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Subject: Nu Metal in the mid 90s (1994-1997)

Written By: 90s Guy on 06/19/21 at 10:18 am

Before Limp Bizkit became popular and literally ruined the genre and made it into a laughingstock, became it even necessarily had the derogatory name of "Nu Metal", let's go back to a period from around the time Korn's debut came out to just before Limp Bizkit's debut came out.

Korn was something new. Their early music was far different from the trashy lyrics of Limp Bizkit, but it was also different from 'traditional metal' in the vein of Metallica or Slayer. It was harder than hard rock. It wasn't funk rock ala Infectious Grooves, either.

What was the audience it had in these years? Meaning, would there have been a natural progression from say, Grunge fans to Korn fans as Grunge died off? Was Korn and their music, before it had a real distinct identity, seen as merely an evolution of Grunge/Alt Rock in a sense - just a heavier, nihilistic/angsty version of what'd been popular with kids a few years older, a few years before?

Try to remove your biases or preconceived notions about how Nu Metal is seen now, what it mutated into after Limp Bizkit.

What was it THEN? What was the scene surrounding it? Was there a natural progression of Punk and Grunge fans heading toward the aggressiveness of Korn and their ilk's early 1994, 1995 and 1996 records while "Post Grunge" became ever more mellow, soft and safe?

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