When something "turns nu-metal", it is completely bastardized and no longer as good as it used to be.

Originates from the fact that many people have negative opinions about nu-metal, and think that metal is no longer as good as it used to be.
"Man, this guy used to be the best player on the football team, but now he sucks! He totally turned nu-metal."
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Nu-metal is a non- existant sub-genre of metal. Though common cited as a "genre" it is merly a segregation between the larger family of metal.

Nu-metal is classified by it's heavy, downtuned guitar riffs, complementary bass riffs, and unique drumming/pecussion style.

Nu-metal comes under fire constantly because of it's "simple" guitar riffs, angry singing/screaming style, and the appearance of it's bands.

These arguements are very closed minded and ignorant, however. Those who complain about the simple guitar riffs fail to elaborate on how this is detrimental to the actual music: the repetitive arguement is that the guitarist fails to show any talent, but music isn't about the band, it's the sound they make. That is a fact, as any self respecting band of any genre will tell you that. There is also the arguement that "all the bands sound alike". This is true, but is just as common in other musical genres. For example, the nu-metal band "Limp Bizkit" can be closely compared to the band "Reveille". However, you can also say that Jack Johnson sounds similar to Jason Mraz, and AC/DC sounds like Guns N' Roses, and Green Day sounds like Sum 41 and so on. Every genre has bands that sound alike, because they are a genre! They are the same kind of style!

People, open up your eyes! Music is for everyone! There is no reason to critize an entire fanbase of people because they like something different than you.

Coming from a guy who likes Dave Mattews and Slipknot at the same time. C'mon, times are tough, share some love.
Some Nu-metal bands include: Linkin Park, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Reveille, Genuflect, Taproot, and what ever other bands you think "should" be nu-metal, but remember, it's not really a genre.
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A pathetic attempt to use the term "metal" to create a tough, hard image for shitty music that bears little, if any, resemblence to actual metal music.

There are dozens of sub-genres of metal out there, each with different sounds and everything... and nu-metal is NOT one of them.

John Petrucci plays more notes in one Dream Theater solo than all of the members of Linkin Park have ever played in their whole rotten lives, combined.

Granted, you don't *need* to have solos in your songs for them to be good. But it helps to at least have the *ability* to play them, which nu-metal bands obviously do not. It also helps to be able to write a song without picking random power chords on the guitar until a few of them sound good.
Turn on the radio, you'll hear some.
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A genre of shit that claims to be related to real metal. Lyrics usually consist of whines, problems, and bitching. Most Metal Heads found Nu-Metal first and then branched off after discovering genious bands such as Opeth. Yet some claim that this horrid sound is "Heavy" or actually real "Metal", and stay with it. Nu-Metal is the most known type of metal, because its made for teens trying to get attention...Bands such as: Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Adema are common nu-metal bnds. You can recognize Nu-Metal by whiney vocals (with rap/hip hop rythms), sound effects to cover the simple guitar riffs, and really slow drumming. If you listen to Nu-Metal and wish to change your ways, Explore Death Metal. It's much better, and you'll finally know real music.
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A genre of accelerated alternative rock that takes influence from such well known metal acts as Pantera, Metallica Slayer, Anthrax, etc. as well as groove, rap, hip hop or even industrial music. These bands are often lumped in with metalcore bands because they are both mainstream and both utilize playing styles such as using breakdowns.

Nu-metal bands include but are not limited to:
Slipknot(from Iowa not the original Thrash band)
System of a Down
Tool
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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.
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The late 90's answer to the grunge fallout, Nu Metal gave hormonal teenagers something new to latch onto and call their own.

The truth is, this is nothing new at all. Many a Nu Metal kid will deride and defemate Hair Metal and other forms of popularized 80's trash music as passe and forgetable. Not understanding that their $9.99 pieces of Best Buy chugga-chugga riffing pilfered from hardcore's rotted corpse and plunged up their mainstream-loving ass is nothing spectacular in itself.

A fad is a trend that is not a revolution. Of course, telling people below the age of 18 this is impossible. As shown on this site alone, many fans of this aural equivalent to AIDS believe it is an "evolution" or "new wave" to heavy metal and music in general.

Wrong. The Gothenburg sound is an evoltion. The use of atmospheric chording is an evolution. What Nu Metal provides is a package in which to throw all hook-laden parts of various forms of metal and other genres of music. Then it is shipped off to malls and music video outlets everywhere for consumption by impresionable idiots in phat pants.

The Devil Ham of musicology, if you will.
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Ozzfest circa 1999-2002.

Soundtracks for bad action-horror movies. (Resident Evil, Underworld, Queen of the Damned)

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