Continuing the subject of the particularity of Nu-Metal, I mentioned that Nu-Metal has influential musical genres as Grunge. Now, further trough the blog we will discuss
the uniqueness of grunge by detail, but for the effects of this post, grunge is a musical genre that is oriented on the emotions of pain and angst. You may know about Nirvana, a grunge band leaded by the fellow Kurt Cobain. This band was particular for their songs with the theme of angst. On his explanation of the song to Spin Magazine he said: “It’s like she’s saying, ‘Rape me, go ahead, rape me, beat me. You’ll never kill me. I’ll survive this and I’m gonna fucking rape you one of these days and you won’t even know it.'” Which makes a huge resonance with Aerosmith’s Janie’s Got a Gun; both songs oppose rape, but through Nirvana’s song the themes of pain and angst can be perceived.
To get a visual sense of the relation of musical genres in Nu-Metal see the map that was shown at the beginning of this blog.
Now, if you listen closely to Freak on a Leash, by Korn we can listen to the infused grunge into what gives this song the specific characteristics to be labeled as Nu-Metal. There is certainly a playing around with vocals in this song, heavy guitar riffs, and heavy instrumental contrast with the effects used, but this song is considered Nu-Metal because of the grungy feeling you get; that feeling of angst you get from Grunge music is in presence throughout the song.
Now to finalize the topic of Nu-Metal, I created a song that follows some of the conventions of the musical genre of Nu-Metal. If you listen closely, you can hear some of the elements of Nu-Metal such as: the way it is centered on rhythm, the heavy riffs, the lack of a guitar solo, rather, being the guitar as a background harmony, the use of effects to generate contrast, rapping, and the playing with the vocals. Also, the use of synthesizers and the incorporation of congas (right at the end). Although American record companies may consider it a type of Latin Pop just because of the Spanish language, language shouldn’t be considered a determining factor for a musical genre, unless if it is in folkloric music, where the main focus is culture.