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Alternative metal

style of heavy metal and alternative rock

Alternative metal is a type of heavy metal in the alternative music genre. Alternative metal became popular during the 1990s.

Alternative metal
Stylistic originsAlternative rock
Heavy metal
Cultural originsMid–late 1980s, United States
Typical instrumentsElectric guitar - Bass - Drums - Keyboards
Mainstream popularityUnderground in 1980s, moderate in early 1990s, mainstream in mid to late 1990s, moderate in 2000s
Derivative formsGroove metal - Grunge
Nu metal
Other topics
Artists - Lollapalooza - Progressive music

Characteristics of alternative metal music are heavy guitar riffs, syncopation, uncommon time signatures, and unusual techniques. Alternative metal is like regular heavy music, but it can be more experimental. This is what makes it "alternative".

Popular alternative metal bands are Jane's Addiction, Faith No More, Primus, Helmet, Alice in Chains, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Rage Against the Machine and System of a Down.