What are some melancholy rock metal songs

Nu-Metal is a musical phenomenon that is often laughed at. The ostentatious proletarianism of Limp Bizkit, the constant stylization as outsiders of bands like Korn or Slipknot, bundled in raw riffs from high-gain guitar amps.

On the one hand, it's entertaining. All the songs are still roared along by heart today when Papa Roach and the like fill attractive slots summer after summer at the big festivals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland to remind the older part of the audience of their own youth. The same principle as in the 90s parties that have been rampant for a few years, only live and with guitars. A living museum.

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On the other hand, Nu-Metal is more than pure amusement, as seen in a rear-view mirror. Especially with a gap of more or less 20 years it can be said that the movement has provided inspiration for numerous subsequent musicians, whose coolness - traded like gold in the music business - was rated significantly higher by the rating agencies in music magazines and in public discourse .

Let's wait and see what we have to laugh about in 2039.

Limp Bizkit - "Break Stuff"

"Break Stuff" from Limp Bizkit. What else can you say about that. Front man Fred Durst came up with about as little thought for the lyrics of the song:"It's just one of those days / When ya don’t wanna wake up / Everything is fucked / Everybody sucks / You don’t really know why / But you wanna justify / Rippin‘ someone’s head off ". Quite a few may have loved the song precisely because of its stupidity - or they still do it.

It was the Jacksonville, Florida band's definitive breakthrough, and it pretty much sums up what one of Nu-Metal's figureheads is known for. Brute and chubby guitar riffs, driving grooves and the non-existent literary sensitivity of Fred Durst.

Again, it can be argued that there is no other band than Limp Bizkit for these types of songs. What they do, they do really well. Or what they did. Like basically all Nu-Metal bands - with a few exceptions - Limp Bizkit also rode out their wave of hype in 2006 at the latest and since then have only really been about themselves.

So "Break Stuff" is a song that is second to none. There is no doubt that he has an irrepressible energy that you may or may not like. However, doubting their existence becomes difficult. This becomes particularly clear in the live version of the Woodstock Festival from 1999. The spectators are even so friendly and help with the dismantling of the festival area at the climax of the song around the 3:18 mark.

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Linkin Park - "In The End"

Without a doubt, Linkin Park are by far the most financially successful band from the Nu-Metal reservoir. The musical transformation into much gentler realms helped the Americans from Los Angeles a lot, at least in terms of business - and thus transported them further into the whirlpool of the pop business. The tragedy surrounding the death of Chester Bennington has once again shown the impact this can have.

At the beginning of her career, the bang came in the form of the album "Hybrid Theory". Weeks before it was released, the first single "One Step Closer" was on the heavy rotation of all major US radio stations. This was followed by 15 million copies of her debut, extensive tours at home and abroad, strong media attention - the full program.

Even more successful than “One Step Closer”, however, was “In The End”. Paired with a futuristic music video - ridiculed today, back then state of the art - Linkin Park had a huge impact on an entire generation. Fred Durst announced in the aftermath of Bennington's death that the Nu-Metal genre would never have existed without him and Linkin Park.

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Papa Roach - "Last Resort"

Just like “In The End” by Linkin Park, “Last Resort” by Papa Roach shows that the lyrics of the various Nu-Metal bands are often about much more than blunt aggression. The song revolves around the subject of suicide and describes the experiences of the singer Jacoby Shaddix, who saved a friend's life after attempting suicide. Unfortunately, the recent events of Bennington, Cornell and Bergling show that depression is a disease to which those around you often respond with helplessness.

To this day, “Last Resort” is Papa Roach's greatest hit. In Germany in particular, it became extremely popular after its publication in 2000. That's not really surprising, after all, you never get the guitar riff out of your head again. Anyone who was socialized with rock music around 2000 will be able to sing it at 3:27 a.m. after waking up from a deep sleep phase. Guaranteed.

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Deftones - "Be Quiet And Drive"

Like so many bands, the Sacramento, California-based Deftones never wanted to be assigned to the genre that the public had put their stamp on them. They are, if you will, one of its co-founders. In 1988, long before the nu-metal hype, Chino Moreno, Abe Cunningham and Stephen Carpenter met at school and shortly afterwards founded the Deftones. After a few years of live playing, with bands like Korn, among others, and a relatively successful debut album “Adrenaline”, the second work “Around The Fur” was released in 1997.

MTV took the video for "Be Quiet And Drive" in its heavy rotation and pushed the band further. Rightly so. Not only did the Deftones prove on the following albums that they are the opposite of a flash in the pan. “Around The Fur” also showed the incredible creative potential of the Americans. The seemingly dangerous resentment, far from any embarrassment, Chino Moreno's voice that hits the core, innovative arrangements. The reward followed in the form of the commercial breakthrough.

