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Alternative metal is a subgenre of metal music that emerged in the late 1980s and gained popularity throughout the 1990s. It combines elements of alternative rock, heavy metal, and sometimes other genres like industrial or grunge. Alternative metal got its popularity with bands like Faith No More, Living Colour, and Soundgarden. The genre gained traction in the 90s, thanks to the success of bands such as Helmet, and Alice in Chains. By the late 1990s and early 2000s, nu metal became widely popular with bands like Korn, Limp Bizkit, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Disturbed, Godsmack, System of a Down, Linkin Park, Slipknot, and Staind. Post-2003, nu-metal's popularity started to decline, marked by decreased album sales for many bands. Despite this, alternative metal maintained popularity in the mid to late 2000s, sustained by ongoing success from bands like Disturbed, Godsmack, and System of a Down, as well as the mainstream emergence of new bands like Evanescence, Three Days Grace, and Breaking Benjamin.


Musically, alternative metal incorporates the heavy guitar riffs, aggressive drumming, and vocals of traditional metal, while also incorporating elements of alternative rock. The genre often features dynamic shifts in tempo, complex song structures, and a blend of melodic and heavy elements. Alternative metal employs a wide range of instrumentation, including distorted guitars, bass, drums, and occasional synthesizers or electronic effects. The genre can incorporate elements of other genres such as rap or electronic music, resulting in a fusion of different styles.


Lyrically, alternative metal tackles a variety of themes that go beyond traditional metal subjects. The genre often delves into introspection, personal struggles, social issues, and emotional turmoil. Lyrics can explore topics such as alienation, self-discovery, addiction, mental health, and societal critiques. Alternative metal also embraces darker and more introspective themes, often addressing the complexities of human emotions and experiences. The lyrics reflect a sense of individuality and provide a platform for expressing a range of emotions and perspectives.


Alternative metal has seen the rise of numerous influential and successful bands that have left a lasting impact on the genre. Some notable alternative metal artists include System of a Down, Korn, Faith No More, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Disturbed, Chevelle, and Limp Bizkit. These bands have achieved both commercial success and critical acclaim, showcasing the diversity and creativity within the alternative metal genre.

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