Metal Evolution-Episode 8: Nu Metal (DVD)
Released: 2012, Alliance Films
Interesting episode and the most controversial in this series. The inclusion of bands like Pantera, Slayer and Sepultura under this genre really confused me.
There were a few surprises in this one for me. Does this mean I can blame Faith No More for nu metal? Could explain why I never got into them. But then, we also have Anthrax to blame! Bad Anthrax!
Although I like and have seen some of these nu metal bands, I think that Dunn's conclusion that it belongs in the evolution is wrong - nu metal is a mutant cousin who has fallen off the evolutionary tree.
What a joke. Including Sepultura and Pantera in the Nu Metal episode instead of the thrash one. Then again, the short screen time for Phil Anselmo was probably a good idea, as the guy just comes across as a virtual vegetable. Still, no denying both bands along with Faith No More influenced Nu Metal, but to a greater degree it was hip-hop and the down tuned guitars of Grunge. In the end, Dunn echoes what most metal heads feel: Nu Metal does not belong in the overall metal genre. Unquestionably, it is one of the most denigrated of the metal subgenres as it continues to be classified by many as a branch of metal. Dunn does give it fair coverage, particularly Korn, perhaps misguidedly, but it does serve the purpose of reassuring the doubters that Nu Metal is rightfully questioned as a branch of metal.
Another unnecessary episode. In the opening 30 seconds Sam answers his own question about Nu Metal. It doesn’t look like Metal, doesn’t sound like Metal, doesn’t feel like Metal, doesn’t behave like Metal, so why bother doing an episode on it? It ain’t Metal despite the tag applied to it by the record industry in an attempt to broaden the appeal. Just because a band has an electric guitar and does not qualify them for entry in Club Metal! Sam tries to draw a tenuous connection between rap and Metal via Anthrax and Faith No More, which is fair enough, but a few bands experimenting with the hybrid-sound does not constitute an evolutionary movement compared to the hundreds of Metal bands world-wide that rejected the bastardization of Metal by incorporating rap and hip-hop. This episode also exposes how former Metal bands like Megadeth, Pantera, Sepultura, Anthrax and Slayer, who used to be innovators and pioneers, became influenced by the modern sound and compromised and became followers. That’s why I gave up on many of those bands in the 90’s, they abandoned what they had started with. Sam’s conclusion is weak he draws the evolutionary connection because a few big name bands fell into the trap of adopting the more modern sound, that doesn’t mean that Nu Metal had lasting power or influence.