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Nu metal (also known as nĂ¼-metal<ref name=DAngeloMTV3 /><ref name="daddy">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> and aggro-metal<ref name="Allmusic">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref><ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>) is a genre of alternative metal<ref name="Allmusic"/><ref name="Grierson Alt-Metal"/> that fuses elements of heavy metal music<ref name="Allmusic"/><ref name="horror">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref><ref name="descent">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> with elements of other genres of music, especially genres such as hip hop, alternative rock, funk, and grunge.<ref name="Allmusic"/><ref name=Dez>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }} (July 7th, 2015)</ref><ref name="McIver-12"/><ref name="Chad Bowar">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> Nu metal is part of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.

Nu metal bands have derived influence from a variety of musical styles, including multiple genres of heavy metal. Rarely featuring guitar solos,<ref name=Sam /> nu metal music is heavily syncopated and based on guitar riffs.<ref name="daddy"/> Many nu metal guitarists use seven-string guitars that are down-tuned to play a heavier sound. DJs are also sometimes featured for rhythmic scratching and electronic backgrounds.<ref name="McIver-12"/> Nu metal vocal styles range between singing, rapping, screaming and growling.

With the release of Korn's 1996 album Life is Peachy, nu metal was beginning to rise in popularity. 1998 is generally recognized as the year nu metal broke into the mainstream. In the late 1990s, there were bands blending nu metal with other music genres (for example, industrial metal, such as Static-X<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and Dope<ref name="NoRegrets">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>). In 2002, MTV claimed that nu metal's mainstream popularity was declining. However, nu metal still had commercial success. During the mid-2000s, metalcore was one of the most popular genres within the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.<ref name="Bushman">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> During this period, nu metal lost popularity and many nu metal bands experimented with other genres and sounds.


Nu metal sections
Intro  Characteristics and fashion  Predecessors and influences  History  Criticism  See also  References  External links  

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