Life is filled with ups and downs, and music is no exception. Just as the rock and roll renaissance of the '60s and '70s gave way to the mindless era of disco, the depth and fury of the punk and grunge movements eventually degenerated into the watered-down genre commonly referred to as nu-metal.
Described by Urban Dictionary as the "direct result of Metal getting completely blasted at a bar and screwing Emo in the back alley, then allowing the resulting child to be raised by an angst-y teenage girl," the category has taken a beating over the years for what many feel are lobotomized lyrics, uncomplicated melodies, and deliberately misspelled band names that read like a preteen text message.
But no nu-metal characteristic is more easily identified than the similarities in physical appearance among the artists, a laundry list of bad hair and and unfortunate clothing decisions that seem to be a universal theme throughout the genre. Rocks Off determined ten of the most common, and listed them below.
Violaton: Aggravated Dreadlock Assault Most Grievous Offender: KoRn
The band at the forefront of the nu-metal movement, Korn is directly or indirectly responsible for 75 percent of the offenses on this list. Most notably, KoRn needs to answer for the white-guy dreadlocks worn by one out of every four nu-metal band members.
Violation: Indecent Display of a Beard Most Grievous Offender: System of a Down
One beard elastic is too many. Sixteen is outrageous.
Violation: Conspiracy to Grow a Goatee Most Grievous Offender: Lacuna Coil
Five dudes with matching chin growth. Coincidence? We think not.
Violation: Excessive Over-Styling Most Grievous Offender: Papa Roach
If Liza Minelli joined a rock band, I'd imagine it would look something like this. Extra points for the locks of hair strategically attached to his face.
Violation: Unlawful Use of Highlights Most Grievous Offender: Five Finger Death Punch
Dudes with highlights are one thing, dudes with bleach-dipped dreadlocks are quite another.
Violation: Failure to Yield to Baldness Most Grievous Offender: Drowning Pool
Nothing makes a receding hairline more prominent than dreadlocks. Or a chin strap and a strange island of braided hair on the the back of your head.
Violation: Prosthetic Soul Patch Most Grievous Offender: Disturbed
Honestly, we're not sure which is worse: The pervy come-hither look in his eye or the two giant metal prongs coming out of his chin. On second thought, definitely the prongs.
Violation: Egregious Tattoos Most Grievous Offender: Avenged Sevenfold
Violation: Failure to Maintain a Unified Hair Color Most Grievous Offender: Saliva
Not sure if he's grabbing his elbow or showcasing his freshly painted nails.
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Violation: Illicit Use of Fur Most Grievous Offender: Mudvayne
Leave the fur coats to the rappers - rockers wear leather. I think the guy on the right was in The Dark Crystal.