I'm being a lazy jackass at the moment), we'll call it Metal Lite. Usually, nu metal songs are not very complicated in riff structure or lyrics; the riffs are often just a few strummed chords, shouted/yelled lyrics, some more strummed chords, an 'emotional' interlude, and more half-assed playing by guys who sound like they're learning as they go along. Seeking depth in Metal Lite lyrics is sort of pointless; you may as well peruse mattress tags for a Shakespearean sonnet. Often, the lyrics are of the stale, done to death "I hate mommy/daddy" (or, in some cases, both) variety. Other lyrical areas include the pain over broken relationships, and anti-society rants which read like something a psuedo-angstridden seventh grader wrote in study hall. The "us against them" theme pops up from time to time, most notably in Slipknot. Who are you against, really? Your parents? The hulking brute waiting for you every morning outside school to give you a wedgie, shake you down for your lunch money, and then toss your miserable ass in some fresh mud (and getting your cheap Hot Topic pants all gunked up!!! Oh, the horror!!!)? Metal Lite is often a common fixture on the Ozzfest tour, where bands like Marilyn Manson, Korn, Slipknot, Disturbed, etc. perform. Sometimes they will introduce lesser known bands, but they often play fiddle to the Metal Lite bands, since, I suppose, they feel their audience may react negatively to a band which actually is talented.
Metal Lite Fan 1: "Did you get Slipknot's new release"
Metal Lite Fan 2: "Oh hells yah! It totally kicked my ass! I actually pissed myself when I heard 'Duality'"
(together)"MAGGOTZ RULE!!! nu metal is the way of the future !!!"
A real metal fan: "You little Hot Profit whores. Go listen to Deicide's self-titled debut, Vader's 'De Profundis', Immolation's 'Close to a World Below', Morbid Angel's 'Altars of Madness' or Emperor's 'Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk'. Then we'll talk. Wait, what the hell am I saying? You won't listen to anything that good."

by Malebolge July 14, 2006
A genre started by Korn in the late 80's/early 90's, given a horrible reputation by some of the worst bands EVER (Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park). Often mixes in elements of hip-hop or other genres which can either sound great (Korn, Mudvayne) or OH MY GOD I WANT TO STAB MYSELF IN THE EARS (Limp Bizkit, ICP). Most nu-metal is closer to hard rock than nu-metal.

So to all the anti-mainstream idiots who like to compare every single band in existence to iron Maiden who say that all nu-metal sucks, check out Disturbed, Mudvayne, Deftones, or Slipknots new CD.

And to all the people who say that Slipknot and Disturbed are 10 times better than Iron Maiden and Metallica: SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU TWATS. If it wasn't for Metallica, Joey Jordison wouldn't be drumming right now, so shut the fuck up and enjoy all music.
In short, judge a band by it's quality, not it's genre. Nu metal can be good, or it can be bad.
by ThroatSlit April 20, 2006
Nu Metal is a fusion genre that mixes metal with funk, hip hop, and sometimes Industrial. They're often groove-based and they're guitar and bass is usually tuned very low.

In the late 90s Korn's "Follow The Leader" had gained a massive amount of popular and featured the hit singles Freak on a Leash and Got The Life. This album opened the door for many Nu Metal and Rap Metal bands to become popular. In 1999 Korn's Issues, Limp Bizkit's Significant Other, and Kid Rock's Devil Without a Cause were extremely succesful.

2000 and 2001 was possibly the best time for Nu Metal with Limp Bizkit, Slipknot, Deftones, System of a Down, Disturbed, Godsmack, Staind, Drowning Pool, Static-X, Mudvayne, P.O.D., Mushroomhead, Papa Roach, Soulfly, and Linkin Park (who's debut was the highest selling album of 2001) all having succesful albums.
2002 showed signs of Nu Metal declining. Korn's long awaited 5th album Untouchables and Papa Roach's Lovehatetragedy both sold less than expected.
Some of the reasons behind this is MTV started focusing more on Pop-Punk and Emo-Pop in 2002.
Even though many of these bands have gained criticism Deftones and System of a Down are highly respected among critics and rock fans in general.

Korn are often considered the pioneers of this style of music.
Dan - What is Nu Metal
John - It's basically grooved-based, aggresive modern hard rock. Despite popular belief you do not have to have some sort of rap/hip hop influence to be Nu Metal.
by JTP393 January 13, 2010

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