It’s difficult to pinpoint where the hatred and backlash generated from on the nü metal sub genre started. Lets face it, many have either burned, buried or hid their collection of artists ranging like KoRn, Deftones, Static-X, System of a Down, Disturbed, MudVayne, Coal Chamber, Papa Roach and Limp Bizkit. The genre developed shortly after the grunge explosion in the early nineties, which many blamed on killing hair and glam metal. Despite the new/nu bringing a triumphant return to heavy music while incorporating a unique and different sound at that time, many have given the term “nü metal” a bad rap (pun kinda intended). Most of the aforementioned bands refuse to be clumped together using this term, assuming they will lose fans and become a tasteless first impression.
Radio station KLAQ spoke with Papa Roach frontman Jacoby Shaddix on this subject, and a new theory has surfaced. The frontman feels that Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst had everything to do with the genre’s hatred.
“A lot of people didn’t like Fred Durst—really and truly. That was real bad. and everybody was hating on him. And he was kind of, like, ‘Why do you wanna hate me?’ And so, he was kind of the poster boy for the genre, and so if people wanted to take pot shots at it, it was easy.
But I got nothing but love and respect for him. And for us, it’s, like, at the time, we were the bands that were just selling millions of records, and when you’re selling millions of records, people wanna… When you’re on the top, everybody wants to throw rocks. You know what I’m saying? So, kick rocks, punk!”
Later, Shaddix was asked if the sub-genre will ever be cool again:
“For me, P-Roach, it’s always about progression and evolution. So we’re not trying to bring back the old days at all, but we definitely went back and, I guess, brought some of the old-school elements into the music, but without trying to just go, ‘Alright. Now we’re old school again.’ ‘Cause we’ve gotta maintain a progressive vibe. But there are some rad bands that were influenced by the nü metal metal genre back in the day, like Bring Me The Horizon, Of Mice & Men… I mean, countless other bands, our homies in Sylar from Queens, they’re dope.”
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