The genre of rock music I have chosen to base my research on is the sub-genre of metal known as Nu Metal. The band of this genre I have chosen to base this on is Linkin Park and there song ???With You??™.
When it Evolved
The style of Nu Metal evolved in the late 90??™s and the early 00??™s and was over by that decade. Artists that had performed in Nu metal style either change to suit changes in popular music styles of lost popularity and were unable to find sponsors.
Where it Evolved
Nu metal is a hard genre to say where it evolved but as America was, and is, the place where both Hip Hop and Heavy Metal where very popular and created, so I believe that the fusion of these two genres would be created here. Many of the popular and early Nu Metal bands started in California due to the producer Ross Robinson, sometimes called “The Godfather of Nu Metal”, who worked with acts such as Korn, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, producing their first albums and helping create the sound that defined them. Korn pioneered the nu metal sound with the release of their demo album in 1993. The most “pure” form of nu-metal is considered to be the one contained in their debut studio album, Korn.
Bands associated with nu metal derive influence from a variety of diverse styles, including electronica/electronic music, funk, glam metal, gothic music, grunge, hardcore punk, hip hop, industrial metal, jazz, post-punk and synthpop. Also, nu metal derives influence from multiple subgenres of heavy metal including rap metal, funk metal, alternative metal and thrash metal.
Nu metal music is mostly syncopated and based on riffs. Mid-song breakdowns and lack of virtuosity contrasts it with other metal subgenres. Another way in which nu metal is contrasted with other metal subgenres is its emphasis on rhythm, tending to more elements of groove metal in rhythm. Similarities with other heavy metal subgenres include its use of common time, distorted guitars, power chords and note structures primarily revolving around Dorian, Aeolian or Phrygian modes.
Traditional nu metal bands use seven-string guitars over traditional six-string guitars. Seven-string guitars, which are sometimes downtuned to increase heaviness, resulted in bass guitarists using five-string (and six-string instruments). DJs are also sometimes used for additional rhythmic instrumentation (such as music sampling, scratching and electronic backgrounds).
The vocals of many bands may range from melodic singing to rapping to screaming to death growling or in some cases have all of these styles in a single song, but it can range from song to song. The lyrics of many popular mainstream nu metal bands focus on pain and personal alienation rather than the themes of other metal subgenres.
Linkin park are a perfect example of Nu metal and are even accredited for furthering Nu metal??™s success and popularity with its first two albums Hybrid Theory and Meteora. An example of their Nu Metal sound is their song With You. This song shows characteristic styles of nu metal including the repeating of syncopated riffs, rap verses, additional electronic percussion created by the DJ, screaming and heavy distorted and downtuned guitars using powerchords. All these features fit in to and create the style of Nu Metal.