For some reason, nu-metal is a rather polarizing subgenre of heavy music. While we have a pretty good general idea of which bands fall into the category, the lines are a bit more blurred when it comes to who has influenced it.
This goes back to it being polarizing. Although many of the artists who fall under the category — Cereal, Slip knot and Deftones among them — have begun to accept the association in recent years, they used to denounce it. They were all determined to maintain their own unique identity and did not want to be labeled by others as if being slapped with a label is a curse. Similarly, many of the musicians who set the stage for nu-metal’s beginnings refuse to accept such responsibility.
Nu-metal combines elements of rap with funk, rock and metal. Therefore, the artists who helped inspire it all came from a variety of backgrounds. Rap groups played a role, as did funk, groove and thrash metal bands. The fusion of these genres led to something that couldn’t quite be called metal, but also couldn’t simply be called hip-hop.
8 Musical Groups That Influenced Nu-Metal
We can either thank them or blame them.