Monday, July 23, 2012

Nu Metal, who knew?

Spent the day at a coffee shop working on my YA novel, In Search of Joy, doing character research.  Was looking for various genres of music, and came across nu metal.

Now, first off, I hate "classifications."  Why does everything and everyone need to be shoved into a nice, neat little box?  I always state that I love all good music.  Okay, I admit, even some bad long as it's fun and gets my toes tappin'.  Shuffle on my i-Pod plays rap, grunge, pop, country, alternative, punk, and the list goes on.

On the Wikipedia post, my eyes zoomed in on nu metal's origin: "Rock bands of the 80s and 90s including Faith No More, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Tool, Alice in Chains and Rage Against the Machine have been identified as laying groundwork for the development of nu metal...combining aggressive riffs with pop structures and drawing influence from a variety of genres within and outside of heavy metal.  FNM's song Epic is considered by some to be the earliest incarnation of nu metal, with anti-music writing..."

OMG.  I've seen every single one of the bands listed above in concert.  Lived and breathed FNM in high school.  Even met FNM, Rage and Alice.  WoW.

So, I guess it makes sense that I like all kinds of music.  Since nu metal is influenced from a "variety of diverse styles, including electronic, funk, glam, gothic rock, grunge, hardcore punk, hip hop, industrial, jazz, post-punk, symphonic rock and synthpop..." and well a whole bunch of other sub/genres and musical elements.

Goes to show it's not possible to put good music in a clearly defined box.  Because when art is good, it encompasses all influences and passions within that artist.  Just the way it should be.

Express yourself freely, no labels required.


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