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Korn - "Freak On A Leash"

For many it is the epitome of Nu-Metal. As the fifth and final single from the 1998 album “Follow The Leader”, Korn's “Freak On A Leash” quickly became a genre classic and a compulsory part of every Korn show. By the end of the 90s, Korn had long been a big band with a generous production budget for albums, promotions and music videos. Star comic artist Todd McFarlane contributed to the video of the obscure song, which was to receive numerous awards.

Korn worked to manifest their crazy image, and Jonathan Davis' lyrical nonsense interlude in the middle of "Freak On A Leash" was another move. The peculiarity of the band is perfectly pointed in this song, it underlines the - certainly stylized - outsider feeling to which many fans felt they belonged. In a certain way, the song even emphasizes the entire content-related attitude of Nu-Metal with its anger, strife, doubts and the seemingly strange expression. Cool or not.

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Slipknot - "Duality"

Speaking of strange-looking expressions. Nu-Metal was already in decline when Slipknot announced their album “Vol.3: The Subliminal Verses” with the single “Duality” in 2004. For the album they teamed up with none other than Rick Rubin, because the masked men from Iowa no man's land in the American pampas had already established themselves and earned a worldwide reputation.

This could not counteract the internal rifts of the band. In addition, Rubin kept his physical presence to a minimum, as he set up several bands at the same time. Slipknot singer Corey Taylor subsequently expressed his displeasure with the star producer's behavior in several interviews. Taylor also reported on his extensive alcohol consumption during the recordings, which he gradually got under control.

The resulting tensions ultimately led to songs like "Duality". For the video, the band went to a remote house near their hometown of Des Moines that needed to be renovated. Contrary to the original plan, they took it apart with the angry extras and caused a $ 50,000 damages lawsuit.

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System Of A Down - "Chop Suey!"

Rick Rubin also co-produced the band's second album, Toxicity, with Daron Malakian, the guitarist of System Of A Down. He told the legendary radio host Zane Lowe many years later in an interview:

“I remember the first time I saw her live. They played in the Viper Room in L.A. and it was packed. I laughed throughout the show. That was the funniest thing I'd ever seen, but in a positive way. It wasn't: “What a joke”. It was just crazy and extreme. [...] Armenian folk dances with heavy metal riffs and wild political lyrics. […] They obviously didn't fit in anywhere, but they were so good that they left the mismatch behind. I like these artists best. "

Perhaps it was the "curse" of the time that System Of A Down ultimately put under the umbrella term of Nu-Metal. Still, Rubin is definitely right. There is no band like System Of A Down. Political and socially critical lyrics existed before, but the way the Los Angeles band got all of this across was completely new. Hyperactive, cynical, always on the verge of crazy. The song "Chop Suey!"“Is about the fact that deceased people are viewed differently by society, depending on how they died. If I died from a drug overdose, people would say I deserved it for abusing drugs ”says Malakian.

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Staind - "It's Been Awhile"

With pathos dripping melancholy, burning photos in the candle fire, lonely looking back on dependency and failed relationships while smoking a cigarette. If Slipknot's “Duality” is aggressive and Korn's “Freak On A Leash” is weird, then Staind's “It's Been Awhile” is the melancholy end of Nu-Metal.

Staind have sold a total of more than 15 million records, most of them in - of course - the USA. It's a bit like the cities of millions in China or India. You have, if at all, noticed something of them on the fringes and yet more people live in them than in Berlin, Madrid, Athens or any other European capital. Always a little under the radar. The biggest rash on the Staind radar measuring device was definitely "It's Been Awhile". Nostalgics say: "Make rock ballads like it’s 2001 again!"

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P.O.D. - "Youth Of The Nation"

The rampage at Columbine High School in April 1999 and the murders at Santana High School in March 2001 form the thematic basis for "Youth Of The Nation" by P.O.D .. The latter massacre occurred during the recording of the album "Satellite". The band got stuck in a traffic jam on the way to the studio and marveled at the helicopters and police cars speeding by before they converted the day's experiences into the song.

Once again the striking aspect of the song can be surprising. P.O.D. but saw it as their task to take up the topic in the song and thus to address themselves above all to young people in order to inform them about the topic.

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Incubus - Pardon Me

Besides the Deftones and System Of A Down, Incubus are the ones who most clearly went their own way out of Nu-Metal and were most likely to shake off the uncool - or perhaps they were never uncool. It was mainly the song “Drive” that established Incubus as a mainstream act, but “Pardon Me” from the 1999 album “Make Yourself” is in no way inferior to it. The band around Brandon Boyd was musically always on a different level than most of the rest of the Nu-Metal acts. The arrangements were too elaborate, the entire tonal and textual appearance too detailed.

"Pardon Me" came about after Boyd found out after a tour that his long-time girlfriend had cheated on him and that his grandmother and a close friend had died. In a magazine he saw a picture of a man who had set himself on fire and related it to his own life. "Pardon me while I burst into flames ".

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